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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Monkey Halloween Costume on: October 04, 2008 09:29:24 PM
Hahaha, I should have, but I didn't think about it at the time . . .

I'm working on an Elmo backpack for my niece for her birthday and did the same thing: Walmart has this Many Kisses Elmo and I had to gut a lot of him - but I guess I don't think about taking pictures of the stages, a lot of the times its because I think I do messy work, but in the final product, you don't see the mess cause its all inside and stuff Tongue

That would have been a really funny picture though, decapitated stuffed monkey . . . . I can see it with the caption "Bring me the head of John the Bap...Er ... Littlest Pet Shop Monkey, yeah, that's what I meant" Tongue
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Monkey Halloween Costume on: September 27, 2008 05:11:20 PM
Since Halloween is 34 days away (yeah, I'm counting down!! I love to dress up!) I wanted to post the halloween costume I made for my niece last year.

I'm so cruel with things, lemme tell you! This was a Littlest Pet Shop stuffed monkey. However I cut its head off and its cute little hands, feet and tail and stitched together a fuzzy Frankenstein of cuteness.

Sorry about the smiley. Since she is not my child I decided to add that out of respect to her and her family's privacy.

I gutted a lot of the head (so her head could have some room) and I bought just a cheap baby beanie and stitched it inside the head with some pink ribbon in for tying it under her chin. You can't really see it but there is a pink bow on top of the monkey head, I had to overdo the pinkness so you could tell it was my niece and not my nephew Tongue  I took the hands and feet and made them into mittens and socks by simply adding elastic on the inside and trimming the tops in the same pink ribbon. She wouldn't keep the mittens on though Tongue The costume itself was just a long sleeve toddler shirt from WallyWorld with a oblong felt patch sewn to the front of it, and I just made basic pants from some scrap brown fabric I had laying around. Then I finished the cut end of the tail with some of the pink ribbon and we attached it to her via safety pin.

Her parents (my sister-in-law and brother-in-law) told me that EVERYONE stopped them to comment on her costume. They kept wanting to know where they got it . . . .

if only they knew the horror that cute little stuffed pets endure . . . .

I bought the monkey at Target and I was sad to see that now, there is a much smaller version of the stuffed animals . . . they are jumping on the band wagon of the neopets and they have these little tags on them with secret internet codes . . . they are the same price that I paid for this one, but they are smaller! I guess they think that the code is worth the difference in what the price would be without the code. I think not, though Tongue

I am afraid that some stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this halloween costume.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Xhilarating Dress on: September 15, 2008 11:09:47 AM

I have always loved this pattern - and, in my opinion, was a fairly easy pattern. Honestly it was just a bunch of straight seams. The ruffles along the top and the bodice being bunched was the only thing that slowed me down.

When the idea of making the curtains into a dress came to me, I wasn't concerned about where I would wear it. I just wanted one!!! However, my fiance and I go to symphonies frequently so I could wear it there; or this is the color I'm using in our wedding, so I may wear it as my getaway outfit.

Well, out of 36 posts to only have one negative comment is pretty good!
Realgreatidea, you are entitled to your own opinion. I appreciate that aspect of life - it's what makes us individuals. I'm sorry that my post was so offensive to you.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Xhilarating Dress on: September 13, 2008 08:24:45 PM
Its been a long time since I did any posting here, so please forgive me.

I work at Target and about a year ago we got this new line of curtains in our Domestic sections: Xhilaration (now you Target lovers will recognize the brand from our clothing line, yes, they tried out home decor, but alas, did not do well with the public). The line was just two different colors in various curtain sizes: Pink and Turquoise faux silks and sheers. When I saw these curtains I went nuts! I could not stop thinking about the Turquoise sheer with its flocked  bubbles all over it. I could see these curtains as a super cute retro party dress (like Grease or something). So I waited, patiently, walking by every now and then and sighing . . .  waiting for them to be marked down or clearanced, because there was no way I was going to pay 20 bucks a panel just to cut them up.

So . . . after a year . . . and an incredibly LONG backstory ( sorry:P ) . . .

Voila! . . .

I used Simplicity pattern #3878 from the Jessica McClintock Collection. My hair is in the way, so the top is a little obscured, but its strapless and it has a ruffle all along the top of it out of the flocked sheer which you can sorta see in the lining picture. (Oh, I'm standing on tippy-toes because every picture I took cut off the bottom of the dress)

The curtains before i hacked them to bits . . .

The lining . . . I always rush through my projects and never line anything, but I made sure that I did this time

I used a crinoline from an old prom dress for the fluff under this dress, it was way easier than making the ruffles the pattern called for

Anyway, I hope y'all enjoyed it!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black underwire bra and matching panties (somewhat pic heavy) on: September 13, 2008 08:19:28 PM
Oooooo those are sooo pretty! That bra looks like it should be hanging in a store! Awesome job!!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: John Deere apron for a guy friend on: September 13, 2008 08:11:00 PM
That apron is so cool! I had a love affair with John Deere stuff when I was in high school - I had everything you could imagine, including several hair kerchiefs and pillow cases that were made out of material very similar to what you used! I'm very happy for your friend, but a lot more happy that I grew out of that phase Tongue

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Art Beat and how horrible it was. on: September 13, 2008 08:03:31 PM
That does suck about the weather and the ultimate effect it had on your day and space . . . I would have been livid!

But, your dresses are very sweet, and I have always loved the idea of little girls walking around with their dollies dressed just like them Smiley (maybe its because my great-grandmother always made me and my cabbage patch doll matching outfits)

Good job on your merch, and good luck with any future shows!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Art Apron on: September 13, 2008 07:53:05 PM
That is so cool! Being an art major, I've ruined many a outfits thinking arrogantly my superior artistic skills would save me from paint splatters and charcoal smudges . . . WHATEVER! And that's is going to be such an asset with all those little elementary kids running around!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Faded Victorian Wallpaper" teal wool skirt on: September 13, 2008 07:38:02 PM
That is such a cute skirt! You did a great job! I especially love the design - partly because its in my favorite color Smiley But its a beautiful design, I would love it in any color!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I did it! I finished my first dress! on: September 13, 2008 07:21:34 PM
Everyone is right: You did an awesome job on the dress, the style fits your body perfect and that color looks so good on you! And you're right, unless you tell people about the pieces you left out, no one will ever know! I do that ALL the time! Kudos!
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