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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / new booties on: December 05, 2005 09:33:59 PM
i made these from sherpa fleece for my 4-month-old niece.  i copied them fairly ruthlessly from a very popular kind sold in canada for $30 a pop, and they took about 15 minutes to make.  wish i were the mama who came up with the idea!!!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / meet the emperor on: December 05, 2005 09:31:00 PM
here's a dress i made by altering a butterick #4217 pattern.  it's more fitted in the bodice, the sleeves are shorter and flared, and the shaped is a deeper A-line.  i also split the front into three panels with the purple corduroy to space the panels....  i think my girl looks like an emperor now, and she loves being called that....

the purple and red combo is, well, unusual, but i thought it was nice for christmas when 'tis the season to combine strange colors...

thanx fer lookin'!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / be nice to your sewing machine.... on: November 19, 2005 01:23:15 PM
what a revelation!  i just re-oiled and otherwise pampered my machine, and i'm pleased with the quiet, efficiency, and ease of sewing.  i made this dress for my daughter, and i had to try all kinds of new and 'difficult' (for a newbie sewer) techniques.  i used a double knit, flannel (remnant pieces), velour (from a 2nd-hand shirt), and bias tape for the finishing.  mmmmm, warm for winter!  the back has a long zipper.  i credit my machine's happiness with the lovely finished product.

comments appreciated!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / toddler sash dress on: November 09, 2005 09:49:08 AM
well, it turned out pretty much as i hoped it would- and my girlie loves it!  i altered a new look pattern and was very influenced by fellow craftster feministfatale's print choices... inspiration abounds!


thanx for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / the 6th day of rain... on: November 03, 2005 01:35:09 PM
has made me want to look back at the summer dresses i made my daughter.  out here, the most funky fabrics at our local sewing store are the hand-died batiks in the quilting section.  i've since learned how to make secondary linings  for the arm and neck holes for a smoother look, but they turned out pretty good and got lots of wear in the warm weather.  as i am new to sewing and have lots to learn, i used the new look pattern #6478 again and again...

bamboo cloth:

frog cloth: (this one will fit better as a shirt next summer)

stretch stripe;

pink eyelet (on sale!)

and some hand-me-down overalls with no snaps and ties at the shoulders that i reconned into a great little dress:

comments much appreciated!  thankyou for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / many moons hat on: November 03, 2005 01:16:57 PM
as in, my daughter has worn it for many moons, which is great because they grow so fast, by the time an idea has been formed it seems she's grown too big before i can make it...  i just cinched it up in the back when she was 8 weeks old (it looked more like a tam then) and now she's nearly 2 1/2 and wearing it (uncinched, of course) still!

it's a debbie bliss pattern with the addition of a row of YO and k2tog for the eyelets

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / baker's hat, now with accessories on: November 02, 2005 11:46:51 PM
i already posted the hat, but since we are post-hallowe'en i thought i'd do it again to show the rest of the 'costume'.  but of course, being 2, my daughter's been wearing it for a couple of weeks already.  she also has matching oven mitts and a bow-tie, which was fun to do just to see what else i could make with the scraps of leftover cloth ....

here she is gettin' the goods on hallowe'en night....  inside her felt baker's 'bowl'

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / pollywogolina with a tute on: October 30, 2005 03:16:16 PM
here's my third go at polly.  the first was perfect, and my daughter took her everywhere.  and then she got left somewhere... Hope?  Saskatchewan?  i'm not sure where, we did too many trips this summer.  so i made another one because we were missing polly, but she turned out bad, i didn't take enough time or i was tired or something.  anyhow, here's the third go, and she's much better...

i included a tute, just because i could and because i've been inspired by other craftster's tutes and how they save steps...

here's the template.  pin to cloth running with the grain, and cut out approximately what you need

here's a shot of the sweater i used.  three pollys so far from this one!

sew around the pattern- easier than sewing from the cut edges, especially stretchy cloth!

cut around the sewing and turn right side out.  stuff with batting or what you like except for the bum. 

make a bead bag for the inside for added weight.  i stuff balloons with beads using a funnel.  sew up the bum.

sew on eyes

finish with sequins and whatever, and make fingers and toes by handsewing.  being age-appopriate of course.  my daughter is nearly 2 1/2, so buttons and sequins are alright to use now...

the finished pollywogolina!

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / remnant quilt on: October 28, 2005 10:15:45 PM
this hardly qualifies as a quilt compared to the others on this board, but it's my first and was all made (except the binding) from remnants, and the binding i got on at the every-long-weekend-half-price-notions-sale that our local sewing store has.  the flannel has airplanes all over it (my husband is an aircraft mechanic) and the rest is fleece and minkie blankie.

thanx fer looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / 15-minute toddler skirts on: October 24, 2005 01:55:07 PM
i've got it down to 15 minutes!  not that speed is so important, but it's nice to throw together some cloth to make a matching bottom instantly!  the picture is awful (sorry, camera batteries are almost dead).. but the grey one is made from a 50-cent second hand sweater (neck hole is waist band) the plaid one was a free remnant, the blue one was also made from free fabric from a church sale, and has a ladybug applique on the corner, and the yellow one is leftover minky-blankie from a quilt i made.  all size 2, and the minky one is especially soft and cuddly!
thanx fer lookin'!
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