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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: me vs. the blue blue sweater on: December 23, 2008 05:16:04 PM
love the footie pants!  i made some for a cousin's baby last year, using a lovely cashmere sweater i thrifted...the response was totally lacklustre.  reading this post, and the responses, makes me feel validated. 

i totally see the sportacus-ness.  i agree with the monkey, he's rad.   
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Little Boy pants on: November 21, 2008 11:53:11 PM
love them!  otto has the greatest boy stuff.  very nice choice in fabric!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Stashbustin! Pajamas cute and QUICK!!! Strawberries!! on: November 21, 2008 11:46:29 PM
the fabric co.'s are covering their bums with the "not intended for sleepwear" bit because of safety standards regarding flammability.  fabrics intended for use as sleepwear (and rtw sleepwear) are treated to meet flammability standards.  i still use the untreated fabrics for sleepwear.  i'm such an outlaw. 

back to the real subject of the post...very sweet jammies.  i would never have thought of a peasant top for sleeping, but it looks great, and comfy too.  lovely work!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / sparkly, puffy skirt on: November 21, 2008 11:31:35 PM
made this for a little girl turning 5...  sequined organza with habutai lining and puffy petticoat, and a simple-in-theory elastic waistband that gave me grief.  the organza was crap to work with--never again!

modeled by my ever-gracious sofa, with cat for scale.

lovely crinoline with crisp rolled hem.  sorry for the terrible lighting.

better view of the sequins.  again with the gloom, sorry.

i also made a simple little doll with a matching skirt, posted here:
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bear-Girl from Elsie*Cake Pattern on: November 17, 2008 08:33:52 AM
oh my word, that is soooooo sweet.  how big is she?
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / simple doll on: November 17, 2008 08:31:23 AM
made this yesterday for a little girl who is turning five this week.  she's a bit wonky, but i didn't intend her to be perfect. 

her arms are actually the same size, they look weird here.

removable skirt!  the birthday girl is getting a skirt to match, with a nice fluffy crinoline.

i handstitched the legs on.

with my thumb, for scale.  you can see the disappearing pen here, yet to disappear...

i think she's about 12" tall, maybe a little taller.  my kids are so intrigued, i think they'll each be getting their own for christmas.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Altered Barn star on: October 08, 2008 12:13:17 PM
love the possibilities for this...i am inspired.  thanks for sharing!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Environmentally friendly diaper - newborn on: August 27, 2008 10:48:28 PM
just wanted to add that you can also economize on the pricier waterproof fabrics by making separate covers, rather than putting a waterproof layer on each diaper.  you can get away with using fewer covers than diapers, since you don't need to change the cover every time you change the diaper. 

i've also seen pul which is not bonded to fabric--it's a thin film you sandwich between two layers of regular fabric to make a waterproof barrier.  (note that it's not intended to be worn against skin.)  it's fairly cheap.  i haven't worked with it, so i'm not sure how easy it is to use, but i've always been intrigued.  at www.wazoodle.com, for $13, you get a 5 yd cut, which they say will yield 40 newborn diapers. 

i think i just talked myself into getting some. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / little girl's clothes; mucho babble, mucho pictures on: August 24, 2008 07:12:19 PM
these are pieces from an old ottobre (spring '05).  the pants are basically true to the pattern, the shirts are tweaked. 

the pants started as my husband's--they'd hardly been worn when i found them in the donate pile.  i loved the fabric, so i pinched them and spirited them away to the sewing room.  it's hardly a recon though, i just snipped them apart for yardage. 

the flash of turquoise at the hem is the facing, visible because of the scallop at the front hem.  you can also see a smidge of the pocket lining on the right pocket (oops).  it's tough to see because of the stripe, but there's a bitty pleat under each hip pocket.

and here's the fancy-schmancy button.  my photo doesn't show how sparkly it is...i'm a magpie, love the sparklies!

shirt number one:

more sparklies!

the original pattern showed long-sleeves, a square, faced neckline, a back zip, and some frou-frou embellishment.  after inserting the zip, i thought it felt uncomfortable, so i removed it and closed the seam.  i'd already rounded the neckline, so i added a keyhole to make it easier to pull over a toddler noggin.  i shortened the sleeves and widened them a bit for gathering.  rather than facing the neckline, i bound it and the sleeves with fold-over elastic (shiny side out, to pick up on the sheen of the embroidery).  only the sweet scalloped hem remained as the pattern intended.

and just because i had a bit of this lovely red knit:

used the same pattern, just straightened the hemline, puffed the sleeves a bit more, and did a bit of a gather at the center neckline.  the colour is a little deeper than the photo shows. 

i will be making these pieces again, but i'll just omit the back seam altogether on the scalloped tunic and use the keyhole trick again.  ottobre loves their back zips, but i'm not a fan. 
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Environmentally friendly diaper - newborn on: August 23, 2008 07:24:35 PM
stretchy tabs = awesome!  i love the gussets, too--they look really well done. 

i have to agree that the shower curtain may not hold up well, but wool covers will work well, and can be recycled from thrifted sweaters, on the cheap!  there are lots of online resources to show you how to do this (not that i have a link at hand right now).  i've also had good luck using polar fleece as a water resistant (not waterproof) outer--you know, the stuff often made of recycled plastic bottles.  it's also easy to find, for minimal moolah.  the pul mentioned is polyurethane laminate--fabric that's bonded with really thin, flexible plasticky stuff.  i think sometimes we forget that people have been cloth diapering for ages, but the fancy-pants stuff we've gotten used to is all quite new.  did our grandmothers have pul?  no.  did it matter much in the end?  i don't think so. 

i think the serged/zig-zagged edges look fine...i've bought pro dipes with serged edges, and have never thought they looked unfinished.

so although perhaps it could use a bit of tweaking, i think your diaper is really cool!  i am so impressed with your gussets (can you tell i'm not good at those?)!  what a really wonderful gift idea.  kudos!
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