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1  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:
2  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.
3  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. 
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vegas wedding on: February 23, 2008 11:37:56 PM
earlier this month, my husband and i went to vegas, and i surprised him with an elvis-officiated vow renewal.  fun!  since i couldn't very well pack up my voluminous wedding dress and maintain the surprise, i had a great excuse to make a new one.  i used this pattern:  http://img.sewingtoday.com/cat/20000/itm_img/V8113.jpg   the only mod i did was to shorten the train a bit--i kept a wee train, which was immediately encrusted with filth.  but because i am so smart (okay, cheap), i used a nice, machine-washable synthetic! 

cue the self-conscious photo shoot!

aaaand, a shot of us at the chapel.  the red scarf is my elvis souvenir; he dabs his forehead with it and drapes it around the bride.  later it occurred to me that i should have thrown my undies at him in return. 

by the way, when you wander around the strip in a wedding dress, still carrying your bouquet, passersby LOVE you. 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / (cross)DRESSES v. 2.0 on: October 14, 2007 12:28:49 AM
finally finished the flower girl dresses!  it was hard to stuff them in a box and mail them away--but i was very very glad to be finished.  my oldest was at school, so there aren't any shots of the two of them together--just imagine all this cuteness times two.
(trial run previously posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=194172.0)

i have no idea what this pose is about...little teapot?  is it just me, or do the armholes look really big?  i even took them in.

i'm so relieved, the red sash doesn't look vile!  the red she chose is more raspberry/wine than the tomato red i was envisioning.

i also made matching boleros--i used the dress bodice pattern pieces as a jumping-off point and modified to get these.  i was going to add a peter pan collar, but didn't have time to tweak any more.  they are supersoft velour, lined with the same heavy satin the dresses are made with.

"are we done yet?"

i'm so pleased with the boleros, i made them just the right length to show off the sashes

poofy crinoline!  whee!

detail shots:

all seam allowances are serged

miles of crinoline!  i edged it with a rolled hem, even though the pattern called for a raw edge--i think it looks a little more crisp and finished this way

blind hem stitch!  not pressed out properly...

i used a large-ish bead as a closure for the boleros...i ran the buttonhole vertically, but should have made it horizontal.  this is slowly killing me inside

thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / (cross)DRESSES! on: September 04, 2007 09:32:46 AM
I am making flower girl dresses for an online friend, and since her daughters are so far away, two of my sons have kindly stepped in to model.  These are actually the muslins, the real dresses will be dark brown satin with a dark red sash (I am seriously questioning that colour combo).  I was going to whip them up in broadcloth, but then I decided to bust out the pretty stuff from my stash and make something they can wear.  I am so in love with these dresses.

Sorry for the terrible lighting, I have already packed them up to send off, so I can't retake photos.  Also, ignore the peekaboo pajama pants on the big guy.

Acting pretty:

Apparently being "pretty" means being off-balance:

The back view (I can see that I should have interfaced the zip on the pink dress--it's all ripply.  I have also taken up the hem about an inch, and done a nicer job on it, since taking these pics.):


Smaller dress: Pink satin with white satin sash, lined with broadcloth, attached crinoline.   
Larger dress: White embroidered stretch cotton sateen with purple crepe-back satin sash, lined with broadcloth, attached crinoline.

I used a rolled edge hem on the crinolines and a blind hem stitch on the skirts.  I have a sewing nerd's crush on the blind hem stitch.  I used Simplicity 4647--a very straightforward pattern which goes together nicely. 

I will post the "real" dresses when they're done--likely there will be more cross-dressing for that photoshoot.  Blackmail fodder for the future!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / leggings + tank top = cutie baby dress! on: March 17, 2007 11:54:10 PM
i bought these skully/heart leggings solely to chop up and make something new with them.  paired with a tank top i never wore, they became a great little dress for a friend's new baby.  the skirt is not uneven, just laying funny.

closer view of the awesome bodice fabric:

the sleeves are fluttery cap sleeves, they don't extend to the bottom of the armholes.  hard to tell size/scale from the photos, but i aimed to fit a 6 month old, so she can wear it this summer.  the best part was that her heavily tattoed dad and his friends really liked it!
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / info on old machine? on: February 02, 2007 04:28:45 PM
i recently bought an old brother semi-industrial machine, and can't find any info on it online.  does anyone know any sites i could check?

(it's a riviera 1781, btw.  and i paid $8 for it!  it's the highlight of my month.)

thanks for any help!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Family Series on: January 18, 2007 05:41:25 PM
 I'm planning a series, using old family photos.  Here's #1:

This is my granddad, with my Uncle Bob and Aunt Muriel.  I used photocopies of the dictionary def. of "father" in varying sizes, gold vellum (it's shinier/glitterier<--is that a word? in real life), and letter beads.  Inked edges and a bit of ink on the beads.  I'm pleased with the card, not with my photography skills.  I can't wait to do more in this theme!

edited to change to improved photo...a little natural light goes a long way!
10  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / zoomlookbook link? (edited with image--yay!) on: December 14, 2006 08:28:23 PM
i'd like to link an image from zoomlookbook to my message, but i don't know if it can be done...any tips?  all i can link is the index...


at any rate, i'm interested in knocking off a bill blass dress from the spring 2006 collection, (click "spring 2006" then "new york" then "bill blass") shown in images 76 and 77.  i'd like to modify the neckline somewhat, to more of a ballet-ish scoop, much like the top in the previous outfit (image 74).  in a perfect world, this would be finished in time for a party on the 22nd, but in reality, it will likely be considerably longer before it's done. 

i can't wait to get going on this!  i've done some mods to a shirt pattern, and am grafting a skirt onto it.  it looks fairly straightforward.  instead of darts in the front of the bodice like the original has, i decided to do princess seams.  i am definitely keeping the pockets in the skirt--how brilliant!  no annoying little twee purse to schlep to the ladies room with me, no more asking the husband to put my stuff in his pockets...

oh, and i've purchased a lovely satin with just a bit of stretch, so hopefully that will help me get the bodice fitted without too much trauma.  i'd like to line it, but all i have on hand is nonstretch stuff.  hmm.  any ideas on that?  will it look unfinished if i leave it unlined? 

any thoughts/advice appreciated!  thanks!

update:  here it is!  the original, that is, i haven't even cut any pieces for my version.  and i highly doubt i'll be on any runways in mine.

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