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41  oh linen so fine! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: July 17, 2008 05:20:04 PM
We are attending a wedding this weekend and I've used it as an excuse to play around with some linen and start learning embroidery.  I love linen.  I think I've mentioned that a few hundred times before. 

Anyway, my kidlets in their finery:


do you know how hard it is to make a 3 month old smile on demand?  And its the best of the bunch  Roll Eyes

okay, the monkey:

It's gray linen dress with capris, and a roughly embroidered mermaid (her choice).  The dress is cut on the bias, except the top bib bit.  I love its simplicity.

The mermaid on the frame:

not the best pic, sorry.  My camera hates me lately.

And birdie's outfit:

with a squinting birdie:

They are linen trousers with a gather under the knee:

And the shirt used to be a curtain, but it's a cotton gauze.  See my finesse with embroidering Xs  Roll Eyes

All of them are my own patterns, though I took my inspiration from the european designers.  I'm pretty happy with all the designs except the boy's tunic... I'm going to move the button to the back and just leave a small v opening in the front. 

And, not wedding related, but another twirly patch dress, which I love because of the tulle trim:


(hope y'all aren't sick to death of seeing these, but you can look away if you need to.)

questions/comments welcome!  Smiley
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42  patchy tie up top in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: June 29, 2008 07:18:04 PM
this one began as a stripwork apron top (tute here for the interested: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/06/stripwork-apron-top.html
but ended up becoming a full A-line top with adjustable straps that tie in the back.



I adore this tie up  Smiley



I also love the embellished broadcloth that I've been using forever... I have about 1/16 of a meter left that I'm hoarding still  Cheesy



(sorry it couldn't be a better pic, it's the best close up I have for now)

Comments and questions are welcome as always  Smiley
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43  stripwork apron tops in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: June 15, 2008 08:12:55 PM
A wee friend of mine asked me to make her an apron for her 11th birthday (I did the same for her last year, and even though it sorta sucked she wears it all the time still).  So, because I've never done this before exactly, I made one for the monkey to make sure I had the concept:

like the halloween fabric?  I didnt want to use precious stuff, but I kinda think this works out pretty cute

wee bit big so she can grow (like the spot where she sat on the very dirty bar at the playground  Tongue)

yes, she's in model mode today  Roll Eyes

And, since I think I got the idea, the one for my wee friend:

She chose the fabric... gotta thing for turtles I guess

action shot of friend wearing it with her new gee tar

I love these apron tops - I think I love patchwork and have great desires to explore the realm of patchwork.  Next up is an apron top for I... with a modesty panel in the back and extra straps to cover up the nursing bra... maybe I should leave this style to the young  Tongue

Right.  So, comments/questions welcome!

tutorial: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/06/stripwork-apron-top.html
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44  happy bum and biggie hoodie for the wee bird man in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: June 09, 2008 02:40:43 PM
I took apart a couple of long sleeve tees for clothes for birdie boy this weekend. 

Yes, the pants are pink.  Well, purple, but pink enough.  Dh has forgiven me, I hope you will also  Cheesy

Don't ask me why a happy face - dh chose this as an applique.  Well, when I said 'chose', he actually said something like, 'I don't care.  A happy face or something.' when i asked his opinion.  Me, having post partum baby brain, can't come up with anything better right now.  Somebody rescue this baby!

oh, yes, tutorial for the pants here: 
http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/06/happy-bum-pants-from-sleeves.html

And, another hit from pp brain, the 'mommy, its too big' hoodie:

it really is okay, but too big.  It would fit a 9/12 month old probably (though the pattern does say 7-13 lbs, but we all know commerical patterns are cra-zee when it comes to children's sizing).


But, since I was cobbling this together from one long sleeve tee (with different patterned arms - a past recon from 2 different tees for myself), I didn't have enough of one type of anything for the hood, nor could I make a straight cut to piece together the hood so I ended up with a bit of a wave, which I am totally in love with an intend to do on purpose next time:

(as modelled by the monkey)

Comments/questions welcome!
(and those who visit the tute blog, check out my new snazzy illustrations.  Gettin' crazy with the microsoft paint program here  Cheesy)
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45  linen baby jacket and pants in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: June 05, 2008 09:19:10 PM
This is a bit big - its supposed to be for a six month old and my son is only 7 weeks - but he's a bit of a tank and I make him wear it now anyway  Cheesy



It's a dark chocolate linen with cotton lining and coordinating pants.  I have such a hard time photographing this shade of brown, but you get the idea.



questions/comments welcome  Smiley
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46  much talk and a few pics of summer tops in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: May 19, 2008 06:08:24 PM
O.k, I know this patchwork like this is popular right now, and yesterday I noticed I could buy it by the meter at the fabric store, but I'm not sure of this one's origin.  The meter of completed patchwork came in a box from my step monster's sewer friend who decluttered her older fabrics.  Among the donated fabrics was 'snoopy' jersey knit and a frightening amount of ribbing in neon colours, a la the 80s.  So, this is most likely old it's circled in popularity (probably) but I'm not sure if it was done by the lady or commerically created.  The back is unserged (nasty fraying edge threads everywhere) so it hasn't been boughten recently anyway, nevermind that its been in my basement for over a year.

Anyhoo, anyone who can offer insights to this style of patchwork, done at home or commerically made, please please share.  As has been noted elsewhere, I'm a bit out of it as far as whats hot and whats not etc.  Except the snoopy knit - I do know not to go there  Cheesy 

right.  enough talk.  pictures!

tis a basic halter top, fakey buttons (as in not functioning, just decorative).  The back is gathered with the straps (one strap that goes all the way through).




I have also revamped my peasant blouse tutorial - mostly refined tha shape of the blouse to make it hang better - and I had to make yet another blouse of course



accidently cut the arms too small by 1/2" or so on this particular one but it works, yes?



oh, and tute is here if u want
http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/07/peasant-blouse.html

 Smiley
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47  wee summer top in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: May 12, 2008 05:12:48 PM
 a bit too big, but I'll feed her up good before it gets too warm  Cheesy  Here's some instructions for anyone interested: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/05/shirred-tank-top.html



The straps and back are shirred.  Rolled hem finish on the straps, back and bottom.



Very simple and quick to make and the monkey finds it quite comfortable.  Exactly how summer sewing is supposed to be.  (um, just need some summer now  Roll Eyes)



questions/comments welcome  Smiley

(oh, sorry the pics are so big... must fix that...)
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48  lettuce tank (lotsa big, dark pics) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: May 08, 2008 06:09:03 PM
My first go at this style.  I do like it very much, despite being very, terribly green.  I've got some tweaking to do to my pattern, and then I'll post a tute for anyone interested (though y'all could prob figure it out yourself quick enough).



The fabric is knit, with the back and straps shirred.  I did a lettuce edge on the whole thing with rainbow wooly nylon (rolled edge on serger with the differencial feed turned to lowest setting).



I think the straps may be a bit short - next time just a inch or so longer so the front sits a bit more natural.



I also accidently did a bit of a lettuce edge on the front top piece - I should of just done a regular edge or even a folded hem (but I wasn't in the mood to fuss with the knit fabric hem).



all in all, the whole thing took about 40 minutes.  The monkey only wants to wear sleeveless shirts now that the weather is a bit warmer (well, today it's snowing, but warmer generally  Roll Eyes).  The next one I'll have a go with woven fabric - hopefully I'll be able to get it over her head.



comments/questions welcome - and I'll try to get a tute up... soon.  ish.  Smiley

tutorial here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/05/shirred-tank-top.html
enjoy  Smiley
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49  matchy match hats for monkey and baby in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: April 21, 2008 08:07:07 PM
so I got this here new baby and somehow managed to crawl down to my sewing room for a quickie project.  Has to be very quick because the monkey wants matching everything now  Roll Eyes 

Coupla knotty hats cut from an old tee:


 Smiley
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50  wrap capris in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: April 12, 2008 04:50:48 PM
a little project for me to start to learn some embroidery and make something for spring without spending too much time at the sewing machine (I can't seem to get within arms reach of it, for some reason  Roll Eyes)

been meaning to make some wrap pants for the monkey that aren't tied (like I do for The Man).  I put in an elastic waist and they work rather well if I do say so myself.



they are linen (brown again I'm afraid), and I used an organic cotton yarn to do the blanket stitch around the edges and added a few other little bits of embellishment.



I also stitched up the top part a bit so they don't come open as she's playing.



I'm quite pleased with them and think I'll be making myself a pair for summer (maybe with a single tie waist through a casing).

I did make a tutorial for anyone interested here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/04/elastic-waist-wrap-pants.html

comments, questions are welcome  Smiley
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