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51  printed linen pinafore and capris in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: April 05, 2008 08:23:29 PM
oh, linen, how I love thee!   

The pinafore is modified from ottrobre spring 2008.  The linen is printed (twas not me).

My monkey loves these tie capris, which I've just left the seam split at the bottom and added a casing.  I made a go at some embellishments too - I wish I could say my crappy hand stitching was meant to be part of the rustic linen charm, but basically I just suck at hand stuff.  I'm hoping to improve.

questions and comments welcome  Smiley   
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52  new spring duds for the monkey in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: April 03, 2008 03:09:15 PM
I took a little inspiration from the spring 2008 ottobre. 

The pinafore fabric is an attempt to satisfy the monkey's pink desires (which I usually do not use to sew with, since she gets so much of it from her grandparents but I'm not totally cold hearted). 

I'm not really a fan of this ribbon thing.  I put the ribbon tie in front (instead of up on the shoulder like the original pattern called for, but it goes really wonky when she starts playing with the ribbon or even just moving naturally.  Seems a bit too fussy for me.

The under shirt is a modificiation of a ottobre pattern.  I'm really happy with it - I've been looking for a basic top to wear under pinafores and sleeveless dresses, not made of knit but loose and comfy, and still nice enough to wear with a pair of pants or skirt.  Definitely going to make some more in basic colours to coordinate with all the monkey's twirly dresses.

The pin tucks were a little anal to do but I do like the way they look.  I'm glad I did them in reverse - I could use a little practice  Embarrassed

The capris are just a basic pants cut in armani suiting with casing for ribbons to gather on the bottom.  They are plenty big - its spring and my kid will sprout like a weed - and I added a couple of pockets, using the same fabric as the top (though you can't see them, but trust me they are there). 

As it is, the monkey loves the capris (it was the first thing I finished and she's been wearing them for days), finds the pinafore annoying (and not twirly, which means that I may as well throw it out now), and the top pretty and comfortable enough for pjs.  Haven't had one 'too scratchy' comment yet.

comments and questions welcome  Smiley
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53  angus cap in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: March 30, 2008 03:50:33 PM
You'll have to forgive both of us for these photos.  My first go at drafting a hat pattern to keep the sun out of the monkey's eyes this spring, and she's been sick for 2 very long weeks.  We're all a little out of sorts.

dh calls it her it her angus (young) hat, but its probably the curls and her expressions that ties it all in. 

When I first finished it I hated it so much that I didn't bother really to put it together properly - thought it was doomed from the start.  I really should of at least ironed it  Roll Eyes  However, in the light of a new day, I think its rather cute and the monkey loves it, so I'm going to redraft my pattern and have another go at it.

Comments welcome
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54  wee clothes for a birthday baby and a monkey (or three, but not my usual kind) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: March 20, 2008 03:34:16 PM
My young friend will be one yr old this weekend and this is what I made for her:

Peasant blouse from vintage fabric I've been holding onto forever

Couple pairs of pants (I asked her mom where she needs some holes filled in her wardrobe)

very basic, cotton pants - should be good for the coming summer.

And, because she can not get just clothes  Roll Eyes for her birthday, some bean bags, which are actually filled with rice because I thought it would be nice to be able to heat them for sore tummies and to warm up beds as well as throw them around.  I made them into monkey heads because I'm either very fun or very twisted  Wink  I did coordinate them with her pants, though, which is why I feel justified posting them in the clothing section  Cheesy

I think they're cute but I kind of imagine they might be a bit creepy to a baby.  I hope not.  I tried for quirky, not scary

And because I know someone will ask, yep, the buttons are securely sewn on.  Very secure.  I used no sew bonding paper to do the monkey face and nose.


eta: I'm a dork.  I've just had it pointed out that I can not give these bean bags to a 1 yr old.  First off, they weigh too much for the kid to throw and second, even if I give them as a rice heat bag, the eyes are going to melt.  (Though, they are fun to throw at a husband who has just come home and pointed these things out to me  Grin).  Pregnancy brain, yeesh.  So, back to the drawing board for me  Roll Eyes
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55  Re: Wee Skullie Hat, Ridiculously Pink, and a Tie-Dyed Elf (pics) in Crochet: Completed Projects by vegbee on: March 19, 2008 06:03:31 PM
Some pics of my monkey in llisaredd's fabulous hats:

fits wondefully!  She wore it to school today and was the envy of her classmates (and her teachers, who keep an eye on her wardrobe too  Cheesy)

don't let the fake smile fool you, the monkey loves this hat (she says it's the right kind of pink, not like the pink her mom made her jacket with  Roll Eyes)  She's just sick of smiling for me  Embarrassed
Not like this pic:

which ended up over exposed and doesn't do the hat justice.

As for the skullie hat, well, still waiting for the young guy to arrive.  Soon...

Thanks so much llisaredd, I love these hats!
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56  (the last) tiered twirly dress (damnit) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: March 11, 2008 04:01:19 PM
The Last Twirly Dress I Am Making for A Really, REALLY Long Time.
Because I'm tired of the 3 times around to attach a tier 12 feet in circumference.  But, hey, I managed to use the sea turtle fabric the monkey has been agitating for, as well as the elvis guitar fabric (sash).  I hope that she is feeling well supplied with the twirly dresses for the rest of the year.

specs: bodice from a pattern.  Added the buttons to draw attention away from the fact that I put the sash seam right in front of the dress (its not very visible, but I know its there.)  Bodice is lined with flannelette (a horse print of all things) because the monkey is always complaining that her dresses are itchy.  The first layer is 40" long and each subsequent layer is 1.5X longer.  Gathering is done with clear elastic (which I am using my regular machine, not the serger, to sew onto the tier - it takes much less thread and is actually a bit easier to control).  Bottom hem is a rolled hem.

Its supposed to be an invisible zipper, but I guess I'm not very good with them.

zee twirl shot

and my new favorite picture:

I had to bribe her with playing her dad's ukulele to get her to sit still. 

comments/questions welcome  Smiley
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57  lined jackets for spring (wherever it may be) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: March 01, 2008 05:34:55 PM
A couple of spring jackets for my monkey.  Apparently, the whole spring colour thing passed me by this year because both jackets are pretty dark (so unlike last year), but the monkey did manage to convince me to use some pink.

This is a knit shell with a fleece lining (don't ask me why knit, I guess I hate myself)

Its pulled pretty tightly over her twirl dress she insisted on wearing (they do add bulk, yes).  It fits better than it looks here.

The next is corduroy in my favorite chocolate brown with a pink thick knit lining (again, why do I have to do knits?  Don't I know they are a royal pain to sew?  Roll Eyes)

The front of this jacket has been totally revamped because I thought my older way of putting the front on was too onerous.  It is much less bulky to sew than the other one.

I love these buttons.  They are so vintage I had to reglue the brass rings in them (or does that just make them crappy?)

(I know some of you have been waiting patiently for this pattern and I promise I've been working on it.  You see, I've been tweaking (and tweaking) to make sure I'm not about to share something silly.  Almost there, guys, hang on...)

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58  wee corset dresses (much pics) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: February 19, 2008 10:02:33 AM
Can you tell that I'm craving above zero temps?

I've been working out this pattern, particularly the sizing while the monkey is at school, thus it took me 3 goes before I had it exactly the way I want.  So, I'm going to show you in reverse order of wot I done made.  Okay, from best to not so best,

Ye ol' tattoo fabric:

wonky bow!

close up of funny face, uh, applique:

(dh says she looks exactly like me in that shot)

Cotton, linen-like fabric from a second hand store I adore, but no one else seems to like  Roll Eyes  Ended up sort of clownish with the upholestry fabric straps (rolled hem to finish sides, btw).  And, no, this is not a hat.  I haven't fell that low with my preg hormones.  Its actually a particularly festive drum head cover I made, but, durnit, it matches and I got extra silliness from the kid:

(yup, wonky bow)

And the last one, which was actually the first, which is actually a top.  This one I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted and I think it shows in the design, but she'll end up wearing it anyway b/c, I dunno, it's not so bad is it?

I think the touque really completes the outfit  Cheesy (I'm canadian, we actually do wear these types of combos).

If y'all are interested, I'm going to get a tutorial going on my blog a little later on today (I'll let you know when its up).

Tutorial here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/02/corset-dress.html

As always, adore questions/comments.
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59  preschooler v-day cards in Valentine's Day by vegbee on: February 13, 2008 07:12:57 PM
or rather instead of valentine's cards for my dd's preschool, though I'm sure she'll be the only one without disney princesses or transformers or whatever.  We are already pariahs for our handmade b-day gifts so what the heck?

They are construction paper hearts formed into a flower shape (see the glue  Cheesy), with a sucker pushed through the middle.

thanks marthastewart.com for the idea simple enough for the 3 yr old and dh to help out on  Cheesy

Happy valentines day!
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60  pintuck dresses (warning: big fat pics) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by vegbee on: February 12, 2008 07:36:12 PM
A burning desire to use the faux pintuck my serger can do (its just a rolled hem on a folded edge so its not cut)

Circle skirt bottom with printed linen:

the hem is a rolled hem too b/c I couldn't imagine trying to do a regular hem on such a curved edge.  Can I say enough wonderful things about the rolled hem?

(Its driving me mad that there is an uncut thread hanging off the bottom in the pics!)

See pintucks? 

Another dress, same sorta thing, this time with a gathered skirt and no sleeves. 

This dress is also for a swap and the very last of this fabric (except scraps) which is probably becoming familar to some of y'all.

My bow tying skills... not good  Tongue

pintucks and vintage button

Whaddya think?
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