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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / squeaking derby doll on: January 29, 2012 05:59:01 PM

I wanted to share with you the doll I made for my roller derby mate, Fatal Fantasy.  The doll is made from purple polycotton blend with the bones done in felt.  The original patterns came from here http://www.etsy.com/shop/DollsAndDaydreams though I made some changes and tweaks.

Fatal plays and refs in addition to having a love for skeleton stuffies.  Here she is in her ref jersey. 

Fatal also squeaks when you hit her, so I sewed in this obnoxious little squeak toy.

And the roller skates

I blogged about it here if you are interested: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2012/01/fatal-fantasy-squeaker-skeleton-doll.html

Thanks for looking - I'd be happy to answer any questions Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / solar dresses on: August 14, 2010 08:50:39 AM
Hey all!  These sundresses I made for my girl came about when I needed something quick to put on my girl in the heat.  They are basic A shaped, with an elasticized back and adjustable straps.  Takes only an hour or so to put together.

If you want, you can find the free pattern here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2010/08/solar-dress-free-pattern.html  

Q & C welcome!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / private pants! curtain to trousers recon on: March 04, 2010 09:24:12 PM
Hey, all!  I got me a khaki green curtain with pintucks from a thrift store that screamed for a military chic recon.  Here are my little Privates on parade:

I love pintucks, especially when I don't actually have to sew them myself

My children happen to be at the ONLY AGES when they will EVER want to dress like each other.  I am happy oblige.

Q & C welcome!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / give me colour!- Yoke dress with apron/ reconned t-shirts on: February 10, 2010 09:29:47 AM
Hello all!  This is me fighting the pre-spring gloom with bright and happy clothes, perhaps a bit too close to clownish.  

Yoke dress with apron and circle skirt, all made with virgin fabric I found at a thrift store  - I always dig through the pile, I never know what I'm going to find.  The polka dot portion is actually a knit I stabilized with some light weight fusible interfacing, which I'm also sure is older than me.  

and some raglan tees, made with various bits of old t shirts

(this one actually began as a collared onesie)

(my favorite one of all!)

(the back side of the nautical star one)

(my going too fast to take a proper picture dd - you'll have to believe me there is a heart applique on the front.)

Questions and comments welcome!  
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / instead of replacing a zipper on: November 10, 2009 12:11:33 PM
Hey, I just thought I'd put this out there for anyone procrastinating (dreading) over having to replace a zipper on a winter jacket.  In my house there is usually one a year and, damnit, I just didn't want to do it this year.

So, I did this instead:

The placket was taken from the front of a button-down shirt, which turned out to be faster, easier, cheaper, and greener. 

More info and tutorial here, if you like.

Maybe this will help someone else out too Smiley
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / cakes good enough to colour with on: October 20, 2009 10:30:05 PM
Just crummy old broken crayon melted into crayon blobs.  But they look so pretty, I had to share.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / stepping stool, monsterous on: October 18, 2009 10:43:36 PM
We needed another stepping stool but I really didn't want to buy some horrible plastic dealie for the $20 they wanted in the store.

So, I made my own with an orange box, paper recycling, an old (ugly, furry) sweater, and some waterproof covering made from a Dad's oatmeal cookie bag.  It is surprisingly sturdy.

Some eyes and teeth made from a milk cartoon turned the whole thing monsterous.

Here's what it looks like on the bottom. 

That's a non-slip shelf liner.  The cover is removable so I can change it out when I get tired of the jim henson look.

I blogged way too much info and a tutorial here, if anyone is interested: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2009/10/stepping-stool.html

I love questions and comments
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / boy toddler accessories on: October 13, 2009 01:48:22 PM
Hello!  I've recently moved and gave away some 12 jumbo size boxes of fabric before I left.  Now I have no fabric in my new place.  Or almost none.  I've been doing a bit of scavenging at thrift stores and even found a whole bag of quilters scraps for free.  This is a couple of projects I've made with my bits of gleaning. 

A child's backpack made from a fat quarter printed with a flour sack design:

That's my boy.  We're hoping he'll grow some hair before he goes off to college.

There is a free pattern and tutorial for the backpack here.

The a bit of the free quilting scraps turned into a couple of appliqued bibs.  I'm rather pleased with them so I gave them names Cheesy

The 'Baby Unplugged' acoustic guitar:

The 'Wired for Sound' stratocaster:

Too much fun playing with different prints and colours.  There is a free pattern for the bibs here.

Questions and comments are always welcome Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / bush hats on: July 11, 2009 09:01:11 PM
Hey, just wanted to share my new favorite thing.  There is a tutorial for these hats here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2009/07/bush-hat.html and I'm always happy to answer questions and, of course, hear all you've got to say. 

So, who likes the King?

The fabric came from a Blue Hawaii panel.  I made the brim golden underneath for a crown-esque look.  Or tried for it anyway.

Those are snaps on the side, so the brim can be worn down for more shade in the sun.

And the version for my Birdie Boy,

(don't ask about the cape, just know that his big sister has an extensive dress up wardrobe.  And the ukulele is his favorite right now, so there are no pics this month without it.)

And my first version, which is my favorite still, with the permantantly sewn down heart buttons.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / goof, skirt, and tanks on: June 03, 2009 09:29:45 PM
A couple of warm days has reminded me that summer is coming.  A few hours of free sewing stolen while the children ranted and raged around me at my inattention and I managed to scrap together a couple of things.

The first was a fly by the seat of my pants design.  And it sucked.

The arms are too big, the shoulders too wide, and what the hell is up with the wings?!  So, scrap that (though, for the record, the little mugwart loved it and wanted to wear it to school.)

But, because I adore fabric and hoard every inch of it, I salvaged what I could into a little skirt.

I added a waistband with just the back half elasticized (my first) and a little ruffle on the bottom, which isn't so ruffly since I seem to have a problem with actually making sure there is enough fabric for the gather.  But it's cute and I like it.  Better yet, the girl likes it too and can still climb trees in it.

I also put together a simple tank top for Smootch, with some pink knit that was passed on from one sewer to another and probably 20 years old. 

Still pink, though, so it still works for my kid.  I lined the arms, neck and waist with some brown and pink polka doted knit. 

Using the same tank top pattern (which was quickly improvised in the first place since I didn't feel like finding a proper pattern somewhere in the sewing grotto) I made up one for my boy, who is now a toddler as of tonight when he toddled around the house shrieking like a girl (which is how he calls his sister, since she is always screaming as he pulls her hair... sorry, ot)

The front of the tank is from larger child's tee, with some of the image from the front of the shirt appliqued on the side there.  The back and edging is just some striped knit I happen to have forty miles of.

To adjust the pattern to fit the boy I just raised the front neckline and shortened the length. 

I'm not sure it was a total success - the edging is a bit bulky and next time I'd better just go find some proper ribbing - but I'm quite sure that this pattern would make an excellent sweater vest come the fall. 

I am going to have to make a few more tanks for the kids, considering all of their new clothes are already in the hamper with what might possibly be permanent popsicle stains.  The kids: hard on clothes.

As always, questions and comments welcome (though, don't be too harsh with me on the first one... I can only say it's all the children's fault for my terrible lapse in judgement and skills so blame them  Grin)
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