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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Super easy to make dollhouse tableware on: November 01, 2009 08:50:02 AM

This idea occurred to me right before falling asleep: how to make your own miniature tableware, for all you dollhouse lovers out there  Grin
Tutorial (off site) can be found at http://babypatterns.atspace.com/tutorial5.html
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Angel wings for my toddler on: November 01, 2009 02:15:27 AM
This was my youngest daughter's carnival costume  

but I suspect my eldest will be borrowing them for christmas Grin Grin
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / 'vintage'soft soled baby shoes on: June 10, 2008 05:04:45 AM
These are my Lucie's first shoes  Grin

They were made from her dad's old leather jacket, stretch binding tape and a pair of cut up insoles. For the pattern I copied my own first shoes that my mum had bronzed some xx years ago (that came in handy now heehee)


Thanks all!
kjlutz, I always use my old hand cranked Singer machine and an ordinary needle for sewing leather.

And this is how I came by the pattern:
When I was looking at Mark Jenkins' tutorial for making tape sculptures (http://www.tapesculpture.org/), the idea occurred to me.
Unlike in the paper-or duct tape dressforms this method results in a thin and flexible layer:
easy to see through (for marking details) and easy to cut open very precise.

Here the bronzed original is wrapped in clingfoil and sticky tape

Here it's cut open (along the seamlines of the original shoe) and laid out flat

This is what the final pattern drawn on thin cardboard looks like.

When I made a trial version, the size of the shoe was not right for Lucie, so I downsized and modified it somewhat.
The original had a button closure, and I used Velcro for a more adaptable fit.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / pink slippers! size 24 on: September 19, 2006 01:02:40 PM

To keep my dd's little feet warm Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler party dress with matching shoes (with off-site tutorial) on: September 03, 2006 04:56:29 AM

For my sisters wedding I made my daughter a silk party dress. Then I got so inspired by this post from
and visiting http://www.marywalesloomis.com/ that I decided I'd make some shoes to go with it!
They turned out real nice, only proved way too big, so as I had to do another pair, I thought I might as well do a
on the way. Enjoy! Grin

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 piece paper tape dressform on: July 26, 2006 02:47:37 AM
Having a bit of taping experience already (we made a duct tape dressform of my little sister in march
my sis and I taped me up last week, in two parts this time, which proved to be a good idea:
while being wrapped you can still move the rest of your body  Grin
First we did the upper half, and I did the bottom half a few days later on my own.
The thin white band marks the line where the 2 parts will be joined later on

The upper half took some 2 hours to wrap, we did 3 layers, saving the neck for last

When stuffed, I closed the forms with identical, oval pieces of cardboard and connected both parts with velcro and secured them with some extra screws

To our surprise the paper tape was WAAAY easier to use than the duct tape!!! It wasn't  messy or uncomfortable, it felt a bit cool on the skin, like putting on a nearly dry garment: perfect in hot weather Smiley The paper tape has other advantages too, f.e. it's extremely cheap, we used only half a roll of paper tape (EUR 4,75 a roll)
the finished form won't sag, it's not smelly and doesnt gum up your sciszors or pins

it's firm like cardboard, which makes it fast and easy to stuff without distorting its proportions (I used strips of bubble wrap)
What did work well was wearing a tight fitting shirt underneath, and what speeded up the wrapping process was precutting lots and lots of pieces of tape before starting to stick them on
Also, what is important is to stand very still when being wrapped in the first layer because correcting afterwards is not easy, whereas doing the first layer neatly makes the rest of the process a lot easier (and faster too)
what didn't work so well was wearing tights: they shrink back when you've cut yourself out of the form
making it less stable so you're obliged to stuff it (which otherwise you don't need to)
what I forgot to do was drawing plumb lines on her sides, you DO need those to see if she's upright when hanging her or putting her on a stand
Oh man, I'm so thrilled to finally have my own dressform!!! I fitted a skirt and a dress on her already, and she does great Cheesy

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