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51  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Last day of summer dress on: February 27, 2009 09:00:41 PM
Hubby has this weird idea that long floral dresses = the uber feminine.  Since I won't wear them he's decided to inflict his little flower craze on our daughter.  Even more weird?  She likes them too.  Sigh.

So we have here a dress made on the southern hemisphere's last day of summer.  Hubby picked the cotton, white with tiny blue flowers, green leaves and eensy weensy mustard coloured dots.  He picked the ribbon too; 1 1/2 inch pale blue grosgrain.

It's a full circle skirt (argh, the math!) with a plain button up top and bound edges, decorated with a ribbon belt.  Miss is in love with the elegant twirling and the big pretty bow. 


52  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Frangipani (plumeria) flower girl dress on: October 23, 2008 10:17:52 PM
3/4 front view:

frangipani dress 3/4 front by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

Miss is a flower girl at her aunties upcoming wedding.  We live in the tropics; frangipanis are everywhere and made a fitting theme.  Miss wore the dress (decorated in blue) at a wedding several months ago, but I didnt want to make another dress while this one still fits.  Instead, we revamped!

The dress itself isn't my work (just the bling) but I believe the pattern was McCall's M4759.

Side view:

frangipani dress side by rossieforpresident, on Flickr


frangipani dress front by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

Front (with neckline visible):

frangipani dress front 2 by rossieforpresident, on Flickr


frangipani dress back by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

3/4 back:

frangipani dress 3/4 back by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

The flowers are silk with a little glitter added in the centre (because glitter goes with everything).  Aside from the corsage, which was glued to a thin piece of card first, they are sewn right onto the dress.  The beading was threaded onto wire first then stitched down.  The green sash is the same fabric as the Matron of Honour's dress, with some pleats added for a bit of texture.  The bow is stitched to the sash on the left and clips onto the right to make life easier with the zipper.  All the bits and pieces are sewn on delicately so they can be removed after the wedding.


frangipani dress corsage by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

Back pleat detail:

frangipani dress back detail by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

And another:

frangipani dress back detail 2 by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

53  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Scary formal dress -> mermaid dress on: October 22, 2008 12:05:06 AM
Took a frightening 80's-esque formal dress, with the dropped waist and mega-fluff and scary poofy sleeves:

big scary dress by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

And turned it into a mermaid play dress:

mermaid side, posing by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

(Never mind Miss and her posing)

The process:

Seperate the dress into its major components: bodice, skirt, sleeves.  Take out the zipper. Find scary tule fluffer things inside the sleeve.  Detach and save for later use.

Cut the top half of the bodice off.  Use the previous sleeve cuffs for straps, decorate with scary fluffer tule and gathered shoulder bits.  Make bottom and tail using the old skirt (pattern from Australian Women's Weekly 'Kid's Dress Ups & Parties'.  Recommend serious meditation and calm breathing before attempting to use the pattern sheet.)  Add frilly thing to the waist cut from dress lining.

Attatch top to bottom.  Using gauzy lining from old dress, make ties for the back closer.  Add plenty of sequins.  

Find lots of jewellery, sparkly makeup and girly hair things and play dress up!

Detail shots:


Mermaid sleeve by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

Back closure (pretty bows)

mermaid back closure by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

Dress with tail

mermaid back, tail by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

More shots at flickr, if you're interested.
54  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Freezer paper source in Australia on: October 28, 2007 03:07:47 AM
For Aussies wanting freezer paper, I came across this site -


In the category 'other', you can find freezer paper and bleach pens.  Hurrah for us!!!
55  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Scrapbooking: Completed Projects / Recipe Scrapbook on: August 06, 2006 05:24:53 PM
I made a mini scrapbook as a housewarming gift for a friend who is moving into her own flat.  She often calls me up for recipes, so I put together a collection of my favourite desserts, cakes, etc and made them all pretty.  I've been scrapping my favourite recipes for ages - the plastic sleeves save the pages from spills and the albums make a lovely display.

In this case, I used a purchased album with 6 X 6 inch pages.  I printed the recipes and then decorated the pages with borders, stickers, etc.  I scanned four of the pages, the first of which you can find here:  

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