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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help me find a pattern for this dress on: July 21, 2013 11:34:31 AM
I fell in love with a scoop neck dress from ModCloth, but I can't find a pattern that in any way comes close to the cute neckline.  I've pored over my own vintage dress patterns, as well as the Big Three, and I'm at a loss.  Can you help?

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I can't believe I just... on: April 24, 2013 06:47:28 AM
...sewed the back of my son's sailor pants on inside-out, and realized it only after I'd already finished the waistband.  And they're white corduroy.

...forgot to leave a seam allowance for putting in a zipper for the dog bed slip-cover, and only bought just enough fabric.

...let my son wear his birthday onesie (the one I had just freezer-paper stenciled) without a bib, and it had milk stains before we even got his one-year pictures done.

...spent an hour hemming pants, only to realize they're still too long. 

...cut out the girl's dress pattern on fabric with nap...upside down. 

...ran out of yarn knitting the hat I had started to try to use up the skein, and had to go buy more yarn, completely defeating the purpose of knitting the hat in the first place.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stargirl Porcupine Necktie on: April 24, 2013 06:07:11 AM
A local theatre is producing the world premier of the play "Stargirl", based on the Jerry Spinelli book of the same name.

I'm going to see the play next week, so I needed a porcupine necktie to wear.  I took one of my husband's old (stained) ties, and appliqued this little guy on.  I can't wait to wear it to the play!

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Superhero cape on: February 21, 2013 02:23:26 PM
These are two dress-up capes for friends' daughters who are becoming big sisters this year.  Not technically clothing, per se, so I thought it could go on this board.

DH will of course model.

DS is getting in on the modelling gig, too.

I used each girl's initial and appliqueed it onto the cape.  They're made out of fleece, with a velcro closure.  Super easy!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kermit the Frog stroller bunting/footmuff/cosytoes on: February 06, 2013 07:03:27 PM
So it's not technically "clothing" per se, but it is for kids.  It's a stroller blanket (aka footmuff aka JJ Cole "Bundle Me") made so my kids can't kick their blankets off (which always get wound around stroller wheels, which is super fun) in the winter.  I found a toddler JJ Cole Bundle Me for $5 at a thrift store, but as I have twins, I needed another.  I tried ebay and FB yardsale groups, but got impatient. 

Plus, I had a XXXL Kermit the Frog hoodie from Salvation Army begging to be upcycled. 

Here is the before:

Close-up on the cuteness:

I used the existing zipper (so the bunting opens down the front), but I modeled the rest off the Bundle Me.  I made a freezer paper pattern from the Bundle Me.  I essentially made huge button holes in the back for the harness straps, and lined it so it would be as warm as the original.  The yellow is fleece, the flowery fabric is just cotton flannel.  It's certainly homemade, but it has gobs more character, and I know no one else will have one like it!

Here 'tis, all zipped up:

And, for ease of entry, it zips open, comme a:
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Newborn AIO Cloth Diaper on: February 06, 2013 12:31:07 PM
I've made my own soakers for my AI2s, but I bet they'd work for AIOs, too.  I buy microfiber towels (sold at Bed Bath and Beyond, or TJMaxx), and cut them to size, stack them 3-4 high, and sew.  In my AI2s, since they touch the skin and microfiber and baby skin in a no-no), I do a top layer with a scrap of t-shirt fabric (you could use fleece, since it wicks), and a bottom layer of flannel.  Then I zig-zag around the edges.  Cheap homemade soakers! 
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / One year old photo shoot! on: February 06, 2013 12:24:46 PM
For my kids' birthday we decided to experience the mall photo studio, so I can share with you their one year old pictures.  I stenciled the onesies.  I didn't want them to match (trying to keep my children's identities separate), but I did want them to "go together".  And what better way than by using a language that has masculine and feminine case on its articles? (An old schoolfriend knit the tutu.)

Wow.  Realized you can't see hers in that photo.  Here are close-ups of each kid:



And for their "Nice poses", they have coordinating outfits.  My mom made the dress using yellow linen, and I made the vest using leftovers of the yardage, as well as the headband.  My children do not wear shoes, strictly speaking, even in December. 

And for a more accurate representation of how the session went:

(My mom made my dress, too.  It's a Burda pattern of some sort.)
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled waffle-knit sleep sacks on: January 10, 2013 11:37:48 AM
XXL adult size shirts, the largest I could find. 

We swaddled in regular swaddling blankets for a long time, but once they outgrow swaddling, sleep sacks are still nice.  There is theoretically a reduced risk of suffocation (and SIDS) since a baby is not wiggling all over and moving loose blankets around.  Even though my kids are past the SIDS high-risk age, we're still using sleep sacks since I don't think they'd keep blankets on all night.  This way I know they're warm! 
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled waffle-knit sleep sacks on: January 08, 2013 06:02:58 PM
My kids are a year old (20lbs), and needed a "large" sleep sack. I brought the largest shirts I could find: XXL. For smaller babies, you can use smaller shirts.
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Recycled waffle-knit sleep sacks on: January 08, 2013 06:46:51 AM
So it's getting cold, and babies aren't supposed to use blankets. 

Hmm...$22 each for polyester fleece sleep sacks...or $2.50 for two cotton waffle-knit shirts from Salvation Army + $2 for two 22" zippers = these awesome snuggly sleep sacks?

They were just basic waffle-knit shirts to begin with.  I traced a sleep sack for the shape, bound the armholes in bias tape, and used the zipper on the bottom, not up the front, for ease.  That way I could use the original neckhole, and churn two of these bad boys out in an evening.  They're super soft and cuddly. 

I have two wool sweaters awaiting the same treatment.
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