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21  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Mickey Mouse apron on: August 18, 2012 12:38:31 PM
For my nephew's 3rd birthday, I wanted to make him an apron, since he is starting to get into baking with his mom.  I used Sew Liberated's free pattern.  The 3-6 size seemed small when I printed the pieces, but I may not have scaled it correctly, so I made the size 6-8. 

The torch (of modeling my crafting) has been passed down to DS, who, at 8 months, sports his cousin's apron:

DH was a little jealous, but we couldn't get the neckstrap over his head, so he agreed it was time to let the young' un take over.

22  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Monster Butt pants on: July 15, 2012 09:08:47 AM

It looks like a great pattern and some Craftster folks have used it.  I tend to use what I have lying around and make do!
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby Sweaters and Hats on: July 14, 2012 04:35:05 PM
My kids turn 7 months old tomorrow.  I knit these sweaters as their going-home outfits.  It may be 6000 degrees outside now, but I have pictures (finally) of them wearing the outfits, when they finally fit (when they were about 3 months old, back in March).


24  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Monster Butt pants on: July 14, 2012 04:30:53 PM
I don't have The Big Butt pants pattern (which works so nicely with cloth diapered butts AND gives you a space to applique monsters), but I did so want monster butt pants for my children.  

In 6 month size

Now with action shots!

25  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Outfits -- Amy Butler on: June 14, 2012 01:51:40 PM
From the "little stitches for little ones" book, I found some quick outfits I can whip up in a couple of nap times.  This really came in handy as we had a triple baby shower at my work (3 women due within a month).  One girl, one boy, and one as yet unknown!  So I whipped up these three little outfits complete with coordinating taggie blankets.

A kimono top and pants (for the unknown).  This pattern is annoying in that she has you making your own bias tape.  No.  I do not do such things for baby clothing. I do not have time for such fussiness.  Wrights does a perfectly good job with commercially made bias tape, and who am I to question that?

With the taggie.

For the boy, a pair of corduroys (modified the pants from Amy Butler to be longer, added patches on the sides) and an appliquéed onesie.

With the taggie.

For the girl, a little jumper dress.  This pattern is funky.  You really have to follow the words, because a) the book is missing the first diagram, and b) the dress is never shown from the front in photos, so you don't even know it has the notch (which is not indicated on the pattern piece, either).  But it's easy once you've done it once (and I've done it three times now!)  It does run small, especially in the neck (or my daughter just has a sizable double chin).

With the taggie.

I'm super impressed with myself for being able to churn out these outfits with not-yet-6-month-old twins.  Nap time is amazing. 
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Slipcover, Take 2 on: June 02, 2012 11:03:14 AM
Almost 6 years ago, I made this:

We have since given away the rocking chair, but kept the footstool.  That poor floral cover has not held up to the test of time, so, with my infant twins in bed by 7:30 the past two nights (WIN!), I set to work making a new cover.  It's a bootleg version of the Amy Butler gumdrop pouf, or a Moroccan pouf, but altered to be only a slip cover, not a cushion by itself.  I used Ikea fabric (matches the twins' nursery).


With elderly dog in the background:

Top view, with "medallion" from another nursery fabric:

Other views:

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Boxer shorts pattern on: April 14, 2012 02:36:38 PM
Does anyone know of a boxer shorts pattern for men with that extra butt panel? All I have is a standard two piece (front, back) pattern, and DH would love to have me make boxers for him with that third panel, so they the back seam doesn't creep up his butt.

I know I could deconstruct an old pair and draft my own pattern, but I have 4 months old twins, and time is at a premium.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Oh yes I did. Mother-daughter Amy Butler dresses on: March 28, 2012 05:34:49 PM
Nope, not sequins, just a complementary fabric I picked up to "stretch" the scrap I had. 
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Oh yes I did. Mother-daughter Amy Butler dresses on: March 25, 2012 07:32:04 AM
I put this in the kids' board, since I made my dress years ago.  I saved a scrap of the fabric, hoping against hope that I'd be blessed with a little girl in the coming years.  Well, that little girl was born 12/15/11 with her brother, and now that they've started napping regularly (at the same time!) I have actually had a little time to sew.  The pattern is the Comfy Jumper Dress from Amy Butler's "Little Stitches for Little Ones".  I have my beef with the lack of diagrams in the book (and as someone else has pointed out, there is no photo of the front of this dress in the book!), but I was able to read the instructions and make the dress in two nap-times.  Mine is also an Amy Butler pattern -- the mini dress.  I made the 3-6 month size, and it fits her now, even though she's still wearing 3 month sizes in store-bought clothing. 

And with her mama:

30  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Re: This is kinda a silly questuin - Where to get a table for a craft fair? on: February 29, 2012 10:24:32 AM
I've borrowed folding tables, but I've also scored card tables at thrift stores for $5 or $8.
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