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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Beginning Sewing: Easy to Sew Top on: November 15, 2012 11:17:52 AM
Firstly, you did a great job.  The top is super cute!

You're probably right about the interfacing for the yoke.  Usually it's attached only to one side (lining or outside).  Interfacing comes in different weights.  For all projects, you have to decide what effect you need.  I usually have a generic "lightweight", but even that comes in different varieties, such as woven, non-woven (I hate this stuff), fusible, and non-fusible.  Some patterns specify you're supposed to trim away the seam allowances of the interfaced pieces, so it won't get caught in the seam.  Others don't.  It will add bulk. 

Exposed seams on the inside don't have to be finished.  If I'm making a gift, I might try to finish them, but usually, if it's for me, I don't bother.  There are a couple of ways to finish inside seams if you want.  You can zigzag over the edges, which will catch some fraying.  If you have a serger, that's the easiest way.  You could also tuck the seam allowance into itself, iron it down, and stitch it down.  Tedious.  And very pretty.  French seams seek to avoid this problem altogether.  Or, when you have a fabric that doesn't fray so much, just leave it be.  Or, you can take pinking shears to the raw edges.  Super easy. 
22  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A veggie patch on: November 15, 2012 09:37:34 AM
Being a parent of twin babies, I missed the chance to submit these to the Craftster Challenge this month.  It's hard enough to find time to make Halloween costumes, let alone photograph them, upload said photos, and post them. 

But I did it!  (if a little late).  At least the costumes were done on time!

Peas and carrots:

Stinker little boy, smiling because he pulled a Halloween sock off:

And sweet little girl, unsure if she will tolerate the hat.

The costumes were based on ones I saw on Etsy, but didn't want to pay $135 for.  They're basically polar fleece tubes with loose elastic at the neck.  Little boy is wearing pants made from the sleeves of an old shirt of mine. Little girl's tights were store-bought.  The hats are lined so they can wear them all winter, and they're based on this snow pixie hat, yet I modified the shape and construction to meet my needs: http://sewliberated.typepad.com/sew_liberated/2010/12/the-snow-pixie-hat-tutorial.html
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby cardis and hats on: November 15, 2012 08:07:00 AM
I know I posted these pre-baby, but I don't think I ever got around to posting pictures of my actual live children wearing the sweaters I knit when I was deep into maternal nesting pregnancy insanity. 

The "newborn" size fit them when they were about 3 months.  This was our standard go-to outer wear, actually.  The stretchy knit fabric made it much easier to dress them for outings than little fleece jackets.  Plus, I knew it was warm, being Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Chunky. 

My son:

My daughter:

A friend crocheted the flower for her hat.  It's a 3-D daffodil. 

These were my first knit sweaters ever!  I wish I had time to make them the 12 month size this winter... Tongue
24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Baby headband bauble on: August 18, 2012 12:44:15 PM
So, I have 8 month old boy/girl twins, and people are always asking if they're identical.  Clearly, they're not; they look nothing alike, and even if they did, they're BOY/GIRL twins.  My daughter has the most amazing eyelashes, but is bald.  My son has much more hair than she does. So even if she looks like a girl in every fiber of her being, people see No Hair, and think BOY.  I don't always help them out by dressing her in whatever I feel like (read: anything but pink).  On one fine day in June, however, I decided to help out the errant passerby, and I crafted her a huge honking flower/bow thing to attach to a headband.  It sure ain't pink, but I think it fairly screams, "GIRL!"

It was admittedly a bit heavy, but cute nonetheless.

Doesn't she look chuffed to be wearing it?
25  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.

26  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!
27  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).


28  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!

29  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. 
30  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:

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