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31  Re: And then there were two! 2 Pillowcase dresses and an ode to bias tape making in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 15, 2007 11:26:40 PM
A wee bit of story and some more pictures!

Pillow case dresses seemed the perfect project for the swamped auntie who needs a present (my SIL said she preferred handmade, I was committed). The tute I relied on in the main (can I never just follow directions?) said it was a 45 minute job:  http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/2004/06/done_is_better_.html and I quite agree that it would have been if only I had some colorful pillow cases and wasn't a ham handed silly head. But we rescued, we rescued!

I tried to get some interesting pillowcases but found none at our local goodwill. This led to all sorts of interesting chaos. "No problem," I says to myself. I will make me some lovely bias tape from the fabric that most suits me niece and put on some e-z applique" But, oh, what a ham-handed mess I made of it! Wrong folding, wrong size and wrong sewing.

So I made the dress twice. Second time looked much nicer around the binding. And my 3YO saved the first one by agreeing to  adorn it with her drawings (I had some fabric pens and an embroidery hoop, phew!) So now her cousin will have a pillow case dress and a coordinating pillow case smock, or?  

I put wee blue bits near the intersection of the hem and side seams:

And a sort of medallion with (more messy!) contrasting stitching:

Maybe the first one is better? Eek. Here are more pics and I promise an action shot if I get one from my SIL.

Whatcha think? Tips on applique, bias tape, everything! most welcome!

P.S. I almost forgot the ode to bias tape! It really really makes a difference if you cut it on the bias, it went on like creme, like butter, like frosting! It just curved right to the fabric ... after I followed the instructions of course ;-) I just gotta find my own way I guess.

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32  And then there were two! 2 Pillowcase dresses NOW WITH ACTION SHOTS in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 15, 2007 11:08:54 PM
I did it! I plunged in and made the granddaddy of recons ... (0r is that the grandbaby of recons?) a pillow case dress! And I made such a hash of the homemade bias tape that I had to make a second one. No action shots yet as these are for my 1YO niece and my DH will not allow me to put them on my 1YO son (he would look awful cute ...)

Here they are!

And now ... action shots

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33  Sushi Twirly Skirt Dress, with pics and action shot in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 13, 2007 11:47:03 PM

This is a refinement of the skirt dress I posted the other day -- I added a ruffle on the bottom (and sewed it a bit better ... learning learning learning!)

My dear girl chose the sushi fabric and I cannot decide if I was super clever or just plain wacked with the colors I chose from my stash to go with it. I thought pulling out the orange/red would make the dress too tuna fleshy or something ... Not sure if you can see it but the sushi print has tiny blue dots and some yellow fish scattered among the orange and red -- so I tried those colors. Hmmmm. I wonder.

Still, that is what makes it fun ... playing with the fabric, mixing things around. Who knew I could love this so much? Who even imagined I could learn to sew at all!

In case you are curious about the how:
The dress/skirt is three panels and some elasticized straps (for easy off and on). The top panel has 7 rows of shirring. Each panel is larger than the one above to make it twirly. If you tuck in the straps you can wear it as a longish skirt too, though bunny don't do it, at least not yet. I gathered with zig zag over perle cotton and the shirring was done with elastic thread in the bobbin (and I used adding machine tape as a stabilizer).
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34  Re: Little red muumuu in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 11, 2007 10:58:11 PM
Well, now, m'am, here you go again! This muuuuuuuu is wonderful. Your tike too.

I am with you in your tentativeness with patterns. I bought a few, but they frighten me. So i just keep lurking here and learning what I can. Plus I bought some e-book things that are more like tutorials than patterns ... those work for me!

My lil one is no fashionista -- until recently she did not give a hoot what she wore, and she still doesn't really -- except she develops certain passions from time to time -- like this winter she preferred to wear her tights inside out -- and I, being not so fashiony myself, thought it pretty grand. And she preferred a wicked beat up pair of handmedown boys shoes too. Funny chick. Odd duck. Cutie tootie!

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35  Re: Camera Icon shows in my new posts, instead of pictures but pictures are there -- in Craftster Itself by Caine on: July 11, 2007 09:43:43 PM
The camera icon will never show instead of pictures.  The camera icon appears when it detects that there is IMG coding in the post. Smiley

You must be using Firefox?  Firefox will not show the "red X" when broken images are inserted.  Looking at your other posts, I see you use Blogger.  Blogger will not allow hotlinking to images hosted there (meaning, you can't store your images there and insert them here.  You can only post links to images stored on Blogger).  You may want to use Craftster hosting (I see you did for one of your posts) or Photobucket.

I checked your posts...

Pictures are fine here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182181.msg1895264#msg1895264

The dreaded "red x" here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=181981.msg1895080#msg1895080  I looked at the code of your post and this is what you have in the post:
then i think you see [IMG]http://[/img] and you put the cursor between them and that should do it ... you may need someone more experienced to help, but that is what I would try. That seems to be what the instructions say
  You need to edit/modify your post and actually put an image URL in there. Smiley

Aha! Wow, thank you! I am using Firefox and blogger and I did mess up that post. You are wonderful for helping me out!
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36  Richard of York Skirt!!! Vertical Strip Rainbow Twirl Skirt (4 pictures- 3 acti) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 09, 2007 11:41:37 PM
The Skirt

The Story
When I started sewing I was amazed to discover that most of sewing is not sewing but preparing (ironing, cutting, ironing, pinning, etc.) or just plain fussing. And who knew that I could amass a great big stash of fabric in only 6 months ...

... so one day when my wee gal and I had a moment away from the baby we decided to make a rainbow from fabric in our stash. She'd been drawing rainbows, and ever the DIY ma, I was teaching her R.O.Y.G.B.I.V -- Richard of York Gave Battle In Vain -- we even have a song about it ... I used the vertical strip twirl skirt pattern from www.youcanmakethis.com, though I used fewer panels so I could keep to the ROYGBIV theme. We had to pop over to Joanne's for the "vain" portion. She now violet "vain" ... orange "of," etc.

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37  Twirly Skirt Sun Dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 09, 2007 04:39:45 PM
Inspired by a combo-skirt dress I saw in a catalog, I taught myself a few new things and "unvented" this Sun Dress That Converts to a Skirt ... It is basically three tiered skirt stretched into a shired tube top with straps (elastic in casing). She can also tuck in the straps and wear it around her waist as a longer twirly skirt -- 2 skirts in one!

Easy peasy, tho gathering can be hard on the sleep deprived ma of little ones.

Here is my little she ... in a celebratory run around her room:

And here it is just laid out ... After I made this one, I made three more and it was the better part of her spring wardrobe. Most are now a bit threadbare, paint, mud and other faint prints of being a wee 3YO!

Whadya think?
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38  Kiki Applique! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Caine on: July 09, 2007 01:00:34 PM
My darling daughter just fell for Ki ki the Delivery Witch and so I wondered ... could I make her a little Ji Ji applique? I could. Zillions of errors later here it is. i tired to use fuseable web but botched up so it is a little fused and a little sewn. Cat is made with wool rayon blend felt scraps.

You can see it here:

What do you think?
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