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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Two Dirndls and a hood on: November 05, 2011 03:04:27 PM
My daughter likes for me to make her costumes, but I was short on time this year because our local German festival was coming up, and this year is her first year to dance in it, which required me to make her a dirndl.  I made this deal that I would make her Halloween costume, but I would use the same pattern as the dirndl pattern, and that is how we settled on Little Red Riding Hood.  
I made the Halloween dirndl first, which worked out smart because I knew what adjustments I needed to make for her dance costume.  On to pics:

I thought I was soooooo clever because I found this wolf fabric to line the cape:

Here is Little Red's dirndl:

There are more pictures from our Halloween photoshoot in my flickr set:

I finished the Halloween costume the night before Halloween, and within the week, I finished her dance dirndl!

I can't wait till we go to the festival!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / St. Patrick's Day test on: April 04, 2011 06:29:47 AM
This dress was a real test of my patience and skill.  It started when my mom and daughter were at the fabric store, and my daughter spotted the sparkly green fabric (green is her favorite color), and my mom said, "I'll buy you that and your mom can make you a dress for St. Patrick's Day!"  This was 3 weeks before St. Patrick's Day!  I had to buy the lining, tulle, zipper and  patterns (the first one I got needed wider fabric).  

I don't know if there's any special way to sew that type of fabric, but my sewing machine hated it.  The dots are affixed to the fabric with adhesive, which kept gunking up the needle, and causing missed stitches.  I ended up hand-sewing the hems because the machine stitching looked so bad.  

But, it was worth it.  The girl loved it, as did everyone who saw her... and I DID get it finished in time for St. Patrick's Day.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mermaid Obsession on: November 04, 2010 07:20:32 PM
My daughter has wanted me to make her a mermaid costume for the past year, and when she couldn't find any costumes that she liked in the stores, I decided to make her dream come true:

All the mermaid costumes I looked at in the stores and online were missing something I thought was important: Scales.  
I made this costume as I went along.  The "scales" are pleats in the shiny fabric, sewn on to a lining:

I sewed those two rectangles together and then shirred it with elastic to make it snug on her body and give it the ruffly effect.  There are elastic bands of sequins (from the clearance bin, yay) on the top and down near the "fin."  The fin is two layers of sheer fabric over lining (the sheer fabric was leftover from a prom dress my mom made me in 1998).  

I also made her a hair-clippy out of ribbons, sequins, and seashells.  The jewels on her face were stickers from the scrapbook department that I modified to fit the contour of her face:

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / tshirt recon for Vacation Bible School on: July 23, 2010 06:15:01 PM
My daughter went to VBS for the first time this summer.  She's a petite 3 yr old, and even the smallest tshirt was like a dress on her . . . so I turned one into a dress!  It took 1/2 yard of the stripey fabric and a button off some old pants, and I used one of her existing dresses to draft a pattern.  Her dress was a hit!  All the mamas kept sneaking by her classroom door to take a peek at the "VBS dress."  She loved the attention (and so did I).  It'll be interesting to see what the mamas come up with next year now that they have the idea.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / 10 little ladybugs mural . . . with no ladybugs on: September 08, 2009 01:56:16 PM
I liked the illustrations from a kids' book called "Ten Little Ladybugs," so I decided to paint them on my daughter's walls. 
Since my daughter is a toddler (she'll be 3 next week), and I work, it took me a year and a half to paint all of it.  On to pics!

butterfly, probably my favorite

frog, fish, duck, and there's a turtle not pictured

this bee is in the entryway, on the short wall across from the frog

caterpillar, bird

butterfly again, and grasshopper

I made a walk-through video, since it's hard to take pictures inside rooms without a wide-angle lens:
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Garden Festival T-shirt Recon on: April 01, 2009 02:55:18 PM
Last Sunday we went to a Garden Festival in Austin.  They had kids' shirts for 5 dollars, but even the smallest size (S) was too big for my girl!  Well, I've seen enough craftster recons to not be discouraged by big tshirts, so a few days later, and my girl has a one-of-a-kind festival dress, with matching bloomers!

Here's the "before" pic:

I already had the yellow fabric in my stash, and I used a capri-pant pattern to make the bloomers (I just added elastic around the leg).  
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Like a daffodil, McCall's Easy Stitch N Save M5369 on: March 22, 2009 03:16:52 AM
I bought this pattern a while back and finally decided I better use it before she outgrew it!  It turned out big for her anyway, but maybe it'll fit by this summer!  I deviated from the pattern in that the top has no raw edges.  I used grosgrain ribbon to hide the raw edges under each layer, and the side seams are all french seams.  I added some button details to give the dress more color and used some scraps from the stay fabric for a headband.  

Here's a detail shot of the ribbon under one of the layers:
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Nap mats, because my girl started "School" today! on: August 26, 2008 08:15:40 PM
My one-and-only just started a program at church called "Mother's Day Out."  It's like preschool, but since Edith won't be 2 until mid-September, she can't be in the 2-year-old class.  Anyway, at MDO the kids take naps on cots, and the staff told us we could bring something to cover the cot.  I decided to use this fabulous tutorial, which just happened to be the perfect size for the cots, but I made some changes.  I made one for my daughter and for her "best friend."  

I used only fabric that I had in my stash.  Deviating from the tutorial I added pleated trim to three sides, and I didn't make it with an attached blanket (the teachers advised against mats with attached blankets for some reason).  

I didn't put elastic in the shoulder strap.  I just made the straps the same width as the mat.

I can't sew a button-hole to save my life.  After sewing four really awful looking buttonholes I decided to go with the elastic-loop--button enclosure method.  

Instead of velcro I used zippers.  I have a box of zippers that used to belong to my grandma before she died, so I just used some of those.  22 inchers worked well.  Only the foam mat is removable on mine.  The pillow batting is sewn in.

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In hindsight, I wish I'd had more time to look for deals on the foam padding.  It was quite pricey at the craft store, and the sizes they offered were 1)too small or 2)too big.  Of course I had to buy the too big packages, so now I've got the extra foam hanging out in my craft room.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Easter dress for my daughter and veggietales shirt for my nephew on: March 17, 2008 08:00:04 PM
I'm trying to use up my fabric stash so that I can have my utility room back.  Here are two things I've made recently:

An Easter dress for my daughter (and matching baby-doll dress).
My daughter's dress was made with a store bought pattern, but the doll dress pattern I drafted on my own:

I also made this veggietales shirt for my nephew, who is 4.  It was supposed to be his Christmas present, but I didn't get to see him, so I ended up sending it in the mail just after Valentine's day.  When he got the shirt, my nephew called me up and told me, "I like pickle-man and Bob, but next time could you make me a Batman one?"

I've also got a romper in the works for my daughter.  I've just got to put the buttons on and the snaps.  Unfortunately my local craft store doesn't carry snap tape, so I think I have to sew on the snaps individually . . .

Images hosted at Flickr
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Native American Indian Baby Costume on: October 31, 2007 12:12:13 PM
The very first moment I laid eyes on my baby when she was born I thought, "Oh, she looks just like an Indian doll!"  I wanted her to be an Indian for Halloween last year but didn't have time to make her a costume.  This year I searched many stores and couldn't find a pre-made Indian costume in her size, so I had to make it.  I'm really happy with it, and I think I'll be making her Halloween costumes from now on:

The top I drafted using a dress she already had, but I ran into trouble when her big ol' baby head wouldn't fit through the neck opening.  Once I fixed that, the rest was no problem.  The pants I made from a capri-pant pattern which I modified.  The headband has velcro on the back so it's adjustable.

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