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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Boy pants on: November 16, 2008 05:00:14 PM
I made these pants for a Little boy I know. They are from Ottobre 6/08. They are probably about a size 24m-2t. I'm still working on a matching driving cap in the same fabric.



I still need to add buttons to the cuffs.

I blogged about these pants here in more detail:
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Another Capelet - Kitty Cat pink on: November 15, 2008 09:57:45 AM
I am so in love with this pattern. The capelets come together so quickly. This is only my second one and I didn't even have to look at the directions this time around. This one is a size 6-ish. These are very roomy and have room to grow.

I made this one for a trade. I hope the intended recipient likes it. I know my daughter did!

13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Swallow hooded cape on: October 30, 2008 12:46:23 PM
Thanks to LoopedyLoop who inspired me to make one of these. I went straight to my magazine after I saw hers. This came together so easily. The hardest part was deciding what to do with the "blank canvas" and trying to find a red to match the pom pom trim.

Applique detail:

14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / washing felt? on: October 28, 2008 12:38:25 PM
I want to put a felt applique on a fleece item. How well will the felt wash? Do I need to use wool felt ar can I just use the little sheets of felt? Or should I just stick to using regular cotton for an applique?

15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / One for the boys! Images galore! on: October 15, 2008 02:03:35 PM
I know that's not my son in the pictures, he was off at pre-school at the precise moment I finished. I didn't want to wait and my daughter was more than willing to pose (she loved the hat.)

My goal was to finish it before I picked him up so I could surprise him. Here was my idea of how it was going to go down:
mom: "look I finished your hat"
son: "wow you finished it"
mom: "you like it?"
son: "yeah" (real excited like, with a twinkle in his eye)

That being said I got to the pre-school to pick up my son and I surprised him with the hat. This is how it went down:
mom: "look I finished it!"
son: "I don't like that hat"

*mom puts it on his head*
*son takes it off immediately*

mom: "I made it so you can wear it when we go to the pumpkin patch"
son:"I don't like that hat"

*mom tries to appeal to his better nature so I can get a good look of the hat on his head*
mom: "you hurt my feelings when you say you don't like the hat, I spent all day finishing it for you"
son: "I don't like it"

*mom pulls out the big guns*
mom: "well you're gonna wear it or you're not going to the pumpkin patch!"
*son wears hat the whole way home!*

Sheesh, 4 year olds. He seemed pretty excited about the hat yesterday when I started working on it!

Here's a shot of the inside, I still need to make the lining to add a little more weight to the hat. I'll use black knit, which I don't have at the moment. I think the inside turned out very professional looking:

My teddy bear model:

The back:
I put in elastic at the back to have a snug fit. This hat is big enough to fit my head.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re-organized closet! Fabric folding link to tutorial on: October 07, 2008 12:50:45 PM
So I don't know if this really goes here, but I spent all weekend cleaning my sewing/craft room/office.

Here are the results:

There's a few more pics on my blog. Hope this inspires you to tackle your space!

Added10/10/08 I just posted a pdf tutorial (on my blog) on how to fold your fabric like this:

Here's the link to the post: http://petitdebutant.blogspot.com/2008/10/organize-your-fabric-stash.html
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Jesse the Yodeling Cowgirl, part I (and now part II) the finished costume! on: October 06, 2008 01:49:02 PM
I got busy on my daughter's costume this weekend. I'm using a pair of blue jeans, and some cute boots from Target.  I made the chaps this weekend using McCalls 2851. The fabric is a canvas cow print fabric.

I was not pleased with the pattern! I'm glad I did not pay retail for it, and not even the usual 40% off. I'm glad I only spent $0.99 on it. The shape was great but there wasn't any "real sewing" instructions. Luckily I know what I am doing. The back of the pattern suggests "canvas" as one of the fabrics, but pattern is better suited to  non-fraying fabrics like felt or fleece.

Anyway, you can read my whole pattern review on my blog:

Now on to the pics!

I still need to make the shirt, and I think I will just order the hat and wig.

So here is the final result of the costume!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Pink Leopard Princess dress (lots o pics) on: September 29, 2008 02:12:32 PM
This is a dress I've been working on for a while. It seriously took me about 1 week between racking my brain, tearing out seams, and just plain giving up! Why in the world did  insist on following the directions? If I had done it "my" way (which I will from now on) I would have been done so quickly! This is a vintage Butterick 2194 and I don't recommend it for a beginner.

Honestly I didn't like the dress until I put the front bows on, then I fell in love with the dress. I also changed the back to have a tie waist, otherwise it's not really adjustable. The color of the fabric is a bit more vibrant, it is a hot pink leopard print on a light pink back ground.

and the pattern:

I choose view "c" lengthened it

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I won!! My weeklong battle to create a reversible dress. Images galore. on: September 06, 2008 08:44:09 AM
I can't decide which side I like more! My daughter looks adorable in this dress.

It took me all week from "dreaming about it" to working on the pattern, to sewing the flippin' thing together.  Grin
And I only had to use my seam ripper a couple of times. It really should only take me a couple of hours the next time I make one.

Side 1:

I love the black trim on this side. I think it gives the dress a retro look.

Side 2:

I saw this fabric at the store and thought about it and passed it up. I was about to leave when I went back for it. At first I thought it was too busy, but it has grown on me and now I love it!

20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Preschool naptime Quillow on: August 13, 2008 03:56:04 PM
My son is starting preschool this coming Monday. One of the things he is required to have is a blanket for nap time. I just had to commemorate his special day with a handmade blanket. I knew I wouldn't have time to make a quilt so I remembered a pattern I had in one of my magazines for a "quillow." It is essentially a quilt that folds into it's own pocket. The nice thing is that you can make it as complicated (an actual pieced quilt) or as simple (one continuous piece of fabric) as you'd like.
Unfortunately I like to complicate my life and decided to make a weird size (45"x45" - I love square quilts) and not follow the formula given. Then I decided to piece the "pillow front" so I could embroider his name on the front. I then decided that mitered borders (on the front) would look so pretty. I even took a gander at free motion quilting (on the pillow front only) which surprisingly looks good - as long as you don't look at the reverse side!

The finished pillow size is 11.5"x11.5"

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