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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: BabyWearing Poncho on: March 10, 2008 06:23:13 AM
Good job, I can't wait to be able to wear just a poncho with my little one, we just got 50cm of snow yesterday here.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Cloth Diaper Covers on: February 05, 2008 10:17:36 AM
Switching to cloth is totally worth it and because they actually feel wetness it helps to potty train.  Also, using sloth lessens the incidence of diapers rash.  I like to sprinkle green clay on DS, it is natural and naturally antibacterial and absorbs a bit of wetness.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help - need craft idea on: February 04, 2008 05:42:19 PM
Thanks, a  puppet is an excellent idea.  something that appeals to 0 and to 5 year olds.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help - need craft idea on: February 02, 2008 05:03:56 PM
I go to a playgroup where I was asked if I could come up with a craft/toy that parents can make for their child as a gift.  It will be on valentines, so it can be related to the occasion.
I was thinking a chick made of two pompoms, but maybe that is too Easter.
We will have little time, and kids will be playing in the room, so I'm not sure wet felting or needle felting would be good.

any ideas?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: sailorly BOXER for my bf, with PATTERN and PICS (and more pattern links) on: January 29, 2008 04:48:34 PM
I laid out his underwear on a piece of paper and used a tracing wheel on the seems.  They are the boxer brief kind, so lots of pieces.

A serger is great help.  I often topstich too.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: sailorly BOXER for my bf, with PATTERN and PICS (and more pattern links) on: January 28, 2008 04:03:18 PM
I like the stripes.

And thanks for the link to the pattern.  I've made my bf underwear for the last 5 years, some from t-shirts.  I would just make my oattern fromn existing boxers.

He REALLY enjoys having hand made one of a kind undies.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Cloth Diaper Covers on: January 28, 2008 03:58:30 PM
Those are very pretty.  Cloth diapering is very easy, so much easier than always running to the store for diapers.  And EC is great to use less diapers.

I also had prefolds when my son was a newbron and now I have flats and fitteds, I found that I probably would have prefered fitteds for bf explosive poo.

Cloth diapering seemed really complicated.  We've only bought one package of disposables which we used for the first 3 days following hjis birth. 

Make yourself some good waterproof bags, small ones for day trips and one or two larges ones when away.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Pocket Diapers! on: December 30, 2007 04:01:07 PM
Nice job on the diapers... I also find it takes me forever to get them done, probably cause I have many more interesting projects that I would rather work on.  I have 14 pockets cut out that I should sew in the new year.

Fior storage, I've added a very long shelf in my washroom, above the washer and dryer, I just put washcloths, liners, covers, doublers, flats and fitteds in an order that makes sense, with the washcloths being closest to the water.  I just change him on the floor in the bathroom.  And I just use a bucket for a diaper pail, I've also sewn a huge bag out of rain wear fabric that I use when I travel away.

Here is a link to corrections for the Ottobre pattern http://www.wazoodle.net/ottobre/
I haven't used the pattern, but I have knit their soaker pattern, I love wool, especially at night.

thay also sell snap press at wazoodle.com

I got mine from Serena and I love it, velcro comes undone!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: converting regular patterns for pants to maternity on: October 01, 2007 04:06:11 PM
I've been trying to find a minute to reply to this post for the last many days.

Many fancy maternity stores offer to take off the waistband of your jeans, replace it with a foldover stretch waistband or with a 2 or 3 inch elastic covered with stretch fabric. 

A basic tube, like the bellyhugger is super practical and very easy to sew, and you can leave your pants unbuttoned.

For pants and skirts ; use a basic pattern, at the hip make it straight to the top, and do a flat front with elastic at the back.
You can buy elastic that has little holes for buttons, use the technique as above and adjust pants as you go along, and after

For dresses and tops to modify your patterns :make the front 1 or 2 inches longer than the back, make the back straight, and split your pattern front at three or so equally spaced spots and add triangles that are 2 inches wide at the bottom (let me know if this isn't clear).   This is very easy to do with empire waist patterns. 

Take a very long stretchy top and sew elastic along the side seams, from under the breast down, very cute.

I use to help out one of my friends who was a maternity designer, she tried to do pieces that could double up, as a skirt and tank top, either circular and knee lenght with a big foldover waist band, or a long skirt with foldover waistband that doubles up as a dress.

Hope this helps.

10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Clapotis from Knitty on: September 20, 2007 08:38:18 AM
thanks, it's probably faster to just purl.
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