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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / butterick 5896 baby dresses and shirts on: February 27, 2011 12:48:38 PM
Since all of my friends are having babies...
Used fabric from my stash so these were free, besides the pattern I got on sale for 99cents.
The pattern itself was very easy to follow and I'm sure I'll make more in the future. Can't speak to fit yet since haven't gotten to try them on any babies yet but they look like they should work. Great way to use up scrap knits.

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / butterick 4885 dog coat on: February 27, 2011 12:35:15 PM
Made for my aunt's sweet dog-babies. (She sewed so many little dresses for me when I was little just felt like needed to repay the kindness with a couple of coats for her furry kids.) Used fabric, thread, & velcro from my stash so project just cost the price of the pattern, which was bought on sale for 99 cents I believe.
Butterick pattern 4885 was very easy to follow, nothing too difficult. I did leave off the little pockets on view C since I wanted it to be reversible and I did not use the suggested faux fur lining for the same reason. The belly straps were much too long for my aunt's skinny dogs (both Havanese breed, a type of Bichon) so ended up shortening them a bit but otherwise fit well.
Was very tempted to sew a letter on the back of each so it looked more like a cape than a jacket but restrained myself. Might have to make another of these for my littlest Sheltie and add a letter just so I can have a superdog! Smiley

Didn't get pics of the other sides - was a black and white houndstooth so they have matching jackets when it's turned to that side. Besides, it made me laugh to use houndstooth on dog jackets
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / clutches and wallet on: February 27, 2011 12:22:36 PM
used up some scraps to make new clutches (for me and to give as gifts) and a wallet (since my last one was falling apart).
Clutches are just basic zippered bags with a handle and the wallet is from the tute posted by hdogloves you -> https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20925.0
Didn't buy anything to make these, just got zippers and snaps from stash. Used the fancy stitching my mum's Brother machine does to add interest.

These are a great way to use up scraps of fabric since doesn't take much to make a lined bag... Great for those bits I just cannot toss but don't have enough to do anything else with realistically.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / simple machine pieced and tied baby quilt on: February 27, 2011 12:10:18 PM
For a friend who just had a baby girl. The top is flannel and the bottom is fleece so very warm. Tied with crochet string. Pattern is my own but so simple that it's probably been done before by someone else.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / kids half apron with crocheted lace on: February 27, 2011 12:05:44 PM
Made for my 7 yo Goddaughter for Christmas since she's learning to cook (and it went well with the kids cookbook I got her). Sized bigger than she needs so can grow into it. Used yellow gingham left over from some ancient project and crocheted the lace for the bottom from garage sale string from my grandma so this project was free! Yay for stash-busting!

6  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Vogue 7963 Lined top & skirt on: February 06, 2011 04:31:10 PM
From the "Very easy Vogue" line - My mom made this up for her outfit to my little brother's wedding this past November. Went together fast and looked really nice. She's about 4'10", ~85lbs so there aren't many mother of the groom outfits ready-made that would fit her.
Directions were easy as advertised. She says she might make it again in a linen. You can't see her hem in the pics I have right now but she made it just past the knee.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bridesmaid dresses altered Vogue 8556 on: February 06, 2011 04:24:06 PM
When my brother got married this last Nov his fiance wanted her bridesmaids dresses to be really specific and decided such on short notice. Thus there wasn't time to order them to be made so her mom made the dress for her younger sister and my mom & I made the other 2. She found a dress on-line that she'd fallen in love with (Dessy Bridesmaid Style 2739 seen at http://www.dessy.com/dresses/bridesmaid/2739/?color=ivory&colorid=114) and we managed to finesse a Vogue pattern (8556) into what she wanted. The front was mostly the same as the original pattern but the back top was altered quite a bit with extra panels & side-ties.
Picking fabric with her took more than 4 hours and 5 stores {sigh}. Managed to get these sewn up in about 2-3 weeks.
(My brother called the Saturday before their Friday wedding and asked me to make *another* dress for a 4th bridesmaid because his future brother-in-law made it back early from Basic training to be in their wedding and they would be lopsided men to women. I nearly cried. Convinced him there wasn't time since we were making the cake too, on top of working full-time, and didn't have any extra fabric from the other dresses left. Whew. Was so relieved when they just settled for being lopsided  Smiley )
on to pictures:

Action shot during wedding - best I have until they get their real photos back. Mom & I made the dresses on the ends & her mom the middle girl

Can't tell in the action shot from the ceremony but one of the girls is about 6'2" tall and it was just impossible for me to *not* try on that tall dress. I felt like I was a little girl wearing mom's clothes. When I stood on this stool it still hung about a foot past my feet (and I'm 5'5")! Though that was before we hemmed it to her actual needed length so was too long for her too at this point. Smiley

The original pattern directions were fairly easy to follow; More straight forward than some of the other vogue patterns I've seen/attempted. Might make this again sometime for myself.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed horse and fleece monsters on: February 06, 2011 03:56:27 PM
Made these up for Christmas gifts:

Horse made from bits of cut-up sweater. Not the easiest material to sew but feels nice. Used the horse pattern from Echoes of a Dream http://simmy.typepad.com/echoesofadream/2007/05/thank_you_so_mu.html.  - Did the mane & tail with thread and looking at pictures now I rather wish I'd done yarn or something so it would look thicker.

Monster stuffies for some toddlers in the family - From leftover fleece and used crochet string for some of the facial features, machine sewed the mouths and the tongues are bits of ribbon
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Simple wedding gift - name crossstitch on checked fabric on: July 25, 2010 12:00:14 PM
For a friend whose wedding I was in recently. Didn't take long, worked on my short flights to and from vacation. Hardest part was making it look straight in the frame!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first clutch/lined bag! on: July 25, 2010 11:56:53 AM
Tried with some scrap linen pieces - should have stuck with something sturdier but for a practice try it"ll do! Yay!

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