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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: "Baby Deer" pinafore dresses and cuteness embodied on: June 07, 2008 11:36:22 AM
So completely adorable!!  I'm bookmarking this one - can't wait to make cute stuff like this for my little one!
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Things I have learned about sewing (feel free to add...) on: June 05, 2008 04:30:12 PM
The only way to distract a cat from laying on your pattern piece or fabric is to ball up your pattern scraps and continuously throw them around the room...and then later, just deal with the fact that they will always love your smooth clean fabric better....

When in doubt, rethread the machine before trying to sew that seam again.

Every new project requires new fabric, regardless of the amount of fabric you have at home.

The harder you work on a garment, the less likely it is to fit when you are done.

When you think your fabric just can't be ironed flat, check the water level in the iron!!

Never assume you have the right color of thread at home...you won't have it when you get back from the store, and never assume that that color of thread is "close enough". 

Whenever the pattern instructions just don't make sense...shut off your mind and follow them anyways - they'll make more sense when you're done.

No matter how close my trash can is to where I'm sewing, the threads and scraps will never end up in the trashcan. 

Sometimes it really is better to buy the pattern even though you are positive you can figure it out without the pattern...at least when you are using good fabric.

I think I could go on and on....

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First - A Monster Diaper Bag! on: June 04, 2008 03:57:11 PM
So cute!  Love it!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Bag on: June 04, 2008 03:55:48 PM
Very pretty!  I really like the fabric and the little bit of red popping out.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Orange polka dot and stripe diaper bag!! on: June 04, 2008 03:52:10 PM
Thanks!  I got the fabric at a local quilting store - I know one of the fabrics is an Amy Butler print.  I love the store I went to - it's fairly new and it's the first time I'd bought anything there.  They had so much fabric, I spent an hour just wandering around...can't let myself go too much though - I don't think anything there was under $9.00/yd.  such good quality though! 
Anyways...as far as the pattern, I got a little frustrated with it but that's because I tend to try and think ahead of the instructions.  I think as long as you follow the instructions closely, it makes a lot of sense and is pretty easy.  The little tips are helpful too.  I was a little confused on what was meant by the webbing for the insert but I didn't end up making the insert. 
Also, the bag is a lot bigger than I expected it to be based on the picture.  It ended up being great for a diaper bag though.  So here's an action shot...
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Orange polka dot and stripe diaper bag!! on: June 04, 2008 07:54:49 AM
One good thing about being on semi-bedrest...I'm getting some stuff done!  I finished my diaper bag!  I used McCalls #4851 and cut out the pieces for the insert/divider but decided I didn't need it.

There are 2 big and 4 small pockets on the outside.

And four good-sized pockets on the inside with plenty more room left for my sling, a change of clothes, changing pad, and more toys!

I interfaced both layers of fabric with a light/medium weight interfacing but probably could have used a heavier weight in either one or two layers...I like the stability of it though.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Peacock Fairy Costume on: June 01, 2008 07:40:41 PM
I started with 2 yards each of 3 different colors of sheer fabric (6 yds total), and cut each color into pieces about 6 inches wide.  They are three different lengths because I wanted it to be longer in the back (divided the length of the yardage in three and the width of each into eight).  I sewed the colors alternating in one really big circle.  I put in a casing and gathered it with a drawstring.

My cousin hasn't seen it yet - I was going to email her mom a picture but I really wanted to surprise her with it.  I'm feeling kinda crappy still but my blood pressure is down so I'm hoping to find out Thursday that I'm off bedrest!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Peacock Fairy Costume on: May 31, 2008 02:03:49 PM
Always happy to give someone a lightbulb moment! 
Unfortunatly, I wasn't able to give her the costume today...we had to cancel our trip to the faire because I was put on bedrest for at least the week.  If I get the okay, hopefully we will go next weekend and I will post a pic with her wearing it.  She was soooo disappointed we couldn't go - she's been waiting for this for months.  I feel terrible!  Sad
19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Peacock Fairy Costume on: May 28, 2008 06:40:43 AM
Thanks!  I can't wait to show it to her on Saturday!!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Peacock Fairy Costume on: May 25, 2008 06:45:54 PM
I'm finally getting back into my sewing room and got around to making my 10 yo cousin's fairy costume for the faire next week.  I plan to add more peacock feathers to the bodice shoulder if I can get to Hobby Lobby this week.  I'm going to add more feathers (probably not peacock b/c they cost too much!) to the skirt (there are feathers there if you look closely).  The back laces in a curvy little diagonal and she has wings to wear with it.  She hasn't seen it yet - she's going to be so excited!!

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