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1  CINDERELLA Inspired Winter Princess Dress Up Costume in CHALLENGE 42 ENTRIES by elizabethsmommy on: September 05, 2009 08:36:09 PM

All of the items I bought at the dollar store were:
1- Ballon with Three Disney Princess on it (this was my inspiration)
2 White Table Clothes
2 Blue Tables Clothes
1 Loofah
1 Bunch of Holiday Ribbon in Blue with Silver Snowflakes
1 Bunch of Hoilday Flowers/Leaves
1 Gift Bag
1 Headband

Came to $10 plus tax.

I used a pattern for the bodice, but had to tweek it a lot after it was sewn to get it fit properly.

 I had no idea how I was going to do the sleeves or the little puffy things on the side of Cinderellas dress. I ended up doing large circles and then gathering them at the top. I tried to make similar circles with the blue for the sleeves but they didn't work. They ended up looking more like airplane wings.  Grin

The back of the table cloths had interfacing and I had to tear that off to work with it. I also wanted to use the whole balloon but it just didn't fit on the dress nicely, so I cut out my daughters favorite character and glued it on. This was fun project. Also, I used the loofah like a petticoat underneath but it didn't create as much lift as I wanted- some but not a lot.

I wanted to make it slip on, so I made a clasp with the pearl along the top to secure it closed while she wears it.

Here is my finished product. Hope you like it.! Smiley

I love her mismatched shoes- precious!  Roll Eyes
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2  Maternity Hospital Gown in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by elizabethsmommy on: May 29, 2009 11:37:53 PM

I made a Hospital Gown for my stay during Labor and Delivery. Truly there is nothing wrong with the ones at the local hospital, but I wanted to sew something that was fast, easy, and uncomplicated so I could be proud of it. And I AM! Smiley

I did the binding around the arms and neckline my self. This was the first time I had ever tried to make my own bias cut binding. The only part that was horrid was the handstitching it to the front so it would look neat. I guess it was a good thing to sit for a long time, because I could put my sore, swollen feet up!

The other thing is that there is a high probablity that my doctor will want to induce me again. When this happened the last time it took a long time to start, lots of walking, and I eventually got maxed out on Pitocin, took a break, and started over. 30 hours of labor in total! So, I needed a gown that was practical- hence the colorful front pockets. I can store my IPOD in one and it won't fall out!

I used snap tape to secure the shoulders and back so no peak a boos and easy access for breastfeeding!

This was fun and easy project- I got the patttern from lazygirldesgins.com.
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3  Re: Baby Shower Diaper Cake in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by elizabethsmommy on: May 29, 2009 11:27:45 PM

I also made her a nursing bracelet. Hers is in blue- this one is mine since I'm having a girl. The bracelet is on top of the cake so you can't see it from the picture.
I hope she finds all the items useful!
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4  Baby Shower Diaper Cake in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by elizabethsmommy on: May 29, 2009 11:21:35 PM

So I made this Diaper Cake for my close friend in lu of buying one for the shower I'm throwing her tomorrow. It was supposed to be outside around lunch time so I didn't really want to have a cake, plus I couldn't afford to buy her a gift AND thrown the shower (since it was just me throwing it). . . . I thought this was a creative way to compromise.

Funny though, she was the one who gave me the idea in the first place because she said she was going to make one for me. Smiley LOL
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5  AIO Cloth Diaper- Trial Attempt, Advice Please? in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by elizabethsmommy on: March 29, 2009 03:28:04 PM
So,  I had my almost three year old test fit the trial pair of AIO cloth diapers I made. I used the tutorial at http://www.thenappynetwork.org.nz/images/Wee%20Weka%20SML%20Fitted%20SM%20Pocket.pdf.

It definately appears that this pattern can be used from infant up until 2 years old. Fortunately my daughter who weighs about 33lbs in potty trained for the most part and doesn't use diapers anymore, but her sister who is due in June will and I'm ready to try cloth diapers. (We used training pants with my 3yr old and I liked that).

I want to make both the AIO and the Pocket Diaper (which you can do with this one pattern). However, I have a few questions for those who use or who have made cloth diapers.

1. Should I top stitch around the entire diaper?

In this test diaper I used nylon ripstop fabric for what will be the PUL layer and then I used fleece for the soaker pad and the inner lining.

2. What is the best type of fabric to use for the soaker fabric and the inner lining? Should they be different?

3. Would it be better to make a fold-out soaker than a sew-in soaker pad?

4. Should the back of the pattern, where it meets around the back, have elastic as well so that on the smaller size I get a better fit?

5. Also, on the leg elastic should I sew it directly onto the fabric or should I make a pocket and attach it at each end?

Thanks for all your help in advance. I will be making the real thing soon, and I plan on using snaps instead of elastic.

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6  Brown and Pink Ruffled Cowgirl? Recon- My first! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by elizabethsmommy on: April 13, 2008 06:15:33 PM
So, I bought this skirt awhile back, or maybe my mom did, or maybe I got it for free with a bunch of other stuff- oh well, I had this long skirt and I loved it, but the slits were horribly high when I sat down, I hated to wear it. And I had been looking on the recons and saw all these cute recons with ruffles and I got really excited, and wanted my own, but I couldn't figure out what to put ruffles on. Then I started to make plans for a girls' night out to a country bar, and voila! I have my pink and brown ruffled cowgirl skirt!  Grin

I went to Joann's and bought 4'' of a brown bottomweight and 8'' of a lightweight cotton print. Total cost $5. The brown is a 3'' ruffle and the pink strip is a 6'' ruffle. I wore it last night to a BBQ and I loved it. I do think I was a little too ambitious with the cutting and I may have cut the jean skirt a little too short, but I can still bend down okay without my underwear showing, I just have to be a little more conscious of it! LOL

Can't wait to wear it with my burgundy/brown cowboy boots this weekend!  Cheesy



I sewed the ruffles to the underside of the jean so that *hopefully* when I was it the jean will fray and had to the ruffles. *hopefully*
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7  Memory Book for Grandparents in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by elizabethsmommy on: March 13, 2008 05:37:10 PM
I commonly enjoy parousing thriftstores looking for 49cent childrens books to transform into scrapbooking treasures. This was one of my latest finds. Most of the time I make these for my MIL but this time I thought is was my parents turn for a 'thank you for being so great' memory book.
Somethings that I recycled besides the book in this scrapbook include reusing the scraps of paper into handcut letters and tags, etc. I used $1 silk flowers on the page for grandma, and found buttons on the page for grandpa.

The front page has a flip up section that displays seven pictures of their granddaughter as a sort of 'brag book'.



This is a handwritten letter thanking them for being ideal grandparents and what their love means to their granddaughter.



I know its a little hard to read, but it says "Bobcia, another name for Grandma"



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8  90% Satisfied in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by elizabethsmommy on: March 06, 2008 02:55:19 PM
So, I had a very difficult time with this pattern because it had to be altered so much. Generally speaking patterns need to be altered, but NOT THIS MUCH.

I left it last night to think about it some more, but I just didn't like the 'I'm wearing a pillowcase' look, so I added a side zipper, gathered it under both breasts and made two long darts in the back. What I don't have pictured is the gold trim that I used as an accent on the jacket. I also finished the hem. I was using wide hem tape, and I ended up liking the look, so I didn't press it under.  Cheesy

Started like:

Middle of project, last night:

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9  Bathing Swim Suit Ideas? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by elizabethsmommy on: March 05, 2008 10:04:07 PM
Ok, I had to stand in a weird position for this picture, but I hope you can get the 'jist' of it. I need some help with hopefully a flood of ideas on what I can do to glam up this bathing suit. The bottoms are soooooooo boring.

I really wish that I could say that I made this because I think it's just so darn cute, but I didn't I bought it! And it wasn't the first suit I found. Thank goodness I found out my 'enemy' had the first one I bought! YEAH! Smiley

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10  Simplicity 3799 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by elizabethsmommy on: March 05, 2008 09:51:38 PM
This pattern required a lot of work to make it fit for my body style. I have wide shoulders, larger arms, and a wide bottom. I am typically a size 14 on top and size 18 on bottom according to sewing patterns. I measured myself and fit the pattern according to the size appropriate and it ended up looking like a mu-mu. See the before pictures.

So, graciously, with my husbands help we pinned and tucked and fitted it closer to my body. Unfortunatly, I don't neccessarily like what it did around my arm pits, but I believe that this was because of the unfortunate gathering that the pattern called for. I don't believe that gathering is very flattering in any pattern, and I was so bold to draw on the pattern darts or tucks, rather, but at the last minute I decided to just see what the pattern would look like.

Over all I do like how this dress turned out, but it was very frustrating for me. It was 'easy-to-sew' but very unflattering before alterations. I would be very comfortable to wear this dress to chruch, a family function, anywhere, really!

Funny thing though, I like it on me backwards with the back being the lower part. It also eliminates the very unflattering opening that happens when you bend over. So for church purposes I will wear it backwards if I wear the dress only, i.e. with a jacket.

This is the way your supposed to wear it:

This is backwards:

This is the back, backwards:

** sorry it's sideways **

And this is the jacket I made with the pattern. This jacket was a lot of fun to make and very, very simple. But like the dress it was HUGE! So I made two darts in the back, and on the sleeves I tripled the pleat in the sleeve. I kind of want to take it in a little more, but I also like the casual look that having bigger sleeves give me.

And a side view:

Overall, I would give this pattern a C+. If you attempt this pattern, which I reccommend, try going one size smaller than what the pattern says. The pattern is rated S, M, L (10-12, 14-16, 18-20), so you should get a better fit this way.  Cheesy Best wishes, crafters!
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