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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Knit top to go with skirt on: April 14, 2007 04:51:21 PM
Made this top for DD today...You can read the whole brutal story  Roll Eyes here:

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Sharpie marker "tie dye" on: April 10, 2007 06:12:32 PM
I had to make a "spotted" tie dye shirt for DD's school play.  After scouring the web, I decided it would be next to impossible to do well with standard tie dye techniques.  Instead I used directions I found for dyeing shirts with a Sharpie brand maker and rubbing alcohol.  I used black marker but the end result looks bluish purple.  

Close up of detail

Finished product
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Back zip baby sweater (AKA The Banana Sweater) on: April 10, 2007 06:09:28 PM

The yellow sweater on the left is my favorite sweater either of my children ever received as babies.  It has a hood (obviously) and zips up the back.  It is so easy to put on & take off we just loved it!  We called it the "banana sweater" because we felt like we were peeling it off them (not to mention the obvious yellow color).  A friend at work just had a baby boy so I made a knock off of the banana sweater in green, at right.  

I basically figured out the pattern through counting stitches and trial-and-error as I wasn't able to find anything online with the exact same design (there are however several similar designs free out there).  It's seamless; the hood was knit first, then I picked up stitches around the neck to knit the body.  I transfered sleeve stitches to holders and went back to knit them in the round after I finished the body.  The zipper was the only thing that had to be sewn to finish the sweater.  Theoretically.  My hood ended up a little too big but I was able hide that by taking some stitches at the top in the back seam.  DH thinks I counted wrong, but given that I had the same number of ridges in my hood as in the original, that's not possible.  I think my yarn was a lot stretchier.  I didn't use a baby yarn because I don't think the mom would care for washed out pastels.  Instead I used Caron Simply Soft, which is very snuggly and machine washable (because what mom to a newborn needs to be hand washing merino or something similarly luxurious?).

I kind of wish I'd made my body a little longer as I think he'd be able to wear it longer (given the large hood) but overall I think it turned out nicely.  Only my 2nd attempt at cables, which if you haven't tried are very easy!  Below is a close up of the back zipper on the banana sweater, which is easier to see than on the knock off since I used a matching zipper.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Anyone done Tshirt recons for girls? on: April 07, 2007 09:37:30 AM
I'm amazed at the creative tshirt recons on the site for women but many of them are a little sexy for little girls.  I was wondering if anyone's done a successful recon for the elementary school set.  DD has a hideous tshirt (IMO) that the PTO printed for a special event.  The only redeeming feature is the school name printed on the front.  I'd like to cut off the rest of the printing though because it's a bit politcial and no longer relevant (long story).  Just not sure what I can do w/it once I chop it off since it will be probably just below her bust at that point.  An empire waisted dress/top?  A skirt?  Shrug?  Hmmm....  Ideas or suggestions welcome. 
5  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Have you used the Dick Blick tie dye strings? (UPDATED) on: March 30, 2007 04:16:03 PM
UPDATE:  I decided to use alternate method to make "spots" on shirt yet still have "tie dye" feel.  See this post for details & photos:

I need to make a costume for DD's school play.  Dick Blick has donated shirts and these tie dye strings for all the kids.  The problem is that DD's character is supposed to have spots.  The teacher said I can freehand spots on w/a sharpie but that sounds like torture to me.  DD would prefer not to be the only non-dyed kid on the stage so I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to tie dye something that would look "spotty".

I do not have the original DB directions, only typed directions RE: how to boil the shirts once tied.  I got a look at some finished shirts today.  The way the strings work, you tie them on and then boil the shirt in salted water.  You get a stripe where you tied the string, but there is also transfer of dye into the water and thus onto the shirt in areas that aren't tightly bound inside the shirt. 

So I know I will get black anywhere I tie the string and grey any place that  will be exposed to the water.  Any suggestions RE: making spots?   If I pull up a small peak of fabric and wrap the black string completely around it, it should look like a circle, right?  Can I make lots of peaks all over and wrap the rest of the shirt in plastic to keep it white while boiling?  Or if I wrap the little peaks w/string and just boil the dye strings in the water (not tying them on the shirt), will I get white circles/spots with grey/black background? 

Sorry, I am sure I sound stupid but I have never tie dyed before.  I have been reading directions but can't find anything about this product and can't visualize what I need to do to make "spots".  Swirls and V's and stripes and such I can visualize from the photo instructions on the web, but haven't found anything resembling polka dots at this point.

Suggestions or pointers much appreciated!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help w/tie dye string project for school play on: March 29, 2007 05:06:49 PM
Pretty please help me w/a costume for a school musical.  I requested to sew DD's costume but the music teacher wants to make it "easy" on me by letting my tie dye a tshirt instead (LMAO).  All the kids will be in tie dye so I need to get on board but I am clueless here.

Has anyone used the Dick Blick tie dye strings?  I have directions RE:how to boil them but I need help actually tying the strings.  The other kids will have random tie dye designs but my child needs black spots on a white shirt.  I do not know how to tie the black dye strings on the shirt to get "spots".   If I pull up small areas randomly on the shirt and wrap each one w/dye string will it make black circles?  Or will the whole shirt turn black?  I have found pics for making "rosettes" w/traditional dye but I don't fully grasp how these strings work and the DB website was no help.

Seriously, at this point an afternoon sewing a spotted sundress sounds easier than one tie dying and boiling and washing.  Any help muchly appreciated.
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