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1  Re: Lap-Top t-shirt dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: August 19, 2010 08:54:16 PM
Here is the second dress I made for her.  I added a flower detail to the front of this one.  They look so comfy. 

It was very cool here so she has a sleeper on underneath and some sweater pants from the sleeves of an old sweater.

Which one do you think is nicer on her?  I think I like this one more than the green one because it's made from her dad's t-shirt and the flower makes me happy. 

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2  Lap-Top t-shirt dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: August 16, 2010 03:56:43 PM
Hey Everyone,

I haven't posted anything here for a long time but I finally got around to sewing my first dress for my little girl and I had to show it off, and her of course.

Using a tute from Vegbee blog, I turned a baby t-shirt pattern into a lap-top pattern.  Then I drew the pattern into an A-line and Taa Daa, "Lap Top T-shirt dress pattern."  It's all made using second hand t-shirts.

And some action shots.  (Be kind, she's in the middle of her first cold.)

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3  *recon* T-shirt = Diaper in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: June 19, 2007 02:31:39 PM
I have been really disappointed with the cloth diapers I've been using.  (Mind you they have gone through one child already.)  The Velcro has seen better days and always picks up lint in the wash.  Also, they are quite thread bare so don't absorb much.

In my frustration, don't want to use disposables (but I have been  Shocked ) but don't want to shell out $$ for cloth, I found a tute on line for t-shirt diapers.  I modified them a bit, and came up with this.  They are prefold diapers and I am using Snappies with them.  (If you don't know what a snappie is, ask and I'll post a link.)  There is old toweling on the outside in spots to attach the snappie.

(As a side note, I became quite frustrated sewing these, trying to make every thing just right, trying to figure out the right colour combos, wanting to NOT have that funny thing happen that happens when I sew t-shirt material.  General perfectionist stuff.  Then it dawned on me...I'm sewing poop catchers!!  Grin  Cheesy )

On to the pics...
Laying flat...

On Monkey #4,s bum...

Second diaper and my cute-y...

I love them so much and they absorb soooo much better than our old ones!!  They even work on my 3 yr old who wares a diaper at night.  NO LEAKS!

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy!
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4  Lighthouse Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by anitasplace on: June 05, 2007 07:11:14 PM
At the local thrift store I found an enormous nurses uniform shirt with this fantastic print.  I went back three times before I bought it because I just didn't know what to do with it.  So...surprise...it's a skirt!!  haha!  At first I just sewed a casing for elastic...but I hated the way it looked on me.  So I took the elastic out and sewed up the side seams so it tapered to my waist measurement.  I have very small breasts (even though I am still breast feeding my littlest) so I didn't bother with a zipper, I just pull it over my head!!  Cheesy
It has some stretch to and it is very comfy.  I've been wearing the skirt all day in these pics, so forgive the wrinkles!!

Please don't mind the expression on my face, I found the whole experience on taking my own pic rather amusing!    Grin

And a (fuzzy) close-up of the cool print...

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5  New Shorts...Part II (and III) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: June 05, 2007 06:51:52 PM
On a previous post I showed pic of Monkey #1 wearing the short I made him using fabric he picked out.  Here are pic of Monkey #2 and #3 in new shorts from fabric they picked out.  I didn't have a pattern for Money #3, so I just down sized Monkey #2's pattern.  They are still a bit big, but he can wear them next summer too!  That is if they aren't worn through by then.

Monkey #2... Dragons!!!


Monkey #3... Fishies!!!

Monkey #1, 2 and 3...Orca, Dragons and Fish, Oh my!

I hope you enjoy the pics!  Comments make my "I-can-leave-the-computer" syndrom worth while!
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6  Flying Shirts in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: May 27, 2007 11:28:16 AM
All of my life I have disliked it when parents dress their children in matching clothes.  Don't know why they would do that!  I mean, really!  I will never ever do that.

That being said...

There was a Breakfast Fly-In in my city today, where people fly in their planes to have breakfast.  The rest of us without planes just eat and watch the planes.

I've been making these for a while and Monkey #2's still needs buttons and hemming but I thought done enough for the occasion.  Oh, BTW, these are my first buttons and collars.


and back.

That's right, I am now one of those parents!! 
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7  New Shorts in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: May 26, 2007 11:49:44 AM
I whipped up these last night while the monkeys slept.  It's B-day party day for monkey #1 and he gets to wear some cool shorts.  He picked out the matterial the other day.  I used MaCall's 9206.

There are even Pockets!  Smiley

Thanks for looking at the shorts and my very handsome son.  Thank-you for NOT looking at my messy house!
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8  Re: Anyone reconstruct adult clothing into kids'? in Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions by anitasplace on: May 25, 2007 12:48:44 PM
Oh, I will be watching this closely!  Recon from adult clothing into kids clothes is a new passion of mine.  I've done t-shirts into pants using the hem as, well, the hem.

This guy is 3 and I made the pants from a large T.

I have made long shorts for my 6 year old using the same method.  I've also used the sleeves of a long sleeved sweat shirt (baseball style?  Don't know what it's really called) to make pants for him too.

 You can make t-shirts for your little ones using the sleeve hems and bottom hem.

I'd think you could use your old baby dolls and make dresses for your babe.  Use old shirts to make shirts for your son.  AND post pics, PLEASE, so we can all see what you did and how you did it!

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9  Re: Recon for summer in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: May 22, 2007 10:35:30 PM

It got chilly here today, so I put some jeans on him!  He is tooting the watering can.

Now on to my tute...
Here is a pic of a shirt that would work if another son hasn't claimed it already.  I've placed paper (couldn't find any masking tape) on the shirt marking out about where you would want to put a seam.  Seam first, than cut!  Do both sides too of course.  I just got lazy.

Finish the seam how ever you wish.  I added some elastic at the back about in the middle between the top of the shirt and the top of his diaper.  I might add it at the sides next time.

Even if you ARE computer illiterate (which I doubt), you are a GENIUS! This is an adorable adaptation!

Oh my goodness!  I almost fell out of my chair!!
Its adorable casual enough for everyday but dressy enough for something like church. I might have to try this with some tee's for my monkey.

Oh and BTW, I dont think 4 is too old to wear something like this at all!
Yep!  Great church outfit!  And thank for the yes vote on the 4 year old!
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10  Re: Recon for summer in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by anitasplace on: May 22, 2007 09:22:24 AM
Wow, this brings back memories!!  I used to do the same thing with polo shirts & t-shirts for my little guy.  (he's 11 now!)  I would just buy size 6x or 7 shirts and sew snaps on the bottom hem for the crotch.

I never thought of doing it with a button up shirt, that looks very dapper!  Your little guy is a Q-T!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Back in the recesses of my mind there lies a repressed memory of a 15 year old me sitting behind a sewing machine turning little t-shirts into littler rompers for my prego sister.  I was her sweat shop.   Cheesy

Thought I would add some pics of the first one I made.  I finally got photos of him in it.  It doesn't fit as well as the blue one because I took the sides in to much and I left very little ease (?) in the arms.  Also cropped the crotch to high.  He'll be able to wear it for a while.  Thinking about adding a strip of orange in the crotch to make it a better fit!

Oreo always gets into the pics.

Close-up, because he is just so cute!

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