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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / I'm emotionally drained... now with picccy on offspring on: May 03, 2007 02:11:49 PM
Too many firsts!
- my first copy from an existing garment, not a pattern
- my first reversible
- my first crossover top
- my first ... no, second bit of gathering (I guess I did it once when I was 12 though it's a dim memory and I won't tell you how long ago that was)
- my first lap-and-fell seam.  At least, I think that's what I ended up doing on the fly when the frilly bit wasn't working out....

Talk about biting off more than you can chew.  I'm a mess. Shocked  Anyhow, here it is.  Apologies for dreadful photo quality, it's a camera phone.  And thanks to hooseanna and onemoreseam for their help & advice on my thread in D&Q (where you can see the thing I was trying to copy).  Which advice, possibly I should have taken a little more of.... Grin Grin Grin  I'm off to get a good stiff drink.  

and here's a piccy on missy herself.  Please excuse DH putting his socks on in the background.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any free toddlers girls jumpers/dresses patterns out there?: on: May 01, 2007 06:09:33 AM
I'll keep watching this thread cos I could do with one too!  The problem is I don't even have an existing dress to copy.

I've got a tut for making a pinafore dress with a gathered skirt, there are measurements for 2yrs but you could fairly easily adjust for larger sizes.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / How the HECK do I put one of these together? on: April 28, 2007 12:02:24 PM
My eldest has a little top which I love on her - she has some posture issues so a little pot belly but oddly looks fine in this.  So although it is waaaaay more complex than I would usually attempt (cos I is simple) I'd really like to copy it. 

But I'm stumped as to how to put it together.  It's reversible with cross-over straps at the back.  There are side seams, centre back seam and seams at the top of the shoulder strap.  Hang on, see the pics....

So that's the front, with the flowery side out.  Turn it inside out and turn it over and this is the back with the crossover straps. 

I have worked out that they probably sewed the two layers together at the bottom last.  And that the topstitching around the arm/neck seam was done after the side and back seams were put together.  Other than that HuhHuh? It's like one of those optical illusion pictures, just trying to work out what order to do which seams in is making my head spin! 

Has anyone made something similar before and can advise?
14  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Newbie here - quick ettiquette question - is this the right place? on: April 14, 2007 06:43:56 AM
Is it OK to post links to other forums here?  I know some places are a bit funny about that.  Only I've just done a couple of projects and posted them on a non-craft forum (cos folks were interested) including a VAST tut.  Which I now think maybe folks here would be interested too, but I didn't note down the links for the photos and I just can't face reposting it here and rehosting every single photo.  I would go mad!

Would it be OK to just post links to the appropriate threads on the other forum?  Or would that be bad form?
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Shirring - how does that work? on: April 14, 2007 06:12:23 AM
Thanks guys.  Tuts very helpful!  I think I can get hold of shirring elastic, though it will cost me rather more than a dollar!  (I'm in the UK and fabric/haberdashery prices here are terrible!)

So basically you have to try it and see how much gather you get out of it, you can't say "OK I've got 100cm of fabric, I need to shirr it down to 50cm."  As you say, Bham Baby, that's OK if you shirr first and sew up later.  So good to know. 
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Shirring - how does that work? on: April 11, 2007 09:20:50 PM
Hi there, Newbie here!  Embarrassed  Dumb first question....

I've seen a couple of references to "shirring" - had to look it up and am still not entirely certain.

It looks like shirring used to mean the sort of gathering (parallel gathers) you do before smocking something, ie gathered up using thread but with the stitches very carefully aligned so the pleats are vertical all the way down.  But nowadays shirring seems to refer to that elasticated gathering you see at the top of little girls' dresses. 

Is that right?  I'm currently making similar dresses by making a casing at the top and putting elastic through - and if I want the shirred effect using lots of parallel lines of elastic.  But it seems to me there ought to be a quicker way.  Can you just sew the elastic on the back?   Is there an attachment for this (cos otherwise I can see it going ping very early on)?  How do you make sure it comes out the right length in the end and gathers up evenly?

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