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1  COOKING / Dessert / newbie bitty bee cakes and hive on: June 25, 2008 10:50:07 PM
DD had her heart set on a bee hive cake for her 3rd birthday after spying a  DIY cake in Family Fun magazine. why, oh why, oh why, can i not just follow the instructions? being a total cake dummy, and having more enthusiasm than knowhow, i quickly got in way over my head. but i'm just thrilled DD was happy, it all tasted good, and my hive didn't collapse when i started cutting. Smiley

DD had fun frosting these mini cupcakes and putting on the sprinkles, jellybeans and mini marshmallow "wingdings".

regular size cupcakes. kinda melty.

the hive. oh, the hive. composed of one too short classic wonder mound, an additional 9" round, a cookie, and bunches of glorious cake spackling.

valuable lessons learned for the next time!
1. betty crocker frosting is not good for making flowers.
2. do NOT store decorated cupcakes in an air tight container overnight (who knew they would MELT???)
3. when you don't know what you're doing and somebody way more clueful than you tells you something will be easy peasy, understand that what she means is it will be easy for HER, not you. (thanks sis! Grin)
4. if you are using the Wilton Classic Wonder Mold doll skirt cake pan thing, make sure to use enough batter.
5. mushed up cake and frosting makes great cake spackling paste, and frosting can hide a multitude of sins.
6. a soon-to-be 3yo can help you decorate cupcakes, but she will lick your frosting knife and steal your jellybeans.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Slouchy Hoodie --> Tunic Dress (link to tute) on: September 18, 2007 02:20:34 PM
saw this Mike&Chris video tute posted on the LA Times site today. cute! now somebody make it and post action shots because i'm too tired and preggies to do it myself.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / need help - skirt to dress recon on: July 21, 2007 02:46:47 PM
so i got this cute skirt at a garage sale, figuring i'd make a quick twirly dress for the girl.

the trouble is this: i need to take in at least 6 inches at the top, but i really don't want to lose any of the fullness of the skirt. it also has a side zipper which i'm thinking i need to keep. how do i do this quickly and painlessly? (i.e. without taking apart and regathering)
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / TUTORIAL LIST [update in progress... currently up to SEPTEMBER 2009] on: July 12, 2007 03:58:47 PM
Administrator Comment The new official list of tutorials in Clothing for Kids can be found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409050.0

Please feel free to PM me with any changes/additions/etc, and I will edit the original list. Thanks to superstitch for agreeing to make this post sticky, and thanks to jMi, starmeg, and lol-lol for the inspiration. And thanks to all of our fabulous kids' board craftsters who have taken the time to make the following tutes.

May 2010: ongiong update in progress. i'm up to Sep 2009. adding tutes now. then will go back thru old ones and remove broken links. thanks for your patience!

Dresses and Skirts
double layer skirt with tulle in the middle posted by swimfinsmom (6-27-09)

Toddler Approved Yellow Medallion Dress posted by shadowbox (5-26-09)

Twirly Skort posted by StacyCK (3-13-09)

knit dress from a t-shirt posted by christephi (2-19-09)

60's Girl Dress (in FRENCH) posted by StefBelette (11-30-08)

Ribbon Tutu posted by Lady Llanalla (11-18-08)

Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt Dress posted by J_Kieviet (8-23-08)

Kimono Dress posted by KitschyCoo (8-22-08)

Plaid is Rad Dress from Button Down Shirt (Text Tute) posted by impishremorse (8-06-08)

Rainbow Tutu posted by zuliblu (6-12-08)

Baby Sundress/Tunic/Top posted by petchy (6-6-08)

Girl's Gathered Vintage Valance Top posted by stitchlounge (5-27-08)

3-in-1 Summer Dress, Tunic Top & Skirt (for toddler to adult!) posted by Kymy (5-16-08)

wrap skirt posted by dez-igns (4-24-08)

Halter sundress with shirred back posted by StacyCK (4-21-08)

skirt from jeans posted by angelbum (4-17-08)

halter dress posted by camelia22 (3-17-08)

Patiala Salwar posted by luxi_here (3-11-08)

reversible, buttonless wrap dress posted by hollyrh (3-9-08)

wee corset dress posted by vegbee (2-19-08)

Baby Dresses (Circle Skirt, Halter, and Wrap) posted by CayceeMae (2-1-08)

Dress up Ballerina TuTu posted by CheyElizabeth (12-20-07)

Ruffley patchwork dress posted by tuff_as_snails (8-14-07)

Reversible Retro Wrap Jumper posted by Kimberlina (7-28-07)

Little Girls Sundress posted by mamacaffee (7-24-07)

Newborn Tutu posted by Kymy (6-25-07)

wee patchwork circle frock posted by vegbee (5-30-07)

button shirt to girl's dress posted by cheytown (5-14-07)

wee halter dress posted by vegbee (5-12-07)

halter dress posted by aislinsmommee (4-30-07)

Peasant Nightie Dress posted by Cherriez (4-29-07)

tee to wee dress posted by vegbee (4-19-07)

onesie dresses posted by bellaluna (4-05-07)

tee to lettuce edge tie strap dress posted by vegbee (2-10-07)

Summer Baby Dress posted by PurpleHeather (7-03-05)

Non-Craftster Tutes (with examples by Craftsters!)
VIVIENNE Toddler Jumper from BurdaStyle made by devotedabbler

wrap dress from tiny happy made by Sakaki

Pants and Rompers
snap-up tee to cute stripey pants posted by dooney (9-22-09)

Amy's vintage-style summer romper posted by liz1611 (5-25-09)

Pillow case pants/wrap pants posted by Pretty Pistol (5-15-09)

Loungers posted by UUmom2many (2-19-09)

Reversible Skirt or Trousers posted by KitschyCoo (2-18-09)

Panties for Baby or Toddler posted by Cya (8-10-08)

Bloomers/shorts from shirt sleeves posted by christephi (5-12-08)

cuffed play trousers posted by jayneysews (3-6-08)

Old jeans = toddler dungarees posted by petchy (2-23-08)

Pants in an Hour posted by chasmyn (12-25-07)

quick 'n' dirty romper posted by dooney (7-28-07)

Pillowcase romper/short set posted by gwenyvarr (7-23-07)

sleevy pants (from dress shirt long sleeves) posted by livvyloo (6-21-07)

button down shirt to romper posted by NitaS (5-22-07)

Sleeve pants (from stretchy material) posted by jutybo (3-13-06)

Tops and Vests
little girls pinafore posted by cahoonjessica (5-25-09)

knit cross top posted by vegbee (5-12-09)

Fairy Wings Shirt posted by paperella (1-21-09)

Child's 'peasant-style' tops posted by sdhrt (9-15-08)

patchwork scrap shirt posted by BadVal (7-16-08)

Girl's Pants and Shirt from Woman's Tunic posted by homegrownrose (7-15-08)

stripwork apron top posted by vegbee (6-29-08)

Boy's Shaggy Man Vest posted by Caine (2-9-08)

Arrrrr....From T-Shirt to Pirate Costume posted by ladybuggems (10-13-07)

peasant blouse by vegbee (7-17-07)

Kimono Top posted by petchy (7-17-07)

elastic smocked (shirred) top posted by Ta2oodmama (4-20-07)

Non-Craftster Tutes (with examples by Craftsters!)
fleece ponchomade by devotedabbler

smocket from mayfly made by devotedabbler

15 minute reversable scarf tute posted by UUmom2many (8-13-09)

Bib from funky recycled t-shirts posted by craftylittlemonkey (4-19-09)

Easy Drool bandana posted by isolt (4-12-09)

Super easy toddler smock bib posted by CayceeMae (1-19-09)

Hoot! Owl Snap-on Scarflette posted by FrankandGertrude (12-12-08)

Simple beanie hats use up scraps posted by MacesMeMe (9-23-08)

Reversible Toddler bonnet posted by petchy (8-08-08)

Hat Brim posted by Cya (6-25-08)

Personalized Apron posted by Kymy (6-14-08)

Converse style bling shoes posted by momma2many (6-6-08)

Reversible Toddler bonnet posted by petchy (6-6-08)

Stay On Baby Slippers AKA *Plogs* posted by ScrappySue (2-8-08)

Toddler bib/smock posted by indywriter (2-2-08)

Baby Legs Arm and Leg Warmers posted by Kymy (1-23-08)

Linen babyshoes posted by Honeypie (1-21-08)

Grasshopper Hats! a.k.a. Knotty Hats posted by Shakespear (1-11-08)

Baby Leg Warmers posted by MatteasMama (11-13-07)

Nappies/Trainers posted by Anna Key (10-07-07)

fabric dress-up crown posted by Mary Bell (9-28-07)

scoodie posted by vegbee (9-24-07)

Baby hat with feelers posted by Alisek (9-13-07)

Floral Hair Barrette Tutorial posted by ndc (9-06-07)

Easiest Baby Hat Ever posted by kakariki (8-21-07)

Hairbow posted by srkmoore (5-18-07)

Toddler Shoes with Leather Soles posted by voornop (9-3-06)

Non-Craftster Tutes (with examples by Craftsters!)
Japanese Knot Bag w/Binky Pocketfrom Helenmade by devotedabbler

Ten Minute Headband from Blue Bird Studio made by fabricnyarn

Baby Shoes

Boutique Bath Wrap/Coverup posted by LoopedyLoop (3-29-09)

Tankini posted by StacyCK (2-9-09)
womans shirt into kids pjs posted by LilBean (1-27-09)

All-In-One Diaper posted by LilBean (10-23-08)

Towel Poncho (in FRENCH) posted by StefBelette (10-09-08)

Newborn Eco-Friendly Diaper posted by agrafikartist (9-13-08)

Dishtowel apron for toddler posted by petchy (8-16-08)

Bathrobe (in FRENCH) posted by StefBelette (8-07-08)

Clean Shopper Cover (in FRENCH) posted by StefBelette (8-07-08)

Seat to Eat  "bb en balade" (in FRENCH) posted by StefBelette (8-03-08)

No-Itch Tag posted by Kymy (8-12-08)

Pack N Play, Playpen or Portable Crib sheets posted by Kymy (2-13-08)

Toddler bed crib size sheets posted by Kymy (2-3-08)

Toddler Nap Mat posted by LoopedyLoop (1-17-08)

Hooded Towels posted by mylovelybabybump (5-21-07)

Baby Bather Towel/Smock posted by jutybo (11-10-05)

How to Make a Simple Pattern Reversible posted by christinem (3-10-09)

How to draft or adapt a pattern to make it reversible posted by KitschyCoo (2-18-09)

Scallop Edge posted by devotedabbler (11-01-08)

Easy Screen Printing posted by zuliblu (6-12-08)

Gathering on Sergers & Sewing Machines posted by Kymy (3-3-08)

applique a kids tee posted by jayneysews (2-8-08)

stenciled shirts posted by Shakespear (8-24-07)

gathering with clear elastic by vegbee (7-15-07)

Adding Box Pleats to a Skirt/Dress Pattern posted by cheytown (7-12-07)

Baby Carriers
Child's Ring Sling posted by caselita(4-05-09)
Stacy's Stylin' Mei Tai's posted by StacyCK (3-19-08)
Mei Tai thingummy posted by mrsflibble (2-21-08)

Not technically "Craftster" Tutes (not written by Craftster members), but it seems there was a need to collect these links someplace...
Padded ring sling
see one made by barbolot

as made by our fabulous Craftster members...
made by Charfish
made by ammasmamma
made by MacesMeMe
made by mtblaura

see one made by LoopedyLoop

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / plaid Elvis pleats (lots o' pics) on: July 11, 2007 04:02:45 PM
my MIL gave me a thrifted button shirt to recon into a dress, but it turned out to have a big rip right along the placket (that's fancy for "the part of the shirt with the buttons/buttonholes." just learned that. who knew?). anywho, so i thought i'd make a top. and then this happened...

i was thinkin' i'd do the pleats in a solid color, and as i stifled a yawn, the unused Walmart Elvises (Elvi?) were like, "hey baby..." so i took a chance. i consider myself to be pattern-mixing challenged, so hopefully this doesn't look like crazy clown outfit i live in fear of.

the pleats open up when she walks. hee.

the top edge and one strap are edged in the Elvis fabric. the other strap is pure King. there is even a little Elvis head on top of her right shoulder. they are that way due to my indecisiveness, but i'm gonna try and pull it off as creative flair. shhhhhhhhh, don't tell!

the straps angle in on the back to make up for the fact that i really wanted to do criss-cross straps, but i didn't end up making my straps long enough. if you look closely, you can see my pink zigzags over my criss-cross attempt mishap - had the straps safety pinned on and was trying to wrangle the girl out of the dress when it ripped. ouch. i was thinking of sewing a little olive green ribbon bow over it. too much? also, if you look really closely, you can see the yellow Ralph Lauren polo player logo. ha ha.

and finally... as modeled by my patchy lawn...

thanks for looking! questions/comments/thoughts always welcome.  Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / trouble with criss-cross straps on: July 06, 2007 05:47:16 PM
is there some secret to criss-cross shoulder straps? i am working on a button down to dress recon, and i really really really wanted to do criss cross straps, but i clearly have no idea what i'm doing. with the criss-cross straps, the top/back of the dress is all gappy and weird looking. (if i pin the straps straight, it looks fine.) i've tried shortening, moving them further in to the center, further out. nothing seems to work. i'm giving up for this recon, but i'd sure love to know what i'm doing wrong. Sad
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / button shirt to toddler dress recon *MINTY FRESH TUTORIAL* on: May 14, 2007 04:01:19 PM
(Also see livvyloo's awesome tutorial for making matching sleevy pants out of leftover long sleeves.)

I picked up this shirt at the Goodwill recently - boring shirt, but interesting fabric. I was thinking I'd recon it for myself when the little girl demanded to "hold mommy's new shirt." I took one look at her clutching it, and i knew it was meant to be hers...



Now i guess it's time to make a matching diaper cover! Wink

So ridiculously EASY! (with the exception of the knife pleated trim - i have no idea what posessed me to put myself through that!) All I needed was a few measurements - no need to make a pattern or anything. Using the original shirt's buttons, etc. saved me from that nonsense. The back yoke made a nice lined bodice - it was even slightly gathered where it joins with the skirt part. The straps used the existing sleeves - I made one straight cut to get each strap piece. And they are one piece with elastic - no gathering! yay!

Thanks for looking!

(click small pics for larger versions)
Okay, my first tutorial! I apologize in advance for any math you may have to do. Hopefully it all makes sense and I wasn't overly wordy - I wasn't sure how much detail to go into about what. Please don't hesitate to ask questions! And if you find a better or quicker way to do any of this, please share!

What you'll need
  • A button down shirt with a back yoke (see above pic). I used a men's size M and was able to get a 4T out of it.
  • 1/2 inch elastic (about 1/2 a yard)
  • About 1.5 to 2 yards of trim. As for width... mine sticks out 3/8 inch at the top and 1 inch at the bottom. If you are really keen on learning to knife pleat, here is some good reference. http://slightly-obsessed.blogspot.com/search/label/Tutorials
  • Chest Measurement (of wee one all the way around)

A Couple of Terms
bodice = the back yoke of original shirt
skirt = the part below the yoke of the original shirt

Step 1: Convince your wee one she is a tiger and an empty box is her jungle. Apply snacks frequently. Wink

Step 2: Cut the shirt apart! But CAREFULLY along the seam lines. You should end up with something similar to this.

Step 3 - Dress Front: The back of the shirt will be the front of your dress. Decide where your finished top edge will be and mark it. The easiest way to determine this is to grab your little tiger out of her jungle box and hold the dress up to her (folding the top edge over). Or you can try guessing based on existing garments. My finished bodice was 4 inches from the skirt to the top edge. And if you lack a magic floating hand thing that makes fat pink lines (doesn't EVERYBODY have one of those these days?), I suppose a fabric marker or tailor's chalk will do. Wink

Next, fold the shirt back (your dress front) in half. Cut a shape like this:

Remember that the magic pink line represents your finished top edge - leave some extra above it for seam allowance.
C = Chest plus a few inches for ease, divide by 4, then add some for seam allowance. (ex: Tiger girl's chest measurement is 21 inches and I added 3 inches ease. Divided by 4 that's 6 inches. With a half inch seam allowance, that's 6.5 inches wide I needed to cut.) You can kind of guess at the length and cut long - you'll trim excess later. I knew I wanted a finished dress length of 23ish inches, so I cut this piece to measure about 18 inches from top to bottom of the skirt part - that allowed plenty for a hem or seam allowance. As for the width at the bottom, go as wide as the shirt for the fullest skirt.

Ta da!

Step 4 - Dress Back: The shirt front is going to be your dress back. The IMPORTANT thing here is to mark your finished top edge about 1/4 inch above the top of a buttonhole so you will have a button at the top of your dress. Also, at this point, you should use a seam ripper to remove any pockets from the shirt front.

Why baste when you have tape? Wink
I taped the two sides together to keep them from shifting as I folded and cut the dress back.

Fold in half and cut. (I found I needed to pin it due to the thickness.) You are going to cut the same shape as you did for the front. Use your dress front as a guide - be sure to line up the finished top edge marks so things align properly.

Ta da!

Step 5 - Straps:
Here is what your shirt sleeve hopefully looks like if you cut it open and lay it flat:

Which I guess you don't even really have to do since now I want you to fold it in half and cut it:

You are going to use the top bit. Again, hopefully it looks like this:

Now on to quickly finishing the edges. You can use your preferred method, but this is what I did... Turn the straight edge under (somewhere between 1/8 and 1/4 inch) and press. Do the same for the curved edge, but turn it under a second time and press (is that called a narrow hem?). Feel free to snip off the funky pointy end bits:

Fold up the straight edge to make a casing that fits your 1/2 inch elastic. Press. Top stitch the curved edge to finish it. (Open out your casing while you do this.) Sew the casing. Here is what you should have now:

Now thread a piece of elastic through and stitch at one end. Safety pin elastic to fabric at other end. You will be able to adjust the strap length later. I started with 8 inch pieces of elastic.

Hooray! No gathering! Smiley

Step 6 - Attaching Straps, Top Trim, Etc.:
The bodice is two layers. I'll call them the front and the lining. Fold the front piece inward along the "finished top edge" mark you made earlier and press. Fold and press the lining piece to match:

Use an existing garment or the actual wee one to determine spacing of straps. Baste the straps to the front piece only. Then pin the front bodice to the lining, sandwiching a piece of trim in there behind the straps, and sew across close to the top edge. Making the trim is left as exercise for the reader. Wink You could leave it off, but I found the neckline was lower than I wanted without the trim. (You could shorten the straps and cut a curve at the underarm if you don't want to do trim. Take a look at a "real" dress to see what I'm talkin' about.)

Step 7 - Finish Back Edge: Unbutton the top few buttons - you don't want to space out and sew your two sides together! Finish the top edge on both sides, remembering to use your finished top edge mark you made earlier. I trimmed excess off the top, turned under 1/4 inch, pressed, turned under another 1/4 inch, pressed, then top stitched. Alternately, I suppose you could make a facing or something, but I'm pretty sure it would involve making a buttonhole, and who wants to do that? Wink Sorry I don't have a pic of the process, but here is the inside back of the finished dress. (Uhhh... I'm pretty sure it's just the angle that makes it look so uneven. Yeah...):

Step 8 - Sew Front to Back: Do this in the usual way. With right sides together, top edges lined up, etc. After I did this, I found the top line of stitching on the back didn't line up with that on the front, so I stitched another line across the front. Also, I used my overlock on the side seam allowances and then sewed them down (is there some fancy name for that?).

Step 9 - Attach Straps to Back: Turn dress right side out and make sure it's buttoned. Lay dress flat with back facing up and front/back top edges lined up. Use the safety pins to attach straps to back of dress, and try it on the wee one if possible. (While you're at it, you can check the length of dress for hemming purposes.) Adjust elastic to lengthen or shorten straps. I did some stuff to the end of the strap here to have a tiny bit nicer finish, but it's more difficult to explain that it is just to do. If you are really at a loss here, I can try and explain. Anyway, assuming you have a nice fit and properly positioned straps, sew those puppies down! (I matched positioning from front and also made sure strap width at top edge was same in front and back.) I also sewed more reinforcement here. See above pic (the lowest line of stitching is not reinforcement - it is where i sewed elastic to strap). I left the straps longer than I needed because I had some vague notion I'd maybe lengthen it as the girl grew.

Step 10 - Finish bottom edge! You can simply hem here, or you can add trim, a contrasting band, a ruffle, whatever. Be sure to unbutton the dress in back, again because you don't want to sew the two sides together. I trimmed off the excess at the bottom (it ended up a couple inches too long), and then I added the knife pleated trim by sewing it to the outside of the dress (right sides together).

Then I flipped it down and top stitched.

Done! Smiley

I hope you will use this tutorial to make cute little dresses for all the little girls in your lives, but please do not use it for profit without my permission. Thank you!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Old tee to cute lil' dress (somewhat Image Heavy) on: May 04, 2007 03:56:17 PM
First, a million thanks to vegbee for the inspiring tutorial! (Unable to resist the urge to complicate things for myself, I attempted something a little different, but without vegbee's tut, i would have been lost.) This is my first recon, and i fear my ambition exceeds my knowledge/skill at this point (that, and i have a lot to learn about sewing stretch fabrics!) but, overall, i'm pretty dang happy with how it turned out!

I recently unearthed a box full of my old tees and rather fortuitously discovered Craftster soon after. I knew immediately what had to be done. This shirt was destined to be the first one sacrificed due to its cringe-factor. Not that the sentiment is so wrong (gender stereotypes are bad blah blah blah), but i'm a lot more mellow about that stuff than i used to be. Plus, the art on the back pretty much sucks. (I'm pretty sure the only time I've worn this in the last decade or so was during a bathroom scrubdown or other equally fun task - that would explain some of the weird discolored spots.) Anyway, i figured it would be used for practice. Who knew it could become something so cute? yay!


the front is not sooooo bad

back "gender propaganda" art... eeeek!

The Dress...

dress front. cross neck, based on a couple of Old Navy dresses the schmoo is rapidly outgrowing and a $uper cute Glug Baby dress i saw online. i was kind of sad to lose the girl on the shirt front - she was the only thing the shirt had goin' for it, but she had to go for the greater good. there just wasn't enough fabric to keep her intact AND avoid using the stuff on the shirt back. I did have to use some stuff from the back, but at least i got to use the part with the little tiny skull. heeee.

dress back. the black is cut from another tee. i also sewed a little flower onto it because it seemed like it needed something.

Action Shots!
(in the neighbor's driveway. like she can't run around and be cute in front of our own house? whatever. i can only hope someday she'll be posing like vegbee's monkey!)

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