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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I heart bumjumpers! on: May 27, 2007 02:58:19 AM
Sorry sweetpea74 I have been offline because I hurt my neck & shoulder & couldn't sew / couldn't type -- very boring. I will put some pics up so you can see what they look like on & give you a quick idea how they are made. If you like I will write a proper tute & take a pic of them not on my daughter when I am fully recovered.

Here is the first pair I made when my daughter was 8 months.

& then this pair made out of an old Benetton jumper I got at the markets.

I just placed the leg of a pair of her pants that were a good fit over the jumper arm & then just cut the j-shape for the crotch. The arm seam I left. Then I sewed up the crotch, sewed a strip of cotton ribbing to the top and turned to the inside to make a tunnel for the waist elastic.

The next year I used the body of the jumper to make her another pair. She is still wearing these ones. People always ask about them when she wears them.

Couldn't resist sticking in a picture of yet another pair, she is still wearing from last year (my daughter is 2 1/2 now). I just gave them a good pull when they were wet to get back some length and get rid of the nappy bum shaping now that she no longer wears nappies.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: I heart bumjumpers! on: May 24, 2007 04:54:36 AM
I agree bum jumpers are the best. Though I actually made mine differently. I used the jumper sleeves and made them more like trousers for winter. The felted wool stretched quite happily to cover my daughter's cloth nappies. I will see if I can find some pics.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Overalls to dress (3 images) on: May 13, 2007 05:33:10 AM
I definitely have the refashioning bug. Lucky I have a big bag of our old clothes to work from but it is oh sooo tempting to go goodwill shopping for stuff that is new to me.

Here are the overalls about a year ago, before they got too short.

& as a dress.

To remake them; I cut the legs off just before the snaps started and then undid the bit where the crotch starts to curve so I could sew it down straight. With the leg pieces, I cut the snaps off and cut the leg pieces in half and then pieced them in to one long strip. Then I pleated the strip on to the bottom of the overalls.

So far, my daughter has worn them for a whole day without trying to take them off -- which is a clothing record for us Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dress to ra-ra skirt (4 images) on: May 13, 2007 05:02:16 AM
Inspired by some of the great clothing reconstruction ideas on craftster I trawled through the bags of clothes I had sorted for goodwill looking for stuff to refashion for my daughter and I. This was a dress someone gave us that was already too small so I remade it into a ra-ra skirt.

The dress

Cut off the top, & kept the flowers & buttons

Made strips from 2 other little dresses & used them to make a flounce for the bottom, & some binding for the top.

& here it is from the back

So far my daughter has refused to wear it since I took the pics, but I live in hope Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Ugly as sin sweatshirt into something super sweet on: May 13, 2007 05:00:55 AM
The embroidery is lovely. I am feeling all inspired now. I have a shirt I have been wanting to do 'something to' maybe embroidery is the answer. Thank you for sharing.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Heel-socks..... so you can wear socks with flats and not look dumb! on: May 13, 2007 04:56:28 AM
What a great idea. I would never have thought of doing that, despite many occasions when they would have been perfect, and they actually look pretty cool.
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Felt-basket on: May 13, 2007 04:49:53 AM
Thank you for sharing. I am so happy to have seen your project because I have quite a few things I would like to make out of felt, but I thought I would need that thick 'industrial felt'. For some reason, it didn't occur to me to just stick layers of thinner felt together. D'oh.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Fun baby room on: May 13, 2007 04:46:20 AM
Beautifully designed and executed. I have come to look at this a dozen times ...it is so simple and perfect.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: "Fairy Light" for Ugly Ceiling Fixture on: May 13, 2007 04:43:58 AM
Very pretty, what a lovely idea.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: DithMer Saved My livingroom! on: May 13, 2007 04:42:13 AM
Very nice.
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