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« on: April 02, 2008 04:04:28 AM »

my pound shop (I'm in the uk) sells loads of crafty stuff for card making, but I saw it and thought to myself 'that's too easy', and wandered off down the household aisle.
I found and purchased cotton tea towels (2 packs of 3 each containing one plain pink waffle pattern, one check waffle pattern, one plain weave check), a polycotton blend scarf with ribbed ends ("designer style" aparently), 2 cotton oxford pillowcases in a pack and finally a big-ass pack of elastic. elastic is always useful.

that's my fiver used up....
Soph has a new outfit for summer.

I did have to use a zippper from my zipper stash though, I hope that's ok. if it helps, it came off another hoodie which was given to me in a bag of girlie stuff so it's not cost anything on top  Grin
I never buy zippers unless I'm doing a really fancy project. I just take them off stuff she's outgrown.

So, out of the fiver's worth of stuff I got:
pink and green check lined hoodie,
some 3/4 length capri pants to match the hoodie,
and a shirred white top. I have enough fabric left out of the pillow cases to make another 3 shirred tops, or 1 top and a dress. I thought one was enough to show on here though, I'm going for quality not quantity.

she has worn all at least twice now and they wash realy well too, so I've got massive value for money.

Soph wearing the hoodie and trousers before I'd lined the hoodie properly

finished hoodie, lined with the scarf so that during an english summer she wont freeze lol!

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and the back

lined hood

lined body; I ran out of scarf material so I lined the bit to keep her most warm, then just did over the seams of the rest- those towels sure did fray! I also had to make some bias strips for where the sleeve joins the body as it really was fraying badly.

I used the ribbing fro the ends of the scarf to make the cuffs of the hoodie.

now the shirred top, this wasn't easy. I stripped the casing off the medium weight elastic and just used the inner rubber bit. I don't know how long it'll last like this, but it's an experiment on my part. I'd never done shirring before this.
she also refused to wear anything else so I had to be creative in my picture taking lol!

my machine doesn't have many embroidery or fancy stitches, but what it does have goes really well with this top I think.

and here's my shirring

I have my fingers crossed!!!

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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008 04:23:42 AM »

2washes already!defos value for money.really well put together. the white dress is also v.cute.i have one similar myself!!!x
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2008 04:26:57 AM »

what a fabulous job!

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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008 05:00:37 AM »

OMG!  This is so cute!  I cannot believe you got this stuff from your pound shop.  It def. looks like you spent more than 5 pounds on everything!!

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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2008 05:13:01 AM »

Holy Cow!  What creativity!!  You guys are teaching me to look at EVERYTHING with new possibilities in mind.  You did an awesome job!! 
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« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2008 05:17:54 AM »

Great Job.  I can't believe that gorgeous outfit was made from dollar store towels.


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« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2008 05:23:29 AM »

Fantastic & creative. I love it. The first thing I thought of w/ the hoodie & pant outfit is she wont have to get a seperate towel to dry her hands  Grin. That is just too awesome!

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2008 05:27:42 AM »

My daughter told me to  check this out and she wasnt wrong!
this is fantastic, so clever and so cute, well done!

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2008 07:35:15 AM »

Now that is AMAZING! You really did a great job!

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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2008 07:53:14 AM »

Oh my gosh! I have those tea towels in my kitchen!!  But they look adorable as an outfit, and it shows crafty vision that you made something beautiful from them.  I especially love the hoodie.

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