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From: violet_blues
Date: 03-24-2007, 10:55 PM (1 of 10)
I love threads that have people sharing what they are working on. I'll go first. Here is an outfit I made for my daughter; straps still need to be added and I am in beginning stages of making a little tote to match. These are actually the second pair of capris (modified from a PJ pattern) that I did. The first ones I sewed together upside down so that the crotch area were shaped like a U. (obviously my first attempt at pants)

Here's a couple of my Sarah's "model" poses....she cracks me up sometimes!
User: violet_blues
Member since: 11-17-2006
Total posts: 27
From: Magot
Date: 03-25-2007, 01:31 AM (2 of 10)
Lovely stuff Tammy, great job with the outfit - and the offspring is a blast too!
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
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From: PaulineG
Date: 03-25-2007, 05:25 AM (3 of 10)
Great outfit - it looks cute and funky.

My 8yo is going through the wanting to be "funky" phase now and all too often what she looks at and aspires to is more "sexy" than anything else. Thank goodness that twirl skirts came back in - although they surely don't have long left. As long as it's not back to bellybutton bearing tops and micro mini skirts - the fashion trend - not my dds wardrobe.

I've held out this long but sometimes only because I can offer to make her something in her choice of fabric but my choice of design. This is definitely something I think she'll want.

Sorry no projects on the go at the moment. Need to plough through all the accumulated mending first.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
Total posts: 901
From: diannab
Date: 03-25-2007, 01:43 PM (4 of 10)
I don't have pics! I will take some tonight, I promise, though it may be well after midnight LOL :) But currently working on a shirt from the Thats so raven collection. :) Reminds me of a scrub top :( I will have to see what changes I can make LOL :) Could just be the fabric though! LOL I also have two woven fabric purses in the mix and pjs too! !!! :D I will post pics tonight! :D

THAT OUT FIT IS ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
User: diannab
Member since: 10-28-2006
Total posts: 78
From: AndreaSews
Date: 03-25-2007, 08:10 PM (5 of 10)
I just finished 2 pair of skorts yesterday, then put together a nice cotton/linen blend dress for DD. I have some hand finishing to do for that, but surely won't get to it tonight, because...
There's the matter of these cute little impractical sandals I got her last week. Cute as can be, with a Velcro ankle strap, which pops open about every other step. So here I am, with a sharp canvas needle, sewing a skirt hook onto them so they'll stay fastened. I just got through the first one and was about to move on, fingers aching, when I heard a loud noise. It was somebody at the top of the stairs, who was supposed to be sleeping. Somebody in terrible tears, holding one of her cloth dolls in two pieces. All she could say between sobs was, "She can't sit down!" These cloth dolls don't have hinged waistlines or bendable knees. I guess in her bed, instead of sleeping, she was playing with the doll and trying to make her sit up without much luck. In anger and frustration, she ripped the poor dear's arm right off! And not at a seam, mind you. She managed to yank at her so hard that she tore from armpit to shoulder, right on grain. She could see she had gone too far. I told her it would be alright, but that the doll was going to have to spend some time at the Dolly Hospital. Anyway, all this is to say, this kid is really keeping me busy with the needle and thread.
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: grandma C
Date: 03-26-2007, 04:09 AM (6 of 10)
Adorable child and I love the outfit. She models it well. What pattern did you use for the top and pants.

My Chloe (gd) wil want one like that. I love the fabric combination. You are creative:
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: temom
Date: 03-26-2007, 08:28 AM (7 of 10)
Tammy, I love the outfit and the material. What kind of straps are you going to use?

I just finished 3 charity quilts - they were my first and they did not turn out well. There is definately a learning curve here!

My drapes are hanging but not done - I have to re-pleat them now that I bought a walking foot - , and I haven't started the valance yet - I'm still trying to figure out how I want it to look. I have the material, just not sure how I want to put it together.

I put hair on the hairless dolly (another post), and whipped up a tunic for it that has sleeves but was too small. At that point I decided it was time for sleep.

My daughter needs more shorts and skorts, but I haven't started them yet. I just finished the spring wrap skirt for me, and want to make one for her out of the same material (before it isn't cool to be dressed the same as mom).

I also have a long sleeve shirt pattern for me traced, now that it has warmed up and I need short sleeves...

I guess that is all I'm working on...
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: violet_blues
Date: 03-26-2007, 08:36 AM (8 of 10)
Andrea - sounds like she is keeping you busy! I feel for you! Personally, I can not stand mending/fixing things. I love to sew new things and even sew buttons on a new creation, but sewing a button back on drives me insane for some weird reason.

Thanks to everyone for the compliments, everyone is so nice on this board....:love:

GrandmaC; I didn't use a pattern for the top, just measured daughter's chest and how long I wanted the top, added seam allowances and went from there. I did make the width of the top 2X for elastic thread shirring purposes. I used a Simplicity pattern for the pants; just simple basic that I shortened the length and added a ruffle to make capris. I'll find the number and post it for you later....:smile:
User: violet_blues
Member since: 11-17-2006
Total posts: 27
From: violet_blues
Date: 03-26-2007, 08:41 AM (9 of 10)
Temom- I did the straps out of the polkadotty material; I did more 3 rows of the shirring so they are stretchy and ruffly and did a criss-cross in the back. I'm pleased with how it turned out...

It's funny you mentioned quilting; I just read a quilting book last night and think I may have to try to give a first attempt. I'd love to see pictures if you have them!

User: violet_blues
Member since: 11-17-2006
Total posts: 27
From: Too busy
Date: 03-26-2007, 01:33 PM (10 of 10)
Andrea- the story about your daughter getting so frustrated with her dolly cracked me up! I have 2 little ones, so we have lots of crazy things that happen to us too! :bg:

As far as current projects...I am learning to sew, but haven't attempted too many outfits. Right now I am making some burpie rags. Just finished embellishing a denim jacket for my 2 year old niece-had to have my mom help me attach a collar. I have about half a dozen bows made and ready to hot glue onto clips. My dd will be 2 in a few weeks and I am making her piggie bows to match her ladybug outfit. She is having a BUG birthday party. :bday:
User: Too busy
Member since: 02-21-2007
Total posts: 7
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