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From: MaryW
Date: 08-03-2007, 07:19 AM (1 of 20)
Ok ladies, here we go. One quickie challenge. Post here and tell what you are sewing for back to school. A random poster will win one copy of the fall Ottobre pattern magazine.

Challenge continues until August 12/07 midnight.

Winner will be announced August 13/07
Good luck everyone.
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From: temom
Date: 08-03-2007, 08:47 AM (2 of 20)
First off, realize that I live in the Southeastern part of the US, and it is rather warm most of the year. We have a little over a month of cold winter, the rest is quite mild, so I'm not going for heavy clothing.

Currently in the works is McCalls M4747 View A and C. The shorts are done, the blouse is about half way done.

Next up will be Simplicity 3743 peasant top in red polka dots, with either long shorts or capris made from denim with a red polka dot ruffle.

The child can not go back to school without another twirly skirt - she loves them - so McCalls M5159 should make up pretty quickly, especially since I made one recently.

Then we will move on to patterns my 6 year old picked out and HAS to have: Simplicity 3771 (I really like it also. I'll make view A. I think that might look cute with a twirly skirt. I'm not sure if the Capris will be too hard or not, but they are cute. Also we have a couple of dresses, Simplicity 5226 and Simplicity 3902.

Of course we will have a few of Kwik Sew's shorts to go under the skirts and dresses:dave:

I'm seriously looking at 2 Ottobre shirts, but I have never done Ottobre, so I don't think that will be done soon, as I am a chicken...

So how much will I get done before school starts? I hope a bunch, as it is so hard to fit my dd with regular clothes. Thank goodness for buttonhole elastic, or she wouldn't be able to wear any jeans...
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From: MartySews2
Date: 08-03-2007, 09:48 AM (3 of 20)
If I'm able to get back to my machines this weekend, I plan to sew some school uniforms for some refugees who have just moved to the area. It will be my community service sewing for the year.
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From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 08-03-2007, 10:11 AM (4 of 20)
Well you guys have seen one of my outfits for back to school for my oldest. For those that haven't, I posted it as Back to school outfit.

My 3 year old will be attending pre-school this year. I have some very cute Dora fabric which I will make her a cute peasant top. It will have pink pants to match.

My next project will be a minnie mouse outfit for her.

I have some goldfish in bags fabric coming in from a yahoo fabric group i'm in, and cordinating fabric to go with it. I plan on making my oldest a peasant top, stripwork corset to wear over it the top, and pants to match.

I also plan to do a couple of Twirly T-shirt Dresses for them

I doubt I will be finished before school starts, but I am going to try. I have found myself buying less clothes for my kids, I have more enjoyment in making them.
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Member since: 02-01-2007
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From: sewingrandma
Date: 08-03-2007, 10:37 AM (5 of 20)
I'm making most of the tops for DD's children for school.
McCall's MP212 view A&B If anyone does make this View A really needs something worn under as the V neck is very low.
Stitch 'n Save M5159 View B skirt two of them. View A top 2
It's So Easy 3866 View A DGD wanted this one made out of blue camo with a solid blue yoke. Turned out very cute. I had also found some blue camo ribbon that I used for the ties.
It's So Easy 4257 View A top. Very easy and fits nicely. I made this skirt last year.
Simplicity 4568 View C only with sleeves from H. Needs a zipper added for ease of changing. Why is it that so many patterns now omit back openings in tops for children? The dress above I had to add a zipper to.
McCall's 4816 View A Lots of tank tops to be worn under other tops
Simplicity 4518 View B goes together very nicely.
Mc'Calls M4866 View A, C, E and F. All very cute.
Mc'Calls 3193 Tank and shirt, lots of tanks and shirts for summer and school.
Kwik Sew t-shirts, long and short sleeve so far 5 completed.
On my to do list:
I'm trying to draft a pattern for a polo type dress for an autistic girl who won't wear anything that touches her waist. Won't wear jumpers if a blouse or t has to be worn under it, or if it has a zipper or buttons in the back. She has out grown all of her current polo style dresses and no other dresses can be found that fit or that she will wear.
Am also making pj's for 5 grands.
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From: Magot
Date: 08-03-2007, 11:41 AM (6 of 20)
School here doesn't start until 6th September....but before I go back I plan on covering my school diary with a fabric slipcover and making a new bag to carry stuff in. I also need to make up a thing a bit like a shoe holder to put the data loggers in. That and I have been asked for an apron that you can velcro the bodies organs to. And a brain, I was asked if I could make a brain. oy oy.
love and kisses, Jan
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DNA to order.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 08-03-2007, 01:05 PM (7 of 20)
Jan kind of touched on my Question. Does this sewing have to be for a child? My Dd is 15 so I don't really consider that sewing for children since she wears adult size clothes. With my job I am also going back to school so can it be clothes for me? Or as Jan said Accessories?
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: Sews4kate
Date: 08-03-2007, 01:20 PM (8 of 20)
ooo! another challenge! I would love to win an Ottobre magazine!!

Let's see, my dd is 4 and will be starting her second year of preschool this year.

I have a denim shirt that I am making into a denim jumper, also a flannel one that I might do something with too.

DD saw some fabric with the letters of the alphabet on it and said she wanted something made from it, I'm thinking of a twirly type skirt and an appliqued top, probably will have her wear it the first day of school.

I am waiting for a pattern for some pants, I have some fabric to use up and thought she could use some new pants since last years will all look like floods.

I will also make a dress for her Thanksgiving program, just haven't found the right fabric or pattern for it yet, feels like I've got plenty of time, but I know it will sneak up on me! Perhaps there'd be a lovely pattern in the Ottobre:wink:
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From: MaryW
Date: 08-03-2007, 02:21 PM (9 of 20)
Sure, your teen is going back to school. So is Jan. :bg: Post away.
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From: my2girlies
Date: 08-03-2007, 03:35 PM (10 of 20)
I am working on Dora outfits for my great niece's first year of school (4K).

She wanted "comfy-cozies" so I am making lounge type pants with matching appliqued tee's for her.

That is about all of the back to school that I am making. I am actually more worried about bdays and halloween

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From: PaulineG
Date: 08-03-2007, 05:03 PM (11 of 20)
Well mine didn't have a summer holiday but they did have a semester break.

I'm about to start on 6 leotards for the school production. I'm just going to use a Kwik Sew bathers pattern and redraft the straps to make them a bit wider. I'm a little concerned because they've puchased some stretch velvet that they want to use instead of lycra but we'll see how it goes.

All dds other sewing isn't for school wear as she wears a uniform. But I did notice the other day that she's down to about 3 tshirts that fit!:shock: It's still not quite warm enough but if I don't get moving soon I'll be in trouble.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 08-03-2007, 05:12 PM (12 of 20)
DD just found a basket of fabric she picked out fo tops. I had her match the fabric with a pattern & I will start her new clothes for school as soon as I get my new room set up. Hopefully the beginning of next week since I decided not to paint & I will leave the non matching curtains for now (lavender walls & teal/blue gingham curtains). DD(23) is supposed to get all of her stuff moved this weekend!
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: MartySews2
Date: 08-03-2007, 11:52 PM (13 of 20)
School here starts August 6th for some schools and on August 13th for others. I'm going to Hancock Fabrics tomorrow to look for some khaki colored fabric for jumpers and pants. The students here have to wear khaki with white shirts. They also can wear navy or black pants.
Marty :smile:
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From: DorothyL
Date: 08-04-2007, 09:34 AM (14 of 20)
I'm so glad my kids didn't have to wear uniforms. It would have really cut into the sewing fun.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 08-05-2007, 10:59 PM (15 of 20)
It looks like I won't be participating in this challenge. We decided to paint all the new bedrooms so my sewing room & bed got moved into the same room with dressers temporarily in the dining room. I can't even get behind my desk right now to get to the TV remote! I have way too much fabric! As soon as I can get my bed out of the room & get organized I will be sewing!!!!
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: mommydionne
Date: 08-06-2007, 01:07 PM (16 of 20)
well school starts Aug 28th for my crew... (french catholic school board they have to be different:re: )

for my daughter I'm planning an outfit with baby blue stretch poplin pants and jacket with embroidery down one leg of the pants and on the sleeve of the jacket. I think I will do the jacket in a blue jean style with snaps. Have not cut it out yet so the idea may change,

the boys don't want anything homemade (big surprise there) but my new Cars (disney) embroidery card should arrive this week so some embellishing for the younger ones will be starting soon.
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From: jenny-o
Date: 08-09-2007, 01:23 AM (17 of 20)
Today I made a tan colour corduroy skirt and a dark blue jean twirl skirt, both for my 6 yo. I'm not that crazy about the twirl skirt, it was looking pretty drab and I just added a little trim around each tier but still it is not my cup of tea! Oh well, I've had that fabric sitting around for ages anyway so no great loss. I am going to make her a light jacket too but will have to get some cool fabric- maybe pink or green camo.
The other day, for myself (because I walk her to school everyday so that counts too?) I made a dark brown purse. It took me way too long in the planning for such a simple bag but it's pretty cute. My one year old has broken our computer so I can't post pictures at the moment since I'm using dh's work laptop. I've been sewing tons the last couple weeks, do I ever love it.
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From: Mom of Six
Date: 08-12-2007, 10:25 AM (18 of 20)
Theresa they are here!
Happiness is having time to sew!!
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From: MaryW
Date: 08-12-2007, 12:19 PM (19 of 20)
Today is your last chance to post and maybe win the prize.
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From: grandma C
Date: 08-12-2007, 11:33 PM (20 of 20)
my latest project.
A sundress From Childsplay by Wildginger!

Vintage style purse from placemats

White sheer with black polkadots, lined with batiste.
User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
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