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Old 05-07-2013, 12:32 AM   #166
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Hi Everyone!

My name is Ashley and I am new to the sewing world I just took my first class tonight and made a pillowcase style dress for my 5 year old. It came together pretty good only a couple of spots that are only noticeable if you are really looking at the dress upclose.

Anyways can anyone recommend a pattern for another simple style summer dress? Every pattern that I seem to pick up seems to require a zipper and I am not brave enough to tackle that yet. My daughter would like a dress that she can twirl in a little bit unlike the pillowcase style dress I made tonight which is pretty straight.

Thanks for any help you can give a newbie

Ashley
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:13 AM   #167
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And THAT is what I miss about colorado and dislike least about the stupid weather here in Chicago... snow then melting and nice weather. Once it snows here, the snow just stays in frozen piles in parking lots for MONTHS and turns into black, filthy mass. And it stays COLD the whole winter with no break. It is brutal. Every winter I question why the heck I live here, and wonder why anyone does. You'd think after the first winter whatever settlers were here would have said NO WAY! and kept on moving! I would love to move back to CO someday, but at this point I would be happy just to leave IL.
That is definately one nice thing about the winters is it doesn't stay cold for long.

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What a great idea! You can change them to whatever the occasion!!

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Ok, I know it isn't sewing but I thought I'd share a few things that I made for the bat mitzvah. Here is the girls' candle lighting board:


Then these are some of the centerpieces:


I also made 18 tablecloths and a bunch of other stuff. I made their tallitots too. I think I shared pictures of them already.
Everything is really coming together and looks great!!!

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I have a bunch of things to post. Not that I have been very productive, just slacking on posting so it seems like alot. That being said I am not sure if I posted some of these things or not so I apologize if you have seen a few of these before.

I made this laptop bag for me:


OK, as you can tell I am a slacker so my DD did not have a birthday party this past November (nor did she have one the year before) so we planned a half birthday party and had a few girls sleep over last weekend. We did a cupcake theme and I made a bunch of cupcakes so the girls could decorate them. Not sewing, and not in par with Diane's decorations but here is the wreath I made:
since I found this fabric in the remnant bin I made her some PJs:

I made this tote bag, which will be going to my sister in law. It has a bunch of pockets inside so hopefully she will find it useful.


My daughter had to make a 3-d animal for SS class and got assigned an Australian Lorikeet. Since we have WAY too much fabric we came up with this:

We basically made two sets of the bird and hand appliqued the colored fabric together onto a piece of flannel. Sewed them together, turned, stuffed and there you go, a bird. I made my daughter do the entire hand applique process and she sewed all the stitches but it took her FOREVER since she used the "turtle" setting on my machine for all the sewing. Of course she did all the hand stitching too since I DO NOT hand stitch. Then hot glue comes in handy for everything else. Hopefully this is the last of the projects for the school year.

I made this skirt for my daughter to wear to see Iron Man 3. She has been waiting forever to see this movie and was so excited for this outfit. I actually was afraid that she wouldn't be into it but she was.

I used glow in the dark thread for the white circle on his chest so it "glows" like in the movie:

I made this with the intention that we could re-use the skirt for our trip to Universal. I will be making a Harry Potter theme shirt to wear with this skirt. I think the colors will apply to both even though the maroon is probably not "red" enough for Iron Man. As a bonus the jeans part of this skirt was a hand me down but the elastic in the waist was broken so my DD never wore it, it was in my sewing room to fix but I never got around to it and legs are too short now so perfect for an "upcycle". I see a few more of these in my future, with different fabrics of course.


After spending most of the morning (and afternoon) playing with my photo software and photobucket I finally got my pictures "straight". I hate when software thinks it is smarting then me and does things automatically. Thanks for checking out my stuff.
Everything looks great. Love the bags, that reminds me, I wanted to make a tote bag for DS's teachers for the end of the year. DS pointed out to me today they have 18 days of school left

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I also made a bag for one of my friends for her birthday. It's an ITH project from Pickle Pie Designs.
Love the shirt and the bag too. I need to look into those, they look like they come out great and make great gifts!!

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I promised myself when the thread moved this time that I was going to keep up with it, I'm so far behind already. Everyone's work is wonderful.
The discussion about 2007 and the fabric that I called "psychedelic Mickey" reminded me of my granddaughter's first WDW trip in 2007. It was a 5 day trip and by the time I finished sewing she had 10 outfits and 2 nightgowns. I wasn't sure I liked the "psychedlic Mickey" fabric when I bought it but it ended up being one of my favorite outfits and everyone loved it. There was also a floppy hat to match.



And her first princess dress.

Love looking at all the old pictures and love that fabric. I'll have to dig some of mine up too!

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In keeping with the "Now and Then" theme... My favorite theme of all - as many of you know...

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Love all your bags but my favorite is the black and white damask with pink!! I accidently deleted it though

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Hello sewers (or sewists, if you prefer),

Good to "see" you all and to have something to post about.

As you may recall, once upon a time I was going to check with Give Kids the World (GKTW) about pillowcase sizes. Seems as though the flannel is getting smaller and getting four pillowcases from a yard of flannel was getting harder.

Word back from them is still to get four pillowcases from a yard of flannel BUT the directions also say to cut each pillowcase 10 1/2 to 11" wide. Now for the math lesson

4 x 10.5 = 42
4 x 11 = 44

Accounting for "fluffy" selvage, the math works best when the flannel is at least 43" wide. I did some checking this morning and JoAnn claims their flannel is 42", so I think that's why I haven't been able to squeeze a fourth pillowcase out of their flannel. I serge the seams, so try to make the seams at least 3/8".


This was going to be my fourth pillowcase, but it's barely 10". I've tried "cheating" in the past, but the seams just don't work and I think the pillows get a lot of wear and tear, so I don't think cutting the case smaller or skimping on the seams is the way to go.

Hobby Lobby's flannel is 44-45" according to their website, and I have no problem getting four pillowcases from their flannel. (Unfortunately Hobby Lobby isn't as convenient for me.) I also checked fabric.com online (I think Chiara has mentioned that website, I haven't used it) and their flannel is 44-45" wide.

Bottom line, if you're interested in making pillowcases, check the width of the flannel before you buy!


The good news is the unusable last bit of fabric makes the PERFECT pillowcase dress for your favorite GA doll!



Add a Simply Swell neckline and voila. Happy ending.

(I see photobucket is as enjoyable as always. Can't wait to see what size my photos end up )
That's good to know, I have some flannel that I've been meaning to make. And love the new dress for Dorrrine!!

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I'm working on the Cinderella dress and can't decide which trim to use to make the contour on the bodice. I have (on the right) white with pearl beads - but it's kind of wide; (on the left) silver, sort of braided, and (second pic, on the left) plain white ribbon.
Please ignore the fact that everything is just stuck on her (it's a good thing my model doesn't mind pins) and that her arms are on the couch behind her

I like the silver trim too!!

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Ashley and I am new to the sewing world I just took my first class tonight and made a pillowcase style dress for my 5 year old. It came together pretty good only a couple of spots that are only noticeable if you are really looking at the dress upclose.

Anyways can anyone recommend a pattern for another simple style summer dress? Every pattern that I seem to pick up seems to require a zipper and I am not brave enough to tackle that yet. My daughter would like a dress that she can twirl in a little bit unlike the pillowcase style dress I made tonight which is pretty straight.

Thanks for any help you can give a newbie

Ashley
Welcome! I don't make dresses but I know a highly recommended dress would be the simply sweet by Carla C at you can make this .com All of her patterns are patterns and sewing lessons all in one, they are easy and look great!!
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:13 AM   #168
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I'm working on the Cinderella dress and can't decide which trim to use to make the contour on the bodice
I liked all of them but the silver was my favorite.

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Ashley and I am new to the sewing world I just took my first class tonight and made a pillowcase style dress for my 5 year old. It came together pretty good only a couple of spots that are only noticeable if you are really looking at the dress upclose.

Anyways can anyone recommend a pattern for another simple style summer dress?
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Hi Ashley! Welcome to the group! I would strongly second the recommendation for the Simply Sweet dress by Carla C on YCMT. It is more than a sewing pattern. It is more like a complete tutorial. You will learn a ton as you make the dress. It is a PDF pattern so it will seem expensive but you can re-use it over and over and over again unlike paper patterns. I have probably made the Simply Sweet dress about 100 times and you can change it so that it looks different every time. Another good choice would be Carla C's patchwork twirl skirt. It is very full and twirly.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:38 AM   #169
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Hi Everyone!

My name is Ashley and I am new to the sewing world I just took my first class tonight and made a pillowcase style dress for my 5 year old. It came together pretty good only a couple of spots that are only noticeable if you are really looking at the dress upclose.

Anyways can anyone recommend a pattern for another simple style summer dress? Every pattern that I seem to pick up seems to require a zipper and I am not brave enough to tackle that yet. My daughter would like a dress that she can twirl in a little bit unlike the pillowcase style dress I made tonight which is pretty straight.

Thanks for any help you can give a newbie

Ashley
The Simply Sweet (Carla C) on You Can Make This is great for beginners. It is very versatile and comes in multiple sizes when you buy one pattern. The tutorial you get with it is great and you will be able to use it for years!
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:34 AM   #170
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I'm working on the Cinderella dress and can't decide which trim to use to make the contour on the bodice. I have (on the right) white with pearl beads - but it's kind of wide; (on the left) silver, sort of braided, and (second pic, on the left) plain white ribbon.
Please ignore the fact that everything is just stuck on her (it's a good thing my model doesn't mind pins) and that her arms are on the couch behind her



Very cute! I like the skinner trim on the top picture the best.
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Hi Everyone!

My name is Ashley and I am new to the sewing world I just took my first class tonight and made a pillowcase style dress for my 5 year old. It came together pretty good only a couple of spots that are only noticeable if you are really looking at the dress upclose.

Anyways can anyone recommend a pattern for another simple style summer dress? Every pattern that I seem to pick up seems to require a zipper and I am not brave enough to tackle that yet. My daughter would like a dress that she can twirl in a little bit unlike the pillowcase style dress I made tonight which is pretty straight.

Thanks for any help you can give a newbie

Ashley
I also recommend the Simply Sweet dress from YCMT (You Can Make This). Her patterns are GREAT for beginners.

Good Luck and welcome to the sewing world!
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:45 AM   #172
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Hi Everyone!

My name is Ashley and I am new to the sewing world I just took my first class tonight and made a pillowcase style dress for my 5 year old. It came together pretty good only a couple of spots that are only noticeable if you are really looking at the dress upclose.

Anyways can anyone recommend a pattern for another simple style summer dress? Every pattern that I seem to pick up seems to require a zipper and I am not brave enough to tackle that yet. My daughter would like a dress that she can twirl in a little bit unlike the pillowcase style dress I made tonight which is pretty straight.

Thanks for any help you can give a newbie

Ashley
I grabbed your quote to recommend the simply sweet too. I've only made a half dozen or so but every single time my friend asks what pattern because its so versatile she can't believe it's the same one. I have also made Carla C portrait peasant and that went together really easily too. That one had elastic though no zippers. I agree it's like a sewing lesson. I made my first dress last August (2 identical for twin friends 3rd birthday) and it was very easy and confidence building.

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Cinderella's pink dress the mice made

Hi DISboutiquers!

I was encouraged to share the pink Cinderella dress the mice made that my daughter will be wearing to Disney this weekend! What's cute is she actually thinks Cinderella's mice & the birds made her dress

I also wanted to suggest I thought it would be a good idea to start a picture thread for what everyone's kids wore on their Disney trip(s). Whether it be a princess dress, pirate costume or a homemade Disney inspired dress. What does everyone think???

Anyway, here is her Cinderella dress:
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Every once in a while I peek on this thread and oh and ah...wow PrincesKati!!! That is just beautiful! Your daughter looks darling. Have a wonderful trip.
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Every once in a while I peek on this thread and oh and ah...wow PrincesKati!!! That is just beautiful! Your daughter looks darling. Have a wonderful trip.
Thank you so much!!!
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I was encouraged to share the pink Cinderella dress the mice made that my daughter will be wearing to Disney this weekend! What's cute is she actually thinks Cinderella's mice & the birds made her dress

I also wanted to suggest I thought it would be a good idea to start a picture thread for what everyone's kids wore on their Disney trip(s). Whether it be a princess dress, pirate costume or a homemade Disney inspired dress. What does everyone think???

Anyway, here is her Cinderella dress:
Adorable. And that's so sweet your daughter thinks the mice made it! My boys still call their Cars bowling shirts I made for our arrival at Art of Animation "the shirts lightning McQueen gave us at Disney world"

Have a great trip!

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I grabbed your quote to recommend the simply sweet too. I've only made a half dozen or so but every single time my friend asks what pattern because its so versatile she can't believe it's the same one. I have also made Carla C portrait peasant and that went together really easily too. That one had elastic though no zippers. I agree it's like a sewing lesson. I made my first dress last August (2 identical for twin friends 3rd birthday) and it was very easy and confidence building.

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I second anything designed by Carla C, but I have made so many of those Portrait Peasant dresses, both for my girls and for Am. Girl dolls...LOVE IT.

I THINK there might be a combo pack of the Port. Peasant, Simply Sweet, and the Bowling Shirt.
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Hi Ladies (and Tom, if your still here)

I was certain that I had seen a full body applique of the Step-Mother and sisters from Cinderella. I have looked everywhere with no luck. Does anyone know who has them? ( I can't use the cuties version)

Thanks so much for your help.
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PrincessKati - that outfit is adorable!!! Stunning!

I'm a longtime lurker, wanna be crafter...I'm trying.

Quick question to all you vets...can you recommend a fabric glue. My kids have outfits (made by Etsy) and I have some extra fabric. I'm going to cut out mickey heads and put them on plain t-shirts. We don't have a sewing machine and I'm trying to figure out how to affix these heads to a plain t-shirt. Will likely only wear them on our trip, so I just need something to get me through a few wears at the park.

Thanks for any input you may be able to share.

Happy planning (and crafting) y'all!!
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Adorable. And that's so sweet your daughter thinks the mice made it! My boys still call their Cars bowling shirts I made for our arrival at Art of Animation "the shirts lightning McQueen gave us at Disney world"

Have a great trip!

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How cute!!! & thank you!
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