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Old 04-18-2013, 11:36 PM   #3526
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Erin wasn't the only early shopper this morning!



The kiddos and I trekked across town for my second DisMeet this morning! I enjoyed meeting Erin and her mom and shopping around the store together for a bit!

And, I had a big DUH! Moment when I figured out Erin's screen name. I somehow completely missed the fact that she is nanny to V. Nanny E. Duh! Mystery solved.

(I'll get caught up on all the gorgeous dresses posted recently over the weekend!)

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:09 AM   #3527
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I can't take credit for the photos, the little girl's mom took them. She did a great job. I did finish another Irelyn Peekaboo dress today, which went MUCH faster the second time and now that I have sorta figured out the settings on my serger. I had it all cut out yesterday, but did all the sewing and assembly today while my husband was home, kids were in preschool and nap time. I would say maybe 3 hours total. (It is hard to calculate how long anything takes me since I have so many interruptions. I stopped to get the kids dressed and ready for school, then made lunch when they got home an hour later, then during "nap" time they were wrestling maybe? Of course they weren't sleeping and one smashed his face into the bed rail, has a huge fat lip, scrapes on his chin and nose and bled all over the room of course. Then at dinner fell off his chair and hit his cheek on the table. He looks like Baby Fight Club or something. I am so glad they don't have school tomorrow, we can lay low and not go into public...)





The best part is that I made this entirely 100 percent with fabric I already had. I wanted to do photos outside, but we are in the middle of some epic storms and flooding so it's just not photos outside weather. Thankfully where we are it has been wet but not terrible. I have lots of friends who have their basements, living rooms and cars all underwater right now.
The dress and little model are beautiful. I hope your little one heals quickly from his wrestling injuries.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #3528
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I can't take credit for the photos, the little girl's mom took them. She did a great job. I did finish another Irelyn Peekaboo dress today, which went MUCH faster the second time and now that I have sorta figured out the settings on my serger. I had it all cut out yesterday, but did all the sewing and assembly today while my husband was home, kids were in preschool and nap time. I would say maybe 3 hours total. (It is hard to calculate how long anything takes me since I have so many interruptions. I stopped to get the kids dressed and ready for school, then made lunch when they got home an hour later, then during "nap" time they were wrestling maybe? Of course they weren't sleeping and one smashed his face into the bed rail, has a huge fat lip, scrapes on his chin and nose and bled all over the room of course. Then at dinner fell off his chair and hit his cheek on the table. He looks like Baby Fight Club or something. I am so glad they don't have school tomorrow, we can lay low and not go into public...)



The best part is that I made this entirely 100 percent with fabric I already had. I wanted to do photos outside, but we are in the middle of some epic storms and flooding so it's just not photos outside weather. Thankfully where we are it has been wet but not terrible. I have lots of friends who have their basements, living rooms and cars all underwater right now.
Yikes. I hope your little guy is all better soon. My son had more black eyes that were self induced then any kid I know so I can relate. I adore that dress. Even better that it came from your stash. That flooding sounds scary.

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Erin wasn't the only early shopper this morning!

The kiddos and I trekked across town for my second DisMeet this morning! I enjoyed meeting Erin and her mom and shopping around the store together for a bit!

And, I had a big DUH! Moment when I figured out Erin's screen name. I somehow completely missed the fact that she is nanny to V. Nanny E. Duh! Mystery solved.

(I'll get caught up on all the gorgeous dresses posted recently over the weekend!)

Regards,
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Yeah for a dismeet. Hope you girls had fun.
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:41 PM   #3529
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Headed to my Dad's for school break and gonna bring my sewing with me. I have lots of stuff cut so I will just bring everything I need to make it and maybe I will get a few things done while my kids play or are sleeping.

PLus, celebrations are in order since due to my Dh's previous employer being sold we have now paid off our DVC and vehicle in full !! One had 3 years left and one had 5. YAY !!
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:17 PM   #3530
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I can't take credit for the photos, the little girl's mom took them. She did a great job. I did finish another Irelyn Peekaboo dress today, which went MUCH faster the second time and now that I have sorta figured out the settings on my serger. I had it all cut out yesterday, but did all the sewing and assembly today while my husband was home, kids were in preschool and nap time. I would say maybe 3 hours total. (It is hard to calculate how long anything takes me since I have so many interruptions. I stopped to get the kids dressed and ready for school, then made lunch when they got home an hour later, then during "nap" time they were wrestling maybe? Of course they weren't sleeping and one smashed his face into the bed rail, has a huge fat lip, scrapes on his chin and nose and bled all over the room of course. Then at dinner fell off his chair and hit his cheek on the table. He looks like Baby Fight Club or something. I am so glad they don't have school tomorrow, we can lay low and not go into public...)





The best part is that I made this entirely 100 percent with fabric I already had. I wanted to do photos outside, but we are in the middle of some epic storms and flooding so it's just not photos outside weather. Thankfully where we are it has been wet but not terrible. I have lots of friends who have their basements, living rooms and cars all underwater right now.
The dress looks beautiful! I am sorry to hear that your boy had a mishap - I hope he will recover soon. I hope your friends' flood damages were minimal.

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Erin wasn't the only early shopper this morning!



The kiddos and I trekked across town for my second DisMeet this morning! I enjoyed meeting Erin and her mom and shopping around the store together for a bit!

And, I had a big DUH! Moment when I figured out Erin's screen name. I somehow completely missed the fact that she is nanny to V. Nanny E. Duh! Mystery solved.

(I'll get caught up on all the gorgeous dresses posted recently over the weekend!)

Regards,
C.
Cool! Thanks for sharing the picture of your meet!

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Headed to my Dad's for school break and gonna bring my sewing with me. I have lots of stuff cut so I will just bring everything I need to make it and maybe I will get a few things done while my kids play or are sleeping.

PLus, celebrations are in order since due to my Dh's previous employer being sold we have now paid off our DVC and vehicle in full !! One had 3 years left and one had 5. YAY !!
Congrats on paying off the DVC and car! I am sure that is a nice feeling! Have fun sewing at your dad's.
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:36 AM   #3531
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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?

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Old 04-20-2013, 07:38 AM   #3532
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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?
I am sorry about your friend. Recently a good friend of mine lost her aunt who went very quickly after her diagnosis (6 weeks maybe?) She asked me the same question, wanted something she could keep her hands busy and be a comfort to her aunt. I sent her this tutorial And she went to Joann's and got fabric that night, she was able to finish the quilt in a weekend. I wrote about her quilt and her experience in my blog: http://just-joshin.com/why-handmade/

That said, perhaps making something for the kids that represents their Dad they can share with him while they can? Blankets or pillowcases? Maybe the kids can help you pick out fabrics? The strip quilt is super fast you could maybe even do two, one w/ each kid? Perhaps make something he can use now and they can keep. I lost my Dad when I was young, he was also a police officer. His death was without any warning because he was killed on duty by a drunk driver. I clung to anything that was his and still have a few sentimental things I hang onto even though it has been 25 years.

I am not sure if that is helpful or what you're looking for, but whatever you decide is the right thing, there aren't always good answers in situations like this.
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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?
What about a quilt made of his old tshirts.maybe add some of his partners and the kids. Then they will have something with memories also.
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Erin wasn't the only early shopper this morning!



The kiddos and I trekked across town for my second DisMeet this morning! I enjoyed meeting Erin and her mom and shopping around the store together for a bit!

And, I had a big DUH! Moment when I figured out Erin's screen name. I somehow completely missed the fact that she is nanny to V. Nanny E. Duh! Mystery solved.

(I'll get caught up on all the gorgeous dresses posted recently over the weekend!)

Regards,
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Yay for a Dismeet with Erin - I am super excited because I get to meet her and little V when we go to Disney in August!

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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?
I am so very sorry... I like the quilt idea.

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Old 04-20-2013, 09:04 AM   #3535
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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?
Welcome! I am sorry to hear about your friend's situation. It must be heartbreaking to go through this. Kidney disease is a cause close to my heart as my dad had acute kidney failure 11 years ago and fortunately received a transplant in time.

With kidney failure, I imagine dialysis is part of his routine. With that in mind, I wonder if a hospital gown would be appropriate. Pillowcases will be quick and easy to make and they may bring comfort to the family.

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I am sorry about your friend. Recently a good friend of mine lost her aunt who went very quickly after her diagnosis (6 weeks maybe?) She asked me the same question, wanted something she could keep her hands busy and be a comfort to her aunt. I sent her this tutorial And she went to Joann's and got fabric that night, she was able to finish the quilt in a weekend. I wrote about her quilt and her experience in my blog: http://just-joshin.com/why-handmade/

That said, perhaps making something for the kids that represents their Dad they can share with him while they can? Blankets or pillowcases? Maybe the kids can help you pick out fabrics? The strip quilt is super fast you could maybe even do two, one w/ each kid? Perhaps make something he can use now and they can keep. I lost my Dad when I was young, he was also a police officer. His death was without any warning because he was killed on duty by a drunk driver. I clung to anything that was his and still have a few sentimental things I hang onto even though it has been 25 years.

I am not sure if that is helpful or what you're looking for, but whatever you decide is the right thing, there aren't always good answers in situations like this.
Jen - I am sorry to hear about your circumstances around your dad's death . I am sure it is still hard after all these years.
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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?
Since you don't have a lot of time, I would suggest you make a "hug" instead of a quilt. Make a quilt that is 40 to 50 inches wide but only 12 to 18 inches long. You can use any fabric that you have, even tiny pieces if you use paper pieced blocks. (easy to find online and very easy to do) I have used blocks of someone kneeling in prayer, and teardrops, hearts, etc. Then include a note saying how you have sewn it with your heart and stitched in your prayers and tears. It is a "hug" because you wrap it around yourself when you are feeling blue and missing that special someone's arms around you.
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http://friedokra4me.blogspot.com/201...-i-get-it.html is much more realistic than the other I think. I choose to believe that my kids will not be scarred for life just because I don't pay attention to them every minute of every day.

I'm contemplating getting this machine. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-Co...E-400/14237607 I know everyone talks about hoop envy and I'm sure I'll experience it but I want a sewing machine that does more than just the straight stitch that the vintage machine I'm borrowing does and I want an embroidery machine as well. With limited space in my craft zone, I think a combo machine is best and my momma gets a 10% discount from Walmart so the price is within my budget. Looking forward to tax season finally being over and having more crafting time!
I loved reading that blog about the iPhone Moms! I was a mom who raised kids in the non-electronic era and I love the efficiency of the everything available to Moms (and Dads) today. Thanks for sharing that.

I think whatever machine you can afford and will do everything you need it to do is the perfect machine. Brother makes good machines, and bonus that your mom can get it with a discount! Hope you get it.

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A quick drive-by posting to share this cute dress I just finished for a friend's baby to wear to Disney next month. She will be 7 months, and this looks huge, but the baby is affectionately known as "chunk" since and is already wearing 9-12 months. I made the portrait peasant in size 1, I guess I will have to wait to see how it fits her.


And a set I made for my husband's coworker who just had a baby boy and is a HUGE football fan. The birth announcement was deigned to look like he was the newest recruit for the Chicago bears so I think they will like it. Now if it could just warm up to romper weather around here.



And another project I am working on, this is a top, another portrait peasant, this will go under the Irelyns Peekaboo Ruffle dress, which I wanted to get done for the contest Fairytale designs is having on FB, but it has to be done by the 19th I think and I have only cut out the dress, not started assembly at all. I just LOVE how big the design is! Can't get used to that. I am doing this for another friend who has boy/girl twins who are going for their 3d birthday in sept, and having their birthday breakfast at Crystal Palace. The peasant top is just for layering since it will be a lot more convenient for rides and such the rest of the day w/o a big frilly dress.

Love everything! The football outfit is so clever!

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I haven't shared my projects in a while so here are a few things I worked on the last few weeks:

First, we have a shirt for a Give:


I also worked on a couple of shirts for one of my co-workers:



I got the Sweet and Sassy Apron pattern from YMCT when they had the $5 pattern sale. This is a bridal shower gift for a young woman who is very much a Disney fan. She was looking at Minnie aprons the last time we met up at Disney World.


And I used up the remaining fabric from that piece to make a Lucy Halter top for myself (thus continuing my line of Minnie-inspired Sis Boom outfits)


Since it is snowing outside, I decided I want to make a pair of long pants. This is a pair of adult Easy Fits with some Disney fun


With the snow (we are expecting like 4 inches of snow), I also thought it would be nice to make something for spring so I can look forward to warmer temperatures. I figured one can never be too old for butt ruffles so I made this using Lisa's Audery Ruffle skirt pattern:



Thanks for looking!

Also, we are officially planning a December trip! We booked the plane tickets the other day (using a loyalty program points so we only had to pay taxes and fees - mind you, just the taxes and fees are higher than what some of you pay in total!). We also made a room only reservation at POFQ, but we are certainly keeping an eye out for any discounts. We stayed at POFQ in the past and it is our second choice for an onsite resort. I am just happy that I have that much time to plan the outfits for the trip!
I absolutely love everything you've done! Great job! As far as size, I could wear ruffles in the back, but it would be a bit much for my age. I always enjoy seeing the outfits you make for yourself and wish I had done that when I was young enough to pull it off.

It's so cool you have your plane tickets already. That, for me, is when it starts to feel real. And of course when I make my ADRs. Have fun planning.

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Hey ladies - I'm popping back in. Since we went on our trip last August, I pretty much went right back to work and then got really bogged down with teaching and doing contract assessment writing...and I was a bit depressed that Disney was over for awhile. However...DH convinced me to move up the trip that I had originally planned to take with my mom and the kids in 2014 to this year.

So, I am going to take the crew back to AoA - this time staying at The Lion King section Dec. 1-7. The kids have NO idea and I will have to do my sewing on the sly...no telling them until at least Thanksgiving is the plan!
Welcome back! DH and I have been twice during the first week of December and froze one year (2010) and had gorgeous weather in 2012. The crowds were pretty terrific too. Have fun planning and good luck keeping it secret. What fun!

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Alright here they are. After my machine broke and had to be fixed I was running out of time, so my mom helped finish. She did the ruffles and attaching the ruffly and skirt. I did everything else.

The mom was thrilled with the dresses and then asked if I had time for a few shirts.
Thank you Loree! for editing the files for me.

Can I just say how much I LOVE my machine after it got fixed it worked a zillion times better. It needed a new bobbin casing.

The first dress is mUCH fuller than the princess one. The panels on the mickey one were 6 8 inch panels and 6 5 inch panels. It was super hard to fit it in the waistband so for the princess dress I trimmed the panels down. It's not as full but still looks good!

The classic Mickey dress (this is the one the mom originally wanted me to put POOH on too! and then just use Mickey heads)
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The Princess Dress
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I had a spare shirt and I went ahead and made her a shirt for AK to be nice.


The mom then asked if I could make matching shirts for herself and her husband. Simple Mickeyheads not a big deal. She also asked if by chance I could make her an Ariel shirt to match her daughters princess dress since Ariel was her daughters favorite princess.... ok.

And a Pooh shirt for Ali


The girl in her dress.
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Okay, this is some serious cuteness! Great job, Erin! I love everything.

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I know some of you are interested in examples of pockets on Easy Fits. Here's some I did for a recent Big Give. Since the shorts were denim I didn't really want to do the cargo pockets I'd done before but I needed to use the Cat in the Hat material since I signed up to do shorts that matched their Thing 1/Thing 2 shirts.




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Just the right touch. Great job!

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I just got the pics back from a friend who had her daughter model the dress I made and took some fabulous photos of her in it. I used the Fairytale Pattern Design Irelyn Peek-a-boo ruffle dress which I think turned out adorable. She is having a contest on her FB page so I had an actual deadline to get this done. (The contest ends the 19th.) I did the portrait peasant for underneath, so she can take off the dress and just have a peasant top for the day after breakfast with Pooh. It's hard to see the details, the fabric is all from the same collection of Winnie the Pooh. The yellow has bumblebees on it, the blue is like Pooh toile and the back is a quilt panel with all the looks together. I loved the look of that fabric, it's licensed fabric but seems more classic than cartoony.



The dress went together easier than I expected, but I used it as an opportunity to learn how to do ruffles AND rolled hems with my serger, so it wasn't exactly an afternoon project.
What a fabulous job you did on that dress. And that little girl is a natural model. So cute!

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I can't take credit for the photos, the little girl's mom took them. She did a great job. I did finish another Irelyn Peekaboo dress today, which went MUCH faster the second time and now that I have sorta figured out the settings on my serger. I had it all cut out yesterday, but did all the sewing and assembly today while my husband was home, kids were in preschool and nap time. I would say maybe 3 hours total. (It is hard to calculate how long anything takes me since I have so many interruptions. I stopped to get the kids dressed and ready for school, then made lunch when they got home an hour later, then during "nap" time they were wrestling maybe? Of course they weren't sleeping and one smashed his face into the bed rail, has a huge fat lip, scrapes on his chin and nose and bled all over the room of course. Then at dinner fell off his chair and hit his cheek on the table. He looks like Baby Fight Club or something. I am so glad they don't have school tomorrow, we can lay low and not go into public...)



The best part is that I made this entirely 100 percent with fabric I already had. I wanted to do photos outside, but we are in the middle of some epic storms and flooding so it's just not photos outside weather. Thankfully where we are it has been wet but not terrible. I have lots of friends who have their basements, living rooms and cars all underwater right now.
Very well done! And great that the fabric was from your stash!

That's so awful that people have all that water in their homes and cars under water. Oh how sad. Glad you're not in that area!

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Erin wasn't the only early shopper this morning!



The kiddos and I trekked across town for my second DisMeet this morning! I enjoyed meeting Erin and her mom and shopping around the store together for a bit!

And, I had a big DUH! Moment when I figured out Erin's screen name. I somehow completely missed the fact that she is nanny to V. Nanny E. Duh! Mystery solved.

(I'll get caught up on all the gorgeous dresses posted recently over the weekend!)

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C.
Yay for a dis meet! Thanks for sharing the photo. Your basket was full even before shopping! Little cuties all!

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Headed to my Dad's for school break and gonna bring my sewing with me. I have lots of stuff cut so I will just bring everything I need to make it and maybe I will get a few things done while my kids play or are sleeping.

PLus, celebrations are in order since due to my Dh's previous employer being sold we have now paid off our DVC and vehicle in full !! One had 3 years left and one had 5. YAY !!
Hope you get a lot of sewing done. Yay for paying down debt, whatever it is! Congrats!!!

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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?
I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you are going through this. I could read your pain in every word. I think you got some great suggestions and hope you'll be able to chose something and get it completed. I especially liked the thought of using your friend's shirts to make something. That would be very special. Prayers to you and your friend and everyone involved.
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I'm a newbie to all of this. Wow! So many of these outfits and shirts are amazing! I was wondering what kind of machines you all use for the appliqués. Do you hand guide for the stitching?
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Some people use embroidery machines and others use sewing machines for hand applique.

I am hoping to try hand applique in the next few months because the options are limitless with it.
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Hello everyone-- I'm a newbie. I was planning on joining this thread as I'm considering participating in BigGives. I'm not the most experienced at anything, but have been doing basic sewing and knitting for awhile and pick up easy stuff fairly quickly if I don't know it already.

Unfortunately, I've recently had a special person in my life prepare to start hospice care because of kidney failure. He is a very special friend of my partner and Is and is in his 30s. I am friends with his partner/girlfriend as well, and she has two young children that he has been helping to raise for the last several years. He is also a police officer.

Over the years he has done so much for my partner and my friend and her children.

I would really like to make him something that is going to be comforting and make him feel loved and appreciated, but is still manly. My original thought was some sort of blanket, quilt, or afghan but with the hospice situation I don't know what the timeline looks like. I also don't have $$$ to spend on materials and have thought about trying to make something for the kids and his partner as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for a comforting but practical keepsake that a man would want and use? Especially one that I can make ASAP?
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What about a quilt made of his old tshirts.maybe add some of his partners and the kids. Then they will have something with memories also.
I was going to suggest a tshirt throw. I made one for my Mom for Christmas: they take 9-12 tshirts and I just used some fleece I had in my stash for the back, so I didn't need any batting.
I also like the idea of having his loved ones including things that have special meaning for them.

I did a hand applique this week and after overthinking one side, it turned out pretty well. It's not specifically Disney related, but in theory could be EPCOT related, so as soon as I've got pictures taken, I'll post it. It's another Mug Rug, BTW.
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