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Old 06-09-2013, 05:49 PM   #631
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Flora...

In the past we have made 'family' reservations instead of 'group' reservations. When we arrived we just told them we were all together...even though or times were all a bit different... Birergarten is usually pretty good about sitting people together that want to sit together.

(of course this time I made 'group' reservations and my DIL has already made a change! LOL!)



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This is beautiful! You did a great job in the outfit!

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Flora...

In the past we have made 'family' reservations instead of 'group' reservations. When we arrived we just told them we were all together...even though or times were all a bit different... Birergarten is usually pretty good about sitting people together that want to sit together.

(of course this time I made 'group' reservations and my DIL has already made a change! LOL!)



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Thanks Nini. I am going to see if I can make the changes later in the week. I will let you know.
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As usual, I get back to a computer and the creativity of you all is astounding.
Thought I would share a kind of nice story if you don't mind. We moved our son and fiance' to Orlando last week. We took a few days to visit my parents (ages 83 & 85) at their active adult community. The ladies had decided on a project and they needed a little assistance from me.
The project was to purchase 10-15 sewing machines and teach young mothers how to sew, either for themselves or as a possible job skill. My job was to refurbish all the machines they had collected. It was fun yet tedious to teach these ladies how to thread the newer machines. They all can sew on a machine (except my Mom). Of course, they had so many brands of machines I hit Walmart several times to get bobbins, oil, needles! Then took them shopping on Craigslist to see what else they wanted to buy.
One lady donated a machine that belonged to her Mom. I googled it. It was worth way more than she thought. Pristine Singer Featherweight 221 with all the attachments, case and original manuals. They decided not to put that in the project and resell it for the cash.
It was the BEST working vacation I ever took! While I worked on sewing machines, DH made his way around the complex fixing toilets. sinks, putting up shelves, changing oil in cars. We drove back north after 9 days when it was supposed to be a 3 day trip feeling it was time well spent.
This is not solicitation, just thought you all would enjoy hearing about what these ladies are doing for their community. Now they have 10 machines ready to go, a room to put them in and everything is up and running for their launch date of Sept. 2013.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:32 AM   #634
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As usual, I get back to a computer and the creativity of you all is astounding.
Thought I would share a kind of nice story if you don't mind. We moved our son and fiance' to Orlando last week. We took a few days to visit my parents (ages 83 & 85) at their active adult community. The ladies had decided on a project and they needed a little assistance from me.
The project was to purchase 10-15 sewing machines and teach young mothers how to sew, either for themselves or as a possible job skill. My job was to refurbish all the machines they had collected. It was fun yet tedious to teach these ladies how to thread the newer machines. They all can sew on a machine (except my Mom). Of course, they had so many brands of machines I hit Walmart several times to get bobbins, oil, needles! Then took them shopping on Craigslist to see what else they wanted to buy.
One lady donated a machine that belonged to her Mom. I googled it. It was worth way more than she thought. Pristine Singer Featherweight 221 with all the attachments, case and original manuals. They decided not to put that in the project and resell it for the cash.
It was the BEST working vacation I ever took! While I worked on sewing machines, DH made his way around the complex fixing toilets. sinks, putting up shelves, changing oil in cars. We drove back north after 9 days when it was supposed to be a 3 day trip feeling it was time well spent.
This is not solicitation, just thought you all would enjoy hearing about what these ladies are doing for their community. Now they have 10 machines ready to go, a room to put them in and everything is up and running for their launch date of Sept. 2013.
They is wonderful and since I am new to sewing my first thought was that I wish I had one of these ladies to teach me to sew. Thank goodness my MIL took me under her wing.

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How incredible! What a fantastic way to spend a vacation!
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:03 AM   #636
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Thanks all of you! I never realized I could make a difference just by fixing/teaching others how to sew.
Best 9 days in Florida I ever spent! These ladies left me exhausted. They ran rings around me with all their projects! This is how life should be when you retire. Happy, healthy, caring for those around you and doing what you can.
Amazing week! Amazing people! No Disney but who cares?
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Hello everyone!

Hope all is well.i was in Michigan this past weekend for a scrapbooking retreat. Not that I actually did any scrapbooking!

Thurs pm I was up way too late, working on my list of what types f fabrics I wanted and how much for v,s customs. Friday we left bright and early for Michigan. We picked up 2 friends and headed to hobby lobby then target and then joann. I got some stuff at hobby lobby. Cheaper regular prices with 30 percent off. We didn't take too long because my mom and I were coming back the next day and didn't want my friends to wait for us because we knew we would take forever. Next was a cruddy Joann and not much fabric on sale so I got a couple things. We headed to our scrap retreat (I wonder if people would be interested in getting together for a sewing weekend! Too wound up to really do much.

The next day after breakfast we headed out hoping to be as fast as possIble that was not meant to be since we went the wrong way, lost an hour. Went to a diff Joann and didn't get what I needed, but we did get lots and lots of felt! It is really expensive here, but it was on sale for $3 a yard and lots of colors so we got half to a yard of a bunch of different colors. My mom uses it for lining for camera strap covers and other things so it was nice to get it. It is usually $10-12 a yard. I got a couple fabrics I really wanted. We went to hobby lobby next where it took forever and we got the bulk of the fabric. It took T least 25 min to cut fabric and another 25 min to cash out. It was ridiculous. I really wanted to hit the last Joann but there was not way! After the detour we were on our way just after noon and we got back 10 min late for dinner. It was a 45 min drive back, so we did a lot of driving but I couldn't believe we wasted our whole day. After dinner I tried to scrapbook that night we went n the hot tub which was so nice. The next day we left about 1 or a bit after and stopped at Joann because of course now it was all on sale. I got a ton of fabric. We checked the clearance section and found sewing baskets on sale! Reg $45 on for 20 so we got two!

I completely forgot about the glitz sheets I am going to look into ordering them

I had a fabulous weekend, did literally zero scrapbooking but we really had a good time.

Now we have lots of material to wash and iron. I need to make v a shirt for taylor swift show on sa and no glitter fabric and to prep for a craft show on the 22nd and somewhere in there start v's customs for Disney!
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question??

Could all you sewing pros help me out please?
I made some clothes for my 2 kids for our trip and now that we are back I was wondering what's the best way to wash them?
Would it depend on what it is?
Two are dresses made of cotton fabric, one store bought dress with a sewn on minnie patch (made on felt), some easy pull on shorts, a store bought tshirt with a sewn on mickey patch (made on felt), and then finally a store bought tshirt with an iron-on from special printer paper.

Can I do them in the washing machine maybe on gentle or do I have to hand wash everything? Is there a detergent that you would recommend? Is it better to hang them up to dry or lie them flat?

What if there are stains on them? I haven't looked at them closely yet since we just got back but just wondering. The kids wore each outfit a whole day in the park (along with getting rained on) so I wouldn't be surprised if there's something on them.

Also, one of the dresses has a tulle underskirt - anything special I should do for it?

And if I need to hand wash them could you please suggest the best way to do it? I've only hand washed a few things in my lifetime so I'm not sure if there's a right way or a wrong way.

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Could all you sewing pros help me out please?
I made some clothes for my 2 kids for our trip and now that we are back I was wondering what's the best way to wash them?
Would it depend on what it is?
Two are dresses made of cotton fabric, one store bought dress with a sewn on minnie patch (made on felt), some easy pull on shorts, a store bought tshirt with a sewn on mickey patch (made on felt), and then finally a store bought tshirt with an iron-on from special printer paper.

Can I do them in the washing machine maybe on gentle or do I have to hand wash everything? Is there a detergent that you would recommend? Is it better to hang them up to dry or lie them flat?

What if there are stains on them? I haven't looked at them closely yet since we just got back but just wondering. The kids wore each outfit a whole day in the park (along with getting rained on) so I wouldn't be surprised if there's something on them.

Also, one of the dresses has a tulle underskirt - anything special I should do for it?

And if I need to hand wash them could you please suggest the best way to do it? I've only hand washed a few things in my lifetime so I'm not sure if there's a right way or a wrong way.

Thanks so much!
Someone with girls can probably answer the dress questions but all my boys' embroidered t-shirts, cotton bowling shirts I made and lots of cotton shorts I just wash with the rest of their laundry. Nothing special. I try to remember to turn the embroidered ones inside out but truly I'm
Not 100 percent successful in remembering to do it. The cotton bowling shirts wrinkle so if they're wearing them somewhere I care what they look like I'll quickly iron them but truly I rarely do that.
We've lost a few items along the way to stains (car-sick after chocolate cupcakes ! And one to painting at school without the smock, but none yet to poor laundry skillz.

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Just getting caught up after our trip to Universal. I have pictures to post and will try to do that soon but wanted to reply.

I can't believe all the machine woes. I think someone in this group needs to open a sewing machine repair company!

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I hope Chiara and baby are resting comfortably tonight!

Yay for getting all your ADRs, Flora!

Here's what I made this week with my new "name brand" fabrics. They were really nice to work with! I can see a new addiction in the making! The dress is the Usha Twirl by Tikatuly and the hair bow is an in the hoop flower set from Embroidery Garden.



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What a cute dress and I love the flowers for her hair. That fabric is so pretty.

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First, thanks. I've been doing a lot of sewing, but not a lot of Disney stuff. I STILL can't get my sons interested in princess dresses. I did make some sort-of-Disney placemats that I may post. I feel guilty posting when I haven't been commenting on other people's creations, but I love the way the placemats ended up and they may inspire someone else to use up some scraps. (That's not true, no matter how small a scrap is, it never seems to get used up).

My younger son is still in Santa Barbara but will be moving back to NY the end of August. He and my older son will overlap in California by a month. I asked if he was interested in Disneyland (we've been before) and he gave it a three on a scale of 10.

Second, congrats on getting the ADRs you wanted. So nice to have something to look forward to.

Still thinking about Chiara and hope all is progressing well.
3 out of 10. Really Cheryl, where did you go wrong with those two boys. And no princess dresses!!!! Too bad the boys will not be living in the same state for very long. I'm sure they miss being around each other now that they are all grown up. would love to see your placemats.

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I seldom post here but I am always lurking and love seeing everyone's creations.

I bought an applique from someone and it was put on top of fleece. I havE sewn many appliques on clothes before but never one that is on fleece so I am stumped how to sew it on. The fleece is white but it will be going on a colored t-shirt. Do I trim the fleece before I sew it on and do I need to use stabilizer with it?

My trip is in 2 weeks and I am coming down to the wire.
Just trim it and do a straight stitch around the outside edge of the applique, on the felt - using the same color thread as the felt.

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And for my semi-regular update: I have not gone back to the sewing store again this week, I spent some time with my kiddos, and yesterday we had the preschool nature thing in the morning which was fun and we learned about Ants and hunted for bugs in the woods. In the afternoon a friend came to watch my kiddos while I was able to work on some projects and try to get caught up (not quite there yet but getting better) and yesterday afternoon the owner of the sewing store called me, from out of the country, to profusely apologize for all I have been through and could not believe all the problems I have had and that no one had alerted her that I was having so much trouble. She wants to meet with me and make it right, which is great, BUT... She is out of the country until 6/25 so I have to wait out 2 more weeks without that machine. I definitely feel better knowing that SOMEONE is willing to help make the situation right. In the meantime my little PE770 and I are working working working. And I am SO GLAD I never got around to selling it, I would be so sunk.
Well, that sounds like a move in the right direction at least. I hope they can get everything figured out. So frustrating!!!!

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I managed to sew the backs of two of my pirate mickey shirts to themselves -even though I was sure that I checked a hundred times to make sure I had the rest of the shirt out the way. I was able to snip the shirt off of the back of the applique but because a part of it is still under the applique - there is a hole in the back bottom of the shirts so I cant just stitch it up.

Anyone have any suggestions for covering the hole? It is in the back lower part of the shirt so I want something kind of not too obvious. I dont have time to go back and redo the shirts since we are leaving on Thurs so I want to try to repair them.

I am thinking of some sort of white patch - maybe with a piece of tshirt material on some heat and bond.

Thanks for any suggestions
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I would suggest using something to stabilize the shirt (small piece of interfacing or stabilizer) and then either hand stitch the hole closed with similar color thread and/or adding a "hidden" mickey applique to the hole like Flora suggested. I have done the same thing a few times and I usually just try and stitch it closed, usually on the ride down to Disney!

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Wow. Love that skirt.

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As usual, I get back to a computer and the creativity of you all is astounding.
Thought I would share a kind of nice story if you don't mind. We moved our son and fiance' to Orlando last week. We took a few days to visit my parents (ages 83 & 85) at their active adult community. The ladies had decided on a project and they needed a little assistance from me.
The project was to purchase 10-15 sewing machines and teach young mothers how to sew, either for themselves or as a possible job skill. My job was to refurbish all the machines they had collected. It was fun yet tedious to teach these ladies how to thread the newer machines. They all can sew on a machine (except my Mom). Of course, they had so many brands of machines I hit Walmart several times to get bobbins, oil, needles! Then took them shopping on Craigslist to see what else they wanted to buy.
One lady donated a machine that belonged to her Mom. I googled it. It was worth way more than she thought. Pristine Singer Featherweight 221 with all the attachments, case and original manuals. They decided not to put that in the project and resell it for the cash.
It was the BEST working vacation I ever took! While I worked on sewing machines, DH made his way around the complex fixing toilets. sinks, putting up shelves, changing oil in cars. We drove back north after 9 days when it was supposed to be a 3 day trip feeling it was time well spent.
This is not solicitation, just thought you all would enjoy hearing about what these ladies are doing for their community. Now they have 10 machines ready to go, a room to put them in and everything is up and running for their launch date of Sept. 2013.
What a wonderful idea. Sounds like you were busy helping to get everything setup.

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Hello everyone!

Hope all is well.i was in Michigan this past weekend for a scrapbooking retreat. Not that I actually did any scrapbooking!

Now we have lots of material to wash and iron. I need to make v a shirt for taylor swift show on sa and no glitter fabric and to prep for a craft show on the 22nd and somewhere in there start v's customs for Disney!
What a busy "scrapbook" weekend. I'm sure it was fun to hang out and get some shopping done.

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Could all you sewing pros help me out please?
I made some clothes for my 2 kids for our trip and now that we are back I was wondering what's the best way to wash them?
Would it depend on what it is?
Two are dresses made of cotton fabric, one store bought dress with a sewn on minnie patch (made on felt), some easy pull on shorts, a store bought tshirt with a sewn on mickey patch (made on felt), and then finally a store bought tshirt with an iron-on from special printer paper.

Can I do them in the washing machine maybe on gentle or do I have to hand wash everything? Is there a detergent that you would recommend? Is it better to hang them up to dry or lie them flat?

What if there are stains on them? I haven't looked at them closely yet since we just got back but just wondering. The kids wore each outfit a whole day in the park (along with getting rained on) so I wouldn't be surprised if there's something on them.

Also, one of the dresses has a tulle underskirt - anything special I should do for it?

And if I need to hand wash them could you please suggest the best way to do it? I've only hand washed a few things in my lifetime so I'm not sure if there's a right way or a wrong way.

Thanks so much!
I usually just put my stuff right in the washer and dryer. I don't usually use felt so I might suggest turning those inside out so the felt doesn't pull as much. I would probably hand was the outfit with the tulle layer but I don't have any experience with washing tulle. You may need to iron the appliques after the items are dry as they tend to bunch up. Just use a warm iron and place some kind of cloth (white towel, old t-shirt) between the applique and the iron.

Flora - happy to hear you got all your ADRs.
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That is really busy in an extremely cute way. All those layers and ruffles!


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As usual, I get back to a computer and the creativity of you all is astounding.
Thought I would share a kind of nice story if you don't mind. We moved our son and fiance' to Orlando last week. We took a few days to visit my parents (ages 83 & 85) at their active adult community. The ladies had decided on a project and they needed a little assistance from me.
The project was to purchase 10-15 sewing machines and teach young mothers how to sew, either for themselves or as a possible job skill. My job was to refurbish all the machines they had collected. It was fun yet tedious to teach these ladies how to thread the newer machines. They all can sew on a machine (except my Mom). Of course, they had so many brands of machines I hit Walmart several times to get bobbins, oil, needles! Then took them shopping on Craigslist to see what else they wanted to buy.
One lady donated a machine that belonged to her Mom. I googled it. It was worth way more than she thought. Pristine Singer Featherweight 221 with all the attachments, case and original manuals. They decided not to put that in the project and resell it for the cash.
It was the BEST working vacation I ever took! While I worked on sewing machines, DH made his way around the complex fixing toilets. sinks, putting up shelves, changing oil in cars. We drove back north after 9 days when it was supposed to be a 3 day trip feeling it was time well spent.
This is not solicitation, just thought you all would enjoy hearing about what these ladies are doing for their community. Now they have 10 machines ready to go, a room to put them in and everything is up and running for their launch date of Sept. 2013.
That sounds wonderful - both your working vacation and the idea in general. I hope a lot of young mothers take this opportunity - nothing like home made clothes for kids, I grew up in them and remember my sisters' home made dressed fondly.

I wish I had the time and energy to actually sew. - wait, I did Saturday and ended up spending almost as much time with my seam ripper as I did my sewing machine. My own fault: I was finishing up a doll dress and instead of basting and then stitching, I just sewed and got the bodice hooked up under the skirt seam.
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I wish I had the time and energy to actually sew. - wait, I did Saturday and ended up spending almost as much time with my seam ripper as I did my sewing machine. My own fault: I was finishing up a doll dress and instead of basting and then stitching, I just sewed and got the bodice hooked up under the skirt seam.
Doll clothes are so small, which always gives me trouble.

Here are a few things I made for our Universal trip:

These were for our Universal day - Sponge Bob and Patrick theme. The yellow shirt is for Curtis and I wore the pink one.

Casey wore the pink tank and her dad wore the yellow shirt


The kids wore these our first day at Islands of Adventure when we went to Harry Potter "land". When I was packing I could not find my son's shirt anywhere. Everyone looked but we could not find it. I ended up making another one the night before we left. Of course, I found it yesterday on the front porch where I took it to take some pictures.


I made these for my daughter as "extras". My son wore his Scooby Doo shirt and Casey wore her Mystery Machine shirt after they got soaked in Curious George's playland. We never found Scooby and Shaggy this day I think because we were in TS Andrea and they were not out.


These are my first "felt" designs and I am planning on taking off the appliques and reusing the shirts since we don't have much of a use for them after our trip.

I made a few Dr. Suess themed items but I have to get some pictures of them.

Curtis wore this shirt to his end of year movie day since he was planning to watch Monsters Inc. I had just purchased this design so I quickly made this shirt for him. One item done for our Oct trip.


I made these outfits for my nieces and nephews. There are two sets of cousins one boy and one girl, live near each other so I wanted to send something for everyone. I just appliqued some beach dresses from Walmart and both of the girls really love them.

These shirts were for the boys. My sister loved the shrimp boat since she calls her son Bubba. She calls it his Bubba Gump shirt but I just thought the design was cute.


I also made this for my daughter but I don't think she is a fan. She doesn't like that you can't tell what the letters are on the pocket. Of course there is no explaining the monogram concept to her.
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Doll clothes are so small, which always gives me trouble.

Here are a few things I made for our Universal trip:

These were for our Universal day - Sponge Bob and Patrick theme. The yellow shirt is for Curtis and I wore the pink one.

Casey wore the pink tank and her dad wore the yellow shirt


The kids wore these our first day at Islands of Adventure when we went to Harry Potter "land". When I was packing I could not find my son's shirt anywhere. Everyone looked but we could not find it. I ended up making another one the night before we left. Of course, I found it yesterday on the front porch where I took it to take some pictures.


I made these for my daughter as "extras". My son wore his Scooby Doo shirt and Casey wore her Mystery Machine shirt after they got soaked in Curious George's playland. We never found Scooby and Shaggy this day I think because we were in TS Andrea and they were not out.


These are my first "felt" designs and I am planning on taking off the appliques and reusing the shirts since we don't have much of a use for them after our trip.

I made a few Dr. Suess themed items but I have to get some pictures of them.

Curtis wore this shirt to his end of year movie day since he was planning to watch Monsters Inc. I had just purchased this design so I quickly made this shirt for him. One item done for our Oct trip.


I made these outfits for my nieces and nephews. There are two sets of cousins one boy and one girl, live near each other so I wanted to send something for everyone. I just appliqued some beach dresses from Walmart and both of the girls really love them.

These shirts were for the boys. My sister loved the shrimp boat since she calls her son Bubba. She calls it his Bubba Gump shirt but I just thought the design was cute.


I also made this for my daughter but I don't think she is a fan. She doesn't like that you can't tell what the letters are on the pocket. Of course there is no explaining the monogram concept to her.
Everything looks great. I love the Harry Potter. I admit to never having seen Sponge Bob, and my kids haven't either. When they were given Sponge Bob toothbrushes at the dentist they said, "Look mine has CHEESE!" which made me laugh.

My embroidery machine woes continue to depress me, but I took my kids to the splash park this morning for a few hours and they went down for a LONG nap afterward (I could have easily slept too!) so I finished my Dana Scientific Seamstress sew-along top today. It's pretty much outside my comfort zone fabric/color/style wise, but I am pretty happy with it. I am a t-shirts and not much else sort of person. Sadly I had a LOT of trouble with this, not any of which was the pattern, it was actually quite easy. I did the ruffle over like 6 times, first two times I sewed it to the wrong side... Then I tried to do the ruffle on the serger has I have done with most ruffling recently and it didn't work (though a sample fabric would work so I think it was the tiny ruffle or something.) so I had to cut off the ruffle so many times. The rest was OK, but ran out of bobbin thread about 1.5 inches from the end, the last 25 stitches of the whole thing. But I got through it. And it is done.

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Could all you sewing pros help me out please?
I made some clothes for my 2 kids for our trip and now that we are back I was wondering what's the best way to wash them?
Would it depend on what it is?
Two are dresses made of cotton fabric, one store bought dress with a sewn on minnie patch (made on felt), some easy pull on shorts, a store bought tshirt with a sewn on mickey patch (made on felt), and then finally a store bought tshirt with an iron-on from special printer paper.

Can I do them in the washing machine maybe on gentle or do I have to hand wash everything? Is there a detergent that you would recommend? Is it better to hang them up to dry or lie them flat?

What if there are stains on them? I haven't looked at them closely yet since we just got back but just wondering. The kids wore each outfit a whole day in the park (along with getting rained on) so I wouldn't be surprised if there's something on them.

Also, one of the dresses has a tulle underskirt - anything special I should do for it?

And if I need to hand wash them could you please suggest the best way to do it? I've only hand washed a few things in my lifetime so I'm not sure if there's a right way or a wrong way.

Thanks so much!
Did you prewash the fabric before you sewed? If so then you can wash and dry as normal. If not wash in cold and line dry otherwise things could shrink! The store bought clothes can be washed and dried as normal.
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@babynala I'm loving your Universal themed clothes! Going to have to remember that when we get the chance to go.
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