Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A few more things

Here are a few more outfits I've made:

Karilyn's Purple Velour Dress:

I love this velour fabric, it is so soft. This dress had so many pieces. You can't tell from the pictures, but it had 13 different pattern pieces. Forty two total pieces of cut fabric, 21 pieces for the dress and another 21 pieces for the lining because it is fully lined. Yikes, this dress is not for the faint at heart. The end result was worth it though. I'm not sure I'll ever make another one. My modest daughter didn't like how it was cut "too low" in the front, so I added the ruffle below the neck. I didn't do a very good job, but I know how to fix it.

Diana's Hedgehog Outfit, or should I say "line":
I think she likes it!

Diana got half of this outfit for Christmas, the other half she got after Christmas - long after. I finished the pants yesterday, Finally! I'm glad I got them done before she out grew them! It consists of 5 pieces which can be mixed and matched. A red polka-dot knit dress, a pinafore - you all know how I have a thing for pinafores, leggings, a t-shirt, and corduroy pants. Four of the pieces have hedgehogs appliqued on them. Looking back, I wish I would have made the hedgehogs more of a natural color instead of sticking with my 3 main fabrics. Getting a 21 month old to cooperate for pictures, not so easy! I didn't edit my pictures, so sorry about the poor quality.

Karilyn's Girl Scout Skirt:

I found these girl scout fabrics last year when we went to Hocking Hills. I knew I had to do something with them, but what? I decided on a patchwork skirt. I added a nylon chiffon petticoat underneath so it would be nice and puffy.

Karilyn's Whimsical Forest outfit:

Karilyn's Zebra Outfit:

These pants are made from that same super soft velour as the purple dress. They are so comfy, they are always the first pair she wears after laundry day. Hum, I think I need to make myself a pair!

Karilyn has been asking me for a RAINBOW shirt for ages! I thought, great what's next, a unicorn? Well, apparently, yes she wants a unicorn next, she drew it up and everything.

A chick in a diaper:

And finally, I apparently haven't lost any steam. Guess what I have planned for these fun fabrics:

I hope to answer in a few weeks with pictures of the finished products.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sewing and Sleeping

There is a reason I have not blogged in a ridiculous amount of time. I have been doing one of two things. Sewing. Sleeping. The need to sleep all the time comes from being due with our 4th baby in 3 months. The need to sew all the time? I have no idea. I'm a bit sad as I would have liked to post about all of the outfits I've made for our daughters over the past half year, but apparently I'm bad at taking pictures, or, actually not taking pictures at all. I should be in jail. Anyway, I'm going to post a few of the pictures I did manage to get.

Christmas Things:

Heidi's dress was extremely time consuming. I laugh at myself. Every time I made a new dress for one of the girls I say this is the hardest dress I've ever made. Either they are in fact getting harder, or I'm getting dumber. Don't know. 'her dress has an elf appliqued on the front, which you can't really see, and on the other side of the back there is a "North Pole" sign. Yes, I may need to hire a professional if I want any pictures that actually show anything. The good news is that she'll be able to wear it next year, so maybe I'll get some pictures then.

Diana's Shirt was made with my embroidery machine.

I'm not sure why Karilyn didn't wear her skirt ON Christmas with the rest, oh well.
I like the pink kitty boots though.

Heidi's Belle Dress:
I get so sick of cheap costumes, and Heidi's favorite thing to do is dress up, so I'm making her some real dress up clothes. Once again, I haven't gotten any good pictures, and in these she is eating pizza, and yes, that is Diana on the counter.

I made her dress way to big thinking she'll grow into it, that was a mistake. I'll be making the rest of her dresses the proper size. This was the hardest dress I've ever made...

I did not make Karilyn's dress (below), but picked it up for really cheap at a local second hand store. It's so old fashioned and princess like that I had to get it.

Swimming towels:
I appliqued and personalized towels for Karilyn and Heidi for swim class so they wouldn't forget which towel was theirs.

I have big plans this year for swimming, I promise to blog about it and get good pictures if everything turns out like I'm picturing.

I believe I've shown you this dress before, but I actually got good pictures of this one:

Owl dresses:
I made the following dress for all three girls. They were the hardest dresses I've ever made... In my defense, the pattern was wrong in a few spots. I also made them each ruffle pants to match. I didn't get pictures of all of them and now I am sad as the dresses have been outgrown.

The following skirts caused me to say some bad words as I broke my ruffler foot - several times - and I didn't have the proper tools to be taking on such a thing. Oh well, I think the end result of two very happy little girls was worth it. If you are interested I'll make you one for $1000.

And finally,
A cute little dress for a cute little girl:

I have made many, many more dresses and outfits and I realizing that I am incredibly sad that I didn't capture these on film. I'm going to try to be better about that and maybe, just maybe, blog about each one. I'm also annoyed that I had my picture size set to medium for most of the pictures. I'm not going back to change them all.