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7 years ago
I find this happens when I’m sort of floundering for what to make next. Do you have a specific event or charity you can sew for? Or a Craftsy class you’ve been meaning to take? Actually, an in-person class would be even better since seeing what others are working on might provide some inspiration. And if all else fails, focus on something else for a little while (reading, knitting, cooking, etc) and it will come back eventually!7 years ago
Thank you @lightningmcstitch!! The freezer paper stenciling came out great. I found a fabric spray paint which made it very easy to use. She loves her Totoro dress!7 years ago
Just to follow up, I found this tutorial that makes this look doable.
Thanks again for the suggestion, Lightning!7 years ago
Yes, it is cotton. Perhaps a little more substantial than typical quilter’s cotton. Thank you for the suggestion – I will look into it!8 years ago
Halloween 2015 is in the books! I hope you all had a fun night!
Attaching the drape to Demeter’s dress ended up being way easier than I had thought. Clearly I was overthinking. I took a scarf she found at the thrift store, gathered it at the center and stitched a straight line through it to the back of the dress. Then I happened to have some elastic that was the exact same color and I made wrist bands for the ends. I sometimes have to remind myself that these costumes are exactly that, costumes, and not heirloom pieces! Thanks for indulging me though. And thanks for posting your own costume ideas too – so fun!8 years ago
Okay, okay, this is getting the creative juices flowing. Thank you! I’m off to the fabric store today to see what I can find. Thank goodness my other daughter decided to be Hermione so we can use last year’s Harry Potter costume 🙂
For the record, here is her vision
9 years ago
- This reply was modified 8 years ago by aprilshowers.
I know this thread is old but I just ordered magnetic snaps from etsy to make my second School Days raincoat. I just have to share that my daughter’s coat is still going strong 2 years later and she absolutely LOVES the magnetic snaps. Our back door is metal and she thinks it’s hilarious that she can stick her coat to the door 🙂9 years ago
Funny that I just ran across this thread since I had the same question (in my head, not actually posted) about a month ago! I had some thick inexpensive Joann’s fleece leftover from a Halloween costume so I made up some Playtime Leggings for my cozy-loving 5yo. They came out great and she absolutely loves them but they are pilling like the dickens. Fine for under other clothing or casual playtime but I won’t use this particular fleece for an “outfit” in the future. But since my daughter spends 90% of her time in a dress and tights/leggings and we live somewhere where it gets cold cold cold for over 1/3 of the year I’ll definitely be tracking down some higher-quality fleece and making more for her. This pattern was perfect with the fleece, though since the fabric is thick they fit a little more snuggly than I find most oliver + s patterns do on my kid.
It’s hard to get a good photo of leggings but this should give you an idea and you can already see some of the pilling (this was the third time she wore them):9 years ago
Okay, cool. Thanks for all the ideas! Nicole, I love the photo of your niece and she looks very grown up in the dress. I laughed when I clicked on the link to your sheep dress because I became completely obsessed with it a few weeks ago! I couldn’t find the fabric in the dark grey but did in pink which my 5yo loved. Too bad the Playtime I already made for her was a pink polka-dot!
Liesl, I may try dropping the waist. I assume I just add some length to the bodice pattern pieces?
Thanks everyone!9 years ago
Another vote for #2. At the size my girls are now, most of your patterns call for more than a yard (though I know those are generous estimates and sometimes I can still squeeze the pieces out of less). I’d rather buy more of a fabric I know I like and possibly get more than one garment out of the extra than have a surprise which I might not like as much. And with only a yard there is more pressure to make an item NOW before the kids grow any more so that is less useful for stashing.10 years ago
Awesome, thanks to both of you! I absolutely LOVED this pattern. I’ve never made a lined dress before and it was kind of mind-blowing to see how it was done. Even though the pattern is only 2 scissors (and I agree it was very simple to make) I still learned so much!10 years ago
I can’t compare the two for you because I’ve only made the Sleepovers but I have completed that pattern 5 times and am currently working on # 6, 7 and 8. So, clearly, I love the pattern! With these current 3 sets, I’ll have made the entire range of sizes from 12mo – 8. My kids love that they can assist in picking out the buttons and can button them themselves. And I suspect that an older child might balk at the kimono style (at least my daughter would). I’ve done them all in flannel with quilting cotton for the facings.10 years ago
I know what a Mummer is! You must be from near Philly?
I’m making a giant orange M&M out of felt. I got the logo on last night – it looks so cute! But I do have a question regarding construction. I’ve got a big brown felt circle for the inside layer and a slightly larger orange one for the outside layer. I was going to sew them together and stuff with poly-fil so that the brown stays flat and the orange puffs out. Identical pieces for the other half, shoulder straps and she can wear it like a sandwich board. My question is, though, that if the circumference of the circles is different, how should I ease in the orange felt? I am not at all an expert so would love some advice from those of you more experienced than I am!
My other daughter is going to be a dragon with a tutu. The skirt and tail have been made but I need to figure out the wings. She wants them out of this shiny silky fabric which is going to be a challenge. Thankfully there is still plenty of time!10 years ago
I used the same ones that Maggie linked to above, only I got them at Jo-ann. But part of the reason I did that is I was making a raincoat and wanted to be able to sandwich the snaps between the two layers of fabric. If you’re making a wool coat, I’d probably go with Lightning’s suggestion. The tabbed snaps are meant to be seen, while I feel like the sew-in kind are meant to be hidden between fabric layers.10 years ago
I bought the required 1 1/2 yards of 44″ cotton for the size 7 Popover Dress and was able cut get a size 4 Popover out of the same piece of fabric since they’re relatively narrow pieces.
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