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Marie Hoge
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Date: 5/17/05 0:45 AM

Does anyone care to join me on my quest to sew cute little clothes.

Name: Marie
Children: DD (Jalisa), 3 months
Mission: I want to sew DD clothes that are fairly inexpensive, not too fussy and can hopefully be used a second time around, so not too many girly girly things in case we have a boy!

So far I have made some wool and fleece covers to go over her cloth nappies (I am Australian), 2 half completed dresses, 3x jogging suit tops and matching jumpsuits (modified from an older addition of KSFB) so that it has no zipper and snaps at the top. I have also cut out a denim dress and some denim jeans. Thus far I have spent about $6 on material (as some items were made from left overs, some given to me).

I have older versions of KSFB and KSFT (bought cheap at an op shop) and access to the newer version of KSFT so that I have the jogging suit etc)

We were given lots of clothes to last about the first 6 months and I just realised that I may have to start sewing for the end of this year too, so I am getting ready.

Anyone want to join me?
Marie

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Date: 5/17/05 2:42 AM

I'll join you! I have several things cut out for my DD's and niece, and just need to sew them! We've been moving, though, and just today I finally got to put away most of my sewing stuff.

My niece will be at my house most of the day tomorrow, so I'm thinking I'll pull out the tank top I've cut for her, and she can help me with it!!! She turns 8 on Wed., and even at this age thinks that sewing is "sooooo cool, Auntie!"!!!!

I'm glad you posted! I hadn't even thought about sewing her top tomorrow until I read your post!!!

Count me in!

Mel.J
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Date: 5/17/05 4:11 AM

Me too. (Megan's 18 months & wears lots of lime green, orange, aqua, navy etc as well as pink & purple)

I've posted a few of my projects but should do some more reviews. I'd love to discuss patterns & things. I have the new KSFT somewhere but haven't made anything out of it. Our first 12 months was basically covered by loans & gifts.

What I did for play clothes last summer & also for winter was to make a set of the same pattern pants in different colours (maybe 6 pairs). I planned to make co-ordinating t-shirts but only ended up making 3. I did make a couple for winter too. I'll use the same fabrics for next year too because I've got them, even though I discovered it pilled badly in the one season (it was cheap interlock from spotlight I think).

You know, this autumn in Melbourne was unseasonably warm, so all the cool-weather pants (out of stretch microfleece I got from Lincraft at 50% off) I had made her have ended up being too short after a big growth spurt. Doh! Better do some more!

From here on I'm trying to cut & sew up straight away!

Marie, how's Jalisa going?

Mel

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Mel (Melbourne, Australia)

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Date: 5/17/05 5:31 AM

Have been sewing up a storm for grand daughters (3 and 7) and would like to join you ladies, but it will have to be after a two week vacation (starting this weekend.)

Keric - Would love to see what you sew for 8 yo. There's some cute patterns out there, but some of the MollyMcGuire stuff is kind of difficult. Edited Later: Strike "Molly" and make it "Lizzie," of course--Thanks, Keric!

Mel - I went crazy with lime green and orange purchases from Sew Baby. Aren't they cute colors? Have lots of coordinating outfits for 3 yo now.

I guess "KSFB" and "KSFT" refer to Kwik Sew's Sewing for Baby and Kwik Sew's Sewing for Toddlers. (I didn't know there was a new KSFT. ) Made simple knit pants from KSFT and some "swing shorts" for 3 yo. She's no longer in diapers, so I removed 1 1/2 inches above crotch. KSFT doesn't detail how to make swing shorts, but I used the method from KSFC, Kwik Sews Sewing for Children.

Maria, I'm with you on "not too fussy." I try to stay simple, with cute fabric, and an added touch here and there. I greatly admire some of the "fussy" clothes that some members sew for their kids--are you listening, Mel? But I just don't have that kind of skill, patience, and time.

My son also requires that the girls be able to dress themselves--he gets them ready and takes them to school. Thus, back zippers and buttons are out. (I just made some tops with shoulder ties, so I think that's breaking the rules, for the 3 yo anyway.)

There were discussions here in the last few days about sewing for children and embellishment techniques. I do have an embroidery machine that is great for kids (less useful for adults, in my experience).

Topstitching with a decorative stitch, like a row of hearts, etc, can be cute. You just have to be careful about waving. (The walking foot and steam a seam helps with this.)

After spending too much time fussing with gathers, I'm using clear elastic for gathering, at least for the small 3 yo. Much easier and looks fine. Made the gathered skirt from KSFT in a lightweight aqua denim, with Winnie the Pooh embroidered on it. Too cute.

I constantly struggle with sizing issues, since dgd's live in Tokyo! I sew a lot of knits, with elastic waistbands, and shoulder ties.

Happy sewing. Not sure I'll have internet access while on vacation, but will watch for reviews when I get back.

-- Edited on 5/17/05 9:33 PM --

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Date: 5/17/05 7:44 AM

You can count me in, though my dd is quite a bit older at 8 yrs. I am trying (key word here is trying), to sew all of her summer clothing. My dd is very rough on things when playing, and I just hate spending alot of money on clothing that will be trashed be end of summer. I'd rather use my fabrics I got inexpensively on clearance. I'm also trying to improve my sewing skills and get to the level of Mel and Penelope, and all the other good folks who sew for kids.


Right now I am working on:



Pants....Butterick #3566

Bikini Top....McCalls #M4495

Side Tie Top...McCalls #M4495

Skort...McCalls #M4495

Knit Top...Butterick #B4177

Sleeveless dress..Butterick #3551


I also have a new baby to sew for...not mine, my niece whom I raised just had a boy 2 months ago. She has a ton of "baby baby" clothes, so I am working on sewing up things from about 18lbs. on. They live in Oklahoma though, so I'm hoping I can figure out sizing as he grows, without having access to him.


I have the Kwik Sew Sewing For Children book, that I need to make more things out of, and I'd like to buy the toddler book.


-- Edited on 5/17/05 8:45 AM --

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Kenmore 158.17570, Kenmore 158.10400,
Viking Huskylock 901.... and several others

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Date: 5/17/05 8:18 AM

I'll look forward to your reviews! My, you are ambitious! Will have to check out that McCall's pattern. I like finding a pattern that works for lots of garments--I sew very slowly and tracing takes lots of time. A few embellishments and different fabric can get you a new look.

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aka Joanne. (Penelope was our cat. RIP.)
"What mother nature gives, father time takes away."
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Date: 5/17/05 8:38 AM

I with all of you. I have been sewing for my two granddaughters. One will be 5 in June and the other was born on Jan 4 of this year. So - I'll be busy. Got to find time to sew for me, my other half and my stepson ( he always wants stuff-I make him pay for fabric and patterns and my time is free).

Wish I had pictures of bees to put around this -

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"I don't iron. If I'm not wrinkle-free why should my clothes be."

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Date: 5/17/05 11:55 AM

Besides the sheer pleasure of sewing, for economic reasons, I sew clothes for all 4 kids (3DS and 1 DD). Though my 6 1 14 y/o DS is not in kids clothes anymore! I sew at least one piece or outfit a week just trying to keep up with their growth spurts. So, I am here to sew right along with ya.

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Date: 5/17/05 12:01 PM

Penelope

Ambition may be my downfall...I also am a slow sewer, and I find I have to sew in spurts, I can't sit at it for hours, though if I was better at it and didn't get flustered so easily, I might could do marathon sewing. Hmmm..maybe I should start the fall/winter clothing now!

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Brother CE-500PRW, Singer 347,Singer 413, Singer 66, Singer 404, Singer 4622, Electrogrand,
Kenmore 158.17570, Kenmore 158.10400,
Viking Huskylock 901.... and several others

A seam a day
Keeps the blues away

keric
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Date: 5/17/05 12:48 PM

Penelope, wanted to let you know that although Molly McGuire would be a cute name, it's actually Lizzie McGuire..

I've sewn a few things for both my 5yo and my 10yo DDs. I love the LM patterns Simp. puts out. I'll let you know how the capris and tops go that I have cut out. Now, to find time to sew in between helping my sis out with family stuff, moving, kids, housework, etc. It's pretty discouraging knowing there's so much I want and NEED to do, but don't have time for. I think I'm going to have to start sewing in 15 minute spurts. It's the only way I'll get anything done!

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