Can I share? (not scrapbooking) - dress added post 12

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Can I share? (not scrapbooking) - dress added post 12

Okay, first, I hate to do this, but this is a "post and run" - it's 3pm and Jack hasn't had lunch (late nap). I wanted to get this posted, and then I will come back tonight and catch up on everything else.

It's a sewing period for me ... I want to scrap but the sewing has to get done first. I have a couple more projects, then it's back to the paper crafting. Can I tell you that I totally forgot to make an anniversary card for my parents? Their anniversary was on Friday. :eek: Totally meant to do it during the VC and then forgot. Ugh.

Anyhow, here's what I've been doing over the past 7 days or so.

A new fleece soaker for Jack, so soft and comfy

And a new one for Natalie (her night wetting has gotten out of control and sadly this soaker isn't helping Sad )

Then we're doing a birthday exchange on the July board (I sure hope the mom we have doesn't peek on this board, I don't think she does though). I bought an awesome fitted diaper and then made this soaker to match. Finished it up after lunch, and I'm very happy with it. The crown isn't perfect, but since it's my first time doing it, well, I'm pleased. The crown side is the back, the heart side is the front.

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Those are ace!! I'm so jealous you can sew like that. I am pants at it. Smile Your exchange partner will LOVE her gift!! Biggrin

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"Uropachild" wrote:

Those are ace!! I'm so jealous you can sew like that. I am pants at it. Smile Your exchange partner will LOVE her gift!! Biggrin

Sarah, a year ago I was just awful! And as it was, I had to rip seams out of Natalie's soaker because I screwed up a leg. I'm better than I used to be, but am so far from Kelly's sewing talent. Smile It's just like scrapbooking though, with practice there's always improvement. Smile

And thanks for the compliment. Smile

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Those are sooo cute Gwen! I am jealous of anyone who knows how to sew. I don't have a clue. But let me ask a dumb question...what is a soaker? You mentioned that it isn't helping Natalie's nighttime wetting. We are about to tackle that at our house too and I was wondering if getting one would help?

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Those look great Gwen! I love the heart pattern on Natalie's. I guarantee those are harder to make than the dresses I have done. The leg trim work looks like the same way you make sleeves and I DON'T do sleeves.

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Those are sooo cute Gwen! I am jealous of anyone who knows how to sew. I don't have a clue. But let me ask a dumb question...what is a soaker? You mentioned that it isn't helping Natalie's nighttime wetting. We are about to tackle that at our house too and I was wondering if getting one would help?

Kelly, they're covers that go over cloth diapers and are supposed to prevent leaking. Fleece is supposed to repel the liquid (and it works great for Jack). But Natalie soaks through her diapers that are supposedly waterproof, and I wanted to protect the bed. Katie knit her a wool soaker last year, and that works really well at containing the liquid. With fleece, if there's a lot of pressure (like from her 35lb body laying down on it), the liquid gets through. Anyhow, soakers won't help you unless you're using cloth. I'm about to go down the path of sewing her some cloth pull-ups, but need to figure out the best way to go about that. I've tried a couple of different things with my older kids, but nothing really worked. She's getting too big for the cloth diapers she's wearing so I need to figure it all out, and FAST!

Kelly, no, I really think the dresses are harder. Wink All of the soaker seams are inside, you can't tell that I didn't sew straight lines. With dresses, it's more obvious (not sure if you saw the dresses I sewed for my girls last summer - they still wear them, but I see my mistakes glaring at me each time they wear them)

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Great job Gwen.

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those are so cute! i love the pink one for your swap gift! she'll love it.

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Gwen, they look great! Glad you share when you are in your sewing phases Wink

I hope you figure out what to do at night. Have you considered getting a plastic matress cover? They are great for night wettings to protect the bed. They have vinyl ones that are real cheap but can be hot to sleep on or breathable ones but those tend to be $$. Just a thought.

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We use the vinyl protectors ... and have gone through several as the kids rip them when they jump on their beds (which they're not allowed to do, but they do anyway, drives me NUTS!). Jordan wasn't dry at night until 4.5, Andrew was 7, so we've had the mattress protectors on the beds for a long time. I'm tired of washing the sheets, I just want her DRY. ugh.

anyhow, sewed a dress tonight ... and it will be a nightgown instead. I screwed a couple of things up and don't really want the dress worn in public. Lol I'll take a picture of Natalie wearing it tomorrow and will share. Jordan wanted one too, but hers will also have to be a nightgown if Natalie can't leave the house in hers.

here's the pattern I used for the dress ... but it looks like there's info missing (I have no idea how she went from the cut pieces for the skirt to the gathered skirt on the last page). And the bodice explanation totally thew me. So I did a lot of winging it. Came out cute, except for my mistakes (when trying to gather the skirt and attach to the bodice at the same time). I'm so tired, I know I'm rambling.

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Those are so sweet and comfy looking! I love the pink with white trim and crown. Darling!! Your birth buddy is going to LOVE it!

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Okay, here's the dress. Wink Nightgown, really. And the straps are too long so I have to alter (a safety pin is in the back so you don't see her boobies)

And thought I'd put this here ... I love Charys, she makes great cards to lift! Her original had a big white ribbon - I don't have one, but I think this is fine as it is.

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look at the adorable diapers!! awww!!! That dress is so cute too. Biggrin

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That dress turned out great!

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Those are too cute! I have no idea how to sew either, tho I own a sewing machine (got it for Christmas 3 years ago, still in the box).