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Old 02-12-2013, 11:21 PM   #2746
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Thanks for all the complements on the quilt.

So many wonderful things posted!

We just got our electricity back late this afternoon due to the storm. I think 4 days is about our limit. luckily I had finished sewing my next rag quilt so I had the seam cutting to work on. Now I just need to wash it.

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No. I go for my birthday 5/6. The crowds are very manageable. Have you been April vacation before?
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? from a non-sewing person...what is a fair price for sewing a pillowcase dress?

Hi everyone,

I know that this is a no selling place, but I'm just trying to get an idea about a price...

If this is an inappropriate question to ask in this place, I sincerely apologize and will delete it. I just wasn't sure who else to ask.

Anywho, when we went to Disney the last time (Sept/Oct 2011), I found a lovely lady on ebay who did a pillow case dress and matching "bowling-like" shirt for my son in a really cute fabric. It was $35 (including the shipping) for the set.

I'm wanting to do the same this time around when we go in November. I cannot find the woman I used before

When doing some research on Ebay & Etsy it seems like the prices are so different. The one lady who has a fabric I LOVE is selling her pillowcase dresses for nearly $40 each.

So, I did some on-line research and found the fabric I really LOVE for under $8 per yard.

Now, I have no idea the amount of time it takes to do these projects or how many yards one needs to complete such a project, so I'm just wondering what a fair price is for a dress like this?

Also, if I asked for a bowling/boxy-lookign shirt for my son, do you have any guess as to a what that might run me. I'm having a hard time finding what I am looking for for him.

Just trying to decide if buying the fabric and taking it to a friend who sews might be more cost effective than going the ebay/etsy route this time. Naturally, I'd like to pay my friend for her time but I really have no idea about how long these projects take.

What do you suggest? Can you share a range of what is an acceptable range for these items? How long they may take to create?

Again, I hope this is not a question that is inappropriate. I'm always nervous to ask anything $ related for fear of getting slapped around.

Thanks for any insight you may be able to share.

Wishing you all a very happy day!!
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #2748
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Hi everyone,

I know that this is a no selling place, but I'm just trying to get an idea about a price...

If this is an inappropriate question to ask in this place, I sincerely apologize and will delete it. I just wasn't sure who else to ask.

Anywho, when we went to Disney the last time (Sept/Oct 2011), I found a lovely lady on ebay who did a pillow case dress and matching "bowling-like" shirt for my son in a really cute fabric. It was $35 (including the shipping) for the set.

I'm wanting to do the same this time around when we go in November. I cannot find the woman I used before

When doing some research on Ebay & Etsy it seems like the prices are so different. The one lady who has a fabric I LOVE is selling her pillowcase dresses for nearly $40 each.

So, I did some on-line research and found the fabric I really LOVE for under $8 per yard.

Now, I have no idea the amount of time it takes to do these projects or how many yards one needs to complete such a project, so I'm just wondering what a fair price is for a dress like this?

Also, if I asked for a bowling/boxy-lookign shirt for my son, do you have any guess as to a what that might run me. I'm having a hard time finding what I am looking for for him.

Just trying to decide if buying the fabric and taking it to a friend who sews might be more cost effective than going the ebay/etsy route this time. Naturally, I'd like to pay my friend for her time but I really have no idea about how long these projects take.

What do you suggest? Can you share a range of what is an acceptable range for these items? How long they may take to create?

Again, I hope this is not a question that is inappropriate. I'm always nervous to ask anything $ related for fear of getting slapped around.

Thanks for any insight you may be able to share.

Wishing you all a very happy day!!
I think $35 for both is a total bargain you are not likely to find again. I have made a ton of bowling shirts, and a few pillowcase dresses and the fabric and materials alone can easily be more than $15-20 each. I have literally made more than a dozen of the bowling shirts and it still takes me a few hours to press/cut/assemble and finish them, and that is is they don't have any embroidery or applique. If you think about an hourly rate plus the materials you are essentially considering the skills and labor of the person making it not worth much at all. I am not saying this to be mean, but I think that sometimes people are so used to buying $4 made-in-china t-shirts that they can't assign value to the skills and care put into the creation of handmade goods.

You can absolutely find instructions and tutorials to make them yourself and can probably do both for $35 if you find fabrics on sale. Neither project is particularly difficult (compared, for instance, to some of the amazing boutique dresses posted here.) but they are time consuming and there is a level of skill involved. And if you don't sew, you have to pay someone else who has that skill. (The same way you would pay a landscaper or a furnace repairman or chef who does something you can't or don't wish to do.) No one is getting rich making kids clothing one at a time, but it is an art, and the time required isn't trivial.

Again, please don't feel like this is an attack, just my 2 cents. I would say $25-35 for a pillowcase dress (depending on whether it has additional decoration like embroidery or appliqué.) and $30-50 for the bowling shirt, also depending on decoration is a fair price.

I hope that helps.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:46 AM   #2749
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Much appreciate the feedback!

Go Team Wood,

Thanks for your honesty and I did not feel the information you were sharing was in any way mean-spirited.

I do not sew (wish I did), and I do not know the time required and cost of supplies and such. To be honest, I don't even own a needle/thread (YIKES and the last time my daughter needed a button replaced, I had to call my mom (so embarassing, I know).

That is why I felt it best a question to pose to my sisters/brothers on the DisBoards

It was just surprising to see the price be that different as to what I paid the last time. Perhaps that is why the woman is not doing it any longer??? She did a beautiful job and I was very grateful for her time and talent. In fact, I sent her name to many of my co-workers and friends and she did work for several of them as well.

No doubt that creating the beautiful creations I have seen here and on etsy/ebay have taken countless hours to perfect and I'm happy to pay a fair price. I just didn't know what that was since the prices vary so dramatically! I see basic dresses from $14 to very sophisticated ones for $60.

Chosing to purchase the fabric on my own and then requesting help from my friend may be an option. But, I wanted to be sure I offered her a fair price. She's the type of friend that would be like "just take me to dinner." Clearly after reading your e-mail, I should offer a more generous compensation. I don't want her to feel used and I do realize that I'm paying for her time and talents and I want her to feel appreciated for what she's doing.

Anywho, I really do appreciate your comments and advice. I will keep all the information you shared in mind as I move forward.

Have a happy day everyone!
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Hi Everyone!

I'm so happy to have found you! I'm Cristy, and I sew, quilt, appliqué, tie-dye, etc. It's so fantastic to know that you all "get" my Disney and my sewing obsessions. Yay!!

I'm in the midst of planning our family's vacation to DLR, for March. Time is ticking and I've got to get sewing! I have a DD6 and a DD3 to sew a dress, or two, for.

I'm planning on making peasant type princess dresses for my girls. Fabric shopping is on my list for today. (Twist my arm, right?! :rofl )

Here's a couple of things I've made in the past:

A little Mickey/Minnie free-motion quilting:


Some Mickey tie-dying:


I'll be back, for sure!
Welcome! Your work looks great -- I hope we see more of you and you post some pics of other things you've made.
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Here are a couple of super hero capes for my two DGDs. I made a super hero cape for my DGS (which he has still never worn) and his sister loved it and "ordered" one for herself with purple fabric on one side, Strawberry Shortcake on the other and two Ss for Super Selah. Well arlighty then! So I had to make one for my other DGD as well with her favorites.

Selah's cape:


Charlotte's cape:


The letters are glittery, but it doesn't show up on the photos.

Also, DH and I went to the Home and Garden show on Saturday and while he and the friends we went with were busy at a both I found boring, I came across this huge area where they had tons of sewing machines, embroidery machines and everything in between. DH found me deep in conversation with the owner of 3 stores in the Cleveland area who was explaining the latest and greatest. Sooo, long story short, after she demoed a couple of machines for DH and I, I walked away...the owner of a Babylock sewing/embroidery machine!!!! Could not believe it. My Brother 8500 is 12 years old and it was getting frustrating to use. I'm getting a trade in amount for it and am purchasing a unit that was traded in for an upgrade and paying cash brought it more into the realm of possibility. Still plenty of sticker shock, but hey, it was a deal! And my sweet DH didn't even bat an eye. What a guy! I'm going to pick it up today and she wants me to play with it for a while to make sure it's what I want. Of course what I REALLY want is the next one up that will copy your kids or grandkids drawings and stitch them out exactly!!!! That had me tearing up for sure. But, waaaay too rich for my blood. But man, that is a cool feature!
The capes turned out great!

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Hello Ladies! I've been lurking for a few months now and I just have to say that I am in awe of all of you! You ladies make some very fine clothing and accessories!! I've been sewing for almost 20 years, but mostly halloween costumes and small crafts. I'm looking to make some shirts for myself for our upcoming trip in September. I'm also looking to getting into embroidery. I've been looking at machines online, but am just more confused. I would only be doing small embroidery designs and only occassionally, so I'm thinking I don't need something huge. The 2 machines I have been looking at are both Brothers: PE500 and PE770. Any of you sewing goddesses have any recommendations, comments, or suggestion?

TIA.....You Guys Rock!!!
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Ok ladies, I need help!!!

I went to pick up my Babylock Ellegante2 at the store that I bought over the weekend. Well, instead of the Ellegante2, they had the original, older, Ellegante and said they would add the upgrades to it. I didn't think that much of it until I had already paid in full and had it loaded in my car. I was buying a used machine, but it was supposed to be a more recent version, so to my thinking an older machine would probably be used a lot more. The price I paid was for the Ellegante 2 and even with upgrades added, I don't think getting the older base unit should cost as much. What do you all think?

Also, I started reading reviews and read a lot of negative reviews that did not make me happy. Please tell me the Babylock Ellegante 2 is a good machine. If it isn't, I will take it back tomorrow and just forget about it. I am literally sick about this as this is a LOT of money to me. If this doesn't work out, I will probably get the Brother 770 I've had my eye on and save thousands of dollars! Any input would be greatly appreciated. TIA
I read ahead and saw your problem was solved with an even better outcome than expected

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I am doing a second post because I have a bunch of pictures to include and I didn't want to exceed the maximum.

First up are a few t-shirts that I made for DH. They will be for our trip this summer.


Then here are some shorts outfits that I made for my nephews.



Then here are two dresses that I made for the launch last week.
With the pinafore on:

With the pinafore removed:

You amaze me with all the sewing you do. I still can't figure out how you do it!

The shirts for your dh are perfect -- mine might even wear shirts like that, but I don't think I'll ever manage to get him back to Disney.

Your nephews are going to be very happy (and their mom's even happier!!!).

I love your launch items. I hope they sold. I can't keep up with you launch ladies anymore -- I didn't even know there was another one.

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Phone post! My first Grace dress, AKL themed.

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Minnie can be removed if DD wants this for non Disney too, she loves the fabrics!
Really pretty! I had to scroll over the pic very quickly so my dd didn't get a view of that fabric and beg me to find it and make her something.

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And a Tink Rosetta I just finished for a Bog Give (being stuck inside with three feet of blizzard snow has advantages!)

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LOVE the colors!!!! Purple and green are my favs!

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Oh my goodness!! So many adorable things posted!! the robes! the water bottle holders! the AK dress!!!! love them!!

Thanks for all the pm's about the Big give!!! We would love to have anyone join us, even if you dont want to sew, you could send pixie dust!!! you can click on the link in my siggie and come and join us!!!! its so much fun!!!!!!!

Has anyone here dealt with a concussion before? Im dealing with one now (passed out and whacked my head in the shower on the way down) and am just not sure what to do/not do????
I read ahead and am glad you saw the doctor and hope you recover soon. I've never had one but my ds had two and vomited in his sleep after one of them.

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I posted a few weeks ago looking for a Mulan pattern. I ordered the Modkids pattern off an etsy seller, and it never arrived, I made do though, and made her some pj pants and a t-shirt to go with it instead. It doesn't resemble the movie at all, but it she loved the softness of the fabric, so I went with it (not to mention it was a rememnt at Joanns!)

Here are the pj's I have made so far for our movie nights:
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Aristocats:


Mulan:


Sorry the pictures are such poor quality. I usually take my daughters picture outside, but our weather hasn't been that good for that here lately.
I have noticed that many of the pictures shown are not on models. Is that for privacy or that the little ones are not there when you want to take a picture?

I love reading and seeing what everyone has been working on. Right now I am trying to finish an Annie dress for my daughter. I am using a Carla C pattern and I do think it is going to look cute. The piping though is going to be the death of me!
Beautiful work! I often post pics without a model b/c my dd never poses properly to show off and outfit. And she doesn't fir in most of the BG things I make. I did pay her twice to model BG things though. For one session she did great and the other she pouted the whole time b/c it was boy's clothes.

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I had a concussion a few years ago, passed out and hit the bathroom counter and oak cabinets and tile floor. I was a mess. Doctor told me to take it easy and to come back in a week for another checkup for motor skills I guess. (hand-eye coordination, etc.) When my darling sons collided head-to-head and knocked one unconscious, the ER doc said to not let him hit his head again. Ever. (I laughed at her, clearly she didn't have kids, especially twin boys!) If your mental state changes, if you're confused, slurring, dizzy, call the doc immediately.



I think some people who sew things don't always have the kids around. I try to get my kids to model, but when I made all our disney outfits, I didn't let them put them on until we went on the trip since I didn't want them ruined. But then I have two boys. Of course, they think Lightning McQueen gave them all their shirts when we checked into his hotel (Art of Animation.)

Speaking of my kids, I whipped these shirts up this morning for my boys' first day of preschool. We weren't going to put them in preschool but found this program too good to pass up. It's at the local high school as part of their child-development class, the high school students "teach" with a facilitator who is their teacher. Each kid gets paired with 1-2 HS students, and I get 3 hours a week kid-free. And the cost is like $6/week for BOTH kids. I can't take credit for this idea, I stole it from pinterest, but the shirts are adult sized, and I plan to take a photo of them for the first day of school every year, and my husband had the idea to have their teachers sign them the last day of school. Of course now I have two shirts I need to keep track of for the next 15 years!


(and yes my son has a black eye on his first day of school. See aforementioned: twin boy.)
OMG what a great idea and what a fabulous bargain for your preschool!

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Figured I would share a couple of the dresses that I made recently.

First an upcycle with a shirt I got at the Disney Store in Rome.


IMG_8922 by tricialee22, on Flickr

And a Goofy in Epcot dress that is full of hand applique.

Front.


front levels crop by tricialee22, on Flickr
Just beautiful! I can't be;ieve the Epcot dress -- it's a work of art!! Absolutely stunning!

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Go Team Wood,

Thanks for your honesty and I did not feel the information you were sharing was in any way mean-spirited.

I do not sew (wish I did), and I do not know the time required and cost of supplies and such. To be honest, I don't even own a needle/thread (YIKES and the last time my daughter needed a button replaced, I had to call my mom (so embarassing, I know).

That is why I felt it best a question to pose to my sisters/brothers on the DisBoards

It was just surprising to see the price be that different as to what I paid the last time. Perhaps that is why the woman is not doing it any longer??? She did a beautiful job and I was very grateful for her time and talent. In fact, I sent her name to many of my co-workers and friends and she did work for several of them as well.

No doubt that creating the beautiful creations I have seen here and on etsy/ebay have taken countless hours to perfect and I'm happy to pay a fair price. I just didn't know what that was since the prices vary so dramatically! I see basic dresses from $14 to very sophisticated ones for $60.

Chosing to purchase the fabric on my own and then requesting help from my friend may be an option. But, I wanted to be sure I offered her a fair price. She's the type of friend that would be like "just take me to dinner." Clearly after reading your e-mail, I should offer a more generous compensation. I don't want her to feel used and I do realize that I'm paying for her time and talents and I want her to feel appreciated for what she's doing.

Anywho, I really do appreciate your comments and advice. I will keep all the information you shared in mind as I move forward.

Have a happy day everyone!
I tend to agree with most of what was said. I would NEVER consider selling a bowling shirt for less than $25 but I would think a non-appiqued pillow case dress might go for a bit less depending on the size -- larger sizes require more fabric. I think none of us sew to save money. We sew to get unique clothing for the occasion.
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Hi everyone,

Now, I have no idea the amount of time it takes to do these projects or how many yards one needs to complete such a project, so I'm just wondering what a fair price is for a dress like this?

Also, if I asked for a bowling/boxy-lookign shirt for my son, do you have any guess as to a what that might run me. I'm having a hard time finding what I am looking for for him.

Just trying to decide if buying the fabric and taking it to a friend who sews might be more cost effective than going the ebay/etsy route this time. Naturally, I'd like to pay my friend for her time but I really have no idea about how long these projects take.

What do you suggest? Can you share a range of what is an acceptable range for these items? How long they may take to create?
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Chosing to purchase the fabric on my own and then requesting help from my friend may be an option. But, I wanted to be sure I offered her a fair price. She's the type of friend that would be like "just take me to dinner." Clearly after reading your e-mail, I should offer a more generous compensation. I don't want her to feel used and I do realize that I'm paying for her time and talents and I want her to feel appreciated for what she's doing.
Hi, I'll take a stab. My mom is probably a lot like your friend, she's a professional seamstress and would charge probably like $10-$20 for a pillowcase top/dress if the fabric was provided (if someone insisted on paying her, or there were multiple projects, etc.). She'd probably just use her own thread too. Considering that $10-$20 is just for her time, it's a bargain. Seamstresses really don't make much money, unfortunately. But, that being said, my mom does this for a business, not sure if your friend does? Pilowcase tops take a couple of hours to sew up, maybe another 1/2 hour to cut - they are pretty quick. Sometimes the costs of the pillowcase dresses are driven by the fabric as well - the nicer/designer fabric will cost you more.

Not sure about bowling shirts, but I would think the require a bit more time.

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I just finished online check-in, so I guess that means I must have a trip coming up.

You have been doing some amazing sewing, while I've been stalking the Resorts forum to see if the new refillable mugs are out. Don't know why, I haven't gotten them the last couple of trips.

Believe it or not, I actually did some sewing. I made a new string backpack (the one I took to Alaska was too laid back), a new wallet, and a hand sanitizer cozy. I'll post pictures later.

The reason I'm posting now is because the Give Kids the World e-newsletter highlights the pillow program. We've had a bit of a discussion about the pillows on the Big Give board. I'm concerned that with the shrinking size of flannel the pillowcases aren't big enough. I commited to writing GKTW to double check measurements. As one who's made a number of pillowcases I hate to think that they're too small to be used. I'm wondering if it's more realistic to get three pillowcases from a yard of flannel instead of four. I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here's a link to the pillowcase spotlight.

http://www.gktw.org/blog/wish-pillow...c-innovations/

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Anywho, when we went to Disney the last time (Sept/Oct 2011), I found a lovely lady on ebay who did a pillow case dress and matching "bowling-like" shirt for my son in a really cute fabric. It was $35 (including the shipping) for the set.
I agree with everybody else that $35 for a bowling shirt and a dress is a complete bargain. I generally see pillowcase dresses going for about $40 each which seems to be the prices you are finding. I would expect to pay more for a bowling shirt since it is quite time consuming to make the plackets, collars and buttonholes. If you take your fabric, buttons and thread to your friend, you should expect to pay about $25 per pillowcase dress and probably $35 for the shirt. The fabric isn't the expense in sewing, it is the time involved in creating something special. Now if you want to learn to sew yourself, we have several members who have only been sewing a few months and they are already creating beautiful things. We are happy to give advice and help you get started.

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You amaze me with all the sewing you do. I still can't figure out how you do it!

The shirts for your dh are perfect -- mine might even wear shirts like that, but I don't think I'll ever manage to get him back to Disney.

Your nephews are going to be very happy (and their mom's even happier!!!).

I love your launch items. I hope they sold. I can't keep up with you launch ladies anymore -- I didn't even know there was another one.
I think that I said before, that I generally get a couple of hours every afternoon when the kids get home from school. They are pretty self sufficient at this age and fix their own snacks, do their own homework, etc.

My husband wouldn't wear something with a huge applique on it but he will definitely wear these. I love the one with the Disney word made to look like characters. I bought a t-shirt to make myself one of them too.

My QoH dress sold at the launch but the Rapunzel one didn't sell. I'm not sure what I will do with it. My niece has been begging for it but I'd rather sell it and get a little bit of money for it.

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Hooray for new members! And I hope that you are starting to feel better. We were worried that dd13 had a concussion yesterday too. She got dropped during gymnastics in her PE class because the spotter walked away to chat with a friend. She hit her head on the wooden gym floor.
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This thread kind of jumped some pages in the last few days. I was busy reading everything rather than finishing my Cindy dress. It was making me very mad so I was being lazy and putting it off until I got a call last night and I was asked if it was done. I told him I had one last thing and I would be done today, which I did do. UGH !!

I lied cuz I still had to finish off the seams and finish putting the zipper in. I really wanted to fit it to her before I sewed the bodice lining in and told him so. He said he would try to get her here today but that didn't work out. We decided that I would sew the lining in and she should have room to grow in it. I got started on sewing it in today and attached the bottom of the bodice lining to the bottom edge of the skirt seam. I got more than halfway done and realized I only had about 2 inches of bodice left but 7 inches of skirt seam. UGH !! I had to rip out over an hours work of hand sewing. I put it over my lamp and pinned and sewed for almost 2 hours making sure it went just right. The very top of the skirt seam to the very bottom of the bodice seam.

I really hope she likes it ! I would like to share and sorry about the photo overload. I will not be making the pattern again for a very long time if ever no matter how cute the end result was. I don't like how the eye hook went in above the zipper either and my invisible zipper is not so invisible. Plus, I put the skirt liner on inside out because I put the tulle on the wrong side.







If anyone wants to see more details, you can see them here.

http://photobucket.com/PhoSewing

Everybody's creation look so cool. The capes look fun and there is a blue dress that looks like Wendy's nightgown. The Rome Mickey dress looks really cute and wearable. I love the boutique items and didn't realize there was another sale already either. I wish I could remember who made what but my house has been so crazy lately that I don't even remember what I did 5 minutes ago. I'm so glad to have you all......

To answer a posted question.... I don't have a model in my dresses normally because I don't have anyone to model them in my house. My lampshade is my new best friend.
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I just finished online check-in, so I guess that means I must have a trip coming up.

You have been doing some amazing sewing, while I've been stalking the Resorts forum to see if the new refillable mugs are out. Don't know why, I haven't gotten them the last couple of trips.

Believe it or not, I actually did some sewing. I made a new string backpack (the one I took to Alaska was too laid back), a new wallet, and a hand sanitizer cozy. I'll post pictures later.

The reason I'm posting now is because the Give Kids the World e-newsletter highlights the pillow program. We've had a bit of a discussion about the pillows on the Big Give board. I'm concerned that with the shrinking size of flannel the pillowcases aren't big enough. I commited to writing GKTW to double check measurements. As one who's made a number of pillowcases I hate to think that they're too small to be used. I'm wondering if it's more realistic to get three pillowcases from a yard of flannel instead of four. I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here's a link to the pillowcase spotlight.

http://www.gktw.org/blog/wish-pillow...c-innovations/

Happy sewing.
And did you notice the pillows that are pictured are WRONG! They are not made with a solid flannel and coordinating pocket. Ours look better than theirs

Cheryl, I did make a pillow cover for Lisa. I will ask Judy if it fits OK. Stay tuned for the answer.

And good to see you and hear of your upcoming trip! Where are you staying?

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This thread kind of jumped some pages in the last few days. I was busy reading everything rather than finishing my Cindy dress. It was making me very mad so I was being lazy and putting it off until I got a call last night and I was asked if it was done. I told him I had one last thing and I would be done today, which I did do. UGH !!

I lied cuz I still had to finish off the seams and finish putting the zipper in. I really wanted to fit it to her before I sewed the bodice lining in and told him so. He said he would try to get her here today but that didn't work out. We decided that I would sew the lining in and she should have room to grow in it. I got started on sewing it in today and attached the bottom of the bodice lining to the bottom edge of the skirt seam. I got more than halfway done and realized I only had about 2 inches of bodice left but 7 inches of skirt seam. UGH !! I had to rip out over an hours work of hand sewing. I put it over my lamp and pinned and sewed for almost 2 hours making sure it went just right. The very top of the skirt seam to the very bottom of the bodice seam.

I really hope she likes it ! I would like to share and sorry about the photo overload. I will not be making the pattern again for a very long time if ever no matter how cute the end result was. I don't like how the eye hook went in above the zipper either and my invisible zipper is not so invisible. Plus, I put the skirt liner on inside out because I put the tulle on the wrong side.







If anyone wants to see more details, you can see them here.

http://photobucket.com/PhoSewing

Everybody's creation look so cool. The capes look fun and there is a blue dress that looks like Wendy's nightgown. The Rome Mickey dress looks really cute and wearable. I love the boutique items and didn't realize there was another sale already either. I wish I could remember who made what but my house has been so crazy lately that I don't even remember what I did 5 minutes ago. I'm so glad to have you all......

To answer a posted question.... I don't have a model in my dresses normally because I don't have anyone to model them in my house. My lampshade is my new best friend.
I do agree that the hidden zipper isn't hidden, but no one is going to dare comment on that with how pretty the dress is. I love the skirt and the bodice. I think you did a magnificent job. Too bad it wasn't an easier pattern b/c it surely has a nice finished look.
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Dr said I have a nasty concussion - no driving, no work, no exercise and little screen time - lots of sleep and fluids and an EEG (Im having some staring spells and memory issues, but he thinks its from the concussion). Hopefully in a day or 2 I can at least embroider or something!! Im dizzy alot right now! lol....
I hope you will recover quickly Wendy, but please make sure you are not too hard on yourself. Concussions can take a while to heal.

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I got the Brother Entrepreneur Pro PR-1000. I have so much invested in designs so I decided to stay with the brother line (and keep all my PES files) I have been extremely happy. I also got the fast frames and everything is so much faster....I call the machine "my precious" drives my mom nuts
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I looked at that machine when I was looking. It was brand new way back then. I decided for the same money to go with the bigger machine and it came with bigger hoops and alot more accessories too. I also got a weekend of training as well. Good luck. Once you get up and running with a commercial machine you will wonder how you ever did the stuff on a home machine.
Thanks for the information about the machine. I am probably going to get the PR650 since it comes with the PE-Next software and there is a $1000 rebate. I talked to a number of shops over the phone and they seem quite positive about the 650.

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Thanks for the well wishes, I am doing my capstone course/senior project this semester and so this is the crunch.

I am so in awe of the creative ability this thread has. Sometimes I look at these creations and think "that could not have been made by a person" then logic sets in and I realize all clothes are made by somebody but the work shown on here is truly amazing.

My mother in law got me a few things for sewig for Christmas and so I am anxious to try out my free motion embroidery foot. I think it might be fairly funny looking (it says embroider as well as you can draw but I got detention for my handwriting sooooo.......)

Can't wait to see more creations!!

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Good luck with your project and course work. I can't wait to see what you make with the free motion foot. It is something I haven't tried yet.

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We just got our electricity back late this afternoon due to the storm. I think 4 days is about our limit. luckily I had finished sewing my next rag quilt so I had the seam cutting to work on. Now I just need to wash it.

No. I go for my birthday 5/6. The crowds are very manageable. Have you been April vacation before?
I hope everything is ok after the power comes back on. I hope you will have a great time when you go in May. We went in May a couple of times and we quite enjoyed the Flower and Garden Festival.

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Hi everyone,

I know that this is a no selling place, but I'm just trying to get an idea about a price...

If this is an inappropriate question to ask in this place, I sincerely apologize and will delete it. I just wasn't sure who else to ask.

Anywho, when we went to Disney the last time (Sept/Oct 2011), I found a lovely lady on ebay who did a pillow case dress and matching "bowling-like" shirt for my son in a really cute fabric. It was $35 (including the shipping) for the set.

I'm wanting to do the same this time around when we go in November. I cannot find the woman I used before

When doing some research on Ebay & Etsy it seems like the prices are so different. The one lady who has a fabric I LOVE is selling her pillowcase dresses for nearly $40 each.

So, I did some on-line research and found the fabric I really LOVE for under $8 per yard.

Now, I have no idea the amount of time it takes to do these projects or how many yards one needs to complete such a project, so I'm just wondering what a fair price is for a dress like this?

Also, if I asked for a bowling/boxy-lookign shirt for my son, do you have any guess as to a what that might run me. I'm having a hard time finding what I am looking for for him.

Just trying to decide if buying the fabric and taking it to a friend who sews might be more cost effective than going the ebay/etsy route this time. Naturally, I'd like to pay my friend for her time but I really have no idea about how long these projects take.

What do you suggest? Can you share a range of what is an acceptable range for these items? How long they may take to create?

Again, I hope this is not a question that is inappropriate. I'm always nervous to ask anything $ related for fear of getting slapped around.

Thanks for any insight you may be able to share.

Wishing you all a very happy day!!
Welcome. I think if you are willing to give it a whirl, sewing is easier than it appears. If you ask your friend to sew for you, I would suggest getting the bowling shirt pattern from youcanmakethis.com. It is one of the best bowling shirt patterns I have seen and I have made a number of them.

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I just finished online check-in, so I guess that means I must have a trip coming up.

You have been doing some amazing sewing, while I've been stalking the Resorts forum to see if the new refillable mugs are out. Don't know why, I haven't gotten them the last couple of trips.

Believe it or not, I actually did some sewing. I made a new string backpack (the one I took to Alaska was too laid back), a new wallet, and a hand sanitizer cozy. I'll post pictures later.

The reason I'm posting now is because the Give Kids the World e-newsletter highlights the pillow program. We've had a bit of a discussion about the pillows on the Big Give board. I'm concerned that with the shrinking size of flannel the pillowcases aren't big enough. I commited to writing GKTW to double check measurements. As one who's made a number of pillowcases I hate to think that they're too small to be used. I'm wondering if it's more realistic to get three pillowcases from a yard of flannel instead of four. I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here's a link to the pillowcase spotlight.

http://www.gktw.org/blog/wish-pillow...c-innovations/

Happy sewing.
Congrats on your upcoming trip! It must be exciting that it is so close!

Please let us know what you find out in terms of the pillowcases.

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Now if you want to learn to sew yourself, we have several members who have only been sewing a few months and they are already creating beautiful things. We are happy to give advice and help you get started.

We were worried that dd13 had a concussion yesterday too. She got dropped during gymnastics in her PE class because the spotter walked away to chat with a friend. She hit her head on the wooden gym floor.
I totally agree with what you said Diane. How scary for your DD to hit her head on the gym floor. I hope she is doing ok.

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This thread kind of jumped some pages in the last few days. I was busy reading everything rather than finishing my Cindy dress. It was making me very mad so I was being lazy and putting it off until I got a call last night and I was asked if it was done. I told him I had one last thing and I would be done today, which I did do. UGH !!

I lied cuz I still had to finish off the seams and finish putting the zipper in. I really wanted to fit it to her before I sewed the bodice lining in and told him so. He said he would try to get her here today but that didn't work out. We decided that I would sew the lining in and she should have room to grow in it. I got started on sewing it in today and attached the bottom of the bodice lining to the bottom edge of the skirt seam. I got more than halfway done and realized I only had about 2 inches of bodice left but 7 inches of skirt seam. UGH !! I had to rip out over an hours work of hand sewing. I put it over my lamp and pinned and sewed for almost 2 hours making sure it went just right. The very top of the skirt seam to the very bottom of the bodice seam.

I really hope she likes it ! I would like to share and sorry about the photo overload. I will not be making the pattern again for a very long time if ever no matter how cute the end result was. I don't like how the eye hook went in above the zipper either and my invisible zipper is not so invisible. Plus, I put the skirt liner on inside out because I put the tulle on the wrong side.





If anyone wants to see more details, you can see them here.

http://photobucket.com/PhoSewing

Everybody's creation look so cool. The capes look fun and there is a blue dress that looks like Wendy's nightgown. The Rome Mickey dress looks really cute and wearable. I love the boutique items and didn't realize there was another sale already either. I wish I could remember who made what but my house has been so crazy lately that I don't even remember what I did 5 minutes ago. I'm so glad to have you all......

To answer a posted question.... I don't have a model in my dresses normally because I don't have anyone to model them in my house. My lampshade is my new best friend.
I am sorry to hear that the dress pattern was so difficult to work with, but the end result looks great. I am sure the girl will like it very much!
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I know!!!! That deal you snagged at Christmas was the BEST I have ever seen! As you all know, I keep it in my Amazon cart, one of these days...

Wendy, Praying you feel much better very soon, when Christian had his concussion, they hospitalized him. If you don't start improving, I know you will call the MD.

WTMTQ, But as always I to you all...I LOVE the Rapunzel dress and that fabric is so pretty!

Has anyone seen Sunshine lately? I miss her!
Deal of the century Judy!, Did you know I ended up getting $105 REFUND on it too! due to shipping rate changes or something like that.
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Deal of the century Judy!, Did you know I ended up getting $105 REFUND on it too! due to shipping rate changes or something like that.
Did you have it shipped to Canada or did you have it shipped to somewhere in the US and then picked it up?
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That is so cool - love the giant shirts on the boys that you will be able to watch them grow into over the years!! I wonder if they will cooperate every year!! lol...

Dr said I have a nasty concussion - no driving, no work, no exercise and little screen time - lots of sleep and fluids and an EEG (Im having some staring spells and memory issues, but he thinks its from the concussion). Hopefully in a day or 2 I can at least embroider or something!! Im dizzy alot right now! lol....

We are doing GREAT on Trevor's Big Give!!!! Would anyone be willing to make the 3 kids pillowcases or make the girls headbands/bows or embroider or purchase a fresh beach towel for the 3 kids??????
So glad you went to the doctor! Head injuries are nothing to take lightly for anyone. Take it easy and get better soon!

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I just finished online check-in, so I guess that means I must have a trip coming up.

The reason I'm posting now is because the Give Kids the World e-newsletter highlights the pillow program. We've had a bit of a discussion about the pillows on the Big Give board. I'm concerned that with the shrinking size of flannel the pillowcases aren't big enough. I commited to writing GKTW to double check measurements. As one who's made a number of pillowcases I hate to think that they're too small to be used. I'm wondering if it's more realistic to get three pillowcases from a yard of flannel instead of four. I'll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here's a link to the pillowcase spotlight.

http://www.gktw.org/blog/wish-pillow...c-innovations/

Happy sewing.
Wow! So close to your trip...how fun!! I hope you have a wonderful time!!

I would be interested in doing some pillow cases and will be looking forward to your update. Thanks for keeping us informed.

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No, Sunshine hasn't been on here lately. I wonder why???? I miss hearing from her too. She always has such nice comments.


I agree with everybody else that $35 for a bowling shirt and a dress is a complete bargain. I generally see pillowcase dresses going for about $40 each which seems to be the prices you are finding. I would expect to pay more for a bowling shirt since it is quite time consuming to make the plackets, collars and buttonholes. If you take your fabric, buttons and thread to your friend, you should expect to pay about $25 per pillowcase dress and probably $35 for the shirt. The fabric isn't the expense in sewing, it is the time involved in creating something special. Now if you want to learn to sew yourself, we have several members who have only been sewing a few months and they are already creating beautiful things. We are happy to give advice and help you get started.


I think that I said before, that I generally get a couple of hours every afternoon when the kids get home from school. They are pretty self sufficient at this age and fix their own snacks, do their own homework, etc.

My husband wouldn't wear something with a huge applique on it but he will definitely wear these. I love the one with the Disney word made to look like characters. I bought a t-shirt to make myself one of them too.

My QoH dress sold at the launch but the Rapunzel one didn't sell. I'm not sure what I will do with it. My niece has been begging for it but I'd rather sell it and get a little bit of money for it.


Hooray for new members! And I hope that you are starting to feel better. We were worried that dd13 had a concussion yesterday too. She got dropped during gymnastics in her PE class because the spotter walked away to chat with a friend. She hit her head on the wooden gym floor.
I can't believe the Rapunzel dress did not sell!! It was amazing! My DH saw the shirts you made for your DH and said, "Now THAT's something I would wear!". So, I guess once I get my new machine (today) and learn how to use it, I have some things to do for him.

Hope your DD is okay!

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This thread kind of jumped some pages in the last few days. I was busy reading everything rather than finishing my Cindy dress. It was making me very mad so I was being lazy and putting it off until I got a call last night and I was asked if it was done. I told him I had one last thing and I would be done today, which I did do. UGH !!

I lied cuz I still had to finish off the seams and finish putting the zipper in. I really wanted to fit it to her before I sewed the bodice lining in and told him so. He said he would try to get her here today but that didn't work out. We decided that I would sew the lining in and she should have room to grow in it. I got started on sewing it in today and attached the bottom of the bodice lining to the bottom edge of the skirt seam. I got more than halfway done and realized I only had about 2 inches of bodice left but 7 inches of skirt seam. UGH !! I had to rip out over an hours work of hand sewing. I put it over my lamp and pinned and sewed for almost 2 hours making sure it went just right. The very top of the skirt seam to the very bottom of the bodice seam.

I really hope she likes it ! I would like to share and sorry about the photo overload. I will not be making the pattern again for a very long time if ever no matter how cute the end result was. I don't like how the eye hook went in above the zipper either and my invisible zipper is not so invisible. Plus, I put the skirt liner on inside out because I put the tulle on the wrong side.







If anyone wants to see more details, you can see them here.

http://photobucket.com/PhoSewing

Everybody's creation look so cool. The capes look fun and there is a blue dress that looks like Wendy's nightgown. The Rome Mickey dress looks really cute and wearable. I love the boutique items and didn't realize there was another sale already either. I wish I could remember who made what but my house has been so crazy lately that I don't even remember what I did 5 minutes ago. I'm so glad to have you all......

To answer a posted question.... I don't have a model in my dresses normally because I don't have anyone to model them in my house. My lampshade is my new best friend.
It turned out beautifully, even though it gave you problems. You are tackling things that are pretty advanced and I give you props for jumping in when you haven't been sewing all that long. Let us know how the little girl likes it. I'm sure she'll love it!!

I go up to Cleveland today to pick up my new machine. I'm excited to get it, but won't have any time to play with it since we're leaving early tomorrow morning to go to Virginia to watch 3 of our grandchildren while our DD and her hubby go away for the weekend. I have been babysitting our neighbor's 3 month old the last two days and I am exhausted!!! I will be babysitting 3 days a week for at least the next year. Hope I survive!!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!
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