3.04.2012

finished


dear babyville boutique,

thanks for making such an incredibly shitty project!  it really made all the difference in finishing these wee dresses. attaching the plastic snaps was an exercise in fascination: they warp when your piss poor gadget shimmies under the slightest bit of pressure, yet they require herculean strength for removal.  god knows how the lucky recipient will ever get them unsnapped!  well done!

at the finish line of hemming, you gave me another sixty minutes of pleasure.  it's like you knew i'd rather be sewing for children than sewing for MYSELF.

and would you look at that-- it's noon now.  you truly are the gift that keeps on giving.

with admiration,
oona 

27 comments:

  1. What a bummer! I hope the wee ones are made to know of the pain and sufference stitched into their frocks! Best I don't rush out to buy one of those then. Thanks for the hot tip! ;-)

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  2. you should now sew a cute little outfit for a dog, that may be even more fun (the smaller the dog, the more fun you get)..
    btw - what's that gorgeous yellow thingy hanging in the back of the pic?

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    1. and the dog can wear it for years versus months... interesting...

      that yellow piece of sunshine was a recent surprise from Brilliant Chica, details to come...

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  3. Oof! I've only set snaps by hammering, but it's pretty terrifying doing it that way---I often ogle the fancy snap-pliers, so I'm a bit relieved to hear they aren't always all that.

    The dress looks ADORABLE, though. (In my experience, these kinds of dresses usually slip on over the head just fine, so hopefully the stiff snaps won't be an issue.)

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  4. The dress is adorableI I've had no luck with snap tools, I chipped a tooth trying to set snaps... but you want to be sure they STAY ON right, specially for kids clothes w/r/t choking hazards- you would think BABYVILLE would be aware of the need for secure, properly fitted snaps and make a product that should easily set them. A good snap tool would be worth its weight in gold!

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    1. DAMMIT. now i'm afraid i'll harm the child! and i'm not even babysitting!

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  5. LOL! Oh, I'm sorry to laugh at your pain but your posts are so wildly entertaining! The dress is pretty adorable, and the lucky recipient will be able to have it slipped over their head, I'm sure. And you deserve loads and loads of guilt free frivolous sewing now.

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  6. Hey! The site says its the "quick and easy way to apply snaps"! Clearly NOT.

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  7. Lol, this was too funny not to laugh but I feel your pain. Now when I deal with snaps I knock back a shot and go to town with the hammer. Brutish but it works lol!

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    1. how did i miss the shot? they need to include that shit in the instructions!

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  8. Oh no! That's what you get for sewing for others. The universe knew and punished you with shitty fancy clipper things. Can you exact your revenge by smashing it with a hammer? I would smash it with a hammer then get smashed, but that's just me. Hope the balance is restored soon!

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    1. I second that! Both the punishment and the smashing (and getting smashed). But it is insanely cute! I've cleverly avoided baby sewing by making gifts "for mom" when absolutely necessary.

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    2. damn your brilliant minds. actually, bless them and anoint them in spirits.

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  9. Oona, I'm finding it quite difficult to get a handle on how you feel about these snaps. Are you saying you like them ... or not. Just curious. Kidding!!!! Oh dear, I hope someone at Babyville takes note! The dress looks very cute, though.

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  10. Oh, poor Oona. And all this when you were sewing for others, it's just not fair.
    But look how crazy cute the finished product is! Almost disgustingly adorable!
    Thanks for the warning - no snaps in my sewing future.

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  11. Yes, snap angst ruins another adventure in baby sewing.

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  12. Good on you for finishing this delightful garment! Now you can understand why rtw children's clothing is so expensive. Each takes at least as much labor to produce as a garment for an adult, regardless of how little fabric you use. Have you ever sewn with snap tape? The metal snaps come already attached to a tape backing -- it often sells by the yard, and all you have to do is sew the tape edges to your garment. We used to buy the stuff when bodysuits first came out in the 1970s. Much later I bought it for baby garments. Useful, too, for grown-ups' jumpsuits: for elderly nursing-home residents, mostly, but I don't know why it wouldn't work for regular folk. Less likely to dump the top of your jumpsuit into the basin.

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    1. this is exactly what i need. i'm seriously considering ripping the snaps off and replacing with tape. i'm just afraid the child will be 3 by the time i finish it (again).

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  13. If it makes you feel any better, I had just as bad a time apply Dritz snaps to baby pinafores! Excellent fabric choice. I'm getting all the LA fabric details from you for my next trip to lala land!

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  14. I bought a big snaps machine - it was well worth the investment and snaps are a breeze to put on and snap close. www.snapsaustralia.com.au

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    1. that must be some crazy big machine; the page won't even load. i think someone is trying to tell me to step away from the snaps. :)

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    2. ha ha - its not that big - about as tall as my sewing machine :) But perhaps the power that be are suggesting its buttons for you from now on!

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  15. And yet, it's still adorable...but enough about the baby dress, what is that piece of golden glory in the background????

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    1. oh you don't even KNOW, it's ridonkculous!!!

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  16. The dress looks great! Your post was hilarious! I have a few patterns I feel that way about.

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!