Saturday, October 25, 2014

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Patterns

Knitting items for your loved ones is a great way to give really personalized and cute gifts. There are many things you can knit besides just a scarf. Here are some free toddler dress knitting patterns that you are sure to enjoy making.

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #1- Abbey Child's Dress

This dress is a simple little dress that is almost smock like. The little pockets on the front and flowers by the neckline really make it adorable. This skill level for this free knitting pattern is intermediate, but if you are a brave beginner you can give it a try. The directions are very detailed and should be pretty easy to follow.

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #2- Baby/Toddler Sweater Dress

This dress will make you want to walk away from your computer and pick up your needles immediately. The best part is that that pattern looks pretty easy to follow. You could do a few of these in different colors and your little one will want to wear this cute little dress every day.
The pattern is available to be downloaded for free in a PDF file which is an added bonus. There is a cute picture for you to see what this little sweater dress will look like.

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #3- Bliss Dress

I can already see my little one wearing this cute little dress at Easter. There are great pictures that zoom in on the different parts of the dress so you can really see what it will look like when completed. The directions for this knitting pattern are very detailed and should be pretty easy to follow.

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #4- Elenka Summer Dress

Summer dresses are really fun for little girls to wear and enjoy and this little knitted dress would be really cute for a photo shoot or for a day at the park. This dress is made by using circular needles so you don't have to worry about too many seams.
The only seams are on the shoulders. It should be pretty easy to adjust the size of this dress since there are so few seams. There are a few lovely pictures for you to see how this dress will look when you are finished with it.

Free Toddler Dress Knitting Pattern #5- Knitted Kid's Dress

I can already see my daughter wearing this dress with some cute little tights under it. The directions say that you can knit this dress in 60 minutes; of course you might want to add some time to that if you will also be chasing your little one around while trying to knit.
The directions for this free knitting pattern are very detailed and explained very well. It does not say what the skill level for this pattern is, but it appears to be intermediate.
These are five free toddler dress knitting patterns that will be fun to make and have your little one dressed in style. You could even knit matching dresses for sisters. Ellen Burford 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hate to Iron Clothes? Avoid the Iron!


Avanti D1101-1IS Automatic Cloth Dryer OB

Do you hate to iron? Do you iron your clothes? Do you just wear wrinkly clothes? Well, ok, ironing is not fun, it takes time, and it is never finished; just like laundry. You can have neat clothes without the iron. You will need to spend a little time to avoid wrinkles, but, not nearly as much time as ironing. You don't need any special equipment; just your hands and/or a few clothes hangers.
When you wash your clothes, and then dry them in a clothes dryer, make sure that you do not overcrowd the machines. If clothes are crowded in the washing machine, the machine will not function as well as it is intended to. Then, if a very large load of clothes is put into the clothes dryer, the clothes will be more wrinkled than intended . Do follow the guide for using your washer and dryer.
Use the proper setting for your clothes dryer; the fabric indicates the correct setting to choose. Using the wrong dryer setting may cause more wrinkles, and an incomplete or over drying of the clothes, again resulting in excess wrinkles.
Remove the clothes from the clothes dryer immediately after the drying cycle is complete and the dryer turns off. By removing the clothing immediately you may avoid many wrinkles that will form when the clothing remains in the dryer. Hang the apporpriate clothes on clothes hangers; then fold the clothing that will not be hung up. I place the items to be folded over the dryer door as I remove them from the dryer as I continue to hang the other clothes on hangers. Then, after all of the clothes I am removing are hung on hangers, I continue to fold the clothes I have placed over the dryer door.
When you fold clothing from the dryer, do it as soon as you can, while they are still warm. Use a flat surface where you can place the item to be folded. T-shirts are easy to fold on a flat surface; place the shirt on the flat surface, smooth the fabric with your hands, using one shoulder edge and one bottom edge fold the shirt 1/3 towards the center, smooth the fabric, fold the other side in the same fashion toward the center, smooth the fabric; then, fold the shirt from the bottom edge in half towards the top.

Panda Small Compact Portable Washing Machine 

Fully Automatic 11lbs PAN50SW


The shirt should lay flat, be smooth, and not show any wrinkles when unfolded to be worn. For shirts or blouses, follow a similar folding technique, buttoning the shirt or blouse before beginning to fold it. To fold jeans or pants, hold them by the bottom edge, align the seams, and shake them to create a crease, slide your fingers down the crease and fold the item in half. Lay the jeans or pants flat and store flat or place on a hanger.
By hanging, or folding, items as they are removed form the clothes dryer you will avoid most wrinkles and will not need to iron the clothing. If you miss the time that the dryer turns off, and the clothes have been in the dryer long enough to become more wrinkled than you desire, place a damp washcloth or hand towel in with the clothes and turn the dryer back on for at least five minutes. Check to see if the clothes are less wrinkled, and, hopefully you will be able to hang, or fold the clothes, to allow the wrinkles to fall out.You should be able to maintain most clothing in a wrinkle free mode without ironing. 

Happy laundry days! No ironing involved. No wrinkles, clean clothes, neat appearance. Mary Martin 


Steam Iron With Nonstick Soleplate


Monday, October 13, 2014

Top Colors for Bridesmaid Dresses

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Cocktail Vintage Dress Chiffon Maxi Dress ($18.99)


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Ever wonder how bridesmaid dress manufacturers coordinate their latest offerings so that they are in sync with each other? A quick check of three top bridesmaid dress manufacturers/distributors has led me to conclude that many bridal parties in 2010 will be wearing one of the following top colors:

1. Some variation of pink. Shades range from a soft, delicate petal pink to a pretty rose, to wildly hot fuchsia. No wonder this is a popular choice. Pink shades are feminine and flattering to most complexions.

2. Blues. I loved the various blues that I saw, royal blues, deep ocean blues. soft blues. Another very pretty, girly choice for a bridal party.

3. Purples. Rich and warm looking, the shades I saw seemed very flattering and would coordinate with a wide range of flowers (always an important consideration!)

4. Silver. I wouldn't have guessed this one, but I really liked the look of it. This is a color that may be a very good choice for a sophisticated bridal party, for a very formal evening wedding, perhaps.

5. Black. This is a choice that is gaining in popularity over the years. Once thought of as inappropriate for a bridal party as it was just too gloomy-looking, black is being seen on more and more bridal parties.
Does it have something to do with the wearability factor? Bridesmaids might actually wear these dresses again. Black certainly does look sophisticated and slenderizing, so if you can get past the gloom factor, you may wish to consider it for your bridal party.
The real news for bridesmaids dresses  is that short dresses are definitely in. This is a departure from the standard long gown that has traditionally been worn by bridal parties. The dresses I saw were mostly sweet and pretty.
Check out bridesmaid dresses on the following websites: dessy.com, davidsbridal.com , alfredangelo.com. After viewing the colors and styles, your only problem will be trying to choose among them. Clara Havens.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Maternity Wedding Dresses


Honeystore Women's A Line Chiffon
Sweetheart with Beading Maternity Dress

Top designers are turning out fabulous maternity wedding dresses. They are as elegant as anything with a style to please just about anyone. Maternity wedding dresses come in long sweeping styles with traditional trains and short styles as well. One hint. When shopping for maternity wedding dresses on the net, go one size higher and have a local seamstress tailor it for you. It is better than getting a size to small and having to return it. Also order your maternity wedding dress as far in advance as possible. Take a look at these examples of maternity wedding dresses and see of you don't find the perfect one. Happy shopping.

       Maternity Bride is an on line and off line source for some of the most beautiful maternity wedding dresses. They have stores maternitybride.com/retailers.html in Indiana, Georgia, California, North Carolina, Ohio, Canada, and the UK. Prices range from under $100 to just over $800. Sizes range from XS to XXXL and colors include white, ivory, champagne and blush. Styles are all modern and just fancy enough. Take a look at.

The Charlotte Maternity Wedding Gown it is made of taffeta and decorated with handmade taffeta flowers or The Stephanie Maternity Wedding Dress  which is made of chiffon with beaded straps and tiered chiffon skirt, but no train.


DressMaternity has a whole line of maternity fashions including maternity wedding dresses and maternity brides maid dresses. Prices start at under $50 and go to $950. All of them are custom made, so they are sure to fit, as long as you provide the right measurements. Maternity wedding dresses under $300 that are made of pure satin and look as lovely and are as figure flattering, are not easy to find or one which sells for $950 and is a combination of chiffon and satin and has beautiful lace sleeves. The rest of the line is just as tempting.


Nichole Michelle Maternity is a wholesaler who also sells retail. They have one very unusual a beautiful dress that would be so comfortable to wear. It is a two piece with beautiful lace. They also have some high end maternity wedding dresses such as the Princess Maternity Wedding Gown which is pure satin with pearls, sequins and beads. Crenolin is extra. It retails for about $799 and sizes go from medium to 3X.


Chiffon Ruffle Flower One Shoulder Floor
Length Pleated Maternity Wedding Dresses

Maternity Clothing Fashions has some very economical yet beautiful maternity wedding dresses. The Maternity Crystal Gown comes in Creamy Ivory and is sized S, M, L, XL wiht XL being 12-14. The skirt comes to just below the knee. Another choice is the Cloe Maternity Wedding Gown. It comes in five different colors, and sizes go from XS to 3 XL, which is 16-18. It is a floor length gown with a very full skirt. Regina Sass.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to Get Ink Out of Clothes


            There are several situations wherein our clothes get prone to stains. As much as we do not want these to happen, it does at some point of our lives. When you say "stain", you know it is something that would require immediate attention and a lot of hard work with regards to getting it out and restoring the clothing item back to its original state. There are, however, some stains that are more difficult to remove than some. Ink is one of them. Even on hands, ink requires a lot of scrubbing just to get it out. How to get ink out of clothes is even more challenging.

The worst thing about ink is that most fabric types absorb them and it is just terrifying to see how fast they spread, not only on the item itself but also on the other clothes that you wash along with it.

People who have had an experience about getting ink stains on clothes would definitely be eager to find out how to get ink out of clothes. Whether you got the stain from an ink pot or a pen that leaked, it is important to get it out immediately before it makes itself comfortable enough to stay on the fabric's threads forever. There are several ways on how to get ink out of clothes. You may get some tips on the internet, magazines, or even from your mom.

It is, however, strongly recommended to be quite skeptical before trying it out, lest you want your ink stain problem to get worse.

When you see an ink stain on one of your clothes, do not panic and rush to the nearest bottle of bleach you have at home. There are some factors you have to consider first before finding a solution on how to get ink out of clothes. One is the type of fabric. There are ink stain removals that may work on some fabrics but could be damaging for some. Some fabrics may withstand rigorous scrubbing while some have fibers that are too delicate for harsh treatments. How to get ink out of clothes with delicate fabrics may require professional help.

The type of ink that is involved in the stain problem is also an important factor to consider. Different types of inks have their own different compositions. Water-based ink is the easiest to remove. Because they are water-based, water would effectively dissolve it if treated immediately. Ink used for ballpoint pens are harder to remove than the water-based type. Anything with alcohol content would usually work with this type of ink stain but you would still have to consider the type of fabric before choosing a way on how to get ink out of clothes.

Permanent ink, as the name suggests, is permanent, thus, making it the most difficult to remove. This may require a process that involves a lot of steps or a chemical that is strong enough to beat the ink's permanence.
There are several myths on how to get ink out of clothes so you have to be extra careful about getting too gullible due to desperation. The safest thing you could do is to put the fabric stained with ink under running water to see if it bleeds off. If not, then leave the fabric alone for the meantime while you research on ways to get it out of your clothes making sure you keep the type of fabric and ink in mind.


Do not hang the fabric to dry but do not soak it in water. Just leave it wet in a basin. Do not rely on the first information you get on how to get ink out of clothes. Keep looking and study each one until you find one that is proven and one that would work on your clothes based on fabric and ink stain type. How to get ink out of clothes may require tremendous patience and effort but if you really want to save your piece of clothing from being thrown out, then the patience and effort is all worth it. If all else fails, then you might need to find a professional at ink stain removal or you and your treasured clothing item might just have to part ways. Gladys Laciste.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mini-Guide for Girls: How to Buy an Used Laptop


 Used Laptops are Great Deals

Looking to pick up a new laptop? Not wanting to spend a small fortune on said laptop? If this is the case, you may consider picking up a pre-owned laptop instead of plunking down a ton of cash for a brand new one. Not unlike automobiles, laptop computers depreciate quickly after being purchased. If you're willing to accept a little risk in buying used and don't need the very latest in performance, buying a used laptop can be a great way to grab a fantastic deal. Interested? Here are some tips to help you snag that spectacular deal!

For what will you be using the laptop?

This is very important. Knowing what you'll be using the laptop for can help you determine how much you'll need to spend. If you don't know what you'll be needing the laptop for, you won't be able to save any money in the purchase. Try to be honest with yourself about what you'll be doing with this computer. If you just need something to check your e-mail, write and browse the internet, then obviously you won't be needing the most powerful machine available. However, if you'll be needing to use the laptop for more high end graphics rendering and development, then it'd be wise to spring for something more powerful.

Learn the prices.

Now that you've determined what you'll be doing with this laptop, it's time to learn about the pricing. Start by looking at particular models. Take note of what features are generally available at the various price points. After studying the prices for a bit, you'll get a more informed idea of what to expect, and thus be able to more readily recognize a bargain. By putting in some time and a little work, you'll end up saving in the end.

Use the internet to your advantage.

To many this may seem an obvious point. Make sure to exploit every resource available to you online. Ebay, craigslist and countless other wholesale and used electronics outlets are available to explore on the internet. The more of these you check out, the better your chances of finding that great money saving deal.

Consider upgrading.

Let's say you've found what looks like an incredible deal on a laptop, but there's one key component missing. In such a case, you should consider the cost of upgrading that component into the final cost. Oftentimes, even with this upgrade, the deal remains a steal, and you still save alot of money. You'll find that often an upgrade isn't nearly as expensive as you might have expected.


Quality, quality, quality.

Buying a quality item is important in many purchasing decisions you'll make, and it remains equally important when buying a used laptop. Quality laptops last longer, encounter fewer problems throughout their useful lifespan, and generally cause less hassles than bargain basement junk. Spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a laptop can be risky, used or new, so making sure you're purchasing a quality piece of equipment helps to mitigate this risk. Research the brands and models you're considering by reading customer reviews and reviews written by professionals in the field. The time you take to make sure you're purchasing quality will pay off big dividends in the end.
Good luck in your pursuit of a deal on a used laptop. With these hints and tips in hand, and a little time and legwork, you'll come out with a quality laptop to meet your needs and will have saved a bit of hard earned money in the process. Johnny Eye.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bold Red Wedding Dresses for This Year

     Whether you choose a simple flowing gown or complicated wedding dress with ruffles and embellishments, wearing a red wedding dress will not only take you in a different direction than most traditional weddings but will also make your wedding day special and memorable. Red is the color of love and in Chinese culture it is a color of luck. Wearing red may not be traditional for Western weddings, but the color of red is very traditional in China and India. If you decide to wear red for your 2010 wedding, here are some top designers with great dresses for you to choose.

Maggie Sottero has one of the most popular red dresses in this mermaid-style dress known as the Amara Royale. Embellished in either silver or gold, this strapless dress flares out to the floor with white lace accents underneath. The corset fit makes your figure look like a mermaid with curves around the hips, and this dress starts at $400.

Maggie Sottero strikes again with this Fiorenza dress that is Spanish or Italian style that folds up the fabric into flower motifs with a long train out the back. A matching hairpiece comes with it. Embellished in crystal and beads, this lovely dress is available for $750 from Online Formals.

David's Bridalkeeps their wedding dress collection fresh with a white dress with red trim and a train for $450. The red has lace highlights all around the front and on the train. While not wholly red, this dress is beautiful with deep red and white combining for a romantic strapless wedding dress.

Zoom Bridal has a red cathedral dress for only $210 if you are on a budget and want a red wedding dress. White embroidery embellishes the dress all over on this sleeveless floor length dress. If you are Cinderella going to the ball, this budget dress will do nicely and still look good on you.
 Red Wedding Dress

Forever Yours also has an affordable red wedding dress for $206. Made of taffeta, there is a flower motif along one hip and a train out the back. The toga-wrap around style is strapless and flows in a beautiful and simple design.

Here is one last dress from Maggie Sottero, not because I have to because I want to. Maggie Sottero has the best wedding dresses, period, including the best red ones you can find for a good price. This Capri strapless will have you feeling like a queen with this perfect ball style gown with gathers all over the bottom of the dress in taffeta. If you really want the best red dress, stick with Maggie Sottero and William Browning.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Best Prom Dresses and Accessories for this year

As a follow-up to an old article on Spring fashion trends, I decided to do some additional research into the trends for this spring's prom dresses. It was, to say the least, eye opening, interesting and lots of fun. 

My trip to the local mall uncovered most of the same trends that I found at local boutiques as well as online. Here are the places I visited and that are reflected in this article: 
  • Dillards,
  • Macy's,
  • J.C. Penny,
  • Sears,
  • Catherines,
  • Chocolate Soup Boutique,
  • Deb Shop,
  • Magnolia Boutique,
  • Moniques,
  • Claire's Boutique,
  • Icing,
  • Elegant Fashions,
  • Payless Shoes,
  • Shoe Carnival,
  • Rack Room Shoes,
  • Shoe City, and
  • Burlington Coat Factory.
         I found it both interesting and exciting to see that many of the styles hearken back to the soft, romantic fashions of my day. I even found a prom dress very much like the one that I wore to my prom. However, there were also dresses with a decidedly modern twist; with a geometric feel. To me this indicates that the definitive "anything goes" trend of spring fashion seems to also apply to prom wear.

   I saw a lot of beautiful strapless gowns of tulle, chiffon, and organza in princess cut skirts designed to make their wearers both look and feel like Cinderella. But there were just as many sophisticated, form fitting gowns with bandage straps and flirty backs in luscious satins, silks, and jerseys. There were even a few highly sophisticated metallic gowns with a bit of a futuristic point of view. And then there were also gowns that blended a bit of the old with the new, combining lace, ruffles, pleats, or feathers with delicate halters or spaghetti straps that fit like a second skin.

Color is everywhere in hot pinks as well as bright and burnt oranges, daffodil yellows, and greens ranging from lime to deep olive. There are stunning rich turquoises, drop dead reds, soft pinks and wispy blues. But, blacks and whites also remain strong and metallics of gold, silver, bronze, and copper will definitely take center stage.

This year's gowns need not be solid in color. There will be mixed colors and graduated styles as well as plenty of wild 60's prints, tropical florals and even staid polka dots. Beading and crystals galore will be combined with ribbon and lace trims adorning gowns in unusual places like across the shoulder or around the waist.

There will be a lot of feminine pin tucking and soft ruching and lots of wide belts, both built in and added on. Expect to see floral appliques and embroidery all over as well as mere accent here and there. Think Old Hollywood glam with soft hip draping, fishtail hems, and an emphasis on the bust line.

Think both the long and the short of it because both are appropriate, although it looks as if floor-sweeping gowns are certain to make a big comeback this year. There will even be a few handkerchief hems and calf-length gowns to round out the picture.
Go simple, go elegant, or go over the top because this spring, each is equally acceptable. Accessories will include matching shawls, shrug jackets, and simple scarves. I even saw a few fake furs although I doubt that trend will have a strong following among most teenagers.

Shoes will focus heavily on strappy sandals in fabric, satin, ribbon, and rhinestone designs. They will be sexy in nature and high in length (from 2" to 4"). However, satin pumps, dyed to match gowns, will also remain strong and even a few ballerina slippers will find their way to the prom.

A major accessory for this year's prom will be the right undergarments. Spanx and other good body shapers will smooth and shape from under the bust to the ankle to prevent anything jiggly from showing underneath those body-hugging styles. Both strapless and invisible bras will be a requirements for many of this year's fashions and double stick tape will be an absolute must.

Some prom designers are recommending lacy gloves. It remains to be seen if that trend takes hold. It may well depend on the area of the country, the design of the dress, and the individual wearer's personal taste.

Jewelry will be both elegant and simple. Some will choose major bling with long drop and chandelier earrings from about 2" to shoulder duster length. Others will stick with simple pearl or diamond like studs or more delicate earrings. A major focus will be on the wrist with wide crystal and rhinestone cuffs and bangle bracelets of all kind.s

            Necklaces will be reserved for less decorative dresses and will definitely be individualized to the wearer's taste. There will be some with major bling, delicate pearls, and simple pendants. The one certainty about jewelry this year is that it will express an opinion.

Proms in this year should be colorful, playful, and loads of fun; with something for just about everyone. I almost wish I could attend, aslo said Charlotte Kuchinsky, the original author of the ideeas presented in this article.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Wedding Dresses - is Buying Online a Good Idea?

Your Bridal Gown is one of the most important purchases you will make in your lifetime. With so many other purchases to be made that are not quite as exciting as purchasing your special gown should you consider purchasing your gown online?




Is it part of the wedding planning experience to visit a salon with your mother and girlfriends? Is there a special feeling that comes with selecting the perfect dress at a cozy, inviting salon? Is sharing this experience with family and friends part of the wedding plan? This is a personal choice for all brides.

What are the differences? Should you buy your Bridesmaid dresses, Flower girl dresses online? Should the Mother of the Bride and Groom buy online? Should you only purchase in a salon?
The dress manufacturers are not concerned about how or where you purchase your dresses. They manufacture the same for full service salons and online stores. Bridal dresses are generally made to order therefore you should allow about four months for delivery.
There are several reasons why Bridal dresses are made to order however the main reason is because each and every dress must be in perfect condition when delivered. Warehousing dresses can cause damage and adds to production costs.
Because Bridal dresses are made to order the manufacturers and retailers have a very strict all sales are final policy. There are exceptions if you receive something you didn't order or if the dress arrives damaged. If you receive something you didn't order or it is damaged the retailer you purchased from must be notified immediately. The manufacturers will not allow returns later than a week or so. This policy is strict to prevent wearers from using dresses for an event with the intention to return it when the event is over.




Selecting the style, size and color of your dresses is definitely easier to do when you visit a salon. You will be able to try on dresses. A consultant will assist with sizing, show you fabric swatches and make professional recommendations for accessories. You will be paying a consultant fee in the salon as the consultants receive commissions for their sales.
Ordering dresses online does not offer the same services as a salon as it is impossible to show you the actual dresses. Images, color samples and size charts are provided. Colors especially will vary by computer monitor. Here lies the problem with online shopping. You will save a lot of money but will it be worth it to you? Can you risk purchasing sight unseen with a strict all sales are final policy?
Some consumers will visit a salon and try on a dress that they want to purchase and then go research a better price online. They can and do purchase online when they find the exact dress they have tried on in a salon. This type of shopping can work without problems.

You may find then when visiting a salon your consultant may not be as helpful as you would like as online shopping has become so popular they are privy to the fact that you may be using their services with no intention to purchase from them.

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