I did a heart on my hip when I was 16, and now 12 years later I finally broke down and got a "real" one on my ankle. My best friend and 1st cousin Cassie died last April from Cancer and my grandfather (who basically raised me since I don't know my father at all) is fighting a losing battle with lung cancer. I myself have an obsession with fairies sooo... (image removed) I got Tinkerbell sitting on a cancer ribbon (lavender is representative of all cancers). I had it done Feb 29th. The colors are a lot brighter in person (I used the camera phone for the pic) lol and she doesn't really look that pissed off. I've already got my next one planned, just waiting a bit in between
I just got my memorial piece for my Grandmother and my Aunt, who fought cancer for 27 years (and had several types of cancer in her lifetime). My Nana loved northern cardinals, had them everywhere from Christmas ornaments to collectible thimbles, my Aunt's first cancer was cervical (hence the teal ribbon), and the heart was her favorite shape, peridot her birthstone. My Aunt passed 2 days shy of the 3 year anniversary of my Nana's death.
I hope I didn't sound critical, it just didn't seem to be quite right and I couldn't put my finger on it. I think, actually, that you're exactly right about the increases, and maybe it's just not having enough repeats or a chunky enough yarn.
Oh, no, not at all. Any help is definitely appreciated in pilfering patterns from corporate clothing chains. I even stopped to look at the really pretty cable-yoked sweaters and thought "I can knit that, TOO!" I only really looked at the very first few rows of the scarf to get the idea of the pattern, when I could actually count the stitches to know what seemed to be going on. I felt a bit awkward standing in the middle of Old Navy with graph paper and pen, counting stitches and closely studying the stitch pattern. Before I saw the scarf in person, I did think there were decreases, as well, but I couldn't figure out where to increase to make it work even for a second repeat. The scarf led me to believe otherwise.
Here's the scarf after 5 pattern repeats. I also modified the cable placement to every 10th row instead of every 8th.
So one trip to the mall and $50 at Old Navy (most on my little sister's thanksgiving/early christmas/I miss you while I'm away present) later, I have returned VICTORIOUS! (pattern follows image- apologies for the quality- I used my tiny DPNs as they're the only free needles I have right now)
CO 23 stitches.
**** Treat all yo's as stitches throughout****
Row 1: K4, P2, K1, YO, K9, YO, K1, P2, K4
Row 2: P9 treating YO as a stitch, K7, P9
Row 3: K4, P2, K3, YO, K9, YO, K2, P2, K4
Row 4: P10, K7, P10
Row 5: K4, P2, K3, YO, K9, YO, K3, P2, K4
Row 6: Purl across
Row 7: K4, P2, K5, K7tog, K5, P2, K4
Row 8: purl across
Row 9: C4F, P2, K1, YO, K9, YO, K1, P2, C4F
*** C4F: Slip 2 stitches from Left needle to a cable needle or dpn. Knit 2 from left needle, K2 from cable needle.
Note: I found that wrapping the yarn around the right needle 3 times on the center stitch (so the 15th stitch), slipping those 7 stitches on row 7 to a cable needle or dpn, dropping the extra wraps and pulling all those stitches with the needle to stretch the loops a little looser, then doing your K7tog from the cable needle as opposed to from the left needle makes it a LOT easier to K7tog. Or enlist the help of a crochet hook for those 7 stitches, or a friend whose shoulder you can cry on later, because it's frustrating if you have a snug tension, like me.
You may also want to add 2 stitches on each edge to do a slipped stitch edge for neatness sake.
I succumbed to the trend of dying the bottom half of the hair a different color.
I had to bleach it out TWICE. I used Manic Panic Flashlightning 40 Volume for an hour the first time and over an hour and a half the second time. I was going to dye it Mystic Lavender, but I used that the first time and it didn't take because the hair didn't bleach light enough, and when I went back to get more, they had sold out of it. So I got Purple Haze instead. Left it in over night with cling wrap over it, for roughly 8 and a half hours. I'm actually really pleased with how bright it came out, though my manager may not be thrilled. My favorite manager, though, has 7 tattoos and too many piercings to count, including her tongue, so I don't suppose she really has a lot of wiggle room to bitch about my hair, and Lisa (pierced manager) will stick up for me. Even though it wasn't the color I originally wanted, I like this one a lot.
My neice came to the rescue and let me borrow her sewing machine, so I actually finished the guts of the dress, I just need to do the lining, the hem, and take it in, and I may be adding a band and tails on the upper edge of the bodice, but here's the basic idea of the dress, minus boning, lining, etc.
So, I set out on my prom dress making journey yesterday, cut out most of the pieces and sewed the front and front side panels last night. This morning I started on the overlay pieces, which get sewn to the front before the back is added. And my sewing machine started eating my fabric. More specifically, the top thread got itself wrapped around the bobbin casing and jammed it. So I pulled out my mom's old Viking, which needed to be rewired because the plug ripped off the cord, and that would only sew backwards, until it TOO started eating my fabric, in the same way. Crepe-back satin isn't the easiest fabric to control to begin with, let alone dealing with fiesty machinery to boot. So I've done two rolled hems and four pleats by hand so far, and anticipate having to do the rest by hand as well, since I can't get the machines fixed until Thursday, I work Friday, and my prom is Saturday. Granted, last year I bought my dress 5 hours before prom, during a false fire alarm in Deb, and managed to ONLY pay $65 total for it, but that was store-bought and incredible karma.
Anywho, here's the run-down on my dress. I'm using Simplicity 5207., View A, the strapless. All panels except the front center are burgundy crepe back satin, the center front panel is champagne crepe back satin with a burgundy glitter tulle over it, and the overlay on the skirt is the same burgundy satin as the dress body. The buttons are burgundy for now, but I'm contemplating making them champagne with the burgundy tulle, or adding the tulle over the burgundy satin. All I can say is thank goodness I got the tulle on the dress before the machine died. Comments always appreciated, especially from the more seasoned seamstresses (this isn't the first dress I've made, just the first I'll be sewing mostly by hand).
Ok, so it's not QUITE finished, I still need the black ribbon for the tie and to cover the seam between the tube and the front panel, but it's getting there.
I just took a rectangle of black satin that I found and wanted to make something snazzy out of, OTHER than my usual purse projects. I added to that a rectangle of the purple fabric scrap that I found in my attic courtesy of my mom, measured to the width I'd need to add to the satin to actually fit my ginormousness, stitched it, put it on, fitted it, went through about 2 hours of fitting and refitting and ripping seams, etc. Added another rectangle of the purple to make the front neck panel, did all the hemming on that, while watching POTO, and voila, a halter that just needs some ribbon and trimming of the excess after hemming.
in a similar color, because I've been told I glow in fuschia. However, I'm not a fan of the drop waist, since I'm on the heavier side.
Does anyone know where I could find the crystal appliques like the ones on the dress in the photo? They don't have to be exact. One idea I had was going to a thrift store and trying to find old costume jewelry earrings or brooches that are all coordinated but not exact matches, but others are always appreciated. Also, do any of you seasoned vets have suggestions for fabrics, as well as where they can be found? I don't like satin, again, because I'm on the heavier side, and it accentuates my negatives and downplays my positives.
I plan on digging out my mom's dressmaker's dummy from the attic, and draping a mock-up with a plain cotton or leftover fabrics for pattern piecing before I ruin expensive fabrics with failures.
That's me, last year, for an idea of my body shape, but I'm planning on starting a workout regimine (assuming I have time, but I will probably utilise my 3 opens per day to go at least 3 days a week to the fitness center in our school to work out, if the coach will let me) when school resumes after New Year's to shed some pounds. I'll be fitting the dress specifically for me, so as my body changes, so will the dress, with final fittings and everything. But any other suggestions as to how to alter the first dress to look better on me are definitely appreciated.
Thanks in advance, and for reading this far into my post!