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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Attaching a skirt to a bodice at different heights? on: August 25, 2008 09:45:58 AM
This was hard to come up with a short subject line that made sense.

Here is my dilemma:  I've made a strapless boned bodice and also a multi-layered ruffled skirt.  I can't decide if I'd like to wear the skirt at my natural waist or try and attach it to the bodice and wear it as an empire waisted dress.  Ideally I'd like to be able to do both.

I'm trying to come up with a way to attach the skirt to the bodice at an empire level that won't ruin it (ie. fill it with needle holes) if I decide later to wear the bodice alone and/or wear the skirt at my natural waist.

My current plan is to make the skirt with two different button placements - one for my chest measurement and one for my waist measurement.
I've thought about attaching hooks to the top of the skirts waistband and making tiny threadloops on the bodice at each of the seams to hook it on for an empire waisted look.  The bodice has about 8 seams evenly placed.  I'm planning to wear it with a sash.

Thoughts, suggestions, ideas?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scarf - NOW WITH CHART!!! on: January 09, 2008 08:18:22 AM
I wanted to make something special for my pseudo sister-in-law (my boyfriend's brother's fiance) for Christmas.  I'd just made a scarf with the Imperial insignia from Star Wars on it for her fianc for his birthday, so I decided to make her a scarf featuring the "B" logo from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  She's a huge fan and her name is Betsy, so the B worked on multiple levels. 
I was so surprised when I started googling "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Knitting" and found no charts!  Buffy KAL, yes, but a chart of the logo?  I couldn't find a thing.  So I decided to make my own.  After finding the logo, printing out a big JPEG and doing some creative tracing with graph paper, I was pretty pleased with my results. 
The scarf is made with Patons Decor Yarn in Dark Country Blue & Light Country Blue.  B/c it had to be done quickly other than the intarsia panels it's just a simple garter stitch striped scarf.  I made the panel for the second end separately and then grafted it on so I wouldn't have to work it upside down.  Plus, this let me do the intarsia (which is in stockinette) at a time when I could pay attention and then carry the rest of the scarf with me and madly knit whenever I had a moment free (on the subway, at work, in bars - wherever!)
It was done just in time and Betsy loved it!  I'm so happy with my first ever foray into designing my own pattern/chart.

Pictures below are Betsy, moments after opening her present, closeups of the two panels and me (looking rather silly) modeling the scarf - so you can see the whole thing in all its glory.

UPDATE - here's the chart! 

Sorry I have no photos of the back - I wish I'd thought to take a couple b/c I was very proud of it! But it's been given now, so unfortunately that ship has sailed.  Anyway - enjoy the chart all you knitting Buffy fans!
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