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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Evolution of a lazy seamstress. - Gathered skirt + dress on: June 09, 2014 02:07:45 AM

I originally started off getting this fabric hoping to turn it into a circle skirt dress... obviously I had no idea how circle skirts were made, but quickly found out that I couldn't use it for that. So I opted for making a gathered skirt, No pattern, I've just whacked it together, is really easy once you figure out what you're doing.

Excuse my floor and wall, I live in an old house and the shower was never lined back in the day, so now we have to renovate a little.
I think I was a little too eager on the gathering, I just took my waist measurement and tripled it. probably would do it with a little less next time.

This is the back. I originally left enough to flap over and do a button hole..... I don't know how but the skirt ate the remaining fabric so i had to improvise. I had nothing on hand so i found my container of new hair elastics and sew them into the seam. BAM! button holders.
My partner was less than amused and me singing "look at my hem, my hem is amazing' in the tune of look at my horse.  I get really excited over such small things
The skirt is made out of a cotton voile and I've just lined it with a poplin cotton.

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Next we have a newlook pattern >_>

I'm not a fan... I had issues with the instructions saying to do multiple things to one specific side, the 'unnotched side' but half of it needed to be done to the notched side. so it caused hours of confusion and wondering where I'd stuffed up.

I had to pull the damn thing apart four times to fix it. I'm a size 16 (au) and I've always had large hips but smaller breasts, so the hips and waist fit perfectly, the top however didn't

I've piped the waist and the top of the dress. Unfortunately I had to dart the front twice to get it to fit. This was after taking four inches out of the top. It was a tricky fit, the rest of the dress fit perfect and the side seams were where they should be, it was just the bust the was gigantic. the third time I'd pulled it apart I removed the band that was in the pattern, it just looked bulky and was there to hold the elastic in place, but any good fitting strapless shouldn't need elastic to stay up, so i threw it to the side and walked off before i attacked the dress with scissors.

The bodice is lined and all the seams, apart from the waist, are hong kong seamed. I originally had it done on the first two attempts but it seemed bulky so i just finished it off on the machine instead.
And naturally, it got to the point where I was careless enough that trying to remove the zip the seam ripper thought it would be easy to cut the fabric than the cotton. So i had a minor hole to fix up along the way. Over all a simple dress but it ended up taking about 30 hours.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / bleaching and fabric paint on: February 04, 2014 12:47:02 AM

this is my final outcome.. it's here because i have no idea how to change the thread picture without plopping this in the start. [face palm]

so I've recently gotten off my butt and started using the fabric paints I've had for over a year they are derivan 'fabric art paint' I've never done stencils or any type of dying or fabric painting before so this is my first attempt.
this is the picture i figured I'd like to attempt

the stencil i started cutting out. i did it with freezer paper.
I've been looking at bleach stenciling lately so figured I'd do the bones bleached and the silhouette black fabric paint.
I've barely dealt with bleach period let alone intentionally staining stuff, so i sort of assumed it'd go a white-ish yellow no matter the fabric colour.. probably a bad assumption

this is what i ended up with. I cut the entire stencil out not realizing I'd get bleach seeping through the little tiny cracks of paper joins [seems like a silly thing to over look i know]
i did however think ahead and newspaper around the rabbit so i wouldn't get the splashes of random bleach on the rest of the shirt [it happened anyway so i did it to the full front of the shirt so it looked intentional.
does anyone know of a way to stop this entirely? is the only way to stop it to use plastic stencils? or something other than freezer paper?

even thought i thought I'd ruined it, i  continued and redid the outline stencil and ended up with..

I'm pretty happy with the outcome given it's my first attempt.
however there were certain spots that weren't exactly how i wanted so i touched them up with fabric paint by hand [the fuzzy spots you can see]
has anyone got any tips or tricks on how to get smooth lines by hand with fabric paint?

in low light it gives of the impression that it'd almost glow in the dark, which is pretty cool


so really any tips or tricks would be helpful on either fabric painting, stenciling or bleaching.

thanks in advance Smiley
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet skull shawl on: September 21, 2013 12:41:41 AM
So another typical long time lurker, first time poster.
I came across this pattern a few months ago and decided to finally make one up for a thank you present. i had a little trouble with the pattern being a little bit vague at times so ended up doing it over and over until i got it how i wanted it. first shawl took me around 30 or so hours with all the reworking i had to do. the second one which is the present, ended up taking about 15 hours.

this is the finished one I'm semi happy with. the checkerboard of the skulls isn't quite what i expected it to turn out as.

i decided to add my own boarder, i think it kind of completes it as a shawl.


 and the original stuff up. you can probably spot its flaws quite quickly, things being out of line and the diamonds aren't exactly spot on. but failing and it still looking semi pretty made me want to get it right.

anyway it's a pretty spiffy pattern
original :http://kungenomajkis.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/virkad-doskallesjal-med-monster.html
the lady is German and the patterns a bit hard to follow  however there is also a ravelry link [I'm unsure if it's a better pattern or not but its the exact same shawl]
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skull-shawl-doskallesjal

just thought I'd share seeing as i hadn't spotted it on here.

side note: in her post she believes that the eyes sit better when you make them separate. however i found with the yarn i used they looked a lot better when they were crocheted in straight away.
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