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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / kids jumpers on: January 09, 2011 06:02:32 AM
My mother in law made these for my son.  He loves tham.  There are made with Merino 4ply and very soft.



12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My sisters scarf on: January 09, 2011 05:58:39 AM
My sister is living in South Korea, so it's expensive to sedn her xmas presents.  She wanted a chunky scarf, so after seeing Rachel John extreme knitting, I thought I am going to have a go on a small scale.  I had a good mix of 4 ply purple and matching shades.  So I made her a very long scarf using 4 strands at a time.
She loves it.  It is very thick and a little chunky.











comments appreciated!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help - wedding outfit on: October 28, 2010 03:50:13 AM
It seems ages away, but it isn't.

My brother in law is getting married for a 2nd time on 11th December.  They are having a BIG wedding.

So i've got to find/make an outfit.

Any suggestions for outfits to make for a busty UK size 18 to a winter wedding?
it has to be stylish, comfy and wearable afterwards.
Comfy as I have 4 year old whom i'll be keeping under control as well as beign a guest.
I have just realised I don't have very long and I've got to get making!

HELP!!!!!

I'd like to make something.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hippie top Project Runway 2930 pattern on: October 16, 2010 01:02:33 PM
I loved the neckline on this top & found the fabric in rememant bin for 8.99.  I had the red left over from other projects.  It is quite a good top to make.  the neck line though gave me some grief.  In retrospect I would make it as one piece rather than the seperate sections he pattern requires.  You can see the problem it caused in the second picture. 
The princess lines at the front help add shape, but I did have to alter it a bit for fit.  It could do with a few more tweeks, but it'll do for a cheap top.





I like it, but it does make me look a bit big.
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15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / pretty lace dress on: August 25, 2010 03:23:08 PM
My work collegue lost their first born & only son at 9 months to meningitus last October.  It has been awful for him and his wife as you can imagine.
Though they have had some good news.  They have just given birth to a baby girl.  she's a little small, but healthy and mother is doing well.  She won't replace their son, but she is helping to heal some bad and sore wounds.
I made them the following dress as a gift for their new girl




I love these jumpers as they are very versatile.
The fabric is quilting fabric with soft cotton lining and some nottingham cotton lace.

comments & critic appreciated
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / school uniform on: July 26, 2010 10:07:26 AM
My son is going to school for the first time in September. 
I am feeling a quandry coming on.
I want to make his trousers for school, but part of me worries.  Kids when I was growing up got picked on for "home-made" and I worry this will happen to him.
In our house it isn't about saving money as school uniform is cheap here in UK, but it is cheaply made. 
I know boys tend to destroy trousers, but I want to make my sons clothes out of good quality material in the hope they last more than 5 minutes.  I know I can make them out of better than the cheap nasty ones in the shop - not cheaper, but stronger and more resilient.

The rebelious side of me says - beep the lot of them, but part of me just wants to go with the crowd and make mine and Ds lift a lot easier.  Am I over reacting as he's only little and no one will really know, if I do a good job. 

I know this will spark a debate, but before you go head long into a tirade can you help me with....

I can't seem to find a good - quick user friendly pattern for school uniform aged 4-5 size (110 cm tall).  He only needs the grey trousers as the rest has to have school logo on.  Any help on this?  ANyone tested any patterns?  I want a pattern which will last a few years where I can run off 4-6 pairs quickly as time is running out.

Thanks
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Super R (pic heavy) on: March 22, 2010 07:28:33 AM
My little boy was extremely specific in the costume he wanted.  A Black Super Hero.  yes black.  He wanted the letter and flashes in red.  My son is 3 and knows what he wants.

Now you can't buy black sperhero outfits for a 3-4 year old size.  I didn't fancy buying a aged 8 Zorro outfit at 20 and changing it to fit and style, so I had to make one.  Luckily I'd picked up some black jersey from remnants bin which was intended for t-shirt for me at some point!  I had the black lining, red cotton and the felt.

the outfit is a one piece to wear over clothing, with a seperate belt, mask and cape.  The one piece idea came from looking at the BEN 10 swampfire outfit he was given as a present this Christmas.  I also used this as the pattern base without cutting the original up.

It took ages as it had to be made after DS had gone to bed.  DS had sent the fairies a request and waited a whole week for it (which in kid time is forever).

The one priece is made from the jersey.
the cape is make from black lining,
the belt and emblems are from red cotton.
and the mask is felt with card interior.

I wanted the letters/flashes to look slightly frayed hence they are not appliqued round the outside in the usual way.  This has added to the outfit though.

My son loves it.  He wants to wear it all the time.  It is in the washing machine as he says he has to wear it for Nursery on Wednesday.

enough waffle...






this pic was just too creepy at midnight!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / It does what it says on the tin...[Sewing Machine Holder/Case] on: March 19, 2010 07:43:59 AM
I sew in my kitchen, so my machine is always coming in and out of a special cupboard for it.

The machine had the standard plastic cover. This is now in the bin. It had disintegrated from 3 years of lugging around. I had to make a bag.

My idea = strong, quilted, soft to touch, big and easy to carry

It has a solid 8mm thick board base and is made form faux suede.  It is lined in some green I had left over from a bridesmaid dress lining, but it is padded too. this is the first quilted bag I have ever done. My hubby has this very stiff wadding used in making beds, this was used with standard wading to quilt the bag. I wanted to protect my machine as it gets lugged around in the house and in the car (occasionally). the handles are shop bought for the project.  to add to the strength there is one piece of fabric from the bottom of the handle on one side which goes under the machine and through to the other handle.  any seams and joins are double sewed and serged.

It isn't pretty, but it is very strong and very functional.  It does exactly what it is supposed to do.

It is very roomy in side, but this allows for a portable sewing kit and my current project to be stowed inside.  Also if I do leave said machine out on table I can cover it up and my current project to make sure the kitchen smells and so on do not transfer. I am sorting out my house, so I can use the spare room.







Me sewing - just for fun!

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I've gone purple mad! on: February 26, 2010 05:15:25 AM
The following items are part of my New Years resolution.  I decided after spending most of last year making lots of things for others that I was going to make things for myself.  Thus a new wardrobe for work.

I wanted to start with simple, comfy items which will see me through the latter part of winter and into spring.

Thus a simple dress and skirt were my first start.  I wasnt interested in doing a fashion piece.  I work for a Landscape Construction company, so I work in an office which is more for form and function re the clothing than high fashion.  The clothes have to put up with being in the office and going out on site.  Basically smart, but easy wear and washable.

The purple dress is Macalls pattern M2401.  The pics make it look darker than it actually is.  The purple is quite bright in the day light.  I one it down with a black cardi/jacket.  The pattern did not call for it, but it is lined.  It is also now a bit bigger now as Ive just lost 5 lbs this month.  Though it still fits the bill & I can alter it by bringing the waist darts in.  I am currently doing another one without sleeves and in grey with pink lining.  The pattern is supper easy.

The purple skirt was made from my own design using the left over dress fabric.  No patter involved.  Basic description is 150cm width 80 cm drop.  Fold round waist, zip in rear seam.  Darts on rear back and a small box pleat/dart on either part of front.  There is no waist band as Im not a fan of them on skirts.  I have a thick waist and IBS, so waist bands tend to dig in and make me look bulkier.  It is lined.  

Im quite proud of both as they fit, are comfy and really easy to wear.  I have worn them both to work twice each and they were good.  Ive also had some positive comments.  Someone wanted to know where they could buy them from as they were bored with black all the time.  Thats why Im making!

The purple top is a pattern test.  Simplicity 6669.  The fabric cast 4 and is from 2 remnants I picked up a while ago.  Trust me satin and peach skin at that price is very good in the UK.  I wanted to test the pattern to see how I would need to alter it to fit my 40E (UK) bust and to see what the sleeves would come out as.  Since loosing 5lb the waist area is a little big, especially as the satin gives is a stand out kind of shape, but it was a good pattern and easy to make.  It doesnt make it clear on the back of the packet, but the bust bodice part is lined.  You dont have to do that, but it does make the top finish better and luckily I had lining floating around.  I am not sure Ill wear this top.  It is too New Romantic for me.  Though satin and peach skin make a very touchy feely top.  My mother in law said she liked it when she saw it hanging up, so I might give it to her.  Her bust is a bit smaller than me, so I may have to alter it a bit re darts and side seams.

I am now the queen of hidden zips!  one more thing I've learnt!

I think that is enough purple for now.  Time I tried another colour hence the grey dress.  After that Im making something in deep red lightweight 100% wool not sure if I want a suit or a different type of dress.  Never made a suit!

Enough waffle. here are the pictures.  excuse the hair and ugly faces.  hair-just washed and trying to get in place for 10 sec timer.  neither good nor pretty.  hubby not around to help photos.














comments and so on appreciated

sorry for the wine bottle and dirty wall!  dogs, crafting and children mean I can't and I'm not great at housework!  Grin Cheesy Grin Kiss
20  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / tiny crochet tortoise on: February 26, 2010 05:04:19 AM
It is for my son.  It is tiny.  I wanted to try amigurami (sorry spelling).  I love it.  I think this is my crochet medium from now on, espeiclaly as easy to do whilst at lunch during working hours!

I did this free hand - so no pattern.  The feet head and tail were hard on this 2mm hook using 4 ply grey wool.  the body and tummy were easy and putting all together wasn't too bad.

He is a hit with my son who wants other animals too.





sorry for blurry pics - take using mobile and it isn't good at close small shots.

He's 2 inches long and 1 inch tall.
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