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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Sundress - McCall's 4444 on: June 29, 2010 06:00:17 PM
I've had my eye on this pattern for MONTHS, so I'm uber excited to see how cute it is in real life!! (I'm in the process of moving--truck comes tomorrow--so I've been without my sewing machine for a while...)

Besides what you mentioned with the strap, you found the pattern was well explained and well-made? Did you have to make any alterations?

(It's friggen ADORABLE and I want one in every color now.)
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Craftastrophe - post your failures and share my pain on: August 27, 2009 06:44:08 PM
OH man have I ever had some of these moments...

Most recently, I bought a new pattern for what I thought would be a moderately simple dress--fairly wide shape, pouffy/bubble sleeves, and a simple collar. It specified stretch fabrics only, so I used a fancy yellow stretch woven fabric that I got from Joann's a while ago. It's a vivid yellow and a little bit shiny, but I thought combined with the casual dress shape it could be really funky and fun.


The pattern specified STRETCH but not knit... and should have specified both. Needless to say, the drape of the stretch woven was ALL wrong, and the dress turned into a GIANT balloon. Those cute sleeves literally inflate with air. I push all of the air out, and then they slowly fill back up. It looks like Belle from Beauty and the Beast was mauled by a pack of anim deer. It's really, truly, the most heinous thing I've ever seen... and it's all the more awful, because I CREATED IT
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand painted, beaded & bedazzled "koi fish" denim skirt. on: August 25, 2009 03:13:47 PM
I like it, but have a question, what is a bedazzler, is it a brand of fabric paint?

Not quite! It's a gizmo that lets you add studs, rhinestones, and similar embellishments to fabric. (You buy the embellishments, which have these sharp prongs on the back, and then use the contraption--the bedazzler--to make the embellishments stay put.) It's a bit hard to explain. Basically though, she used it to add the metal accents. :-)

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New top, now with tutorial!! on: August 21, 2009 07:21:57 PM
Oooh, I love this! I was just looking for a use for some jersey I've got... (Bought the jersey, bought the pattern, discovered that the dress is hideous on me when I made a mockup... We all know how that one goes, don't we?)

Do you think it could be turned into a dress? (Adding skirt panels onto the bottom, or perhaps just a big gathered rectangle?) I'm worried that gathers would pull the fabric too much and make puckers... Any ideas?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: De Le Sac on: August 20, 2009 06:41:07 PM
Hahah, the title of this post makes me moderately crazy, but I love the dress! (In french, the words "De le" don't go together--the construction doesn't exist. It gets contracted to "Du"  Wink)

Nitpicky grammarian tics aside, it's a VERY cute dress. I think the pattern in the dress dress goes together quite well with that red ribbon! (And it keeps it from being so drab and bland, which is my main beef with the ones AA sells.)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: One big men's polo = two sexy tops! on: August 20, 2009 12:17:35 PM
I second that ^ !! Tute tute tute! Tute tute tute!

(Please?  Cheesy)
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Peasant Dress for my 17th Anniversary on: August 11, 2009 07:17:14 PM
So cute! So so cute! Tute?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 2 hats, a sad story, and a question on: December 29, 2008 12:10:51 AM
^Ahhhh, thank you!! The knitty explanation makes about a thousand times more sense. You're a doll!!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: 2 hats, a sad story, and a question on: December 27, 2008 11:21:47 PM
Wow! So many of you responded to this. Thanks a million you guys.  Grin I'm glad I'm not crazy for thinking these projects turned out well. (However, to the person who said my room is freakishly neat... no. I just picked a good place to put my tripod.)

I'm working on the Amelia Earhart hat now in a yummy mohair blend from Patton's, but it's REALLY confusing. ( http://www.headhuggers.org/patterns/kpatt07.htm ) Has anyone made this pattern before? what is it trying to tell me with the stitches on the left needle and the wrapped stitches...? I'm so confused ! Do you work those stitches on the L needle, or...?

And thanks again guys!!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 2 hats, a sad story, and a question on: December 26, 2008 06:27:33 PM
Hello all!

I'll start out with the sad story/hat, then cheer you up with something else and some fun linkage. My boyfriend's mom was diagnosed with stomach cancer in August, and has been undergoing some very aggressive chemotherapy and then more recently a surgery. The good news is that she's got a GREAT prognosis, is in good spirits, and doing great. The bad news is... well, she's got cancer.  Undecided Plus, all of her beautiful red hair is gone now. For some reason, her bald head makes me sadder than anything. So for Christmas, I've made her a little beret. (She wears wigs usually, so this would go over a wig.) BUT my question is--if anyone knows cute and comfortable caps that can go on a bald head, can you set me up? I've found a few, but they all look too clinical and patient-y. This woman has a lot of flair and a wonderful creative heart. I don't want to make her just any cap.


So there's the downer part of this post. I also have a cloche hat that I made out of some Blonde Chicken yarn. If you don't know blonde chicken, it's an etsy store run by this lovely woman Tara who hand-spins all sorts of lovely yarns in brilliant colors. She does a lot of work with local wool and recycled mill-ends and so forth. Basically, she's my hero. (And no, she didn't tell me to do this.) Check her out at www.blondechicken.etsy.com

So, the hat!

And, just for giggles, here's my craft table in my bedroom. This is where a lot of my crafting gets done.

That's all for now. Any comments/critiques are VERY welcome, as are any links/info about stylish chemo hats!
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