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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Long skirt to sequined party dress! on: March 29, 2008 03:48:02 PM
This winter break, my friend and I were suffering from Project Runway withdrawals, so we decided to undertake some design of our own. At the thrift store, we came across this huge, long, tiered skirt and saw potential.. here's how it looked initially, worn as a dress (yuck!):



This was our first time draping, we did it all on the dressform with no patterns. For the back, we reused the skirt's zipper, and I did my first buttonhole by hand because my machine doesn't do them. The only thing it really needs is a hook and eye above the zipper, but I can take care of that later... when I actually wear it... but I think we came out with a schmancy little dress!







2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue/Red Going-to-College Quilt on: September 27, 2007 11:40:44 PM
I made my first quilt this summer to take with me across the country to college. It was a big project, and as expensive as buying a quilt, but ooh do I love it!

This is in my old room, but the colors still don't clash horribly. It lives on bright aqua sheets now, but I left one pillowcase brown.



It's not too complex, but I like it. I bought most of the fabric to coordinate because I wanted it to. The only part I already had was the solid aqua, which is a little heavier weight than the other quilting cottons, which gives it a nice homey feel. This was my first time using Amy Butler fabric, a little cliche I know, but I think it looks nice and modern.

I decided to go with queen size so I could still use it after I leave my little dorm bed.. it really wasn't that hard to wrangle everything together, I was surprised. It's machine pieced, but hand quilted, and it just took a lot of careful sandwiching and pins. It's backed with a solid brown queen-sized sheet, which I had no trouble hand-quilting through. I decided to quilt in straight vertical lines of varying widths for a modern look. Oh, and the hand-binding too... I'm so proud of how everything came out.



Also, I hand embroidered a signature block in the corner. The image is of a statue on campus my school is known for. I made it look stylized ("bad") on purpose.. I did a first rough sketch of how I wanted it to look, and then when I went to do the polished version, I couldn't draw one I liked. I find myself really digging its sketchy nature. I thought it would be a nice commemorative kind of decoration for this point in my life, sorta symbolic of spreading my wings in a unique way.



So yay. Smiley Thanks for letting me share.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / No need to backstitch when piecing? on: June 26, 2007 10:18:20 PM
Hi, I'm working on my first quilt and I'm almost done cutting all of the squares. I was reading online about "chain piecing" to save time, and the (sparse) page just said that it wasn't necessary to backstitch your seams when piecing. Is this true?? Do the seams all stay safe and secure on their own? If you were chain-piecing, it would seem problematic that you would have to cut the thread really close to the edge.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sergers with Cover Stitch? on: December 25, 2005 08:40:31 PM
My mom gave me a great Kenmore 16655 serger for Christmas, and it's very exciting! The only problem is, after playing with it for a bit, we're pretty sure this machine isn't capable of a cover stitch (I believe that's the right term for the hemming part like on the bottom of a t-shirt?).. which I'm thinking is an important feature for, well, hemming. Cheesy We both sew a lot, but are unfamiliar with serging, so we thought all sergers do this.

Firstly, I was hoping someone could validate that this is, in fact, important. Second, we're willing to return this one and find one that does. Perhaps on eBay or similar. People who use the cover-stitch on your sergers, what kind do you have, and do you like it? Any tips or points in the right direction would be really appreciated. Thanks everyone!
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Anyone know NGC Magazine? Or just regularly visit magazine stores? on: July 30, 2005 08:07:36 PM
Nintendo Game Cube magazine... I was interviewed to be briefly featured in an article about Nintendo related crafts (mine was a knitted Zelda gameboy cozy Smiley) that was supposedly set to be in an issue coming out in July. Does anyone get this magazine, know someone who does, or mind checking a magazine shelf (if you happen to be near one) to see if it's out yet? I live in the US, and would be really appreciative if I could find out if it's been published! Thanks!  Grin
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Making PERFECT Squares (and other shapes too!) on: May 11, 2005 12:41:03 PM
I' ve never made a quilt, but it interests me. However, the thing that worries me, is that making identical, flawless shapes out of fabric has never been my forte. What method do all of you use when quilting, or any other activity that involves this sort of thing. Bias square rulers?
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Anthropologie-inspired Chicken-adorned Dishcloths on: May 06, 2005 04:40:23 PM
My mother does not frequent Craftster, so here's what I made her for mother's day:

http://mary.chillin411.com/pics/chickentowel.jpg

They are a knockoff of these ( http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=4204&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=402&iMainCat=374 ), which the mom had admired some time back. I saved 18 dollars, plus shipping, by making them out of materials that I had around the house. And they're more meaningful. Score.

Here's a close-up of the chickens and lace. (Thank you Lothruin for telling me how to make chickens!) The lace border, I made up myself. First time crocheting lace!

http://mary.chillin411.com/pics/chickensontowel.jpg

Also, I had to sew the towel itself (beige section added because I didn't have enough white), because apparently no one will sell me a plain white cotton dishcloth. That confused me.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / What is she doing with her hair? on: April 26, 2005 01:12:34 PM
I've decided to grow my hair long (I've cut it shortish for years and years) and I'm excited about finding cute ways to wear it up! I was just looking at the new Interweave Knits preview on this website http://iwpshopinfo.interweave.com/Knits/2005newsletters/knitssummer2005projects.htm, and the hairstyle (and the sweater!!) on the model for the "Lace Leaf Pullover" struck my fancy. Can anyone tell what she did to it?

Or, does anyone have any favorite tricks for different things to do with long hair? Smiley Thanks!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Worsted-Weight Lace Beanie pattern? on: April 18, 2005 05:19:16 PM
Last summer, probably a few weeks before I learned how to knit, I remember seeing a dusty-pink, very openworky lace beanie in a surf shop. Back then, I couldn't tell knit from crochet, but it's kind of been in the back of my mind since then, and I'd really like to make one like it. It was done in a standard worsted yarn, and I have a ball of similar (even the color, yum) that I've had put aside for it.

The only knit lace beanie I can find is "lacecap" from an old knitty, and it's not really the look I'm going for. I don't mind difficulty, but I don't want it to look so intricate. Something more open would be nice.

I would normally come up with something myself, but I don't know how to incorporate hat decreases into a lace pattern (or vice versa Huh) Thanks for anything you can share with me!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Anthropologie Chicken Dishcloths? on: April 10, 2005 08:41:08 PM
My mom was exposed to Anthropologie for the first time a week or two ago, and loved it. Her favorite thing, by far, were these dishcloths, with little crocheted chickens on the bottom edge: http://www.anthropologie.com/jump.jsp?itemID=4204&itemType=PRODUCT&iSubCat=402&iMainCat=374 . Would it be feasible to make one (or two?) of these by mother's day? Does anyone have any insights as to how they were made (you can get a really good look at them by clicking on "Zoom/Additional Views" and zooming twice)? I'm really more of a knitter, but it seems like the shaping requires crochet.

Additionally, if this can happen, does anyone know the best place to get a plain dishcloth like that? This would really be the perfect gift. Thanks for any advice, craftsters!  Smiley
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