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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Quick kilt on: December 08, 2009 12:11:32 PM

My sister had a work Christmas party lined up last week where everyone was to go in national dress. Now being as how we're Scottish it had to be a kilt, the one problem with this was that my sister lives in Denmark and I'm buried in darkest Essex. So as I was heading out to visit her I made up a quick version of a kilt to take out for her. It's pretty basic, I used a metre of tartan with half for the main part of the skirt, a waistband and the remainder for a (very narrow) plaid. This is really a costume piece, there is no where near enough fabric in the folds to make a proper kilt and the waistband is pretty rough but I imagine we'll both get more use out of it. Please excuse the quality of these pictures it got pretty crushed in transit.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / eat note rip-off on: October 04, 2009 03:01:15 AM
My boyfriends birthday was on Friday and as the game he'd asked for wasn't going to be delivered on time I thought I'd make him a gift for the day. We've been together for 4 years now and I have to admit that I've never been very good at romantic gestures so when I saw lilininjabear's project http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311126.0 I new it would be the perfect gift.

Although I used to be really keen on cross stitch I've never really done this sort of embroidery so I made it simpler by stitching the background notebook lines on my sewing machine and embroidering the message on afterwards. I'm sure the stitching could be better and I may need to mount it again in the future but this is one project where the the message means more than the finished project. Needless to say Gordon loves it.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two NL6557 dresses one pink and one pirate on: August 30, 2009 03:39:32 AM
First of all I'd like to apologise for the extremely large photos, it's a bit too early in the morning for me to faff around adjusting them.

I made this dress for my boyfriends graduation in London, I spent months looking for something to wear but as I never seem to be the right scale for RTW dresses I decided to make my own. This was my first attempt at using a sewing pile of flesh and I'd like to thank everyone on Crafster who's already made this for inspiring me to try it. It may be hard to tell but the top is view D and the waist band matches the halter straps.In general I'm very happy with how it turned out although I did have major issues with the sizing resulting in me having to take all the seams in by about an inch! I've worn this to a wedding as well and it's worked really well, it feels quite dressy but is also dead comfy.

This was my second attempt, using view B and heavily influenced by dorkgrl26's version http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244358.0, I saw the fabric in a grave and knew I had to make this. The bias tape isn't perfect but I can live with it, and I eat this dress so much I'm almost constantly wearing it. The only problem is the the poplin is quite cheap and is already fading a bit, I guess I'll just have to go buy up the rest of the bolt.
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