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1  Cavegirl Katie in Halloween Costumes by ikkin on: November 04, 2009 12:16:12 PM
Here's a Halloween costume I made for my super-glam little sister.  It's basically three fleece tubes - two small ones for the legs with some shaping around the feet, and a larger one for the body with some shaping around the waist and hips (plus an asymmetric neckline).  Made from polar fleece so no hemming needed!  Done in about an hour in my kitchen!!  Cheesy

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2  A couple of bits for a friends new arrival in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by ikkin on: October 30, 2009 06:57:41 AM
My friend is having her second baby, and I have to say, rather selfishly, that I'm glad it's a girl, as I got to break out the dress patterns!  Don't get me wrong, her little boy is lovely  Kiss (and looked very handsome in the jacket that I knit for him, but there was no room for flowers and frills, and now there is!! Grin

So, here are my efforts:

A little Simplicity dress

And the ubiquitous Itty Bitty Baby Dress from Made by Rae!

C & C more than welcome Smiley
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3  Many and varied bags (lots of pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ikkin on: October 30, 2009 06:52:36 AM
So, I have been at the machine again this week in prep for Christmas and all the gift-giving involved!  Here are the latest efforts. 

Thanks to the inspiration of Ravengirl103 I went looking for some of this fantastic material like hers, and was able to find exactly the same; this is what I made, using a Simplicity pattern (sorry I don't know the number, but I'm at work and it's at home..... Undecided)

The next one is a 'Margaret' bag (http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/11/margaret-sling-bag.html) for my Mum for Xmas

Next up is a 'Phoebe' bag (http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/tutorials/phoebe_bag.pdf) for my Aunt

And then some Buttercups for various people (sisters in law, cousins etc!)

This is the original size with a Yoyo for decoration:

This is 141% (I think....):

And this one is 141% too:

C & C more than welcome!    Smiley
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4  Three new bags! (Pic heavy...) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ikkin on: October 19, 2009 09:22:07 AM
In a fit of organisation I've decided to get ready for Christmas early this year, so have been sewing bags for all the female relatives.  They're getting handmade whether they like it or not!!  I used this tutorial (http://www.tinyhappy.typepad.com/tiny_happy/2006/06/shoulder_bag_tu.html) for this first one, but I fiddled with the measurements a little bit.

I used one of those 'cover your own' buttons

Sorry for the blur...  One day I'll be skilled enough to put a zip pocket in there - they scare me at the moment!

The second bag was made from this tute (http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/11/margaret-sling-bag.html)

The pleating was a little fiddly, but I think it came out quite nice!

I have to say that I'm massively grateful to people who take the time and effort to produce tutorials  Smiley

This last effort was something I knocked together late last night, with no pattern, or idea where it was going to end once I'd started it!  I have just discovered piping, but am still to master it, hence the very wonky corners and puckering!  (Oh, and no handle yet........)

Thanks for looking.  Any comments and tips welcome  Smiley
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5  Little birdy bag in Needlework: Completed Projects by ikkin on: September 18, 2009 07:56:28 AM
I made this a while ago but am a newbie here so only getting around to posting it now (when it has already been through the washing machine twice.... Undecided)  

It's a standard linen shopping bag thing that I stitched on using waste canvas that softened in water and then was pulled out thread-by-thread using tweezers.....very tedious!  Anyway, I think it was worth it in the end!

I couldn't find a pattern that I liked so I cruised around on the internet and found a nice image, then used a stitch programme to convert it.  I then had a good old mess around with it so that It ended up quite different to the original - I also swapped some colours around.

Any comments welcomed!   Smiley

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6  My first wearable project! (Please be gentle!) in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by ikkin on: September 18, 2009 07:44:29 AM
I've only recently got my hands on a sewing machine and through a process of trial and error I am trying to get a hang of using it to create useful and pretty things!  I've never had a machine before so there have been some disasters and I am starting pretty simple with Rae's Spring Ruffle (minus the ruffles) Top http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=791

It's not perfectly finished yet (see loose threads that need cutting on strap.....) but it is wearable and it fits - yay!

I did make a little change from the instructions though.  I often have 'bust' issues with tops, and tops that hang straight from my chest tend to make me look pregnant, so I sewed down the pleats under the bust to pull it in a little.  Also, I have shoulders like a wrestler already and could do without the ruffles making them look bigger!

The material all comes from Ikea and was really cheap so I had no worries using it and making mistakes....there were definitely a few seams ripped in the process.......!

Any hints, tips ands comment more than welcome!  Thanks  Smiley

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