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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / New fleece dress on: February 16, 2014 04:51:58 AM
This dress is an adaptation of Burda 9829 view C. I used only two pattern pieces - the front and back. My friend had requested a new dress for her daughter as she had grown out of an earlier one I made. The earlier one was from a pattern I had made myself and this Burda pattern is the closest match I could get. I made it from a purple fleece blanket from Ikea. It is fastened with two poppers on each flap the stitching for which is covered with buttons.

The edging at the bottom was first edged in bias binding and then attached. I like how it has come out Smiley

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cap Sleeve Bolero on: January 10, 2014 09:34:20 AM
I've tried to get the New Year off to an appropriately crafty start. I know it might not seem much but I'm aiming to make at least one project a month this year - I think I ran out of steam a bit towards the end of last year so I want to try and keep momentum going as I do enjoy sewing once I get stuck in.

For the first project of the year I returned to my trusty 101 ways to sew a metre books (or yards if you are in the USA). I like these books and whilst I've encountered the odd issue I generally find the patterns easy to follow and in some cases I've made use of patterns over and over. I attempted the Cap Sleeve Bolero once before in a cheap cotton and made it far too small which I realised early on and so abandoned. I made the largest size this time in a lovely red dotty fabric (although it was a nightmare for fraying - we have red threads all over the house!). I find it a little tight on my back so I think if/when I make it again I would maybe only put two tucks at the back and not four.  Anyway photos below, let me know what you think  Smiley

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dressing Barbie on: February 05, 2013 11:29:40 AM
I was asked by a friend to make her daughter some princess barbie clothes for Christmas and her birthday. They are good for using up scraps and i think they came out OK.

this one was completely without pattern and i had to sew extra layers into the skirt because initially it was very very see through. Little girl declared it to be snow queen dress  Smiley

Again done without a pattern or any real clue as to what i was doing.

The pink is separate top and skirt. The green bodice came from a free pattern on internet but the rest is all out of my head. Again the skirt was a little too see through in spite of my layering the petals for that very reason. I put a mini skirt lining underneath to combat that. 
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Charming Bag on: August 01, 2012 09:14:30 AM
Charming bag from 101 ways to sew a metre http://www.amazon.co.uk/101-Fabric-Fabric-Ways-Metre/dp/1446302199/ref=pd_sim_b_1. I had to glue gun the buttons because i couldn't get needle through the fabric... I used fabric i got years ago that was off cuts from a belt manufacturers. Too thick for my machine to deal with at times but saved the need for interfacing! On the downside I managed to snap a chopstick trying to turn the handles through to the right way. whoops!

The fabric is more of a dark plum satin than the photo shows. All in all whilst I like the end creation I think I'd only make it again using a much thinner fabric.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Advent calendar bunting on: July 31, 2012 12:59:54 PM
Not sure if this is the right place or not. I've been making advent calendar bunting. My sister asked me to make it just before Christmas last year and we made a deal - I'd make this if she made my wedding cake. Well my part of the deal is done so just her left now!

The red/white fabric is some off cuts from black out curtains which was nice in that I could cut the triangles and not need to hem the edges. The felt numbers I ordered from someone on ebay who has a die cutter (or something like that - I'm not sure but basically much neater than any numbers i could produce myself - i did try to do them myself first).

Hope you like it
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / So soft and pretty on: February 19, 2012 11:13:37 AM
I have a problem. I can't seem to stop making fleece dresses and little coats. They are just so soft and small and pretty. The coats are a pattern from '101 ways to use a metre' which I got for Christmas. I'm trying to use up some of my stash of fabrics before I let myself buy anymore (unless it's for a sewing class or present in which case it's OK). I made the yellow dress a while ago but when I made the yellow jacket it seemed right to trim the dress in bias binding to match, and then if you've got one in yellow you need one in every other colour of fleece - don't you? I'm a bit scared about when it's going to end...

I've got to buy some buttons for the light blue dress as nothing I have in my button stash looks right. The dress is a pattern that I made. I'm also thinking of adjusting the coat pattern to make a dressing gown. At some point I'll move onto another project but for now my addiction is here to stay.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How to make yarn hard on: January 28, 2012 05:41:02 AM
I've been making some small knitted brooches but in order to get the wool to hold its shape (without turning it into felt) I need something that will make it solid. Any ideas? I tried spray on starch but it had no effect.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Brooch on: November 06, 2011 09:20:43 AM
Following on from a post by rrrat of a crochet brooch in response to my knitted brooch I decided I had to give the crochet version a go. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=392861.msg4655321#msg4655321)

I've never used polymer clay so had to make the crochet hook from a tooth pick. I was initially thinking of this as a present for someone but I like it so I think I'll keep it for me Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Leather Phone case on: October 25, 2011 01:05:22 PM
My brother gave me some leather scraps last Christmas and I've been trying to think what to do with them.  I saw a leather case (http://merrybrides.tumblr.com/post/10885416739/diyleathercase)and after making a few amendments to the template it fit the amount of leather I had.

I changed the squared end to a point and sewed it in three places instead of using

Love it Smiley

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Money Tree on: October 24, 2011 12:16:28 PM
I'm not really sure where to post this so apologies if I've picked the wrong place. My nephew has asked for money for his birthday and rather than just give him money I wanted to make him something. So I made a money tree.

The background is grey felt and there is a hem at the top so it can be hung on the wall if he likes it.

I've done scalloped edges on the green fabric for the tree. The red apples are fleece and each contains a pound coin.

I've then done a simple backstitch for the wording.
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