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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Too-short lace-trimmed dress into skirt! on: June 30, 2012 11:54:40 AM
So one day a few years back I was at a thrift shop when I found the neatest little dress. It was kind of short on me, but I liked the colour of the skirt, and it was cheap, so I bought it, thinking I could lengthen the skirt a little.
Then it sat in my closet. For three years.
Last week I finally bought enough lace to wrap around the bottom of the skirt, so I decided to finish up the dress. It looked like this (excuse the pyjamas):



But after trying it on again, I realized that the top of the dress really just didn't look right. So after some thought, I ripped the seams from the bodice and decided to make it a skirt. The dress already had a waistband complete with ties, so all I had to struggle with was shortening the zipper a little, but it actually wasn't so bad! And now I have this wonderful skirt to wear! (Those little things sticking out the bottom are just the ties on the back):



Sidenote: I definitely need to practice sewing more. My seams were always slightly crooked. Undecided

Thanks for looking! Comments/critiques always appreciated!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Portal Cake Sign Cross Stitch on: May 17, 2011 03:28:47 PM
*insert cake joke here*
Lately, I've been slightly obsessed with Portal (probably since Portal 2 came out). One of my friends also plays it, so for his birthday I cross stitched him the cake sign (I plan to make myself the turret one soon...).



I wish I'd gotten a picture after I actually put it on its backing, but sadly this is the only picture I have of the final version. He loved it, though. Smiley
Thanks for looking!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Mid-project cast on? on: July 23, 2010 03:28:15 PM
So maybe I'm way too ambitious, but I decided I wanted to try knitting the Broad Street Mittens (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTbroadstreet.html). I got confused when I got to the part of the thumb gusset that says "Place these added stitches along with the purled stitch and the stitch at the end of the needle [14 stitches in all from the second needle] onto a holder, and co 11 stitches."

I have put the stitches on a holder, and have knit up to the increase, but I can't figure out how to cast on those eleven stitches. I'm knitting in the round with five DPNs, like the pattern says. Is there a certain type of cast on specific for mid-project cast-ons? I'm not mid-needle (I just finished knitting the second needle), so I don't know if that makes a difference.

Anything helps! Thanks in advance.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Washing Chiffon/Polyester on: June 21, 2010 12:22:19 PM
I'm wondering what the best way is to wash early sweat stains out of a chiffon and polyester garment (poly lining, chiffon on top). I don't know whether water will ruin the fabric or cause it to bleed/change colour (or if soap will?), so any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
~archimedes
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bread clip earrings?! on: May 23, 2010 02:58:36 PM
Yes, bread clips!





I really love these, they're fun to make (and easy, too).
I used one bread clip, six beads, a couple of inches of sturdy wire, hook earrings, and some needle-nosed pliers.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Booty Bag! Made from old jeans and a t-shirt on: May 23, 2010 02:50:13 PM
I was bored one day and was surfing tutorials when I found one for a booty-bag on about.com. I followed it roughly, but after a while just did my own thing (I can't find the link right now, but it should still be out there somewhere). I don't have a sewing machine, so this bag took much longer than it should have since it was handsewn. In the end, I came up with this:
Front


Back


Lining


I wanted it lined, so I used an old t-shirt and just saved the sleeve to make a pocket on the inside of the bag, to hold small/easily breakable valuables. Or gum packages.  Cheesy

Comments/crits appreciated

~archimedes
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