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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cathy the elf, what's your favourite colour? on: December 22, 2012 10:13:04 AM




This was a little christmas gift I made for my friend Catherine at work. Elf is one our favourite festive films, and we often joke about answering the shop phones like this -- though we haven't had the courage to try it yet Tongue

 I doodled a little portrait of her as an elf answering the phone onto hemp canvas, and got to stitching! It's mostly backstitch with some satin stitch, though I learned scroll stitch (I think it's called?) to make the phone wire :3 Naturally I couldn't resist a few beads and a little sparkly sequin to top off her hat... the text was completely freehand, hence the, uh, delightful wonkiness.

The hoop is a tiddly 9cm wide in total, small enough that she can hang it on her tree if she wants! It took about 3 or 4 hours to complete including design, and I loved every minute - I really need to make more time for hand embroidery, I don't think there's anything I enjoy more!

Thank you for looking Smiley C&C welcome!
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Pirate Map! on: October 22, 2012 08:41:50 AM
This is so adorable, I love it! That little parrot is amazing Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red floral princess line dress on: September 02, 2012 01:21:12 PM
 Shocked Thank you so much for all the kind words, guys! <3 Having a bit of a rubbish time lately so it's very nice to feel I can still do something right XD

Ashling -- the fabric was given to me (probably a couple of years ago now, yikes) by a family friend who was moving away. There was about a 4m cut length, completely unused! (Score!) I'm not even sure how old it is...
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: The Crazy Scarf Dress on: September 01, 2012 06:34:52 AM
I would wear the heck out of that dress :-)

This! It looks awesome Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red floral princess line dress on: September 01, 2012 06:08:08 AM

I've previously used this fabric for the lining of this dress (which I wear all the freaking time, by the way). I knew I wanted to make something special with what was left of it, and this is the result. I'm really pleased with it, I already have plans to wear it to friends' weddings later in the year, before it makes the occasional winter daywear appearance over a long-sleeved black jersey tunic. I get a bit excited thinking about my cold-weather wardrobe.  Cheesy Is that weird?


So in the past, I've used commercial patterns or existing patterns to help me make a garment. This time, I was a little more ambitious and used the basic bodice slopers from the back of a book called "How to Use, Adapt and Design Sewing Patterns" by Lee Hollahan. It's a pretty useful book.

I traced out the slopers, created toile #1, converted the darts into princess line seams (I love the fit you get with these), created toile #2, altered the neckline and improved the fit for toile #3, then extended the bodice panels to create a full length dress for toile #4, and took my final pattern from toile #5. Or something like that. Old bedsheets and good old Dora (the dress form) were very helpful in this process.

Then, last Monday, it was time to cut. I had intended to spend a couple of hours working on it then do some "proper" work, but seven hours later I had a finished dress and no bank holiday daylight left. Oops.  Wink

There's facing around the neckline and bias binding to finish the armholes. All the horizontal edges were overlocked before sewing. The binding, facing and hem are all finished by hand so there's no visible stitches when the dress is worn. I knew I didn't want to line this dress, so for inspiration I kept referring to a collection of vintage dresses a friend gave me. (Most of them are homemade 50s beauties Cheesy)

In the left side seam is a concealed zip -- it's slightly faulty, it was taken from another garment as it seemed to be broken but days later I discovered it actually still works, it just needs a gentle hand! By some awesome coincidence it was the perfect colour and length for this dress, meaning that I didn't have to spend a single penny to make it. Yay! Unfortunately this was the most frustrating part of the construction. I don't struggle with concealed zips on my industrial machine at work, but the foot on my domestic machine at home is tricky to line up properly. I still haven't finished the bottom end of it properly, but shh, no one needs to know...


I added my label and a little bit of skull trim to the facing, mostly so I could identify the back of the garment quicker   Tongue

And there we have it! It's much less detailed than previous garments I've made despite the fact that I'm an embellishment junkie, but that's because I just wanted the fabric to shine. The One Thing I would change is the back - ideally the back skirt panels would be wider so that it would drape more like the front, but I just didn't have enough fabric to bulk it out any more. But nevermind!

Thanks for looking! Questions, C&C are all welcome  Smiley
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tutorial - How to create a manbroiderer with Iron Maiden on: June 09, 2012 07:39:06 AM
Love this Cheesy How big is your Eddie?
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Keys Cushion Cover on: May 21, 2012 10:10:31 AM
I adore my pillow Leslie, thank you again!  Kiss

This is an heirloom.
Definitely! It's an absolute treasure <3
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Koi pillow: embroidered, beaded, appliqud on: May 21, 2012 10:02:33 AM
Thank you all  Cheesy

i hope you dont mind if i use your project for inspiration?Huh
Of course, go ahead! Just promise to post what you make so I can seeeeee  Wink
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Snuggly cape for cool weather on: May 10, 2012 02:57:49 PM
Gorgeous! Such pretty detailing  Smiley
20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Unicorn Swap Gallery on: May 10, 2012 02:50:39 PM
Awesome unicorn swag Nobodyhasthisoneyet! Make sure you post a pic of that cut 'n' fold unicorn... (I'm very curious to see how it'll look! Cheesy)
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