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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Patterns never fit right? on: July 29, 2011 10:01:22 AM
Hello all, if anybody could help me with this dilemma I would really appreciate it. I've got some odd measurements on my body, and it's making dress-sewing pretty much impossible. I'm a 41-34-40, and the big gap between my bust and hips always looks horrible when I make dresses. Yesterday I tried cutting out different pattern pieces in different sizes (bigger up top, smaller down low) but the finished product still made me look frumpy and much larger than I actually am, even after taking it in at the sides.

The biggest problem seems to be that it fits on my bust, but then everything below that is very baggy and makes me look pregnant (good news for my pregnant sister, who gets the dress, but bad news for me). How should I adjust my patterns so I don't keep having this problem?
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi Kitten Ears? on: June 09, 2011 04:41:49 PM
So I'm crocheting my friends' cats using a pattern I found online. I'm having a little trouble understanding what it's asking for when it comes to the ears. It says:

4:  For left ear, Ch3, 2hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in last st.  Sc evenly all around the ear with a
(sc, dc, ch1, sl st in top of dc, dc, sc)  in the ear tip. Do not join to beginning ch3, leave a long tail to
sew to the head.
4: For right ear, sl st in first st, sc in next st, 2hdc in next st, dc in last st.  Sc evenly all around the ear
with a (sc, dc, ch1, sl st in top of dc, dc, sc)  in the ear tip. Do not join to the first sl st, leave a long tail
to sew to the head

What exactly is it calling for in the parentheses there? Here's the link to the whole pattern, if you need it. Thanks for your help.

http://byhookbyhand.blogspot.com/2009/11/kitties-for-adoption.html
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Elastic Guide in Dress Pattern? on: March 27, 2011 07:20:32 PM
Hello all! Right now I'm working on a Simplicity 2694 for my roommate, and there's an elastic guide as part of the pattern. Can anybody tell me if I'm supposed to cut the elastic that length when it's stretched or when it's relaxed? I cut it relaxed so I could make it smaller if necessary, but the pattern seems to be saying that it only goes along the back of the dress, so I'm not sure why it would be so long. Help?
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Chocolate Strawberry Bunny on: January 22, 2011 07:21:06 PM
At the Asian market today I bought some Meiji-brand chocolate strawberry candy, and on the box there's a tiny picture of the cutest bunny! When I got home, I knew I needed to make my first freehand amigurumi.





If I make him again I'll bring the brown down a little further, but all in all I'm super pleased with him. And I had a chance to use up the extra eye I had after I made Turanga Leela.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / Amigurumi in Joined Rounds? on: January 03, 2011 06:29:12 PM
Twice now I've worked with Wayuki's "Sweater Bearies" pattern (found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353505.0 ), which I love. The only problem is, I don't understand how to join the rounds neatly.

She mentions using a slip stitch and then chaining one, but I always end up with an extra stitch at the end of my round. I read the Lion Brand website's tutorial for this, too, and I still mess it up. Where am I going wrong with this? Thanks for any help!
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