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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Circle skirt fun time! on: April 23, 2014 09:08:53 PM
Hi friends,

I've been sewing a lot and posting ...not so much! Here are a few skirts I've made recently Smiley





Thanks for looking Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / New favourite skirt!! on: April 23, 2014 06:55:06 PM
 Hello friends!

It's been awhile...

I'm here to share my new favourite skirt! It's made of a stretchy cotton. It has pockets!!  I think it's super fun Smiley




Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Symphony dress... on: October 13, 2013 11:46:11 PM
Last night my husband and I went to the VSO (it was lovely!) and had our first *big* fall date night last night.  I was at a loss for what to wear... I view this sort of outing as an excuse to get dressed up.  Unfortunately, I'm in the middle of a sort of wardrobe turnover and have very few dressy options. I had made this but not actually gotten around to wearing it yet, so was pleased to find something new and somewhat dressy lurking in my closet. Anyway, the dress:



I made this in the summer. It is made from the sleeves of a really big velour sweatshirt (best way I can think of describing it!) and the top half of a velour jacket thing with colossal shoulder pads that my grandmother gave me. Each of the original items would likely be perfect for a more senior-citizen me, but that me isn't around just yet and the current me is not patient enough to wait it out.



It was a fairly simple and fast project.  I removed the sleeves from the sweatshirt, opened them up, eyeballed and cut a skirt shape out of them, and then sewed them together; for the top I took the open front jacket and cropped the bottom half off after trying it on and crossing the front to get a sense for where I wanted the seam between the skirt and top parts to be.  I attached them together, overlapping the front parts of the former jacket.  Hopefully that all makes sense.



It's not perfect, but I think it served me well. I like the way the neckline sits; I like the animal print; I don't like the seam in the middle and back of the skirt, nor do I like that I left the cuffs as is on the sweatshirt sleeves to save hemming the soon-to-be skirt and the stitching started to come undone by the middle of the evening. 

Anyway... Thanks for looking.  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ooh-la-la... A stripey sweetheart necklined dress pour moi! on: February 11, 2013 12:25:05 AM
Hello craftsters  Grin

Here is my new favourite dress. It is some sort of synthetic stretchy knit in the BEST black and white stripe I have ever come across.  The mesh is reclaimed from a sassy nighty that was not fulfilling its true potential.  I wanted to experiment with interesting neckline shapes and contours in a knit.  I am quite happy with the result, particularly the sweetheart and the back collar bit.  For some reason it makes me feel quite French... certainly the beret adds to the effect:



The back (sorry - Sepia!):


I did not get a very good full length front image.  I will go with this no-leg one  Smiley:


Thanks for looking! Happy crafting, everyone  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I didn't want to change thread...so... on: April 06, 2012 09:12:09 PM
I have been on a bamboo kick, as of late.  I LOVE bamboo knit/jersey. It is so buttery soft, it washes beautifully... and I am told it is environmentally sustainable.  Can't knock that!

Recently I made myself a purple bamboo dress & I have been loving it.  With the left over purple, I decided to make my mom a tshirt hoody.  I bought some pink bamboo to make her some sort of top and have not been inspired until now.  After making my dress and seeing I had a teensy bit left over, I was ready. Pink AND purple!? But of course!
(And... I must admit, I do have another project queued up, but when inspiration struck for me on this one, I justified moving onto this because I did not feel like re-threading my machine... and hey! The purple was already in there! ha  Wink)


My mom's style is kind of sporty and youthful, so I figured a hoody would be her sort of thing.  A cozy hood was in order!


It has 3/4 sleeves, which should prove practical for spring...
(Crazy face picture!)


And it has a little double heart pocket, about the right size for a debit card and cell phone!
(Hopefully she likes it!)

Anyway, I can't stress enough how wonderful bamboo is.  You should make something bamboo for your mom too!

Happy sewing  Wink
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bamboo for you!... oops, I mean me. on: April 03, 2012 03:35:31 PM
 This dress is made from a bamboo knit.  It is sooo soft; just feel how soft it is!  Oh wait... you can't  Cheesy

It was pretty quick to make.  Next time I will make a fuller skirt. I am hoping to (re)acquire a dress form, which will make the bust/top half much easier!

I highly recommend bamboo knit! It is so comfy, seems breathable, washes well and... did I mention, it is sooo soft!

So, here it is:


(note to self, next time wear with the Bridget Jones style undies, lol)
Anyway, I still need to hem it, but I wore it today and my beloved was able to snap a few pictures despite the icky weather...


Next time, I will also make the straps wider.  I was aiming for wider... but... yeah.


Crazy face/no-neck.  Oh well. I like the back... Simple, but flattering  Smiley

So... happy sewing!  Anyone else had some fun with bamboo?

ps. Anyone from Albuquerque? Send me a message, if you have a few minutes! I am thinking of moving that way and would love to hear your thoughts.
7  UNITED STATES / New Mexico / Hello Albuquerquians! (?) on: March 22, 2012 12:58:27 AM
 Grin Hey all!

It does not look like this forum sees much action... but what the heck:

My husband and I are looking at moving out to Albuquerque from Canada next winter.  I am thinking of doing a one year exchange a UNM, partaking in their archaeology program. 

Just wondering what you guys think of living in NM? Is it a good place for a crafty individual to live?  How about a non-driver?  Right now we live in Vancouver, BC.  It rains alot... it snows occasionally... People are pretty indifferent to one another, as it is a fairly large city. 

Anyway... I just thought I would see if anyone has some input or words of wisdom to share.  Thanks in advance!  Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Super Spring Skirt! Sweet... aka: adventures in geometry. on: March 22, 2012 12:38:19 AM
Hey all!

I have been wanting a high-waisted, full skirt with pockets for awhile now.  I am a big fan of rainbow or otherwise colourful things because, well, they go with everything! I have worn it with a pink top underneath, but today I had to go to work (where I wear all black  Roll Eyes) afterwards, so you get to see that it even goes with black! Anyway, the desire for the aforementioned garment led to this little number:



As you can see, I am rather pleased with the pockets! Ha.

It is a 3/4 circle skirt. I had a devil of a time trying to figure out the right measurements for the pattern, and then what trouble it was to figure out how best to lay the pattern onto the fabric and have it cut out well... and... anyway, I am super happy with how it turned out. It is nice and full, here's a twirly picture:

And, it has a big purple zipper, which I suppose could be worn in the front or the back, but so far I have only worn it in the front:

Not the best picture, but at least you can see the zipper!

Thanks for looking.
Happy sewing Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 3/4 circle skirt? on: March 07, 2012 01:02:41 AM
Hey all!

I am just wondering if anyone can suggest how to go about cutting out a 3/4 circle skirt? A full circle or half circle I get.... but other than just removing a quarter of the full circle I am really stumped on how to do it.  It feels like you should be able to fold the fabric somehow to aid in cutting it out, but I just can't seem to figure it out. I looked at http://katiekadiddlehopper.blogspot.com/2010/08/circle-skirt-tutorial-part-2-12-and-34.html this tutorial and still... I donno.

I will just cut out a full paper pattern, as she has done, eventually, but just wondering if anyone has suggestions!

Thanks!  Grin
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