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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Looking 90's sewing magazine - possibly burda on: October 12, 2014 05:28:37 AM
Thanks for the reply, I'm in Australia we didn't have many dressmaking magazines back then, actually not much better these days.  I know I bought Burda, Neue Mode or Handmade magazines. 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking 90's sewing magazine - possibly burda on: September 24, 2014 10:13:43 PM
This is a long shot, early nineties or late 80's I had a magazine that had a pattern for a lovely white top, made with fine linen (handkerchief linen if I remember rightly).  I am sure the hem had handkerchief points at the front and beading along the edge.  The top front had a button closure, giving it a faux front. 

Does this ring a bell with anyone here, perhaps someone might have the magazine?  Just looking for the magazine name and issue number so I can look for it myself.

Have also posted in vintage craft board.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Looking for 90's sewing magazine - possibly Burda on: September 24, 2014 10:11:02 PM
This is a long shot, early nineties or late 80's I had a magazine that had a pattern for a lovely white top, made with fine linen (handkerchief linen if I remember rightly).  I am sure the hem had handkerchief points at the front and beading along the edge.  The top front had a button closure, giving it a faux front. 

Does this ring a bell with anyone here, perhaps someone might have the magazine?  Just looking for the magazine name and issue number so I can look for it myself.

Posting this here and on the sewing board.

Thanks in Advance
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: The longest time it took you to finish a project? on: August 26, 2014 11:23:00 PM
I have half a tablecloth, that I started after buying $100 of cotton using a gift card that my husband bought me.  Can't remember exactly when I started but had pulled it out when I was pregnant with my son, I had lost the crochet hook before then and had just found it.  I remember sitting in the waiting room at the hospital working on it, a nurse complimented me on it, saying that she didn't think people did that sort of thing these days.

Anyway my son is now 19 years old.  I did get a little use out of the cloth by putting on a table in the corner.   I am guessing that the cloth is about reach it's 21st birthday

Recently pulled it out, but my tension has changed in the years since.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: I'm a craftster not a chemist! on: November 19, 2012 05:40:03 AM
Yeah I was going to suggest printing them onto iron on paper and then ironing them onto white fabric.  then stitch the fabric photo into place. 

If you still want to use photos why not stitch photo corners on to hold the photo in place.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who Tardis Hat on: August 10, 2012 04:02:39 AM
Love it. 
 Cheesy
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Lacy Duster on: August 10, 2012 04:01:05 AM
Thanks for the replies.

No it's not that heavy, I've only worn it twice since, over jeans.  I got compliments from strangers.  My husband on the other hand doesn't like it, he is very conservative and this is too out there for him. 

It's been too cold to wear it, the open-ness of the crochet doesn't help on cold winter days. 
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Duster on: June 21, 2012 09:32:08 PM


Made this coat using a free online pattern. 

Came together quite quickly, ws hoping to get it done within a week, only working of an evening in front of the tv, it took nine days but there were a couple of days when I didn't do any.  The body is made in one piece from the top down and then the sleeves are crocheted onto the armholes.  There is no sewing involved, which I loved. 

I wore it to a wedding over a long black dress and also casually over jeans.  The only thing I'd change is the length, the pattern warned it would drop when worn.  Next time I will stop when it's 3 rows shorter than my measurement.  It dropped so much that it ended up being ankle length, I was after 3/4 length. 

The recommended yarn is not available here, online searches reccommended 10 ply but even that is really difficult to find here in Acrylic.  I didn't want to spend a lot on 10ply wool until after trialling the pattern in cheaper acrylic.  At a local yarn shop I was told that the tension guide meant 12 ply was used but every photo I saw the crochet was finer than 12 and even 10 ply - learned that by using 2 strands of 5ply.  When I tried a standard 8 ply I found it perfect and settled on using Magnum Soft 8ply http://www.auspinners.com.au/products/browse-by-brand/panda/magnum-soft-8ply/default.aspx in Maroon - which is more purple than maroon.  Used 5.5 mm hook. 

As you can see in the picture I am not a small size, my measurements were for the XL but after a first fitting of the bodice I decided to go with Large instead. 

Intend making this again, definitely going to try in cotton for Summer.  It actually looks good when made without the sleeves too. 


http://www.caron.com/projects/ss/ss_duster.html
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Last minute crafting on: February 25, 2012 04:03:10 PM
In the past I have been known for the last minute gifts.  One year I sewed a happy coat for my sister on Christmas Eve.  A few years back after "losing" a day, I found myself baking about 8 gingerbread houses on Christmas Eve and still decorating them on Christmas Day. 

This year when I realised that some family were away over Christmas, I left the making of their gifts until after Christmas, which took a lot of pressure off.  Even then I left it til the last moment, it was the day before we were supposed to see them before I started making them. 
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Misplacement on: January 20, 2012 05:06:52 PM
I often blame the ghost for lost items.

I'm not joking, lose things off my sewing desk all the time.  Sit there thinking "I haven't moved, where could have gone?"  Later I'll go back and it's in plain view, right where I left it - where I had been looking in the first place. 

Though a lot of the time it's just me putting something down and walking away but some of those times there's no other explanation other than the fact that someone else had a hand in moving it, when there's been no one around to have actually done it. 

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