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11  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: April 17, 2005 06:16:26 AM
everyone check out my beautiful gift from my SC for april! she crocheted me a poncho (ponch-lette?) with some really chunky yarn and what must have been an enormous hook.

here it is:


and here's what it looks like on:


thank you, secret crafster!
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12  Re: Boobholder/Minisweater (link to free pattern!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by kabili on: January 24, 2005 06:42:53 PM
so if the "busty gals" instructions are for busty gals, and the regular pattern is for average sized gals, what should i call myself, who made the regular pattern and took out a couple inches worth of rows and still ended up with a too-big minisweater?! am i CONCAVE?! hehe. i guess that's what i get for deciding to work on a pattern that doesn't have any measurements.

i haven't put the button on yet, because i'm considering putting some ribbon around the bottom to act as sort of a drawstring. what do you ladies think? should i just put the button on and revel in my apparent small bustedness? (and here i always thought i was about average!) should i go for the ribbon to cinch it in a bit? should i give up altogether and give it to a friend who is more well-endowed than i?

here it is with some waste yarn acting in place of the possible ribbon:


and here it is without any addition help (how it will look if i just add the button):


see the gapping under my arm and in the back? any input would be greatly appreciated!
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13  Re: Purse/Handbag/Wallet Swap Pics in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: January 19, 2005 07:12:01 PM
Alright here goes, the picture sucks cause I just have a crap web camera for now but you'll get the idea!



I hope you like it!!

okay, i'm not even a part of this swap, i just like to look at the pictures, but how on earth could you think someone wouldn't like that bag?!?!?! it's awesome!!! please send me one just like it!  Wink
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14  tutorial: how to install a fly front zipper in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by kabili on: January 15, 2005 10:40:47 AM
hi everyone. there have been a couple cool pants projects lately (e.g., kaffrin's black and pink jeans!) and there seemed to be lots of questions about how to do a fly front zipper. so i thought i'd make a tutorial the next time i installed one. hope this is helpful to someone. let me know if anything is unclear. here goes:

1. Cut out your pattern pieces. The back pieces will be unmodified, but if the pattern wasnt already designed to have a fly, you will add extra fly flaps to the front center seam (indicated by the red solid line).
2. Leaving about an in open on the bottom, stitch the crotch seam, stopping at the fly flaps. (white dotted line).



3. Separate the pieces and lay them flat, right side up. Lay your zipper face down on the left side, lining up the zipper teeth with the front center seam. Stitch along the zipper tape on the right (red dotted line).



4. Turn the zipper right side up, folding the fly flap under the outer fabric. Press this fold. Cut off the excess fabric from the fly flap. Cut a rectangle of scrap fabric that is the length of your zipper and 3 4 inches wide. Fold this in half lengthwise and overcast or serge the raw edges together.



5. Pin your scrap rectangle underneath the zipper so the folded edge sticks out into the fly of the pants and the rest covers the wrong side of the zipper. Stitch through all layers (outer fabric, zipper tape, fly flap, and 2 layers of scrap rectangle), shown by red dotted line.



6. Now lay the 2 sides together again. Pin the 2 sides together along the line you stitches in the previous step. This is just to help you line things up and you wont actually stitch there.



7. Now lift up the flap so you can see the zipper tape. Pin the zipper tape to the fly flap. Stitch, making sure you are only stitch through the zipper tape and fly flap. Overcast or serge the raw edge of the fly flap.



8. Open the 2 sides and lay them face up again. Line up the folded edge on the top piece with the stitch line on the bottom piece (red solid line). Pin. Press. Topstitch the outer fabric to the fly flap about 1 inch from the folded edge (white dotted line).



9. Thats it! Now you can add whatever type of waistband you like. Heres what the fly looks like all finished. Notice that it is covered not only on the outside (hence the term fly), but also on the inside, so its more comfortable to wear! Just like store-bought pants.



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15  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: December 27, 2004 08:24:38 PM
WOW!!! my secret craftster must be totally organized, as well as incredibly thoughtful! i don't deserve as wonderful a secret craftster as you! not only did she recognize both my birthday and christmas (my b-day is dec 20, and most people lump it together with christmas celebrations), but she did so SEPARATELY!!! and i totally appreciate it! i wasn't expecting another SC package so soon on the tails of the previous one, so it was a big surprise and really brightened my day! i got:

a roll-your-own needles case (how did you know i had made one as a gift, but not one for myself?!) AND some totally cute wooden needles inside! i've never worked on wooden needles before, and i'm really looking forward to trying them out.


and here it is again filled with all my needles:


and the grande finale is... this adorable tiny knitted sweater ornament! you'd better believe that this is going in my sewing/crafty room when the tree come down - no way i'm waiting until next christmas to see this!


p.s. sorry i got a little picture happy!
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16  completed(?) Christmas gift - need opinions in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kabili on: December 22, 2004 10:16:32 AM
hello crafty people! so i asked my best friend what she wanted for christmas and she replied, "anything argyle." since i didn't want to run out and buy her a bunch of socks, i made a jordy bag instead.( i'm hoping that it does, in fact, look like argyle to someone besides me.)

and now we come to my dilemma: this is the first time i've used any kind of handle other than a fabric one. i think they are a bit wonky. so, please vote on whether i should:

A) leave them horizontal like in this picture, and ignore the wonkiness:


B) turn them vertical, like in this picture, which appears to correct the wonkiness, but looks a little odd to me:


C) take the handles off entirely and put on some fabric ones.

or feel free to offer alternative suggestions. thanks!

p.s. here's a pic of the inside. it closes with a snap and has an inside pocket.
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17  Re: Very Manly Sweater in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by kabili on: December 05, 2004 10:33:12 AM
hey tooms,

i haven't made this, but i think i get what it's telling you to do. i can't explain it in words, so here's a picture:



the white part is the sweater and the gray part is the neckband. one skinny end of the neckband is sewn to the sweater itself, and the other skinny end is not sew to the sweater, but to part of the long end of the neckband (where the dark back line is in my illustration). make sense?
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18  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: November 29, 2004 03:08:30 PM
my secret craftster is soo cool!!! i got a package today and noticed it was marked "fragile." that, of course, made me really curious. so i opened it. and opened it. and opened it. there were several layers of packing which i'm sure were there because of the fragile nature of the gift, but i had fun telling myself that my SC put it there to build the suspense.  Wink finally, the last layer was undone, and i was delighted to discover:



this mosaic-ed mirror!!! isn't it gorgeous?! i put it in my dining room because i have a blue and yellow theme going on in there. it looks great! thank you, secret craftster!!!
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19  bedroom and duvet cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by kabili on: November 13, 2004 08:27:39 AM
hi everyone!

this post is mostly about the duvet cover that i finally finished, but also to show off how nice it looks in my repainted bedroom. so, here's before:



if you can see, our walls were a beige-ish, pink-ish, almond-ish color. we knew right away when we moved in that we wanted to change it. (we bought our house this summer.) and our comforter on the bed had beiges, tans, sage greens, etc. we'd had it forever and were pretty sick of it. so first we painted the walls a nice medium gray. but that just made our tired old comforter look even worse. so i whipped up this new duvet cover to go over it, and...





voila! i think the yellow[td][/td] and red look nice with the gray walls. and the underside of the duvet cover is a gray sheet that is a darker shade of gray than the walls. yay! now i just have to make the valances - i bought extra of the red fabric i used in the duvet cover. they will be solid red. i feel so accomplished i had to share with you crafty gals and guys!
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20  Re: Secret Craftsters!~ yr-long swap(started 7/18/04) in The Swap Gallery by kabili on: November 09, 2004 05:27:11 PM
ack! i've just realized that i never posted to say that i received my most recent package from my secret crafster! i'm sooooo sorry! i promise it wasn't that i didn't appreciate it! i could have sworn that i posted it a long time ago!

okay, let's pretend it's that day before halloween - everyone turn your calendars back, okay?

yay! i just got a package from my Secret Crafster, just in time to halloween!!! it has lots of yummy halloween candy, some cool rubber stamps (also halloween themed), some adorable halloween socks that have a skeleton on them and say "drop dead gorgeous" (lol), and the coolest part... some stuffed fabric pumpkins that smell really good! secret craftster, i don't know how you did those, but they are really cool! you rock!

i hope you'll forgive my tardiness in posting! mea culpa!

p.s. i'll post pics soon too!

*****

edited to add cute pics!





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