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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grab Bag (1st FO in over a year!) on: February 24, 2009 11:35:48 AM
I wouldn't normally be so excited about a bag, but it's the first time I've used my sewing machine in over a year and this is this first thing I've made with it in that time!


The outer is printed cotton and the lining is a pre-quilted fabric.

I was surprised at just how much stuff I could fit in it;


I found the pattern via this blog

The sewing took me about 2.5 hours and the pattern was pretty detailed.  I felt some of the instructions were superfluous (machine basting, for example) but I just skipped those bits.

There are a few more photos in my gallery.  Thanks for looking!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Esme hat and Torbay cardigan (my designs) on: December 10, 2008 03:44:52 AM
I wanted to share a couple of my designs that have recently been published.



Esme is a two-in-one hat that can be worn as a beret or a cloche.  It's knit in a chunky yarn and makes for a quick knit.



Torbay is a neck-down yoke cardigan (in many sizes) knit in an aran-weight yarn.  It features simple cables down the front and garter stitch welts.  A contrast yarn used in the cast on and off provide a nice finish.

Both are in the Winter 2008 issue of The Inside Loop.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dotty nature travel tote shoulder bag on: March 30, 2007 01:03:10 PM
Actually made from an actual pattern!


The pattern is Burda from an old Zig Zag magazine.

I put in a front zip pocket using instructions from a sewing book and a patch pocket inside.

For more and nauseating details with many more pictures see this blog post.

Comments or questions?  Feel free to ask.  Thanks.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dotty nature soft tote bag with coin purse - phew! on: March 19, 2007 07:58:17 AM
I made this set for the Traveller's swap and I was so proud I decided to show them off here.


It's a very simple square tote bag with the cut-out corners.  I made a tab so the bag would actually close.

I used a large wooden button to keep the theme with the fabric.


The coin/lipstick purse is detatchable from the main bag.  It's also very simple, but very effective.  The loop is made from white narrow ribbon and it's closed with a small beige zip.

I love the fabric so much, I'm in the process of making my self a shoulder bag!

So, waddaya think?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hot water bottle cover - on: March 08, 2007 12:13:11 PM
I made this for a swap I was in here and it was so sucessful, I decided to write up the pattern.

I used a chunky wool so it knitted up really quickly.

Pattern link:
http://dyedinthewool.wordpress.com/2007/02/08/free-pattern-hot-water-bottle-cover/

I also included rough instructions for an Aran-weight yarn (not yet tested).

Enjoy!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pirate Fisherman's Hat - AVAST ME HEARTIES! on: January 31, 2007 05:07:06 AM



Self-designed mash-up between an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern (Maltese Fisherman's Hat) and the "We call them pirates" pattern from Hello Yarn.

For more details (all in pirate talk!) see this blog post dyedinthewool.wordp ress.com/2007/01/31/fo-pirate-fishermans-hat/
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ASBO Chic: Burberry Hoodie (IRONIC!) on: January 07, 2007 01:31:56 PM
A brief history for those who don't know: an ASBO, a Chav, the Hoodie and Burberry.

And now enjoy my little creation:



Bad face day:



More photos here (on Flickr)

Simplicity 9513, view C (Pattern no longer available), fabric from Cheapfabrics.co.uk
Modifications: I cut a size smaller than that suggested by the pattern, to give a more fitted look (it has 6" of ease when finished, and that's a bit too much for my tastes).
I also altered view C from a pullover to a jacket by not cutting the front piece on the fold and adding a centimetre to each side.  I then created a facing and inserted a zip.

I really love it - it's warm and practical and it's the perfect birthday present to myself!  Grin
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Black/white checked tunic shirt - simplicity 4171 on: December 19, 2006 01:05:54 PM




Security pocket in the right side seam for travel pass, change, etc.

More details on this blog post.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Smock top stripey nightdress on: August 07, 2006 09:38:41 AM
I made this for my mum (because she asked - repeatedly!).





More pictures in my Flickr

I used this fantastic tutorial from robostrock.

The contrast panel in the band is becuase I made it too small - I decided to make a feature out of it!

Any questions or comments?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Princess Seam blouse/shirt - mega curvy! on: June 25, 2006 06:11:06 AM



I made some mega modifications to this and it really makes a difference!  Normally I get what I call the "trampoline" or "suspension bridge" effect with my shirts - that piece of fabric between my boobs get stretched really tightly!

Here's what I did to the side front piece -

Before:



After:


I did make more changes once I'd started sewing up, but overall I'm quite pleased with it.

Click on the pictures to go to a larger view, and whilst you're at Flickr, there is a whole Photo Set with different views of the finished item.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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