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21  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Topsecret-along on: August 18, 2006 04:12:13 AM
I'm planning on starting this sweater this weekend

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTtopsecret.html

It looks so cozy & comfy!  I'm going to be using Homespun.  I hate the stuff, but I just finished making a cowl-neck out of it and liked it so much I thought I'd make a big oversized turtleneck in another color.  I bought a TON of it a couple years ago when I first started knitting and didn't know much about yarn, so I'm looking to get rid of some of it.  And I told myself I can't buy any more yarn until I get rid of the stash that I already have, and the Homespun is pretty much the only thing I have left besides a few scraps of other stuff. I've been dying to make this sweater for quite some time now (it's all in the round--no seaming!)  So if anyone's interested, jump on the bandwagon and let's get started!   Smiley
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / looking for a pattern site on: August 09, 2006 03:09:18 PM
A while back I found a pattern site, and for the life of me I can't remember what the name was.  There were no free patterns on the site if that helps.  I remember there were a lot of vintage-looking sweaters with bell sleeves and what looked like crochet detailing on the cuffs.  I think the site had kind of a magical-sounding name, if that makes any sense.  Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?
23  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "Beautiful art made with knitting" on: August 02, 2006 01:36:05 PM
I typed "knitting" in at Google today and this was one of the results:

http://www.yumlum.com/galleries/knitwear/knitwear_art.htm

Has anyone else seen this before?

I thought it was violent but kind of funny.   Smiley
24  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with these Red Stripe Beer Bottles? on: June 12, 2006 05:42:00 AM
I bought a six-pack of Red Stripe beer this past weekend.  It wasn't the best beer I've ever had, but it was good, and I just thought the bottles were so darn cute I had to keep them to make something out of.  I kept 3 of them (I gave the other 3 away).  But I'm not sure what to do with them.  They're each about 6 inches tall.  Any suggestions?  I was thinking of making a little lamp out of one but I'm not sure how I would do it.  And it's a Jamaican beer so I thought maybe I could play with that theme a little bit too.  In case you're not familiar with Red Stripe, here's a picture of a bottle:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v90/rapunzel8301/redstripe.jpg

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tube dress for summer :-) on: May 17, 2006 01:01:33 PM
This is the dress I finished making last night (kinda...I haven't hemmed the bottom yet).  Nothin fancy really, but it's the first thing I've made using a pattern and it was kind of tricky for me.  I used See & Sew pattern B4492.  I had to tweak the sizing a little because I fall exactly between sizes, and my boobs are pretty small so I needed a little something extra to hold up the dress so I put some elastic into it around the top edge and it worked pretty well.  Also it was supposed to have boning in the top but I decided not to mess with all that, and I think it looks alright without it.  Here are the pics:

Full dress



Close-up of fabric (I love this stuff!)


26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two recons: Skirt to bag and jeans to skirt on: May 10, 2006 01:19:13 PM
Here's a couple things I've made over the past few days:

The first is a hobo bag that I made using this tutorial:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35575.0

I made mine a little smaller and added a pocket for my phone & keys.  This is the only second thing I've ever sewn that wasn't just a square, and I'm very happy with it.
It was originally a corduroy skirt that I hadn't worn in a couple years because I've lost some weight and it was too big for me.



I didn't realize until it was finished that it looks a bit like a fanny pack, but I like it anyway.

And here's a skirt I made from a pair of OLD jeans from high school.  I'd made something similar to this before, but with this one I ripped out the side seams and took off the waist band because this was yet another garment that was too big for me.  I took in about an inch on each side and shortened the waistband to fit and re-assembled it all.

Front:
 

Back:


I'm thinking of making another one of these because it was so easy and I have a couple pairs of jeans that are busting out at the knees so they're just begging to be made into something new.  That and I LOVE skirts in the summertime.  Hope you like!   Grin
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / first project recommendations?` on: April 20, 2006 01:16:24 PM
I'm a (kind of) beginner at sewing.  I know the basics of how to operate a machine, and I've made plenty of pillows and other square-shaped items, so I'd like to take on something a little more challenged.  I'm really interested in making clothes, and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good project to start with?  Are there any brands of patterns with really good directions?  Because I'm terrible at figuring out patterns.   
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Vogue Knitting (Winter 2005/2006) on: January 14, 2006 02:17:35 PM
Has anyone else had a chance to look at the new issue yet?  I just got mine in the mail today.  I have to say I really didn't see a single pattern that jumped out and screamed "knit me!"  The only ones I liked were maybe a couple of the sweaters from the Winter Wonderland section and the blue Anna Sui sweater, but I really can't see myself wearing or putting the time into knitting any of them.  Usually I find at least 2 patterns (sometimes more) that I HAVE to put on my to-do list and VK is probably my favorite out of all the knitting magazines that are out there, but this time I was really disappointed.  Aside from a couple sweaters I thought were decent-looking, everything else was just completely gaudy and ridiculous.   Sad

What does everyone else think of the new issue?
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Newbie at sewing...suggestions? on: December 25, 2005 06:33:16 PM
I have been wanting to learn sewing for a while now.  I knit and I have a lot of fun with it, but there is only so much you can do with knitting.  You can't make a knit dress (some may disagree, but I have yet to see a knit dress that works).  Anyway, I got a sewing machine for my birthday a few years ago and it has just been sitting there, unused, for quite a while now, because it is broken now.  The top thread doesn't pick up the bottom thread anymore, and I have started two different discussions about it and have received NO response from anyone...  I would like to learn how to make clothing.  I love fashion and I am so inspired by some of the things that I see people make and it's frustrating to me not to be able to make some of the things that I dream up.

So, my question is, what resources would you recommend to a newbie such as myself?  Are there any books I should look into?  Also are there any suggestions as to how to fix my sewing machine, or should I look into buying a new one?  I have been considering the possibility of finding a new one anyway, are there reasonably-priced good brands out there that I should look into? 

I also really want to know more about fashion in general, are there any good books or magazines that I should be reading?  I just want to understand how to judge fashion and know more about the major designers out there.  I see tons of names flying around on these boards and I have no idea who people are talking about.  I'd really like to have some idea as to what their work looks like. 

Anyway, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I have been blessed with plenty of money this Christmas, and I am looking to invest it in a new hobby.  I'd really like to hear (see?) anything y'all have to offer.  Thanks so much,
Jess.   Wink
30  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Good Sewing Machine for $250 or less? on: December 22, 2005 09:36:00 AM
I'm looking to buy a new sewing machine after Christmas.  My old one was a Brother XR-31 and it has stopped working on me (the top thread doesn't catch the bottom one anymore).  I'm going home for Christmas and I'm going to see if my dad can fix it for me.  He fixed it once before when it had the same problem.  If he can't fix it, I'm just going to get a new one, hopefully a good one that will last me a few years and can stand up to abuse. 

I am actually pretty new to sewing, I've only done a few projects and they were just simple things like pillows.  I am making it my New Year's resolution to learn how to sew and make clothes and make them well.  If anyone has recommendations for really good sewing machines for around $250, please share.  I got a sales flyer from JoAnn Fabrics in the mail today advertising White brand sewing machines marked WAY down (there's one for $200 that's usually $400).  Anyone have any experience with this brand of machines or is the huge markdown an indicator that I should avoid them?  Any input would be appreciated. 
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