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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wee play - my first quilt on: September 05, 2011 02:17:42 AM
I just completed my first quilt - at 8:30 in the morning, to be given away at noon Smiley - enough time to take some pictures and wrap it nicely.



When my best friend got pregnant three years ago I decided I'd like to make her a quilt for her first child.
So I searched for nice fabrics, bought them, got all roll cutter and mat, and put everything aside as soon as a started my first job. Now she got pregnant with her second child - and I got to be the godmother. I finally started to plan the top, put everything together and even got the binding done in time for the baptism.




the back


and artsy shot - just because I liked it on top of the flowers


It's 1,10m x 1,10m (3'7'' square) made of 1 1/2 charm packs of modas wee play line, 6 panels, plus some contrasting fabric, backing, and binding
I planned the design with a normal graphics program at the computer, scanned all the fabrics, and played around with the colors. Finally, I decided on four different colored corners, and blending the colors between. (It's a very educational quilt Wink - four squares/triangles of each fabric, learn the letters, the numbers, and the colors... who am I kidding. The child will lay on it and burp on it, but it's fun anyways)
It's machine quilted - simple quilting in the ditch. Would have loved to do some freehand quilting around the figures in the panels, but ran out of time.
Learned a lot that I'll do differently for the next quilt (baste the hell out of the quilt, before machine quilting....), but overall I like the result.


Best thing - the family of the child loved it. Hopefully it will be an heirloom to stay.
C&C welcome Smiley
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a new party dress on: August 13, 2009 12:24:08 AM
Hi,

it's been a long time since I've last posted.
I had some leftover from one of the formal dresses I sewed last year so I decided to finally try out the newlook 6749 that I always wanted to sew. I fell in love with the picture on the pattern envelope.

Here's the result:


and a picture of the back using the flash light to show off the shiny fabric


I love the final result - especially the neck line, but it's been a long way there.
The instructions call to finish the bodice first, sewing together lining and fabric in one continuous process. Last thing you do is sewing in the zipper. This is where I found out the hard way that I had to take in 2-3 inch. No fun ripping out the zipper twice...
I also had to adjust the darts in the back to minimize the tucking. It's not perfect, but way better.

Thanks for looking! Comments and criticism very welcome!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / YAVA (yet another vintage apron) on: August 14, 2008 02:51:32 AM
.. but with a modern twist. I know lots of these aprons have been posted before. I just had to try the pattern, especially as straw-holder posted the link to the free version (http://www.susanbranch.com/shopping/shop5-07/aprontest.pdf)


just plain, without printing

As I already have enough aprons, a friend had to be the victim of my sewing madness. She picked out the colors. orange+black-> chemical warnings. I could not resist to try my first attempt at stencilling, she helped.


the lucky recipient Smiley


close up of the print in all its smudgy glory. "reizend" means both adorable and irritant in German. So be careful when she is cooking while you are around Wink.

As always comments are very wellcome Smiley
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 4 invitations to weddings = 2 new dresses :) on: July 31, 2008 09:41:41 AM
Hi there,

we got invited to four weddings this year plus a ball or two. So I had a very good excuse to sew myself some new dresses. :-D

First: Butterick B5026 ... I saw some very nice versions of this dress here on craftster and always wanted to have my own.
I made some minor modifications: lined the whole thing and added removable straps (not shown - and not needed Smiley )




flash on -- all shiny




close up of the fabric

and a first for me:
a real dress sewn without a ready-made pattern. I strongly altered a basic, strepless princess-line dress into a halter-dress, made out of dupion silk.
It turned out a tad to short... well can't change that anymore. I thought about adding some ribbon or so at the bottom. But as the dress isn't decorated in any other place I'll just leave it as is.


making silly faces...


action shot


and a close up of the vintage button I used. Found it in my grandma's stash.

Comments are very wellcome. Thanks for looking. Smiley
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / meet Schildkrte on: April 18, 2008 04:59:02 AM
hi there,

I made this little guy for the newborn daughter of friends. It is modelled after a homemade toy turtle I got as a baby but used to throw out of my crib. So after my brother was born it was given to him and he loved it dearly. It got patched so many times during its live, you finally could only guess the original colors.

I really wanted to make one similar to his. Hope this one will be loved by his first owner, otherwise she'll have to get a baby brother soon Wink


eating my plants Wink


belly shot

It's the first time a tried patchworking... uff I bow to all of you quilters! I do not really like to sew hexagons.
Also I had to rip apart the side seams like a million times, because I did not bast the legs good enough. So they would not stay attached to the body. I still like the result.

Comments are very wellcome. Too bad I have to give the little guy away tomorrow.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / traditional easter eggs on: March 10, 2008 01:55:33 PM
I finally got around to make some of these on Sunday. [edit]new eggs on page 2[/edit]

my favorite:

group shot:

two different techniques:
-colored wax on egg
-wax on egg, food coloring, wax on egg and so on.. finally taking off all the wax

some more closeups



Enjoy!
17  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Butterick B4849 on: March 04, 2008 04:34:43 AM
I already discussed the pattern in the original thread, but was told to post it in here, too.

The pattern says "fast and easy". As far as I am concerned with my choice of material, sewing equipment and motivation to hand-sew I would like to disagree.
This does not mean, that the pattern cannot be fun, just some considerations I would like to share:



First of all: The fit is great. I did not have to alter anything! I just took my measurements, chose the right size and went ahead.
But if I would do it over again I would change a few things (actually this one is the mockup). I would not choose a fabric with a small, regular pattern and I would line the dress to avoid the handsewing parts:

The part that annoyed me the most, was hand-sewing the backings of the plain bands. I'm the kind of girl that trys to sew everything with her machine. Some workarounds I could think of:

1) Fully line the dress, the pattern doesn't call for lining. This should avoid all handsewn parts.
2) If you do not care, that there is a small visible seam in the bands just stitch it with the machine... I don't know if I would really do that. Well, I machine stitched the hem...
3) If you have a serger, you could use that at least for the waist band. A serger would give also the the seams more stabilty, producing flexible seams. The satin was kind of stretchy and my machine did not handle it so well. I am afraid to rip the sleeves out if I move to abruptly.

Considering the fabric choice:
The satin flows really well and I like that a lot. I would recommend a bigger, more irregular pattern, though. That makes the whole cutting process a whole lot easier. In addition the satin frayed terribly, serging everything beforehand would have been a great help.

So basically it was a combination of choice of fabric, my sewing machine , and hand-sewing why it took me so long to get this dress done. I guess it would be a lot more fun doing it again using other another material, or having a serger.
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterick B4849 - fast and easy.... on: March 03, 2008 01:48:14 PM
well I would definitely disagree about the fast, at least if you follow the instructions. Next time I would optimize the succession of steps, maybe eliminating some, too.
Using satin with a small pattern modified the "easy part", too.

But I like the result! I present you: me having fun with my new dress  Cheesy




I looove invisible zippers. And I love how the fabric lined up, having fought with its slipperiness so much...

Oh... and if you don't pay attention at how you pose, you look like being pregnant Wink well at least I do.


Thanx for looking
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / laptop sleeve on: December 21, 2007 07:23:04 AM
Hi

I made this laptop sleeve for a friend for Christmas.
The fabric was bought half a year ago at Montmartre, Paris. I love all those tiny fabric stores they have over there. Since I did not find any good padding, I decided to take a bought laptop sleeve as a base for my padding materials.
[moderators if you consider this reconstructed please feel free to move it]



and Details:

I love the zipper details. It's the old sleeve's zipper, and it just went so well with the new colors I had to take it.


This is one of my few projects were you are actually allowed to see the inside. I'm usually too lazy to finish all the seams Wink

Have fun.
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 3D Origami star -- tutorial on page 2 on: November 26, 2007 01:04:54 PM
About a week ago I got this amazing 3D origami star from a friend. I had to try to make one myself so I googled for instructions  and this is the result.



It is made of 30 pieces of square paper, each 9x9 cm and has a diameter of about 14 cm. I have to post the one I got, too. It is so tiny, and she told me she needed only about an hour to complete it. My first one took about 3 hours Smiley



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