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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How can I attach sleeves to THIS dress? on: July 28, 2007 06:58:51 AM
Hi everybody,

I just started sewing the Azalea dress from Burdastyle:


here's Crafty_Witch15's version of that same dress


So here's my problem:
I want to add sleeves. I have a lot if Burda patterns and magazines lying around here. Do you think I can simply take the pattern of a sleeve from another pattern, let's say from a blouse pattern like this?:

Any help would be great!
2  EUROPE / GERMANY / Debbie-Stoller-Häkelbuch jetzt auf deutsch on: April 26, 2007 06:35:41 AM
Hallo zusammen,

habe gerade bei Amazon ein Debbie-Stoller-Buch auf deutsch gefunden. Es heißt 'Maschenware' und es sind wohl viele nette Häkelsachen (Taschen, Tops, Bikinis, Anstecker etc.) drin.
Für diejenigen, denen der Name Stoller nichts sagt: in den Strick- und Häkelunterforen hier bei Craftster könnt ihr schauen, was auf Basis der Bücher entstanden ist.

Hier der Link:

Leider nix für mich, da ich nicht häkeln kann. Obwohl dieses Buch vielleicht sogar einen Versuch wert wäre, da es auch für Anfänger geeignet ist (Häkelschule).

Ich find's jedenfalls gut, dass es Debbie Stoller jetzt auch auf deutsch gibt. Bleibt zu hoffen, dass es bald auch deutsche Strickbücher von ihr gibt.

Hat jemand von euch das Buch vielleicht schon gekauft und könnte was dazu sagen?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / New free patterns from Burda Easy Fashion spring/summer 07 on: February 27, 2007 03:05:57 AM
Just found free patterns for Empire Style Tops and Dresses online. Also there are patterns for a 60's dress, bag and cape.  All of those patterns are also featured in the new Burda Easy Fashion magazine.

So here comes the link:


The good thing is, that you can download the instructions in 10(!) different languages.

Check it out.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock yarn for summer top? on: February 13, 2007 12:52:02 AM
Hi everyone,

i was wandering if a 4 Ply Sock yarn (75% Wool, 25% Acrylic) would be okay for a springtime/summer top.
I found a nice pattern in an 80ies (!) knitting book my boyfriend's mum gave to me. The pattern calls for 100% cotton yarn but gives no information on brand/length or weight! So I just knitted the gauge with some random sock yarn i had lying around - and it fits.

I am worrying if this kind of yarn will be too warm for a summer top. Also I read somewhere that items made of cotton yarn tend to loose their shape.

So, what do you think? Sock yarn, cotton yarn or maybe something completely different?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 70s shoulder bag made of denim on: October 19, 2006 03:55:22 AM
This bag is a rather simple one i guess, but took me quite a long time because of all the bias binding with which I had never worked before.

Anyway I think it turned out nice although the little pocket in front isn't really in an upright position. But this makes it look even more handmade, don't you think?

I took the pattern from a 1976's sewing book and altered it a little (infact just for the pocket inside and the Velcro, which is obviously not that much altering).

Oh, and I made another one with yellow bias binding to better myself on that one, but it was still quite slippery to sew with. Also it didn't turn out the same on both sides of the binding. Does anyone have any suggestions on that?

So here are the pics (quite crappy, unprofessional and dark but I hope it shows everything):

messy room with bag and me in front of dusty mirror (next time I will clean up before taking pictures- I promise Wink

detail of front pocket

inside the bag

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Blocking blends on: October 17, 2006 11:21:04 AM

and once again: a blocking question.

I'm knitting Knitty's Branching Out at the moment and use Lana Grossa Gala Yarn which is 48% silk, 24% rayon, 17% linen and 11% polyamide. I'm fairly new to knitting so I have never blocked. So, how do I block this blend? Is it possible at all since there's a high part of synthetic yarn in it?
Also I would like to know how much length I can add to this scarf by blocking.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn from Russia - Translation of label? on: August 14, 2006 04:19:47 AM
Hi everyone,

this is my first post, so if I do anything wrong please forgive me. Also don't pay attention to my poor English...

I got a huge package of yarn from my aunt. According to the label it seems to be yarn from Russia. I scanned it and the yarn too. Maybe someone with a Russian background could help me translate what kind of yarn this is?

Also I would appreciate any suggestions what to do with this yarn, because it's too scratchy and rough to knit clothes from it. My aunt wanted to make some sort of carpet from it but that's not my kind of thing. I thought about making a bag. What else could I knit?

Hope you guys can help me. It would be too bad to leave it lying around as it did already for a year now, don't you think?

Thanks a lot!

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