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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pocket scarf set on: April 26, 2009 09:01:30 AM
I made each of the girls a scarf and headband set this past fall, and just now got around to posting one of them. This set has pockets in the ends of the scarf for keeping my little one's hands a bit warmer than just her gloves.  I used larger gauge needles and about 4 or 5 strands of yarn.



I had thought I had a pretty original idea, but a quick search on Etsy proved otherwise  Tongue

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Memory Quilt for my Grandmother on: March 21, 2009 11:12:40 AM
My grandmother is in the process of passing.  She has only a few days, and I am trying to gather some ideas for a quilt to celebrate her life so that I don't go crazy for the next few days of her life.  In a way, I feel so guilty and ashamed for trying to do this before she's even gone, but I need to do something for her.

I am trying to come up with a pattern.  I'm not enthused about a crazy quilt pattern or any of the more intricate ones, as I would like to showcase photos and sayings and charms and things of hers.  I'll most likely start a thread about the process of the quilt's evolution as soon as I get the gumption to begin.  I'm just having a hard time deciding to cut things up right now.  Every time I get an article of clothing, I have to convince myself not to just hoard it.

Grammy used to pain on glass, and did some beautiful work.  I'm going to try to get some pictures of her paintings to transfer into the quilt as well.  She has met some big stars, and even lived and worked near Hollywood at the General Electric there, where many big stars of the day bought their appliances.  She is also Cajun, her maiden name is Guillory, and she and her family, up to my dad were raised in New Orleans.  I'd like a Cajun theme, but will also incorporate her favorite flowers and other things into it.  I want it to be bright and pretty and joyous. 

Here are the ideas I have so far.  Could anyone please offer me more ideas?

Embellishments:

   Charms
   jewelry pieces


Pattern pieces:

   photos from her lifetime
   clothing


Embroidery/quilting pattern:

   things she said a lot
   things her father/mother/family called her
   middle name, birthday, birth info, hometown
   Cajun theme

Also:
   Glass bubble photos
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro-Inspired Bandeau Top (Pic Heavy) on: January 04, 2009 06:35:57 PM
I spent two days ripping seams, cutting and re-cutting and FINALLY I'm at the point I'm sorta liking this top.  It could really do with more support for the boobage, but I haven't figured that out yet.

Please pardon the bra in the pics, i wasn't feeling brave enough to go commando!









Edited to say I adore this fabric, and have been trying to figure out a bottom for what I would like to become an outfit.  I was thinking either sarong/sarong shorts/shorts?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Creation Help Please! (Sarong Shorts) on: January 03, 2009 11:30:20 AM
I'm trying to create a pattern for some sarong shorts - my first clothing pattern.  Does anyone have any tips or ideas for me?

The idea is to create a pair of shorts:

  • sexy
  • sort of one-size fits most
  • rouched (sp?) or bunched-up waistline
  • slightly higher waist - but not too high
  • possibly to tie on each side?
  • the front and back connected at the crotch only, then wrapped, tied at waist

I want to do a sort of retro pin-up look, if I can manage it.

Thoughts?  Suggestions?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / HUGE tote bag - awesome mod floral print on: June 19, 2008 05:23:36 PM
I loved this fabric the second I laid eyes on it.  Most of the people who come into our shop are older and mostly quilt.  This print is just too much for them, I think. Tongue

I decided the best thing to do with it was to turn it into a huge market bag in order to optimize the print, to show off more of it at a time.  And it's reversible! (edit:  it's a massive 21"x18"!)

No pattern, just cut and sewn, yeehaw!


The awesome fabric I love so much:


Open:


And the reverse!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hand-sewer, first-time dress on a machine - Awful! on: May 12, 2008 06:26:33 AM
I've been hand-sewing forever.  Since I was a kid.  Mostly quilts and crafting, etc.  I rarely use a machine, but would love to start making clothing and bags via machine.  I did some things back in high school (lab coat for my allied health class, nightgown, basic stuff)

I work at a sewing shop now, and just love the fabrics we have, and found one I really wanted to make a dress out of.  The fabric is called Floragraphix II, and is really beautiful.  The problem is, I got the end of the bolt (40% off!) so there's little room for mistakes.

Here's the dress (Pattern is Butterick 5200, view B):


What I think I did right:
  • I think I managed to line up the pattern really well with the limited amount of fabric I had to work with
  • The zipper wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, and it's pretty well lined up:


Where I totally failed:
  • The dress was supposed to be lined, but I wanted a nice, light sundress, and skipped that, going for what i think are called rolled seams (?)  Anyway, the front panels for the bust are totally weird and loose.
  • The seams in the ribbon completely suck.  I tried like hell to get them straight, but the outcome was crooked all over the place.


I think I made the gathers in the bust too deep, so maybe that's the reason they're so loose.  Or not, I'm not entirely sure. 

I so love this fabric, and would really love to fix it.  If I rip out all the seams in the front and try to redo it, will it end up worse than it is?  I supposed either way it won't matter, since it's not wearable as-is...

Help? 

[Edit] I know in the pics the armholes look funny, but I promise, those aren't that bad.  I just wonder if I should have used some kind of bias tape or edging or something?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Learn a new craft swap? on: March 26, 2008 08:39:04 AM
Has there ever been one of these?  I'm just curious.  I was just accepted for my very first swap (YAY!), so I couldn't sign up for another until May, I think.  I'm just wondering if anyone's tried this yet.

It could be really fun.  We could exchange packages with someone who would like to learn a particular craft, and include things like instruction/pattern books, dvds, small starter sets of supplies, maybe even a small or medium finished project.

For instance:  I braid rugs, but am having a hard time learning to crochet (I'm blonde, whattaya want?) from a book.  So maybe a dvd would help.  Or something.  And I would send detailed unstructions, books, dvds on rug-braiding, and my partner would send the same (only the "for dummies" version for me) about crochet.

There are so many fun crafts I'd love to learn! 

Maybe it would be fun?  Lemme know whatcha think Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Jackpot :D on: March 23, 2008 09:01:20 AM
I am SO excited!  I went out to the thrift stores yesterday (they put out the good stuff around a holiday) and scored!

Perusing around the store, I found 3 (THREE!!) Color Keeper boxes full to their brims with DMC floss, carded and labeled ever so neatly.  YAY

I am so thrilled, talk about a money saver!

I've been getting tons of free/cheap crafts supplies over the last couple of months, thanks to the discovery of Freecycle and Craigslist.  Floss is generally harder to come by, so this was a major score!

(pardons if this doesn't go here)
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