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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Panties made from stashed remnants on: June 25, 2014 10:48:25 AM
I made a bunch of undies:

All the fabrics are from my stash of remnants, and all the laces were new.

blogged, with more photos and navel-gazing: http://madebyjulianne.com/new-panties/

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / cat puppets on: May 21, 2014 11:45:50 AM
I made these puppets for two babies coming in June. One is for my friends sister, the other is for my friends boyfriends sister. So theyre kinda cousins who will probably never meet.

Its pretty amazing to make something for a kid that hasnt been born yet. So many possibilities go through my mind as I construct a toy that I hope will entertain them for years. Will they ever realize that before they were born, someone who never even met their parents and would probably never meet them spent a few hours wondering what their lives would be like?

more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/cousin-puppets/
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: self-striping socks on: May 17, 2014 12:29:37 PM
These are lovely!  They look very cosy. 

I like knitting in self-striping yarn too, it is a great motivator to see the next colour appear. 

I shall check out the pattern you used too, as I have never (shock, horror) knitted toe-up socks!

I've never tried cuff-down! With toe-up, I like that I can knit the foot, knit the heel, and then just keep going and stop whenever I feel like it. Also I love the cast-on for toe-up. I'd be interested to hear you opinions between the two methods.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Zigzag chevron shift dress on: May 13, 2014 08:25:19 PM
I just love the bright lemon yellow! The crisp chevrons are actually composed of tiny triangles. This print is hitting all my buttons.

Total dress cost: $12

I didnt really think about how prone to wrinkles the finished garment would be. Not that I generally look freshly pressed, but I do like to show off my clothes to their best advantage.

more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/zigzag-dress/
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: vinyl bag for markers on: May 08, 2014 10:00:07 AM

Thanks for the tip.  Last time I attempted clear vinyl it was all wrinkled. Read I needed a walking foot. Nice wor.

It's the fabric-like backing on the blue vinyl that allows the work to slide through the machine regularly. If sewing clear vinyl to clear vinyl, I've had success by sandwiching the layers between tissue paper... but mostly I try to avoid the clear-on-clear projects! Long stitches help too.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: vinyl bag for markers on: May 05, 2014 03:17:14 PM
Great bags!  Is it difficult working with vinyl?  How do you keep it from slipping while you stitch?

I used alligator clamps instead of pins, and had the vinyl against the bed of my machine, so that the blue fabric was in contact with my presser foot. No problems!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vinyl bag for markers on: April 27, 2014 05:44:51 PM
In the past 6 months, weve only spent 3 weeks at home. Were in Los Angeles for a week, then its up to Monterey for the month of May. Im unpacking from one trip while packing for another, and oh yeah, working. Its so nice to be back with my stash again!

All the materials came from the deep recesses of my fabled fabric cabinet. Even Im surprised at how much I had stashed in there.

This was just a warm-up project, but Im still super pleased with how it turned out. Little bags for organizing and packing, who doesnt love that?

more photos and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/back-in-the-saddle/
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / knit shopping bag with tutorial link on: April 25, 2014 10:31:04 AM
Bags like these are super easy to make, especially while doing something else. Because gauge doesnt matter, I can switch between whatever needles or yarns strike my fancy.

During my last bag, I got burned out on YO, k2tog mesh. Though I like the look, I can never get into a rhythm with that pattern. This time, I knit my worsted weight on size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles to get an open fabric, and this project was finished in a flash! I put the pattern on my blog.

instructions on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/another-shopping-bag-with-pattern/
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Sparklepussy cat costume on: April 07, 2014 08:37:32 AM
The idea to dress up as a glittery purple cat hit me like a bolt of lightning, and before I knew it five of us were roving the French Quarter as a herd of cats.

We meowed, and scratched with our claws, and drank a ton of whiskey.

Originally the costume was going to be sleeveless (and therefore a little more roller disco), but I had to make several last-minute concessions to the weather. Fat Tuesday was about 40 and raining! So I added the mesh sleeves, and arm warmers, and had to wear layers underneath my sleek catsuit. Some of those bulges are a wool sweater, and I was wearing a jacket for most of the day. So apparently I didnt need to lay off the french fries.

The mask is puff paint and rhinestones on tulle. I really enjoyed this technique, and will play with it more (word to the wise: this took about 3 days to fully dry).

Can you believe the adorable pet tag?! My friends Maria and Patrick made one for everybody, and mine is being stamped with Sparklepussy.

I really like this costume, but having to bundle up and still try to stay inside made it a challenge to have fun. I did catch a golden coconut at Zulu, and good friends + whiskey will get you pretty far in life.

see more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/sparklepussy-mardi-gras-2014/

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: self-striping socks on: March 26, 2014 08:15:49 AM
These are really fun - I love your color choice on the ribbed band. It's a great touch.

I love knitting socks too but I don't always have patience to work with the teeny tiny sock yarns. There are some beautiful sock yarn choices though.

I'm working on my first worsted-weight socks now (two at a time!). I love how fast they are, but I'm not sure how I feel about those big 5/inch stitches... Sport-weight yarn might be the next sock project. The self-striping really does eliminate most of the monotony!

I absolutely love knitting with the fingering yarn though. It's so tiny and the needles are so small! It gets me excited in a way that chunky yarn never will.
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