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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: neon fleece raglan sweatshirt on: January 23, 2014 09:27:39 AM
Thanks for the tips, julibooli. I don't have a serger. Do you think I could still do something like this? Maybe with a zig zag stitch instead?


Absolutely! I initially sewed the pieces together using a straight stitch, which would have been fine if I weren't going for exposed seams. So you may not even need to zig or zag!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pink peacock Chloe dress on: January 21, 2014 01:33:57 PM
I've looked at this pattern before (I'm by no means any kind of seamstress but always have hope hehe), it is gorgeous in the fabrics you chose!  So cool that you were able to include fabrics that had meaning to you and you are totally rocking it with those tights as well lady Grin

Thank you! It's a really nice pattern and very flattering; all the seams make it easy to tailor the dress.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: neon fleece raglan sweatshirt on: January 20, 2014 09:02:21 PM
Neon has really grown on me in recent months and projects like this is the reason for it! I love it. It makes me want to add some neon fleece to my stash and learn how to sew clothes Smiley.

Do it! Fleece is pretty easy to work with: it's got a bit of horizontal cross-grain stretch, and since it doesn't fray you don't have to finish the edges (or even hem it, if you don't want to). Plus, this time of year it's going on sale.

My only warning about keeping it in your stash is that it's BIG, so it takes up a lot of space (but makes the stash-busting that much more satisfying). You have to get creative about where you're stashing it.
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: cat puppets on: December 29, 2013 06:18:45 PM
I don't think I've ever seen anything on here from you that wasn't clothing. Woah. These cats are pretty trippy. Yes, let's get drunk and see what they have to say. I bet they have some very interesting thoughts on the world. The rick rack tabby looks like trouble, you might want to watch it around that one. One can only hope they've been declawed before too much liquor is involved.

LOL
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / cat puppets on: December 28, 2013 12:47:28 PM
I made a bunch of cat puppets to give as gifts to some of my favorite kiddos.


Another little project to use up neat scraps, and give as charming gifts, and always fun to get drunk and then see what the little kitties have to say about the world.



They are all cats. Ive thought about making other creatures, mostly robots and monsters, but so far Im really enjoying having all these damn cat puppets strewn around my space. Im surrounded by cat puppets.


more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/cat-puppets/
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / neon fleece raglan sweatshirt on: December 07, 2013 02:45:23 PM
Even with a Disaronno-induced hangover, its impossible to be cranky when Im wearing this. Now where are my damn french fries?


I used a charming vintage pattern from 1972 (mine was bought at Fabulous Fabrics, which sounds like a delightful business model).


Like all recent projects, this was made entirely out of stash fabrics. Isnt it convenient that I have yards and yards of neon fleece just sitting in my closet? Having not bought fabric for the past few months really helped me realize just how much fabric I already had. Ridiculous!

Its sewn with all neon threads. It can be worn with the seams on the inside, but I rather like all those perfect lines of serging.


I keep playing with the idea of puff-paint decoration, with a clear memory of picking at the pointy dots on my moms reindeer sweater in the 90s. With neon or glitter paint, it could be quite hipster-ironic. But what image? Lithium is always a good choice, but maybe I should do something stranger. Suggestions?

more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/neon-raglan/
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dowdy pantsuit to dapper wool coat! on: December 07, 2013 02:41:21 PM
Very chic! It seems to fit you very nicely. What's the lining like?

I only use my iron when I'm sewing, and boy does it make a difference! It doesn't feel like a chore when you incorporate it into your standard construction.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: first socks on: November 22, 2013 05:10:40 PM
Nice job!
Warning: sock knitting is addictive, but you'll never run out of socks.

I have at least 10 more sock yarns waiting to be knit...
29  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / first socks on: November 13, 2013 08:07:38 AM
Last December I finally sat down and taught myself to knit, with one major goal in sight: to make my own socks. And it happened!



I started these socks in May, and finished them in August! But I only worked on them when I was waiting for something else, like at the post office, or on a road trip, or babysitting.



I used a vintage Bernat 50/50 wool/nylon blend, and made them up on my #2 Addi Sock Rockets (which I love, duh). I followed Liat Gatts tutorial for toe-up socks on magic loop, which was very easy to follow. http://knitfreedom.com/free-patterns/fingering-weight-socks



The m1r and m1l increases were certainly a pain in the butt, so next Im exploring other techniques of adding stitches. Ive enjoyed kfb before, but Im also intrigued by this method of working yo without a hole. http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/prelimassign.htm

The first time I wore these socks was to watch the man burn at Burning Man. It seemed like an appropriate place to realize such a persistent goal, and my toes were toasty!

more words and photos on my website: http://madebyjulianne.com/knavy-knitting/
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pink peacock Chloe dress on: October 21, 2013 09:15:20 AM
Thanks for the feedback everyone! I made the leggings as well, and at this point I probably have 5 pairs. I've been making them for years, and usually wind up keeping a pair from each different fabric I get. Way too many stripes!
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