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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / moody hoodie on: September 20, 2014 11:15:11 AM
My adorable little niece is almost 13, and exactly like her momma has entered the somewhat moody my favorite color is black phase of her life (and is just as sweet and funny as ever, but now with added introspection and an Instagram account).

I should have been working on projects for clients, but one morning I came across these gray and black remnants and dropped everything to whip up a hoodie for my little brooding ray of sunshine.

I wanted the hoodie to feel like a cocoon, something she could retreat into, something that would make her mother say I cant see your face!

So its all remnant fabrics, and the silver zipper was also from my stash. I had purple and blue thread in my serger, which happens to be Allias current favorite color besides black and gray. I used a vintage raglan pattern as a base, and added the hood and pockets.

She seems pretty happy with it, and she even lets herself be photographed wearing it!

more pictures on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/moody-hoodie/
2  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/

3  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/
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 / 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/
6  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/
7  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/

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / self-striping socks on: March 24, 2014 09:28:49 AM
Hand-made socks were a major motivator in learning to knit, and I really love making them (which is a relief; I was afraid that it might be too tedious). Its a simple and compact project that I can carry everywhere I go.

Although my first pair of socks took about 3 months to complete, this second pair was finished in 4 weeks. And they are much longer! I did a basic calculation, and estimate that each sock contains about 12,000 stitches. Sock knitters, does that number seem correct? It makes me dizzy.

I used 47″ #3 Addi Turbo Lace needles, and followed Liat Gatts pattern for toe-up socks on magic loop.

This was my first time working with self-striping, and I am definitely a convert. It was exciting to see the colors and stripes emerge, and the pattern helped me track my progress as well as hide any flaws.

This aquamarine yarn is a bamboo-nylon blend. Its definitely thicker than the fingering-weight, and so I did the ribbing on #1 needles. I was concerned about the weight discrepancy, but I think it totally works for the cuff.

I live in LA, but luckily I have icy feet, so handmade wool socks will actually get worn this winter. But future sock yarns may be more of the bamboo persuasion.

more on the blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/self-striping-socks/
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re-covered sewing chair on: March 17, 2014 07:49:36 AM
Ive been using this chair since 2009, and had this fabric in my stash since 2010. In 2013 I decided to put the two together, but I only got around to it in January 2014. It took about 90 minutes.


The fabric is organic cotton canvas, and I used almost all of it for this project. The remaining pieces went to my mom, so this was a very successful stash-busting project.

blogged: http://madebyjulianne.com/recovered-chair/
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matmos shift dress on: March 11, 2014 10:27:04 AM
Its a simple dress, which means its versatile and comfortable and fun to wear.

Now Im wearing it with a silk charmeuse slip, and I stay pretty warm. Without the slip, its been perfect for warmer days in Los Angeles on the bicycle. The short hem will be fun in the summer!

Its made from a silky, slinky rayon. The print reminds me of the Matmos from one of my favorite movies, Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy.

I finished the seams in the serger. Theres a black invisible zip, which should be 6″ longer, but I had this size in my stash and I can easily get the dress over my shoulders (but the hips are another story).

Im not sure about the neckline. Maybe I want to do something bold, like an appliqu or contrasting collar? Maybe I want it lower? For now, its bound in matching bias tape. Id love any suggestions!

more photos and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/matmos-dress/
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