Even though this fabric was only $1/yd, I for SOME REASON got only 1.5 yards, so as a result, the rod casing for the right curtain is smaller than the one on the left, but I don't think it is noticeable enough to worry about. I'm going to go get some more of the fabric in a couple of days and I'll re-make the right curtain.
I LOVE the gingham print. Before I made these, the curtains that I had up in the kitchen came with the apartment, and they were cute, but they were not very 'springy'. I'm going to wash them and then put them back up when it gets cold again.
I realize the one without the flash, while it looks better, doesn't show the curtains very well. Here is one with the flash. However, it shows the casing issue too much for my tastes!
I finished a dress from a pattern! This pattern was relatively easy to follow. I had a bit of trouble with the back facing, so I just winged it, and it turned out ok. I also had a little trouble with the sleeves, but that was just because I wasn't thinking.
Anyway, here you go. I call this Kitty couture or The cat's meow because of the fabric I used. REALLY cute black with white outlines of cats and white with black "meow"s all over it:
First, the fabric and pattern "before":
Next, the front of the dress (it comes just to my knees, I tried to get a full body shot, but I'm having trouble finding the right placement for my camera...it's hard to take pictures of yourself!):
..and the back. The white around the midriff in the front comes around and ties in the back of the dress.
I LOVE IT! This pattern is highly recommended to any beginners out there. I SUCK at following patterns, but this was pretty easy.
EDIT: The only thing I would suggest if you are going to make this pattern is if you have a large chest, you might want to go up a size on the bodice area. I'm...blessed...in that area and the only problem I have is that my chest doesn't exactly fit in the allotted areas, making the dress not fit as snugly around the midriff area.
So I'm working on a dress: Simplicity 3875 and it is going well, but I'm so unclear about how to do the back facing. Here is a picture of what I have so far:
So, the back upper edge of the neck is a raw edge, so I need back facing. Here is what the instructions say:
7. Fold back facing in half, lengthwise, with WRONG sides together, matching small dots, press (got it)
8. On OUTSIDE, pin back facing to back neck edge (over front), havign raw edges even. Stitch along 3/8" seam, being careful not to catch in finished edges of band. Trim back neck seam and corners. clip curves.
9. Turn facing to INSIDE; press, pressing shoulder seams toward back. Baste close to inner edge of facing. On OUTSIDE, top stitch as basted.
...so, could someone explain steps 8 and 9 to me, as you would to a small child? For some reason, I'm just not getting it. I thought if I just tried it, it might make more sense, but I'm confused as to what the outside and the inside are and I just don't know how to do this! I'm so close to finishing, and the dress looks SO GOOD. I don't want this issue to hold me back from finishing.
I just made this dress today! You could easily eliminate the tie, as it is just sewn on to the midriff piece after the front is sewn together. As far as the two contrasting strips that shape the v-neck, you could increase the width of the front panels and then just make the contrasting strips that much thinner...does that make sense?
I hope this reply isn't too late, I just bought the pattern and made the dress today. Here is a picture of mine (almost done, I just need to add the sleeves).
So, after the whole pet-food recall scare, I started feeding my precious kitties meat baby food. Ok, ok...I realize that I'm a crazy cat lady, let's move on to the crafts
So, I ended up with about a million baby food jars and I had no idea what to do with them. So, today I took about 15 minutes, glued on some various odds and ends that I had lying around and while they don't look that great just lying around, once they are lit, they look pretty amazing:
This was literally one of the easiest things ever. I glued buttons/beads around the top of the first two, glued and wrapped some sparkly yarn around the third one and just painted on some glitter onto the fourth one. I did find out that there are two types of jars, one has a wider mouth than the other. The jars with the narrower mouths, I had to take the votive out of the little metal thing before I put it into the jar, but I'm not too worried about the jars filling up with wax, considering I have about 50 more empty jars lying around. I'm going to make some more with beads all over them. I just need to get some more beads!
I wanted a new skirt for summer, but I couldn't find just what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own! I got the brown fabric on sale at JoAnn's (on sale!) for $3/yd. I'm sorry for a non-modeled photo, but I haven't shaved my legs for a while, so I wasn't in the mood.
I have the side of the skirt folded over, so it is actually just an a-line skirt. The bow is on the side of the skirt. I used an elastic waistband (for comfort's sake) and it comes just below my knees.
I wasn't sure about this book when I first got it. I flipped through it and then I put it on the shelf for a while. I picked it up again while looking for a pattern for a summer top that would work with about 900 yards of Classic Elite Rockland Cotton (100% Egyptian cotton, it has now been discontinued, but my mom bought me a stash from a yard sale). Anywho, I decided on 'The Slink' (in the longer length), and I must say that I'm wholly impressed by Jennifer Stafford's attention to detail.
First of all, I read the beginning of the book to get a feel of her 'knitting philosophy' if you will. I strongly urge you to read the section about 'what you will/will not find in this book', and her reasoning. This will give you a feel of her knitting philosophy and how wonderful her designs are.
Next, I read the pattern for 'The Slink', and man am I impressed. Her instructions are incredibly detailed: All techniques are crossreferenced with the page numbers in the techniques section at the beginning of the book; If you want to make her patterns larger or smaller than the largest/smallest size, she marks explicitly where you should increase/decrease the amount of pattern repeats; The pattern I'm working on has a v-neck, and she also is very explicit about what to do (and when to do it!) if you want a deeper/shallower neckline.
I received the BEST package today! lourapalmer ROCKS!
Here are the pics:
The whole haul (minus the shirt that I had to put on immediately) PIRATE WRAPPING PAPER T-shirts (the one in the pic says: You know what they say about veronica mars...she's a marshmallow!) "cd cases" wink wink a checkbook holder that is teh best a 'Mars Investigations' change purse and A MESSENGER BAG! notepaper
Embroidered on the bag: A long time ago, we used to be friends.
The other shirt (which is an AWESOME color) has this shell pattern in the bottom left...asymmetrical shirt designs are the best.
Even the cats enjoyed the tissue paper.
Thanks so much lourapalmer...I was sooo excited about the package and it totally lived up to my expectations.