Around 8 years ago, I saw this fabric in Ikea, and became OBSESSED with it.
I bought 2.5 metres of it, and swiftly made a little wrap apron style wrap dress that I had designed in my brain, pencilled out, and then found a Vogue Anna Sui pattern that looked almost exactly like what I drew, so I bought that, and stitched it up. I called it the Babyhead dress, for reasons I can't remember why, even though there is only one baby in the print.
I was so obsessed with this fabric that the next week I ran back to Ikea and bought 5 more metres of the stuff. And folded it nicely, and put it in a trunk. Where it stayed for the next 8 years.
Fast forward to 2006, and I feel like sewing, and I want a 1950s style summer halter dress with a circle skirt. Suddenly think of the babyhead print.
I had to do quite a lot of pattern adjusting as I am extremely short waisted (about 2" shorter in nape to waist length than the pattern) and also of very little boobage. I also cut a circle skirt instead of using the gathered skirt as I find they are way more flattering.
Incidently, here is the apron dress from 8 years ago.... i was a little sluttier....
My problem is that I am having difficulty with the CO that you make to reconnect the glove tube after putting stitches onto waste yarn. I cannot cast on without leaving big holes. I am using the double circular method, so i think it helps pulling the stitches tight over the cable, rather than the needle. And I have tried both my regular cast on method (Knit between the stitches onto the needle) and the backward loop method...
I made these at some point last year before we moved. Until then, all my CDs had been living in piles on the floor or snuggling up with my books. In my constant need to cram things into smaller spaces, these racks have unfortunately been a failure. I now need at least another pair and a half of skis to take all my CDs, and with all my husbands paintings there is no wall space to hang them..... But they look cool.
The old water skis were found in an empty lot behind a Value Village. A friend of mine picked them up and brought then to our house during a party. Later, he tried to snowboard down the front stairs of the house on them. One of them cracked in half and he nearly killed himself.
I thought they looked cool - see the fab "Ski King" logo, and had been mulling the idea of using one of my old snowboards as a CD rack. The snowboard is too fat, but these guys are the perfect size!
I got very similar toned wood CD racks from Ikea, about $3 each and screwed them onto the front. Filed the edges a little to trim up. And fixed the broken ski with some drilled steel strapping screwed across the break.
The Ikea racks, cheap as they are, fit CDS incredibly poorly! I spent a lot of time sanding out the slots because they were too tight for the CD cases.
They are a little delicate - old waterskies are basically styrofoam with thin wood veneer. I never got around to making anything to hang them with, cause I've never had any wall space to hang them. I also thought of perhaps making a floor block that they could slot into. Who knows! Maybe i will find some more....
A film producer friend of mine throws an annual Oscar party. I am starting to get into the film biz as a costumer and costume designer. The dress code of the party is "Come in what you will for when you accept your Oscar" as most of the people at this party work in film somehow.
I want to make a grand entrance!
So, the question is what to make that says I am a costume designer?
I already have some ideas: bias cut, drapey satin, very deep cowl in the back, little train. Front is very plain, high squareish neck, back of armholes (which will have to be small to keep the back from flashing either my T or A) embellished with sparkly (but cheap) beads.
Also, tell me. What would you wear to accept YOUR Oscar?
Does anyone remember a regular feature in one of the major fashion magazines (i think it was Marie Claire, the US edition), that every month, they picked 8 or 10 "essential" pieces and created a whole bunch of looks using them?
I thought a neat sewing project would be to find out what this month's "essential" fashion pieces were, and then to sew my versions of them for myself. I thought it could be kind of neat to build a blog around the process and the results.
BUT, i can't remember which magazine had this feature...