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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ikea Babyhead print summer halter dress! IMG Top-Heavy!! on: July 16, 2006 12:59:13 AM
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 used McCalls 4826 pattern (there is a large discussion about this pattern here) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=35832.0

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....




2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Source for very TINY knitting needles? Or possible hacks? on: February 04, 2006 09:52:52 PM
Does anyone know where I can find knitting needles in British sizes 14 or 16, or about 1mm or 1.5mm?  I am not sure what size that is in American, but it is smaller than a size 0.

I am looking for short double point needles to make a pair of heritage Scottish gloves.

any suggestions? 

Any ideas for other materials to be modded to work? (I was thinking jewellery wire, if hard enough...)
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Big, gaping holes in CO in gloves... Hints? on: January 20, 2006 09:38:08 PM
I am making the "Cigar" gloves from Knitty for my guy ( http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer05/PATTcigar.html ) and this is the first time I have ever knit gloves.

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...

Any suggestions?

M
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ski-D Racks on: January 11, 2006 02:01:44 AM


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....

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Crocheted seed bead bracelets NOW with Low-Tech Tutorial on: April 23, 2005 10:02:46 PM
Just finished these two today:







Apologies for the crappy photos, there isn't enough light in our apartment, and with the flash is WAY TOO BRIGHT.

Pretty simple, and mindless once you get going.  Incidently, its also my first crochet project ever.

The beads are a matte Dark green mix (but it has lots of olive and purple in it as well), size 6.  I think each one used about 30 g of beads.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Crafty related songs for a compilation CD on: April 02, 2005 10:48:15 PM
I want to make a cd for a friend, and I want all the songs to be crafty or sewing related.  Songs that can be about dressing up, costumes, making stuff... kind of an inspiring while you work mix.

I only have a few, can you guys help me fill a cd?

Here's my list:

Everyday is Halloween - Ministry
Lola - Lou Reed
Wig in a box - Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack
...?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Backward loop cast on... how to be less UGLY! on: March 08, 2005 06:34:22 PM
I am working on Hallowig from Knitty.com...
http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATThallowig.html

It calls for a backward loop cast on to add on for the bangs.  The directions say cast on loosely.  I did.  It was horribly loopy and uneven.

Next try I deliberately looped on the stitches tightly and very evenly and closely.  When I knit them on the next row, they were still not particularly pretty.

I tried stretching them to redistribute the loops, but not much luck.

As a diehard two-needle-knit-the-stitches-to-cast-on person, this is my first attempt at looping.  Not successfull.

PS  I checked some online animations for how to do backward loop cast on.  I am doing it correctly.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oscar party, what shall we wear / make???? on: February 11, 2005 10:14:36 PM
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?
9  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Vogue 2805 Guy Laroche flared skirt on: January 25, 2005 08:02:24 PM
I love this skirt pattern!

I just finished it in black, slightly stretchy denim, with fat red topstiching along all the seams.  The seamlines curve from the hip and flow down the front.

It did have lots of pattern pieces, but the instructions were really good, and it fit together well.

http://store.sewingtoday.com/cgi-bin/voguepatterns/shop.cgi?s.item.V2805=x&TI=20005&pageNum=3

I got lots of compliments!

M
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / 8 easy pieces magazine feature? I was planning a major sewing project.... on: January 25, 2005 07:16:12 PM
Hi y'all,

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...

Anyone know?
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