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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Haaalp! (terrible drawing added) on: May 13, 2008 10:16:12 PM
<EDIT: I have added a drawing at the bottom of this post, since I can't get a picture>

Okay, I have taken up crochet again, which I learned as a child.  Currently, I am attempting to crochet a baby sweater, one of the free patterns on the Bernat web site.  This will be my first "shaped", patterned crochet project; until now it's been all hats and doilies (okay, maybe not doilies).  Anyway, I have gotten through, correctly I think, this pattern up to the "BACK" section, where I am firmly stuck.  I've included the instructions below, up through the section in question; maybe someone can get a general idea of what it looks like so far and give me a hand?

BODY: Ch 60 (68-76).
Foundation row: 1 sc in 2nd ch from
hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Ch 1.
Turn.
1st row: (RS). 1 sc in each sc to end of row.
Ch 3. Turn.
2nd row: (eyelet row). Miss first 2 sts. *1
hdc in next st. Ch 1. Miss next st. Rep from
* to last st. 1 hdc in last st. Ch 1. Turn.
3rd row: 1 sc in each st or ch to end of
row. Ch 1. Turn. 59 (67-75) sc.
4th row: 1 sc in each sc to end of row.
Ch 1. Turn. Rep last row until work from
beg measures 6 (7-8) ins [15 (19-20.5)
cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

RIGHT FRONT: Next row: (RS). Work
across 14 (16-18) sts. Ch 1. Turn. Leave
rem sts unworked. Cont even until work from
divide measures 2 (2-3) ins [6 (6-7.5)
cm], ending with RS facing for next row.

Neck shaping: 1st row: (RS). Sl st in first
5 (6-6) sts. Ch 1. 1 sc in same st as last sl st.
1 sc in each st to end of row. Ch 1. Turn.
10 (11-13) sts.
2nd row: Work to last 2 sts. Sc2tog over
last 2 sts.
3rd row: Sc2tog over first 2 sts. Work to
end of row. Ch 1. Turn. 8 (9-11) sts. Cont
even until armhole measures 4 (5-5) ins
[11.5 (12.5-14) cm], ending with RS facing
for next row and omitting turning ch at end
of last row. Fasten off.


Okay, I think I've gotten all that right; here's where I'm stuck (underlined):

BACK: With RS of work facing, miss next
st.
Join yarn with sl st to next st. Ch 1. 1 sc
in same sp. Work across 28 (32-36) sts.
Ch 1. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked. Cont
even across 29 (33-37) sts of Back until
armhole measures same length as Right
Front to shoulder, ending with RS facing for
next row and omitting turning ch at end of
last row. Fasten off


I know this is stupid, but where it says "miss next stitch", what stitch are they talking about?  The section before that had me fasten off, so I'm not sure what the next stitch is.  The next part of the pattern starts the same way, "miss next stitch".  I am stuck like Chuck, and I would SO appreciate it if someone out there can help, so thanks in advance.

I had to take a photo with my phone and send it to my computer, but it hasn't arrived yet.  I'll post the pic when I can; maybe it'll help.

Edited to add: Well, I've emailed myself the photo from my cell phone, but I'm not getting it.  I probably did something wrong, so here is a (crude) drawing of the project so far:



2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / OK, I've draped........now what? on: March 10, 2008 06:34:37 AM
So, I needed a dress for this coming weekend.  I decided against using any of the gazillion patterns I have (because that would be the SMART thing to do!) because I have an idea of what I want and none of them are it.  So, I draped and pinned on my dress form, and now it somewhat resembles my vision (needs minor tweaking).  Actually, at the moment it has no back, because I'm paranoid to cut the fabric, but compared to the front, the back is quite simple. 

Anyway, having jumped into this headlong without the required draping know-how, I find myself stuck.  What do I do now?  I was thinking, once the draping part is done: cut off the excess fabric around my dress, then hand-sew it together on the form before I take it off and machine finish it.  Am I close?
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Maybe I'm slow but..... on: November 26, 2007 10:10:18 AM
....has anyone else noticed that the new Denver Fabrics web site is an identical twin of the Fashion Fabrics Club site?  I mean, same fabrics, same clearance items, everything.

So, what does this mean?  Probably nothing. Cheesy  I just thought I'd point it out.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adding to a finished skirt on: October 01, 2007 06:27:51 AM
Hi everyone!  I made an outfit for an even I attended, a top and a skirt.  I wore the outfit but......well, it has issues.  I won't go into them all (suffice it to say that I am a LOUSY hand-finisher), but one of the issues is the skirt.  It's a half-circle skirt I made without a pattern.  The waist is faced and it has a side zipper, but I cut the waist too big (like I always do Roll Eyes), so I'm planning on removing the facing, adding a couple darts, and inserting a waistband instead.  So, on to the question: the skirt is also too short, so while I had it apart, I was planning on adding a lining with tulle attached to the bottom, to lengthen the skirt.  However, having never done this before (or worked with tulle, for that matter), I'm not positive this is the best way.  Would it be better to just stitch the gathered tulle to the skirt bottom?
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Dress I'd like to (try to) make for my daughter on: September 06, 2007 02:39:44 PM
My daughter is turning 21 and is going on a cruise, in like two weeks.  I want to surprise her with an outfit for the formal night of the cruise, and I have got my heart set on this dress by Nikolaki:

http://nikolakidesign.com/womens_03.html

It actually doesn't look like a complicated project to me; I think the absolute make-or-break for the dress is getting the fabric choice exactly right.  I can't really find any details, as far as fabrics used.  I am assuming the main fabric is silk crepe, maybe?  For the middle piece, does anyone else think it's leather, maybe lambskin?

I would love to hear you guys' take oon how to approach this project; I want to start this weekend. 
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / HELP! I have a deadline!!! on: August 03, 2007 08:13:08 AM
Okay, I've searched like CRAZY for this answer with no luck.  I want to make a tube dress out of this gorgeous knit I have.  I want to do it sort of like this:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=114872.0

EXCEPT I want the front neckline to "droop", if you know what I mean.  In other words, where in the above dress the front neckline is a straight boatneck, I want MY front neckline to sort of scoop down in folds.  I was thinking, if I cut the back as a straight rectangle, and the front as a sort of trapezoid-thing *wider on top than bottom), when I match the sides and sew, the neckline will do what I want.

Am I on the right track?  I have to sew this by this evening!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with a lined bodice on: July 31, 2007 12:45:40 PM
I want to make a top with some lightweight cotton knit I have.  It will be a sleeveless bodice, empire waist with a "skirt" attached to the bottom.  I want the bodice to be self-lined (i.e.: two identical layers of the knit), with the bottom "skirt" in a single layer.

My problem: I saw a tute online (not on Craftster, dang it) showing how to turn a fully lined bodice, but now (of course!) I can't find it.  It will be a one-piece front and a one-piece back (no zipper or buttons, etc.), with seams at the shoulders and sides. I know this makes turning it a bit tricky; anybody out there know the secret? 
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lucha/Wrestling mask pattern? on: July 16, 2007 10:47:44 PM
I know this has been asked before (for example, here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=179477.0), but I have searched and SEARCHED and can't find a pattern or tutorial for making a basic wrestling/luchador mask.  Here is a pic of one:



When I Google, all I find is other people asking for a pattern or tute!  Anyone out there know of one?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help with a gored skirt on: June 18, 2007 05:08:17 PM
Recently, I bought this awesome fabric.  I can't take a pic right now, due to camera problems, but here's a pic of the same fabric someone's selling on Ebay:


Anyway, this fabric screams "SKIRT" to me, and I want to make a 6 panel (gore) one with a zip in the back and bias binding along the hem and waistline.  However, I'm stuck on the math, as per usual. 

Does anyone have a "formula" for figuring out the dimensions of each panel? 

Also, since it's a one-way fabric, I'm having trouble imagining the pattern layout.  Any advice?

Oh, and in case anyone's interested, here's the link to the Ebay auction.  Only 1/2 a yard though Sad Hey, it's the least I can do for pinching the pic, right?

http://cgi.ebay.com/BONSAI-tree-TREES-elm-oak-pine-1-2-yd-FABRIC-quilt_W0QQitemZ260128025216QQihZ016QQcategoryZ71211QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Discussion and Questions / Fixing a boo-boo on a screen-printed tee on: April 27, 2007 05:58:27 AM
I am screen printing the shirts that my daughter's class will wear for their school show (18 of them; not such a big deal until you consider that I volunteered to do it BEFORE I knew how to screen-print.  Yay Craftster!)  I have the girls' shirts done, and I made a couple leetle boo-boos: on one, I accidentally left a smudge of ink near the sleeve, and on a couple more, the paint is a tiny bit thin in spots.

For the smudge: I haven't set (ironed) the design yet.  I have heard the ink will wash out if it's not heat set; is there any hope that I'll be able to dab the smudge out at this point, and is there anything (alcohol, hairspray) I can use to get it out?

For the thin paint: anyone have a technique for adding ink to thin spots?  I was thinking of just dabbing it on with a barely-damp-with-ink cotton ball (the design is just a big heart on the chest area, so no fine lines to worry about).  Will this work, or will it make them look worse? 
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