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41  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 14, 2009 05:21:00 AM
at the moment I'm knitting a fair isle vest. It seems to be working out really well Cheesy there was this cable jumper that I wanted to knit but a) it was "experienced with cables" and I'm only a little experienced..I worked out it was probably just time consuming and when you got the hang of the pattern it wouldn't be too hard....so I was going to do that BUT..the really nice coloured yarn was discontinued and they didn't have enough in stock for it..so I went with the fair isle to use the lovely blues.
cables will be next! The pattern of the one I was considering was a bit daunting though..do you have any good designs for a cabled sweater or cardy? Thanks everyone
42  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 10, 2009 08:37:38 PM
Thanks so much guys Smiley what exactly are stitch counters/stitch markers?
43  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 09, 2009 09:45:26 PM
Like the alliterative title?

Ok...I'm not a brilliant knitter, I won't lie. But I have knitted socks..I know perl and plain, I know how to knit cables, how to decrease, slip and pick up stitches...I'm also reasonably patient. However, I am not super brilliant at knitting patterns so I need to get better at that..

And since it's beginning to become rather chilly here in Australia, I am seeking advice from the knitting crowd for...

Is there a pattern for a jumper (sweater) or a cardigan that isn't really hard..OR totally hokey? Is there anything you can recommend?

PS I'm female and 17 and fairly slight. 

Any advice you can give will be a great help Cheesy
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Over The Top pseudo Victorian iron grey dress on: March 31, 2009 03:40:03 AM
Ok..well..I had this dress in my head for two years or something.
[iimg]http://fc23.deviantart.com/fs29/f/2008/154/2/f/Iron_Grey_by_ludicrouslouisa.jpg[/img]
That was a drawing I did.
Um..so I got some drill on sale (5 m of it at something like..$2.50 a metre?) sweetness! I procrastinated about making it cause I wasn't sure I could, but when it got down to it the construction was really basic.
Ok..well..I don't have any super good proper photos of it. So I'll just show you a bunch so you get a general impression of the dress.



Yes I realise the shoes don't suit..I can't actually wear a lot of shoes without my feet being chewed up like a rawhide bone being fed to a dog. Even these ones hurt.
The stats: um..it has a pintucked yoke with piping and a lace collar piece, and it's a panel dress with a back zipper, princess seams and a full skirt of around 3 metres. I'm wearing 4 petticoats. It's got a pleated trim, ridiculously huge puff sleeves..and.erm..I didn't iron it.

I made up the pattern myself if you couldn't tell Tongue and it's longer than I originally intended cause I used the whole width of the bolt of fabric..which was about 1 metre.
More photos..yay!



If you're wondering about the weird pictures of me with all the assorted detritus/mini piano etc..well..it's because my friend and I decided that we were going to take strange looking objects from my house and I would pose with them and photos would be taken. Then I decided to play the tiny piano..then I decided to busk cause we wanted money for an icecream..um..well. .OK..the piano is half-broken and I haven't played for four years so my playing was hilariously terrible..but I think the weird weird combo of my green hair, archaic dress and tiny piano drew the crowds and motivated them to give us $13.95..not bad for a little more than half an hour!

I do have a video which will give you a general impression of the terrible music I was playing, and the whole "atmosphere"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zdT67KRgqI

I hope you enjoy this Tongue
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) on: March 18, 2009 10:27:51 PM
^ ah mine's a mere 7/8%..so that might be why. Hope it doesn't get worse.
46  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) on: March 12, 2009 10:25:18 PM
I think Portland (or Glasgow for that matter!) might be a little out of the way for me, seeing as I'm in Australia...
but thanks for the offer Smiley
I get loads of compliments at art school for what I'm wearing, I suppose I have to realise that I don't have to dress "safe" anymore haha

And if anyone wants to nick my idea for the harlequin, go right ahead Tongue
The skirt idea (bubble skirt gathered with pintucks) was nicked from a skirt I saw in kookai with in silk in really lame mushroom pink/brown colour..I just liked the idea of the pintucks as opposed to pleats or gathering.
And that is all Smiley any other questions go right ahead.
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) on: March 12, 2009 01:20:50 PM
I also should add I go to art school..so it's perfectly possible for me to wear whatever (as long as it doesn't get dirty, ahha)
I'll take all your advice Smiley
48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) on: March 11, 2009 01:37:14 PM
WARNING CAMWHORE ALERT!

Well...I was going to be a big lazy person and copy this over from Threadbanger but the picture links don't copy so I would have had to redo the post anyways.

I love yellow. Since I can wear yellow, and not many people can, I figure I may as well take advantage of that, and wear yellow.

So. I had a whole bunch of yellow satin and I made a pintucked, piped bubble skirt with pockets.

(yes for some reason I look like noel fielding in that photo..wtf?)
And I also had a whole bunch of t shirt scraps so I sorted out the primary coloured ones, cut them into squares and sewed harlequin out of them. I used the harlequin fabric and some pieces of a reconned blue top to pair with a terrible terrible failed recon tank top I'd made when I was a much worse sewer.

The green around my waist is silk I hand dyed with food dyes.

(I'm well aware my posture is horrible...I do have scoliosis so that explains it a bit)
none of my things were done with patterns.
Only problem is where can one even wear stuff like this?
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My silver and yellow ruched formal dress WITH NECKTIES (very very pic heavy) on: February 04, 2009 06:40:53 PM
Hahah..yes, I know what you mean..one huge impediment to my sewing is a lack of events or happenings to wear the things I make to. Most of them just sit in my cupboard...I only wear like..the really conventional stuff Tongue It also doesn't help that I'm a huge slacker and practically NEVER leave the house...
50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My silver and yellow ruched formal dress WITH NECKTIES (very very pic heavy) on: February 02, 2009 07:29:23 PM
Hahah Smiley no, it's not the opera house, it's the National Museum of Australia. The Opera house would have been amazing. Oh well.

The thing about drawing..is..well it's like sewing..it just requires a lot of practice to master. I mean..I suppose I got the practice in cause it was something I enjoyed doing. I don't really enjoy fashion drawing much...I prefer a slightly more realistic, less ridiculously idealised style....I would recommend drawing from photos of people wearing interesting clothes at first so that you get the hang of drawing different weights and drapes of fabric. Considering I do portraiture more than full body drawings of people..I'm not as good at drawing clothing as I should be. I mean, one doesn't have to be a good drawer so long as they can get their ideas down..

and although with drawing and with sewing you have to achieve some goals (in drawing it has to look like what you are drawing for one..and it helps if you get the anatomy right Smiley ) and in sewing..well..the garment has to fit. But there's always more ways than one to skin a cat.

And now time for me to shut up Tongue
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