Gotta say I love everyone's work! It's all just so darn cute!
Sorry I haven't been posting, but there's been nooooooo progress because I had to wait on buying more yarn However, I now have yarn! So here are a couple pictures of what I made at the end of May plus my yummy chunky variegated yarn to go around my central motif.
You can tell which squares I did first, because they turned out smaller than the rest. I don't think it'll be a huge problem, and considering it is my first foray into granny squares, I say "meh"
Oh yes, and the empty spaces in the motif will have squares made from some random mohair seen on the left in the first pic for the middle and the marbled for row 3.
I spent a couple weeks at my boyfriend's just before I moved into his house. He lives with his brother who has two cats and an old beagle/terrier. I brought some sewing goodies, but not my ironing board, so I improvised with a towel on a TV tray. Wouldn't ya know it, Neko thought it was wicked-comfy
My boyfriend decided to punish the upstart
I quickly learned to flip the towel to the hairy side whenever I was done with it
I thought I'd find a good place to put this in the "Home Sweet Home" category, but apparently outdoorsiness doesn't count??? It's summer. I spend at least one day a week in a boat
Anyways, I have a RIDICULOUS number of bottle caps (mostly beer, some coolers, a couple soda) that I collected from my own habit and my former room-mates, as well as asking at the bar two buildings down
Here's a pic featuring several styles, of which I chose the one on the far right:
Clockwise from top left is (body/spinner) Labatt Blue/Canadian Light, Canadian (new style cap)/Molson Export, Budweiser/Canadian (new style), Mike's Hard Lemonade/Mike's Hard Limeade, Labatt Ice/MYSTERY CAP!!! (seriously have no clue), Smirnoff Ice/Coors Light, Budweiser/Lakeport Honey.
You'll notice I've tried to have two versions of each body colour. Eg black with gold, black with silver, red with gold, red with silver, etc. Unfortunately, I couldn't make any more cap lures because I needed to save my eighth treble hook to repair my favourite size 2 bell-spinner.
Also, I'm going to keep track of my usage and catches with each colour combination so I can scientifically determine the best for smallmouth bass in a relatively clear water lake (aka my usual fishing hole ).
I also noticed that the Cap Collector Haven doesn't have the newest Canadian cap, OR the newest Carling cap. FOR SHAME!
I have this habit of saving interesting images, so I have quite the archive to work with! The swirl things are from a stock photo website and I think the chrysanthemum is from a stenciling website. I then spent hours enlarging and cleaning up the images, and mashing them together. Thus my completely-non-commercial-usage plan took shape:
And then... nothing. I had no shirt to stencil this epic design onto! On a recent trip to Dollarama, I grabbed a black mens XXL tee for $2. It had the remains of a tag that had been cut out and a Sapin brand, made in Pakistan, 100% cotton tag sewn in. This shirt SUCKED! The fabric had been cut crooked, and the neckband barely fit over my teeny head, never mind the boy's melon! So I cut the whole shebang apart and traced one of his other nicely-fitting shirts. Then I applied the freezer paper stencil onto the front panel. On the wrong side of the fabric. AGH! After careful removal and re-application to the correct side, I discovered this shirt is NOT 100% cotton! I started with the red paint + textile medium, and it just oozed right through the fabric So I had to lay silver down on all the areas, let it dry over night, and then apply blue and red to the appropriate areas. Because the stencil had to be re-laid, there was some bleeding, so the stencil didn't turn out particularly crisp:
But then came the fun of putting the shirt together! Tedious, but thankfully no further horrendous happenstances I had to recut the sleeves, used part of the former hem as the neckband, and top-stitched all over the place with bright red. Not too shabby in the end!
Then he laid down with the dog and got white hair all over it
My boyfriend's best-friend's 4 yr old daughter is on a big mermaids and pirates kick right now. I even helped "Bat-Mermaid" defeat some evil monsters as my alter ego of "Pigeon Pirate." Anyways, I decided she needs a proper pirate hat! Thanks to a particular German website,
It's only 19 inches around, hence why it doesn't actually fit on my head I like it so much that I'm going to make a mini-version as a fascinator for myself, and my boyfriend intends to wear his brother's Captain Jack Sparrow hat to present it to her, all whilst talking piratey. Gratuitous boyfriend pic just because he's cute:
I'll post up an action shot as soon as the parrot-loving swabbie recieves it
I'm doing the basic sheath without the collar because my print is so busy:
The crosswise stretch of the fabric means I had to cut the print sideways I didn't even realize it stretches til I ironed it. Also, the pattern is for a fully lined dress. NOT SMART for summer times. So I decided to make all-in-one facings, which I should have done for my last dress
It's not much of a sewalong by myself Hope someone else joins in soon!
Last summer, my boyfriend, boyfriend's dad and I went on a road-trip to the nearest city for various things, including picking up hunter-orange fleece to make "Dad" a hunting shirt to match the one I made my hunny. While we were at the temple of sewing (aka Fabricland), my boyfriend fell in love with this border-print fabric and demanded I make a sundress:
I fell in love with Simplicity 2591 just because of the 50s flavour. Later, through reading reviews here and on Pattern Review, I realized it had pockets and literally SQUEEEEEED with joy! I am sooooo looking forward to wearing it out
This thing took ALOT of work. What a doozy to pick for my first dress! I wrote a bit of a review for it:
It was very frustrating, though I love the results. I should have picked a simpler pattern for my very first dress. Here's a quote from my reply to a question regarding a Simplicity pattern:
"It's only the second Simplicity pattern I've used, but I've noticed they are always waaaaay too big. My dress states right on the pattern piece the finished bust measurement and the ease. According to the pattern envelope, I needed a size 12 bust because I'm 34 inches around. However, on the pattern, size 12 gives a finished measurement of 37 inches because of 3 inches of ease. BUT, the size 8 gives a finished measure of 34.5 inches. So I did a size 8 bust but with 4/8 seams instead of 5/8 seams so that in total, I'll have about an inch of ease.
The waist was more work, though. I had to measure across all the pattern pieces at the waist for my "proper" size (in this case 30 inches = size 16), subtract 5/8 inch for each seam that the measuring tape went across, and I discovered it was EXACTLY the same amount of ease as for the bust, so I went down two sizes as I had for the bust portion. Then it was just a matter of making the lines neatly curved from size 8 bust to size 12 waist.
I used 4/8 seams across the whole thing to make sure there was SOME ease, although you would suspect from the envelope picture that it's supposed to be a fitted dress, not a sack. Seriously, 3 inches?!?! I could stuff a cat down my front!"
Also, I didn't understand the instructions for turning the pocket towards the centre. I couldn't visualize how I was supposed to attach the bias side-front piece if the pocket seam was... unavailable. So my pockets are not quite as they should be. Also, I took the shoulders up alot to compensate for the gapping of the neckline (I know, I know, I should have done a FBA), so now the bust dart is too high. Oh, and it's too tight because I ran out of fabric, so the back bodice piece is an inch narrower than it should be. Otherwise, it would fit much better.
This is definitely a gorgeous pattern, though. I adore the construction, the instructions were very easy to follow except for that pocket bit, and the length is super cute on my 5'4" frame.
I would totally recommend this pattern. I gotta start taking my own advice, though, and make muslins
I used to dress like quite the little flower-child, but then I went and got all serious with very slim-fitting "chic" clothes, then went lazy with tanks, tees, and jeans. Well crap. I'm 26, and I want to feel my youth just a little bit longer before people start telling me I'm too old to wear such stuffs (ack, some people already do). So I spent yesterday and today measuring, cutting, gathering, swearing and sewing. My inner hippie has been RE-released!
These jeans used to have enormous holes torn almost all the way across the knees. The eyelet and tribal fabrics are vintage cotton from a rummage sale, and the black with flowers is just a poly-cotton fat-quarter. The thighs were wearing thin, hence the patches, taken from the second-tier fabric following the patterning. The patches are applied assymetrically, not the legs I'm just standing with my hip cocked. Oh yes, and the bottom circumference of each leg is now 35 inches
So, um, how the heck do I hem eyelet? Or should I just trim the hems to length and bind them with bias tape???