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1  Re: What's an a line exactly? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by onemoreseam on: May 11, 2007 08:21:28 AM
Here are some pics I found:

A line:


Straight skirt:


You can see the Aline hem curves and it has a slight flare at the sides  but the straight skirt comes down straight on the edges and across the hem.

Another basic style is the circle skirt:


Of course you can make lots of variations on these basic styles... different types of waists, ruffles or lace at the hem, slits or pleats, godets, etc.  With circle skirts you can do 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or full circles to make them more or less full.  But most of the time if you look pat the design details, a skirt will fall into one of these basic  categories.

For example, here's a pencil skirt which is basically a straight skirt that has a more narrow hem width than the pic of the black skirt above....it also has a low rise waist and a ruffle at the hem and some pocket details:

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2  Knit top to go with skirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by onemoreseam on: April 14, 2007 04:51:21 PM
Made this top for DD today...You can read the whole brutal story  Roll Eyes here:
http://www.xanga.com/onemoreseam

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3  Sharpie marker "tie dye" in Dyeing: Completed Projects by onemoreseam on: April 10, 2007 06:12:32 PM
I had to make a "spotted" tie dye shirt for DD's school play.  After scouring the web, I decided it would be next to impossible to do well with standard tie dye techniques.  Instead I used directions I found for dyeing shirts with a Sharpie brand maker and rubbing alcohol.  I used black marker but the end result looks bluish purple.  

Close up of detail


Finished product
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4  Back zip baby sweater (AKA The Banana Sweater) in Knitting: Completed Projects by onemoreseam on: April 10, 2007 06:09:28 PM


The yellow sweater on the left is my favorite sweater either of my children ever received as babies.  It has a hood (obviously) and zips up the back.  It is so easy to put on & take off we just loved it!  We called it the "banana sweater" because we felt like we were peeling it off them (not to mention the obvious yellow color).  A friend at work just had a baby boy so I made a knock off of the banana sweater in green, at right.  

I basically figured out the pattern through counting stitches and trial-and-error as I wasn't able to find anything online with the exact same design (there are however several similar designs free out there).  It's seamless; the hood was knit first, then I picked up stitches around the neck to knit the body.  I transfered sleeve stitches to holders and went back to knit them in the round after I finished the body.  The zipper was the only thing that had to be sewn to finish the sweater.  Theoretically.  My hood ended up a little too big but I was able hide that by taking some stitches at the top in the back seam.  DH thinks I counted wrong, but given that I had the same number of ridges in my hood as in the original, that's not possible.  I think my yarn was a lot stretchier.  I didn't use a baby yarn because I don't think the mom would care for washed out pastels.  Instead I used Caron Simply Soft, which is very snuggly and machine washable (because what mom to a newborn needs to be hand washing merino or something similarly luxurious?).

I kind of wish I'd made my body a little longer as I think he'd be able to wear it longer (given the large hood) but overall I think it turned out nicely.  Only my 2nd attempt at cables, which if you haven't tried are very easy!  Below is a close up of the back zipper on the banana sweater, which is easier to see than on the knock off since I used a matching zipper.



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