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1  Valentine Print Lolita Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: March 01, 2015 06:19:15 AM
I had two weeks of vacation time I needed to use up before April, but am too poor to go anywhere and my husband used up all his vacation time anyway.  So what did I do?  Stay home and make a skirt it's too cold to wear!  I used some Valentine's Day print fabric from Joann's (which is now half price!) and this tutorial for the half-elastic waistband: http://egl.livejournal.com/14270972.html

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2  Convertable Mittens in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ashling on: April 17, 2014 10:23:44 AM
They're 100% baby alpaca, and so soft!  I started these last month in an attempt to make winter end before I finished.  I wore them once a few days ago though!

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3  Re: Knit Peasant Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: January 20, 2014 04:54:16 PM
Thank you!

It's lace with ribbon woven through it on the front.  I took a close up picture in daylight to show it better, my phone doesn't do well with the low light levels we have at night.

And here's an awkward selfie!
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4  Knit Peasant Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: January 17, 2014 03:34:32 PM
I started this last summer, but I've finally gotten the chance to finish it!  I ended up hand sewing a lot of it, the thin knit fabric did not get along with my sewing machine.  That made it take a whole lot longer than I anticipated.  But now it's done and I'll have a nice new shirt to wear once it gets hot again.

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5  Red Lace Print Jumperskirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: August 03, 2013 08:29:54 AM
I just finished this last week.  I bought two yards of this fabric when I was in California earlier this year, but I was never sure what I could do with it since it's not a whole lot.  I figured if I made the skirt tiered I could still get a full skirt out of it.  I had just enough left over to make a headband (which I forgot to photograph, oops!) and a few small scraps.  

To make this I took the top half of an empire waisted princess seam pattern, added the lace up detail, and made the skirt with rectangular tiers.  It's hard to tell in the pics, I couldn't get a good close up, but the tiers are folded over on the top to make a narrow ruffle, and the seams are covered up with trim.
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6  Re: Removing an Embroidered Logo in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Ashling on: July 24, 2013 07:58:57 PM
Sure.  Here's the placement of the logo:

And here's a closeup of the offending interfacing.  It's literally an 1/8 of an inch thick, so I don't think covering it will help.  I have never seen interfacing or stabilizer this massive before!

I'm thinking about cutting off the top part of the front just below the logo, and putting in new fabric, but I'm not quite sure how I want to do it.
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7  How should I attack this? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Ashling on: July 17, 2013 05:45:46 PM
I'm working on making a dress without a pattern.  It's empire waisted with princess seams on top and a tiered skirt.  I'm most of the way through it, but I'm not sure what order I should do the remaining steps.

Here's what I still need to do:

Sew the side seam that will have the zipper
Install the zipper
Put braid trim on the skirt tier seams
Topstitch the bodice and handsew the lining to the waist seam
Add a patch pocket
Hem, and if it's shorter than I want, add lace

I'm thinking the pocket will be easier to apply while the skirt is flat, so I'll probably do that first.  I'm not sure if it's better to add the braid trim before or after I sew the side seam.  If I do it after, I'll have to fold it over and that way is hard to get it to look neat.  If I do it before, they probably won't line up perfectly, and I think it might make the skirt hang oddly. 

Here are some reference pics:

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8  Red and Black Stretch Lace Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: May 25, 2013 10:51:41 AM
I got this mostly finished some time ago, but I struggled with getting the sleeves the same length.  I was finally able to finish it recently.  I made it without a pattern, just tracing off a raglan shirt I had.  It's two layers, black stretch lace lined with red cotton jersey.
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9  Plush Onigiri (Rice Ball) in CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES by Ashling on: May 07, 2013 01:37:43 PM
This was made for the Fruits Basket Swap Round 2.http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285036.0#axzz2Sdh3dOo4  In the Fruits basket manga, all the characters have mascot images that represent them, and the main character is represented by an onigiri.  She talks about how people can't always see their own good qualities, they have to be told about them by others, as if they were onigiri and couldn't see the plums on their own backs. 

I made this with white fleece for the main body, and felt for the details.  All of the details were sewn on by hand. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the plum on the back is stuffed to make it a little raised. This is actually the second one of these I made for a swap, the other being for one of the anime swaps.  I've meant to make myself one, but never got around to it.  Hopefullybringing it up for this craft challenge will motivate me to do it!

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10  Lolita skirt + blouse in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: May 04, 2013 12:39:50 PM
I just finished the skirt of the Lolita outfit I want to wear to the upcoming local anime convention in two weeks.  I'm happy with how it came out, plus I got to use up the "several yards of pink doily," as my husband called it, that I've had for quite some time.  I still need to finish up on the blouse to wear with it, I bought it thrift, but the sleeves were too tight.  After a lot of fussing with it I realized I had to redo the sleeves entirely.  I'm about 3/4 of the way through that process, I'll add pics of it all together once I get there, and hopefully some action shots from the convention!

The blouse is now done, the sleeves have been entirely replaced with puff sleeves that actually fit!
Complete outfit pic:

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