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11  finished my first sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Ashling on: November 17, 2012 02:08:58 PM
I've been working on this for a couple of months, and I'm finally done!  I think it came out alright, I made a few mistakes, but they're not too noticeable.  I think if I do this again I'm going to make the next size up, because the repeat is in multiples of 12 the sleeves on the medium are the same as the sleeves on the XS, and are a little tight on me.  I'll try to post a shot of me modeling it once I get buttons.
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12  Upsized Shirt Pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: October 13, 2012 12:20:21 PM
I'm rather new to having to enlarge things.  I've always been tiny in the past, but some long term medical issues have caused me to gain about 20 lbs, meaning that the majority of the many, many patterns I've aquired over the years are now too small.  However, I am not one to give up easily, and I know that patterns are far more maleable than finished clothes, and I am attempting to make things that fit with patterns I already have.
This is the pattern I started with:


Here are the adjustments I made.  Some I did by simply cutting the piece bigger, others I had to add more paper to.


I still had to shorten it like I always have, sadly getting bigger hasn't made me any taller!  Cheesy


Close up shot:


And finshed!  I decided to omit the sleeves.  I was worried that since the sleeves were already poofy, enlarging them to fit the armhole would make them overwhelmingly huge.  I decided that since I wanted to make some vests anyway to cover that obnoxious bra line I always get with stretchy shirts, I would just wear it over my long sleeved t-shirts this fall and winter.


Hope you like it!  Sorry I'm making a weird face in that pic.
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13  I made my own swimsuit! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: August 26, 2012 08:30:38 PM
My sister-in-law and I had planned on going to the Wisconsin Dells earlier this year, and I determined that I needed a new swimsuit.  Unfortunately (fortunately?) because we'd planned to go in April it was a little early in the season for buying swimwear, and what little I found in stores was hideous.  I decided to make one myself, and then discovered the lack of even decent swimwear patterns.  Undaunted, I pondered how I could make it work.  I dug through my own patterns looking for something to alter, and found a halter dress pattern http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=9965 that I could use for the top.  For the bottom, I decided the best thing to do was trace off a pair of underwear, since it's basically the same thing and I knew it would fit.  This is what I ended up with!
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14  black patchwork skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: January 06, 2012 10:46:20 AM
I've been working on this for several weeks, and it's finally done!  I had a lot of black scraps left over from other projects and decided to put them to good use.  It's a tiered skirt with every other row of squares gathered to the one above.  I used bigger pieces than I have on previous patchwotrk skirts, so this one is only 84 pieces.

Hope you like it!

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15  Resuable gift wrap! in Winter Holidays by Ashling on: December 01, 2011 11:07:25 AM
I've been experimenting with various ways to do this, and I discovered that the best way is also the easiest!  It's just a rectangle of fabric hemmed all around with ribbon ties on two sides.  My husband and I primarily give each other books and DVDs, so that's the size I made, but they can be any size you want.

Here's how I wrap a movie with it:
Center the box with the long sides pointing to the sides with the ribbon.

Fold up sides.

Fold corners to points.

Cross the ribbons.

Flip over and tie on the top, and you're done!

These are some other ones I've done so far:


(I apologize if this has been posted before.  I seem to recall seeing a similar project to this on craftster maybe last year or so, but a quick search didn't find it.  If this was your original idea, please let me know so I can credit you!)
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16  Luggage tags (Now with action shot) in Completed Projects by Ashling on: November 10, 2011 10:37:26 AM
I made these for my husband's family members who travel a lot.  They are loosely based on the tutorial here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=199853.0;, except mine are vinyl all around and have elastic straps.

Action shot!
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17  Help me not freeze! in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Ashling on: November 03, 2010 02:49:52 PM
I have a huge window in my shower, and in the winter it is freezing.  It's made worse because I'm in a basement level apartment, so the snow piles up against the window.  I want to put something on the window to insulate it a little, but I'm not sure what.  I'd thought about putting a towel on a tension rod, but I'm worried that will mildew.  I'd thought about that stick on plastic stuff, but I need to be able to open it to let moisture out because we don't have a fan.  I'd be satisfied with just covering the lower part.  Will contact paper do anything?  I need something water resistant, and non permanent.  Any thoughts?  Thank you!

Here's a picture:

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18  Re: FrugALong 2010 in Craftalongs by Ashling on: June 17, 2010 06:59:16 AM
Are we working on a theme now? I totally can't remember.
"June's theme- Work on your individual frugal goals this month"  Nice and open ended!  Smiley

Here are the curtains I made for the bedroom, lined with blackout material to keep the heat out.  They should save me on my air conditioning, and making them cost less than buying new ones!
Here's a shot of the blackout lining-
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19  Anime Pillows! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Ashling on: August 31, 2009 03:46:59 PM
The anime club I'm in got together about a week ago, and we made some character pillows.  Mine are from Hetalia Axis Powers.  Thanks to my friend Jen for letting me use her camera, since mine stinks.

Side one- Germany and Italy & Germany

other side: Germany and the Allies
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20  Re: 2009 Holiday Handmade Crusade :: (August Theme Page 1) in Craftalongs by Ashling on: August 28, 2009 11:22:04 AM
My entry: A half finished wallet!  If I finish this it will be for my FIL, who works in wine, hence the grapes.  Seriously, I have no excuse for not being done with this.  Apparently I have more important things to do, like hit "refresh" on my e-mail, organize my sock drawer, or check out manga from the library!
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