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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Convertable Mittens 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!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gifts for people you don't like on: April 03, 2014 08:41:26 AM
I have a somewhat strained relationship with some of my in-laws, but I still feel somewhat obligated to give them something at Christmas time.  I found some yarn on sale and was thinking about making mittens or hats because they would be cheap, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much time on them.  I don't really have a lot of money to spend either, or I could just go the impersonal gift card route.  I'm looking at giving gifts to my husband's two grandmothers and four aunts, two of whom are married.  I've decided not to make anything for his father, as we aren't on speaking terms.

  I know I have a lot of time, but making several things will take time.   Undecided
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Knit Peasant Top 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.

4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Selling old patterns- is it worth the effort? on: October 09, 2013 08:35:35 PM
I recently inherited a stash of patterns, many I will likely not use, most at least 10-20 years old.  I've been checking sites like Etsy and Ebay to see what they go for, and some of the go for super cheap.  So cheap I wonder if they even make up the shipping cost.  Is it worth the time and effort to try to sell them individually, or are there places I can sell them in bulk to, like a used book or video store?  I could really use some cash now, but I'm concerned that trying to sell them is a losing battle.  Any advice?  Thanks.
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / How to make this kind of high waisted skirt on: August 18, 2013 09:41:32 AM
I want to make a skirt like this, but I'm not sure how the closure for the waist works.  It almost seems like they just have elastic under the lacing, but I'm not sure I'd be able to get that over my hips easily.  It doesn't seem to have a zipper anywhere.  Any ideas?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Lace Print Jumperskirt 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.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Removing an Embroidered Logo on: July 23, 2013 06:33:11 PM
I have a long sleeve black t-shirt made of nice soft cotton, but it has a horrificly ITCHY embroidered logo.  It's completely unwearable as is, the only thing I can do with it at the moment is wear it inside out as a sleep shirt with a goofy white plop of interfacing on my chest.  I need to cut it out to do anything with it, but I'm not sure what to replace it with.  The embroidery is in an awkward spot on my breast, I think it will look bad if I just cover it with a faux pocket.  Any ideas?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How should I attack this? 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:

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red and Black Stretch Lace Top 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.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Plush Onigiri (Rice Ball) 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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