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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Un-sex-kitten-ified C.C. (Code Geass) Red Lolita Costume on: November 08, 2011 04:10:23 AM
Thanks! If I had to do it all over again, I might make the bodice from scratch, because that was a real pain in the behind that I don't really talk about in my post. I've also been thinking that a thrifted sweatshirt might have been easier to deal with than the suit fabric... it frayed like nobody's business! But as long as it's DONE and she's happy it's all good.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Un-sex-kitten-ified C.C. (Code Geass) Red Lolita Costume on: November 07, 2011 04:35:44 PM

My 14yo daughter's favorite anime is Code Geass, and this year she wanted to be C.C. for Halloween and also for an upcoming anime con here. When I googled images of the outfit she wanted, my jaw DROPPED. Um. NO. WAY. (My reference picture here is quite tame to what I actually found online).

Having made a boned corset bodice for an outfit previously, I did NOT want to go that route this time, as I was in a bit of a time crunch. So I bought everything (white oversized peasant blouse, black dance leggings, red suit) at the thrift store and reconned it, except for the tiny tophat and the green wig (bought new and modified), and the black bows, which were made from scratch with black cotton I had in my stash (she's wearing her own shoes).

The red bodice and overskirt were originally a red Sasson ladies' two-piece suit with a mandarin collar that I found at Thrifttown. After removing the mandarin collar, I opened up the bottom seam, inserted lace I had on hand, and hand-sewed it and added a velcro closure to make her little lace choker. I cut the heck out of that suit, removed the lining, sewed the front together and opened the back center seam, adding a zipper back center. I cut a piece off one of my husbands old black tees to make the rectangle for the front. The overskirt was just the bottom of the original skirt cut off below the zipper. I ripped out the original center seam, stitched down the folded over hem, hemmed the top and added underwear elastic inside to gather and make the elastic waist. It was then sewn to the white underskirt, which was actually just the bottom half of a white peasant skirt from Goodwill. I whacked off the top half (keeping the original bottom hem, folded over the top to make a casing and pulled through FOE to make a stretchy waist.

Black & White leggings: Not about to let her leave the house in thigh highs I found dancer's leggings at goodwill, marked them where I wanted the white anklethingies, spats, whatever to begin, and cut them off at that spot. I then cut a couple of trapezoids from another of hubby's tees (white this time), sewed up the side seam, the sewed them to the leggings.

White & black blouse (actually supposed to be a white blouse with black armbands over it, but I made it one piece):The white peasant blouse was also from goodwill. I whacked off the sleeves just above the button cuffs to have them be nice and puffy. Sewed on a 6" segment from what I cut off the black leggings, pinned them to the sleeves, gathering the white sleeve as I pinned, then sewed them together. Then I cut the long sleeves off a long-sleeved white tee, cut off the wrist band as well, and sewed the narrower end to the black armband, leaving the wider part of the white sleeve at the wrist to give the appearance of a bell sleeve.

Black Bows: Big black bow is basically a big rectangle of black cotton (with iron-in interfacing) sewed pillow-case style, then turned right side out and topstitched at the open end. The "knot" is actually a small rectangle of black cotton sewn into a little tube. I pulled the big rectangle through the tube and then just spread it out to look like a big bow. Another long black tube folded over at the center became the long "ties" of the bow, which I handsewed to the back of the big bow, making sure to get it through the little tube at the same time, so it held all of it together into one plece. Small black bow at neckline is actually another tube sewn of black cotton, tied into an actual bow and safety pinned on. The big bow was pinned on the back after zipping her up.

Green hair: I bought this wig from amazon: http://www.costumecraze.com/WIG73.html and fortunately it came with the bats in a little envelope for you to attach on your own, so I didn't have to do anything with the wig other than remove the beads from the braids in the front.

Tiny top hat: I bought a black one at Hobby Lobby in the doll section, and hot glued some of the fabric I cut off the suit so that it matched. I then used a scrap of black bias binding for the "ribbon" around the hat, and made a bow out of the same stuff and glued it on. I then used cut two small pieces of black FOE, hot glued the end of each to the hat so that she had a stretchy band to tie it on with, and just tied a bow under her chin.

I think that pretty much covers everything. After getting dressed her dad asked who she was, and after she told him he looked up pictures online, and then thanked me for "un-sex-kitten-ifiying" her outfit. Hence the name of my post. Wink
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Baby Blanket on: March 28, 2009 09:08:15 PM
I'm working on a pinwheel blanket for a co-worker and his wife's first baby. The pattern can be found here: http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm . It's pretty easy, so I got kinda bored and started some socks, but I really need to work on it so I'll join in here for hopefully some inspiration. Here's where it is so far. I hope the baby's not due anytime soon...

I also just learned a long-time co-worker is going to be a grandmother for the first time, and that baby is due in winter, so if you have any suggestions for another pattern to try, maybe something a little more complicated, let me know and I'll check it out. No too complicated, though, but I have plenty of time right now, so I'm checking out as many patterns as I can at the moment while I work on other things...
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Woo-Hoo! A pile of new needles for me... on: January 10, 2009 06:24:15 PM
Oh, great that's good to know... I may have to place an order then... I love how they look too, I'll  just have to order some fixed circulars in the smaller sizes so I can complete the set... hmmmm, now if only someone had given me a gift certificate for xmas...  Cry
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Woo-Hoo! A pile of new needles for me... on: January 10, 2009 11:29:45 AM
I have been eyeing the harmony interchangeable set, but they don't make the tips in anything smaller than a size 4, so you'd have to by the fixed needles if you wanted something smaller, for socks or something else with fingering or lace-weght yarn...

By the way, how do the wood tips feel, is it kind of like bamboo in that it sort of takes on whatever temp your hands are? I have arthritis in my hands so after buying one addi turbo I haven't bought any more, I try to stick to bamboo in the winter months, but if the harmony sort of warm up too that might be a good option for me.

As for the hat, have you ever tried magic loop knitting? you could use your harmony tip with your longest cable and knit the entire hat on that one needle with no need to change to dpns for the top. Just a thought.

Anyway, impressive needle haul there... very "envy-inducing".  Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: July 15, 2008 06:48:49 AM
Okay, Muria, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I was working really long hours to be prepared for being off work for a week. So far my "vacation" hasn't left me much free time either.  Embarrassed

Anyway, I'm not sure exactly what measurements you need, but laid flat (unstretched) the body is 20" across which means that it's really closer to 41-42" all the way around. I measured the ribbing unstretched as well, and it was exactly the same. So had I not made the boatneck version I probably wouldn't have trouble keeing the sweater on, but due to the stretch it would still be VERY loose and not fit all that well. Now that is, of course unstretched. Due to the nature of the pattern, ribbing, and yarn (which has A LOT of stretch), it stretched for an additional 10" (which means 20+ inches all around!!!!). So no wonder it fit so loose.
So while some of this can doubtlessly be accounted for by the choice of yarn (caron simply soft being, well, forgive me, but simply so soft) I still should have made the M instead of the L.

It might be helpful if folks who made the sweater in other yarns (cotton, wool, etc) could also give us a breakdown of measurements of their finished sweaters to give us an idea of the difference in stretch from yarn to yarn. Also, I feel the Caron looks nicer knit on 8s rather than 9s, so that would make a difference as well, but I think even going down a size in needles would not have made enough of a difference in making this fit. So my next one will be a M I think, at least for the cast on, then I may have to do extra arm increases to get it to fit the rest of the way...

Still totally love the pattern and the yarn, just need to tweak it to fit me better... And I like the idea of woolease, I have a ton of that, and Hancock often puts it on sale for less than $2/ball...
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: July 08, 2008 04:47:29 AM

I don't know, but I wear a ladies size 12-14 (depending on brand) or ladies L-XL (again depending on brand) and have a 39" bust (C+ cup), and it's just simply huge. In addition, I tend to knit rather tightly. I'll try to look at the pattern and take some measurements across it this week to give you a better clue as to whether it's the pattern that runs large or a problem with my gauge.  Undecided
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: July 07, 2008 08:09:53 PM
So I finished my $5 in Paris this past Saturday. Would have finished ages ago, but took a break from it to work on something else.

I love the pattern, love the yarn, only problem for me was sizing. I made the L and it wound up too big, I wore it to work today and by noon it was driving me batty. But that's not any fault of the pattern, just the knitter that was too lazy to swatch. Embarrassed

Trying to decide now whether to run elastic thread through the neck and sleeve ribbings, or silk ribbon, or give it to someone larger. Tongue

Pics here: http://flickr.com/photos/8595866@N08/tags/5inparispattern/
More detailed info here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/jewells68/5-in-paris

Have to recommend the pattern, I loooooove it, but my best advice is swatch, swatch, and um, er, swatch! lol
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: June 30, 2008 04:49:04 AM
Muria, just jump right in! I've been putting off sweaters for years till I found this thread. The directions are fairly easy to follow, and you can use a less expensive yarn for your first one. I'm using Caron Simply Soft. I bought two skeins at about $3 each, and I have a partial skein from a previous project in the same color. I'm maybe halfway through skein #2 (at the most) and I'm already workin on the ribbing at the bottom of the sweater body, which means all I have after I fihish that is the sleeves. I cast on for the L, and am doing a single color. So if you already have the needles you need you could make this sweater for $5-$10 depending on the size you make and whether or not you do stripes...

Join us!
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) on: June 22, 2008 03:52:30 PM
great! nice color choice on the stripes too... mine seems to fit me really big compared to everyone else's...wish I'd used smaller needles or cast on for the M after all.  Embarrassed
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