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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Another Eddie-cap - and again for myself :D on: July 01, 2008 11:07:25 PM
This is my second attempt at this pattern (which can be found here: http://mushroomvillagers.wordpress.com/the-eddie-cap-tutorial/ ), and after I kind of liked the first one, I totally love how it came out and can't wait to wear it next fall!

The fabric was purchased initially for a "tonia" cape from fitzpatterns.com, but I bought a bit too much and decided I would need something to keep my hair from flying all around my head when the winds get stronger.
The idea with adding lace comes from a picture or the japanese sewing book "let's make favourite hats", of which I have seen pictures on ebay and which I am dying to have (now that I am hooked on making hats). What do you think (besides the fact that this pattern is intended for toddlers Cheesy )?

Thanks for looking!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Butterick 4790 - I made it (but my sewing machine didn't) on: June 27, 2008 12:04:17 AM
After seeing all those WONDERFUL dresses made from the Butterick pattern # 4790 I decided I had to try it, despite my lack of experience and curves (which I was told are necessary to keep everything in place with this dress Cheesy)
Of course I didn't follow the instructions but made a modification by constructing a pencil skirt underneath instead of just making a front panel; plus, I had to change the shoulders quite a bit in order to keep everything where it's supposed to be, BUT...

I love how it came out! I wore it to our school concert (and standing on stage in front of 600 people I realized I had never worn the dress for longer that 5 minutes and began to wonder whether that was a good idea Cheesy) and got lots of comments on it (and very much had to refuse the urge to tell everyone that I had sewn it myself).
Unfortunately this dress killed my sewing machine (which a was a really cheap model), but it seems that my shouting bad words at it convinced my parents that I need a good sewing machine, and they convinced me to spend my money on a high-quality machine once rather to continue to struggle with poor quality - so now my dream is coming true, and some time today or tomorrow a brand-new Bernina is coming!

(oh, how I hate photos of myself!)

Thanks for looking!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A farewell purse-set for my best friend on: June 20, 2008 12:55:22 PM
One of my best friends is moving to the US in two weeks - and since she has always wanted to go there and this gives me the opportunity to have someone sned me supplies, I have the overwhelming feeling of missing her already!
A couple of months back I sewed myself a pleatness bag and she went out of her mind about the pattern. So she went to the fabric store and bought 50 cm of these two fabrics, and after trying unsuccessfully to start sewing herself she asked me to make her something.

Since I am obsessed with coordinating sets I decided she was worth much more than just one purse!

So here is all together:

The pleatness bag (if you havent made one already, please do so! It is such an awesome pattern and I already had several strangers asking me where I bought my purse)

A fabric business card holder

A pouch with her initials embroidered on it

A two-toned tissue holder (tutorial can be found on craftster)

A drawstring bag with a yoyo-flower

I still have quite a lot of fabric left and plan to give her a little something everytime she visits home Cheesy

Comments are very much appreciated!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Eddie cap - with link to tute on: June 20, 2008 12:37:35 PM
I feel a little strange posting this here since the pattern is actually intended for children, but I found this cap here very cute http://mushroomvillagers.wordpress.com/the-eddie-cap-tutorial/ and just had to make one for myself! It was very easy indeed and only took me about one hour to complete. I don't really like the fabric but I really like the way it came out, and I plan to make one in wool fabric as used in the tute in the fall.

Sorry for the face - I had a very hard cycling training-session today and I obviously suck at taking photos but comments are still very welcome!

Thanks for looking!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flowery Burdastyle Lydia-Shirt on: June 20, 2008 12:28:40 PM
Some weeks ago a big fabric market took place near the place where I live, and among many many other fabrics I purchased this strtchy knit fabric, and had the firm resolution to learn how to sew my own clothes!
And while other students used their free time to study for our last FINAL oral exam I spent hours and hours at my sewing machine - and with the help of the free burdastyle-pattern "Lydia" I came up with this!

Sorry for the strange picture - somehow my mother can't seem to take a photo on whcih my head has a size that fits the rest of me Cheesy
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / "Fake" Butterick 4790? on: June 20, 2008 06:10:30 AM
Hello everyone!
After seeing all those wonderful dresses made from the Butterick 4790-pattern, I have fallen in love with it and would love to make one! But here's the problem I've found a couple of reviews like this one http://blog.mammamadedesigns.com/archive/2008/05/24/sewing-butterick-4790---a-complete-waste-of-time.aspx that suggest that it's a bad choice if you're small-busted and rather "un-curvy" like me, plus it has a tendency to show a bit too much...
So here's my question: Could I make a similar dress using the Anda pattern from Burdastyle http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/29 and wearing an high waisted, "open" full-circle-skirt over it?
I would be thrilled to get some suggestions!

27  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric covered corkboard on: May 23, 2008 11:35:59 AM
Hello everyone!

A friend of mine recently turned 20, and since we're all in the process of finishing school and leaving home, we thought we'd give her something useful, pretty and personal. So, what does a crafty girl do? Of course amke something herself! Cheesy
The corkboard is covered with quilt batting and cute pastel-blue gingham, embellished with ricrac and little haert-shrinky-dinks. We gave it to her with lots of post-its on it, with stuff written on them we don't want her to forget (anything from our email-addresses to stupid injokes Cheesy), and she seemed to like it!
I found the tutorial for this project over here http://iliketomakestuff.blogspot.com/2008/02/fabric-pin-board-tutorial.html; it was really easy and took about two hours including making the shrinkies! Cheesy
Thanks for looking and comments are as always very much appreciated!
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Starting a crafts class on: May 14, 2008 05:47:29 AM
Hi everyone!
This summer I'm going to start university and therefore need a job Cheesy My mother came up with the idea of me giving an afternoon-crafts-class at her school, and of course I was totally excited when the headmaster agreed! Here's the catch: Here in germany crafting is not only regarded as boring and something for old people with too much time on their hands, but there's (at least in my opinion) a serious lack of inspiration, meaning most craftstores and books actually confirm this common judgement. The few cool crafty people I've met live in the fancy parts of the city, while the school is in a pretty rough neighbourhood - so I only started crafting when I found craftster and I ended up ordering books from the US.
From what my mother told me these kids are not only less fortunate in the jobmarket, but they're constantly being told that they're neither smart nor creative. In many families drugs and violence are a problem, and they have other things in mind than to get together and craft. So my idea was to offer them an opportunity to get together and see how creative they can be, and that crafting is actually cool and a better way to stay occupied than to hang around in shopping centers or get into trouble.
Of course I will need easy projects that are versatile enough to let them incorporate their own style and that are not too expensive, and I'm been doing a lot of online research and plan to order some books with easy, stylish ideas - any recommendations? And what do you think of the whole idea? Any ideas or criticism are welcome!
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Felt Matryoshkas - many pics on: April 27, 2008 12:22:32 PM
Hello everyone,

I wasn't sure if I should post here or on the embroidery board - but then I thought since my items are mainly made from felt this would be right!
Here are my two newest obsessions combined: Colourful felt and matryoshkas! I got inspiration from some beautiful barettes from etsy http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10860023 and monkeythumb, with whom I made a personal swap in which I recieved a beautiful felt covered tape measure. I love the combination of the bright coloured felt and embroidery (even though I guess anyone doing embroidery would kill me for calling my stitches "embroidery")

EDIT: I just visited ennadesign's etsy-store and in one product-desciption  it said: "Do not copy" - I hope it's ok since I only made them for pleasure and do not plan to sell them or tell anyone it's my own design.

United Matryoshka Power Cheesy

My first try:

a bottlecap pincushion (I found a great tutorial for them at flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/collections/72157594588116047/ )

A needlebook

And a hairclip

Thank you for looking!

PS - If anyone would be interested in a matryoshka-themed personal swap please pm me! Cheesy
30  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi hedgehog on: April 09, 2008 12:00:11 AM
whenever a member of my family is sick, I feel as though I'm sick too! So I made this little hedgehog from Ana Paula Rimoli's book "Seriously cute crochet" to comfort my mom, who had come down with a stomach flu. Just when I was about to finish it, I started feeling sick and now I'm the one who's being pampered Smiley

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