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21  Easy Sweater-to-Cardigan <EDIT> Updated with Action Shot in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alli_Lucy on: March 22, 2008 04:51:30 PM
I whipped this up from an old, stained yellow pullover.  With some bias tape, a vintage button, and a few crochet doilies to hide the stain, a sweater that I haven't worn in well over a year is now a great little cardi! 

The sweater before:

Thanks for looking!


Thanks to Nataloca's eagle eyes, I made one final modification to this sweater, cutting the sleeves to 3/4 in order to get rid of the sleeve stain.  I reattached the original cuffs, which gives the sleeves a slight puff.  I love the sweater even more now - I think this was the perfect finishing touch.  Thanks Nataloca!

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22  Recycled Sweater Blanket in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Alli_Lucy on: March 16, 2008 07:04:24 PM
A few weeks ago, I helped some friends move.  My reward was a dig through their goodwill bags ( Grin my friends know me well!).  I picked out a stack of cozy sweaters.  After adding them to a few sweaters I already had at home, I cut them all up and made them into this super comfy blanket.  I wanted it to have a very rough, handmade look, so I simply overlapped the edges and left everything unfinished.  I bound the edges of the blanket with two different types of lace from my stash (one white, one ecru) and with strips of plaid flannel cut from an old shirt.  Finally, I appliqued a vintage doily onto one corner for a little punch.  I'm totally in love with this - we were snowed in last weekend, and I was wrapped up in it pretty much the entire time.  So warm!

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23  Little Deer Hankie in Needlework: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: March 10, 2008 05:13:18 AM
Let me just say, I LOOOOVE hankies.  I used to think they were gross, but recently, after learning that there is actually no live bacteria in snot (what?  This changes my entire world view!), I decided to try them out.  I am never going back to tissues.  My red, chapped winter nose is now a thing of the past.  I don't know why, but hankies are so much easier on my skin. 

So anyway, I've started buying and stitching lots of hankies.  They are great little projects.  I did this one to be my first give-away on my blog (stop by and put your name in, if you like it!).  The pattern is from needlecrafter; it's one that I've been wanting to put on something for awhile.  I really like this little hankie; it looks like spring at a time when looking out my window reminds me that we are unfortunately still stuck firmly in winter.

Thanks for looking!

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24  Teacup Pincushion and Needlebook in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Alli_Lucy on: March 06, 2008 05:06:47 PM
I used the 'Craftopia' patterns to make this teacup pincushion and needlebook for a swap with Amyracinrose.  It was my first try at both projects, and I really like how they came out.  I hope Amy Rose finds them useful for all of the beautiful stitching she does!

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25  Re: Snowflake Shuffle! IYP 8 gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: March 06, 2008 04:13:09 PM
I received from Amyracinrose!

First up, there was one of Amy Rose's signature framed fabric collages.  The kitty looks just like my Caesar (proof of that is to come below)!  This has already found a home on the shelf right next to my sewing machine, where I put all of the things that inspire me! 

Then, a sewing machine mat and pincushion!  If only everything in life could be so pretty and so useful at the same time.

Closeup of the pincushion - I love the fabric and the button.

Finally, an oh-so-cute and oh-so-handy embroidery organizer for the arm of my couch!  It has tons of pockets, a traditional pincushion (I love how you made this, Amy Rose), and a magnetic pincushion.  Both pincushions are attached with velcro, so I can remove them should the need arise.  Now my coffee table will no longer be constantly littered with embroidery supplies! 

Caesar was particularly interested in this one.

I think he likes it!

Thanks again, Amy Rose!  These were such wonderful presents - I love everything!

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26  Rose Camisole in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Alli_Lucy on: March 06, 2008 06:30:15 AM
I reconstructed this vintage camisole for Amyracinrose in the IYP swap.  My goal was to make something extremely feminine and frilly, and I think I succeded (in fact, I was a little worried that I had gone overboard, but Amy Rose assures me that she loves it)!  I forgot to take a 'before' picture, but this started out as a plain white camisole.  I dyed it pink, then added the ruffle, top panel, embroidered applique, and covered buttons.  The rose fabric started out as a pillowcase; the blue was a hankie.  I covered the buttons myself and embroidered the rose (using a Sublime Stitching pattern).  I think my favorite thing about this is the top panel.  I added it for modesty's sake, and originally wasn't sure how it would turn out.  I'm in love with it now, though, I think the sharp, geometric lines add just the right amount of structure.

Thanks for looking!
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27  Greyhound Stamp by a Newbie Stamp Carver in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Alli_Lucy on: March 03, 2008 08:41:55 PM
Yay - this is my first post on this great new board (thanks, mods!).  I've recently discovered how fun and satisfying it is to carve stamps.  This little greyhound is the third stamp I've done, and my first attempt at an outline.  I know it's a very simple design, but I'm happy with the result.  I think I'm going to use it to make myself some cute greyhound notecards.  Smiley

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28  Re: Anyone know any good info sites to help me use my dress form? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Alli_Lucy on: February 22, 2008 01:37:26 PM
Congrats on the great find!  I also have a vintage Acme form, and I absolutely love it.  In my opinion, none of the modern forms compare aesthetically; the lines are just so beautiful!  Anyway, I've done quite a bit of research and have found almost no information on these forms, despite the fact that they seem to be everywhere.  To set mine up, I simply started measuring and adjusting.  To adjust, reach inside and loosen the wingnuts, then gently pull the pieces apart (or push them together, depending on which way you need to go).  It takes quite a bit of fiddling to get all of the proportions set correctly - your previously set sizes might change a bit as you set other sizes.  It took me about 45 minutes to get mine set to where I have it now, which is not exactly a replica of me, but is close enough that the things I make on it fit.  I had the most trouble getting the measurement from shoulder to waist to match my own measurement - it's still not quite right.   As far as I know, there is no trick to using it, just keep fiddling. 

I just realized that you might have a different model than I do, and that yours might work differently.  Does yours look like this?

Ack, I don't know why it won't rotate.  Grr, Photobucket!

I also just realized that this post wasn't all that helpful, maybe someone who has more experience with these forms will come along and give us both a tip!

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29  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery February 2008 in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: February 13, 2008 05:10:47 PM
I received these gorgeous earrings from LindsayLuu yesterday.  They are absolutely perfect for me!  I wear stud earrings nearly every day, and I'm always looking for something a bit more interesting than basic gemstones.  Thank you, Lindsay!

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30  Re: Inchie Exchange Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alli_Lucy on: February 10, 2008 06:20:00 AM
I received my last three sets of inchies this week!  Thank you, everyone, for such a fabulous swap.  I haven't been very chatty since my break ended, but I have been checking the gallery regularly and exclaiming over everyone's creativity.  Every single inchie is so cool and unique!

Here are my five from Sarcastra.  "Go" is perfect for me, since I spend a big chunk of my year in Italy, but I think my favorite is "Simple Vengeance."  I love the texture of these and wish my camera would capture them better.

I also received from Squirrelgirl.  I squealed aloud when I opened these - they are adorable!  You are so talented to be able to paint in such a tiny space.  Just looking at them makes me smile!

And last but certainly not least, I rounded up my collection with Calster's inchies, which arrived yesterday.  I love the images you used.  I think "tea" and "wonder" are my favorites. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I'll post a photo of my entire collection when the light is better.
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