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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / A reversible skirt and 2 tops on: October 08, 2007 01:42:00 AM
 Grin Been a mad sewer tonight!

Made this reversible panel skirt for an 8 year old.  It has an attached belt that snaps onto the outside to keep it up.  One side has silver glittery dragonflies printed on and the other has verigated pink serging detail.

And this is a simple shirred halter top.

This is just a cotton crossover halter top that snaps together at the back.'

Was lots of fun but now I'm sleepy! lol

xxx Lou
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Yay! Bright Colours! on: October 07, 2007 05:05:37 PM
Thank you TheGoodSheep!  I got bright colours!  Just using food colouring but altering the method.

xxx Lou
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I'm so pleased with this wool! on: September 30, 2007 03:34:55 AM
I dyed this yesterday:


And spun it this evening:

I spun this up with my smaller fly wheel, which helped me spin it finer, but I still wanted it slubby (yeah, that's my story!) then I plied it with a dark irredescent thread.  There are also beads spun in.

I am stoked with how this came out!

xxx Lou
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / My first dyed sliver (roving) on: September 29, 2007 08:44:10 PM
My first 2 braids of hand dyed sliver.  (Is it called roving in the States?)

I found it really different to dyeing spun yarn - it seems much more fragile. 

Not sure yet whether I will spin them together or not.

It's Polworth fleece, which is very soft and comparable to merino. 

xxx Lou
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Patchwork Skirt - Inspired by Vegbee :) on: September 29, 2007 12:27:05 AM
I wanted to give it a test run before I made a dress and this is what I came up with.  I'm glad I gave it a go first, so I could get it straight in my head, lol.

Thanks for the awesome tutorial Vegbee!

xxx Lou
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Mens Pants Trauma! on: September 25, 2007 10:46:46 PM
Sewing men's pants sucks.

First I sit down to cut them out. I diligently iron all the pieces of the pattern I picked up for 20c at the sallies. Then I flop out the fabric and get my bits and bobs out. I arrange the pieces on thge fabric only to find there are no legs. Just a waistband and pockets... Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

I buy a new pattern and excitedly cut out each peice..Yes, they are all there. I am pleased. I get the sewing machine out. My first stitch and I break the needle. Nevermind I have more... Oh, but where? No, an hour of hunting can't find them. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

I have a needle snuggly embedded in my sewing machine. Excellent. I carefully and diligently handcraft each leg of these masterpeice pants. They are beyond excellent. They are tailored with perfection and passion. Not a stitch is out of place. Put one leg inside the other and sew the centre front seam up to notch, it says. Why is this facing the wrong way? I begin to realise with a sense of impending doom that it may have occurred that I sewed two left legs. With one eye closed and the other peeking through a slit in my tightly clenched fingers I have my fears confirmed. There are indeed two left legs. Really, you only need one, and a right one comes in handee too. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

Restitch right leg. Just the one. I sew it to the left leg, I am making progress. What the hell does that mean? I can't stitch the facing inside out and upside down whilst doing a cartwheel in my undies, these instructions suck. I'll just make it up.

Unpick. Sigh, roll it up and put it away for another day.

I insert the zip with the precision of a 2 year old. Sew the waistband on. Bum, I need to put the belt loops in first? Why does it say that next on the pattern? I unpick again. I really ought to buy an unpicker, pins just aren't cutting it...

Sew the waistband on again. Now, I am at that scary moment where you are within an hour of finishing but you could potentially stretch that out to, I don't know, 6 hours? With a sprinkling of stupidity of course.

I did get these finished in the end though.  Smiley 

There is hope!  Don't dispair!

xxx Lou
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Longies on: September 25, 2007 02:58:11 AM
I'm unfortunately not a very good knitter, but really wanted these for my daughter, so just had to try.  Embarrassed

They are knitted in felted NZ lambswool, and are so thick and scrummy!

I have never done a picture in knitting before, so kind of just fudged how to do it, using a grid on the fantabulous internet and making use of my 3 weeks immobile with a torn back muscle, lol...

xxx Lou
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Nappies / Trainers (4 Pics) TUTE LINK ADDED! on: September 25, 2007 02:46:14 AM
Made these with lycra wings for comfort - they are cut to go under that cute toddler puku.

PUL, with minkee inner for stay dry-ed-ness, or sherpa for feeling the wet.

Were so much fun to make!  I especially liked not having to snap a million rows of snaps, lol..

xxx Lou
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sweet halter neck top for my 5 year old on: September 25, 2007 02:20:02 AM
We are just heading into summer here in New Zealand, so I thought I would get going on summer clothes for my girls.

Excuse the mental picture, Izzy is being a goober, lol...

It is shirred at the top and has a tie up halter neck.  Was dead easy to make, essentially being a rectangle.

The black part has silver sparkley butterflies.

xxx Lou
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My second attempt at spinning. on: September 23, 2007 11:15:54 PM
Oh my gosh, I can't believe I am posting it here, lol...

I have been drooling over everyone else's handspins, you guys are all so clever!

Mine's a bit more embarrassing, lol...

It is merino in mystic berry and long black (um, yes, it's brown Cheesy ) with silk, and plied with woolly nylon.

xxx Lou
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