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11  Re: Swap a Yard of Fabric May/June in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mangomerle on: June 25, 2008 04:33:34 PM
I can't view page 6 of this thread without my computer crashing on me. So here are a couple more I found in my stash today while I was looking for something else.

Yellow and orange cotton blend, vintage from my grandmother's stash, buildings and words, kinda sheer
up to 1 yard available

close up

geometric patterned cotton flannel
up to 1 yard available
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12  what to do when your basement is too creepy for doing laundry in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by mangomerle on: May 29, 2008 08:16:35 PM
A couple of weeks ago there came a night when I realized  Shocked I had not done laundry in far too long and had nothing to wear to work the next day. The laundromat was closed by this time and even though there is a coin washer in our basement, I did not want to go down there in the middle of the night to wash anything; basements frighten me even when they're normal, but ours is definitely not that. We have to go outside to the back porch and open a "trap door" to go down into our basement and it is super creepy because 1/2 the floor is still dirt from when the building was built in the 20's and there are random holes all over the place covered up by plywood. Neither me nor my roommate have yet been brave enough to lift any of the plywood to see what's in the holes. Plus there really is no lighting other than a garage lamp (the kind with an extension cord and a cage around it that you would use when working under the hood of a car) hanging directly over the washing machine. So what to do about clothes for work? Why, get out the sewing machine and browse through the fabric stash of course!

I had not made anything without a paper pattern before, but I have done a lot of sewing of clothes in the past. I found this polyester knit I had forgotten about in the bottom of my cedar chest; about 2 yards of it. I laid it out on the kitchen floor and, placing a camisole on top for reference, cut out the back piece. Then I used the back piece as a template for cutting out the front piece, only I drew out what I hoped would turn out to be a cowl neck and cut that out as well as completely guessing on what the sleeves should look like. I tried making them large and figured if they were too big I could just gather them slightly and make them poofy at the top.

After sewing the sleeves on and sewing the shoulder seams together I tried it on to make sure all was going correctly and dang, I didn't cut the knit out the right direction and the stretch was going up and down instead of side to side so it wouldn't fit across my tummy, let alone my hips at the bottom! So I eyeballed a triangle shape to add to the side seams and then finished all the edges with some antique lace I got from Grandma's stash a few months ago.

Close-up of fabric, quite true to color

Front view

So you can see the shape of the sleeves

Inserted triangle

Back view

Let me know what you think, please, as I am excited about it being the first thing I've ever made without an actual pattern!
The greenish shiny stuff behind me to my right is part of the canopy I made for my bed (the frame is made of old cedar fenceposts and my dad created the entire thing himself from napkin drawing (seriously) to completion. He is just that awesome. I will take pics of it and the canopy I created for it someday when I have access to something better than a webcam for taking pictures)
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13  Pasta with fennel, beets and pecan pesto (super yum!) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by mangomerle on: May 03, 2008 11:24:10 AM
made this a several weeks ago when my boyfriend was in town for the weekend
took forever for me to get around to posting it, but here it is in all its colorful yummyness Cheesy
It is based on this recipe: http://www.almostachef.com/2008/02/farfalle-with-almond-pesto-zucchini-and-fennel/

Pasta with fennel, beets and pecan pesto

~1 cup chopped parsley, fresh or dried
several cloves garlic to taste (we used 6, actually)
3/4 cup olive oil
~1/3 cup roasted pecans
~1/4 cup grated parmesan (or comparable, whichever kind you prefer) cheese
ground pepper and salt to taste

2 bulbs fennel; washed, de-cored, and sliced
3 fresh beets (yellow, red, whatever you prefer although the red leaves very pretty pink marks on the pasta); washed, peeled, and sliced
oil for sautéing

fennel greens from bulbs; chopped
~1 pound farfalle pasta cooked to your preference

1. Combine first set of ingredients in blender or food processor to make pesto sauce.
2. Start cooking pasta while sautéing sliced fennel and beets.
3. Drain pasta when cooked and toss with pesto sauce and sautéed veggies as well as chopped fennel greens.
4. Add ground pepper and salt to taste and serve!

It's super simple really, but oh so delicious!
Here is a pic of my boyfriend showing off his handy work since he's the one who cooked that meal for the weekend (we take turns).

*edited for spelling
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14  kitty hat from Craftster tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mangomerle on: March 25, 2008 04:55:47 PM
I made a couple of kitty eared hats using information from this post:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=139364.0 I just altered the ears to be cat ears instead of hippo ears.

The first one I made was for my boyfriend. He likes hats a lot but has a really (almost ridiculously) large head so he can't just go and shop for them like normal. He requested that I make him a hat with kitty cat ears. It is made of some black fake fur I had lying around from my Halloween costume 3 years ago and a lining of plain black knit cotton. The inner ears are made from the butt bow off of an aunt's old early 80's prom dress. Here he is modeling his newest hat:

I told one of my gaming friends about the hat I made and he asked me to make one for him, too. It is made of the same fake fur and peachy satin, but the lining is a pretty polyester knit from my stash (I stole it from my Grandma's stash about a year ago) and I put on ear-flaps instead of a fold-able brim. I used French seams on the ears for this one to make them stand up a little more than they did on the last one and I think it really did help a lot; these ears aren't falling over at all really. Yes, the right ear is supposed to be bent like that and the left one is supposed to be standing up more; it took me a while to figure out how to cut the ear lining fabric so that they would do that, but it was totally worth it for how they turned out! Here is me modeling:

And here is a closeup of the lining fabric ( I really like it, but it's too thin for most of what I've wanted to use it for so far):

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