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1  Totoro hat, for anime lovers in Crochet: Completed Projects by quimera on: January 12, 2014 10:30:47 AM
...so my friend said "You'll have to crochet a hat for me", and I asked her "Any idea about what kind of hat?"
"a Totoro hat", she answered
So, I accepted easily the order, and started looking around on the web, and saw many Totoro hats. I wasn't looking a pattern, just the idea how to solve the parts of Totoro's face.
This was the result. That's me. The hat has already travelled from Argentina to Mexico, and I knew that was a success, specially in the subway  Cheesy

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2  Beatles pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by quimera on: December 25, 2013 10:35:03 AM
Hi, everybody

I had a piece of fabric, not very good but with this interesting Beatle print on it. I took a part with the Four to make of it the central part of my pillow. I framed it with a black fabric I had, in four pieces. The back part is similar, with no zipper, but a slit to slide the pillow

I gave it to my brother, who liked it very much Smiley

this is how I made it

Back part with the opening, then it's just sewing all around

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3  I love the skirt Tabatha is wearing here but... how is it? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by quimera on: August 01, 2013 07:25:26 AM
Hello, dears

well, I've been looking in internet for a better picture of this skirt, because I love it. Of course, with Tabatha's body is easy that anything fits fine, but anyway, I'd like to try making the skirt for me.
Can someone help me finding a better picture? maybe the original skirt. If not, could we try to imagine how is the back side? (the one that is not possible to see, the front is not difficult)
thanks a lot!

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4  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag w Pattern (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by quimera on: November 05, 2012 10:03:22 AM
Thank you a lot fot the tutorial!
I made it last Sunday, I used the fabric I had at hand, not the very best choices, but I was anxious to try it Smiley

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5  Fidor, the poddle...or "I'm sick, and sick of being in bed!" xD in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by quimera on: July 02, 2011 04:13:11 PM
Last weekend I was still ill, so I had to rest in bed. I was bored, nothing interesting on tv. My lovely poddle, Mouny, was almost all the time with me, he's so nice and cute!
then I thought about trying to honor him by a poddle amurugumi. The problem was that I had no pattern. But a lot of time. So I started trying. Failing. Trying again, and this was the result. I'm happy with it.  Grin

the picture is bad, but you'll get the idea

the bad thing about having worked without pattern is that I cannot explain it for newbbies  Undecided
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6  Re: My own version of a Ralph Lauren skirt in Designer Clothing Homage by quimera on: June 16, 2009 08:38:05 AM
I'm so sorry I didn't finish the explanation... I had a lot of work, many troubles, few spare time...

I'll try to finish now!

we have already finished the "body" of the skirt,
but we had the ruffles ready also! Front A and B, remember?
so when you cut them, on a folded fabric, and then open them, they look like this:

they look as one of them is bigger than the other, but the main thing is that the round part of both of them still matches with the round part of the body of the skirt!

so, you can put them together like this (be careful to keep the round line intact!)

and then you match both ruffles together to the front part of the skirt, the picture is not very clear but I hope you understand it:

Do the same with the Back A and B, and this is like the skirt looks like with the ruffles applied but still not sewn in the sides.

so to finish, sew the sides of each ruffle,
and you saw how it looks like when the skirt is finished.

I apologize again for the delay...and maybe the explanations are not so good, but even then I hope they give to someone some ideas

greetings from Buenos Aires!
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7  Re: My own version of a Ralph Lauren skirt in Designer Clothing Homage by quimera on: April 24, 2009 11:08:50 AM
It's time to start putting together the pieces, let's start for the "body" of the skirt

and voila, first try!
I look terrible, but the thing is that you realize how the skirt body looks from front

and from side:

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8  Re: My own version of a Ralph Lauren skirt in Designer Clothing Homage by quimera on: April 24, 2009 10:49:55 AM
You'll do the same with Front B

And You'll do the same with Back A and Back B later

so, for good ruffles you need to work with the fabric on bias

prepare the fabric, remember I said do not cut any part till try all the pieces? try now.
put the ruffles on bias, opening the strips,without cutting the upper curved line!
look as I did here:

here you can see the "body" of the skirt, and Front A, now it's difficult to recognize it, because the shape changed with strips open... but note this: the perimeter of curved upper line didn't change...
it's the same that lower curved line of "body" skirt, because you'll sew both parts,
so opening the strips you make longer just a part of the fabric, which will become a beautiful ruffle!
did you get it?  Wink

well, how much separating strips? I separated them as much as possible according to my fabric, and that was also 5 cm:

this is how Front B looks on the fabric on bias, note that I used less separation than in Front A, because the lower ruffle is not as important as the other...

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9  Re: My own version of a Ralph Lauren skirt in Designer Clothing Homage by quimera on: April 24, 2009 10:16:12 AM
ooops no opinion today,
well, I'll try to continue.

let's start with the ruffles! I named they A (upper layer) and B (lower layer)

It can look difficult, but working prolix and with arrangement is the key!

Front A (so upper front layer) is -as you can see in the skirt- shorter than Front B (lower front layer).
so we need to redefine the shape of Front A, we'll use the first set we cut previously. Look here, I faced Front A with Back A and draw a line to make this part shorter:

(if you see tape where it shouldn't be is because I was run out of paper and I had to use small pieces....)

then you cut the line... and you don't need both parts faced anymore, we apart them and you'll see now the definitely Front A
then, take the Front A and draw vertical lines dividing the pattern in strips, I drew 5cm wide strips.

Cut the strips very very very close to the top but without separating strips at all!!

VERY EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: beware when cutting! for no reason touch the real curved upper border!! if you break and then change the curved border, later the fabric pieces won't match!
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10  Re: My own version of a Ralph Lauren skirt in Designer Clothing Homage by quimera on: April 23, 2009 11:30:31 AM
Thank you, geek goddess!

firstly, I have the pics of the original design by Ralph Lauren, no possible post them here, but if someone really wants to do it and needs to know how it looked like, send me a PM with your email, and I'll send the pics back!

let's continue...

at the skirt has two ruffles, and the pieces (the parts UNDER the curved line) we just cut will become the ruffles...then better if we prepair a second set of these pieces, EXACTLY THE SAME

but by now... keep them apart...

so, let's continue with the easiest part, the still recognozible upper skirt parts.
For instance, put the front upper pattern on the folded fabric
(don't cut the fabric till you try all the pieces!!)
like this:

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