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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Open back dress pattern on: October 27, 2011 07:14:46 AM
Good tidings!

This lovely craftster is getting married some months in advance, and my sister offered to make my wedding dress for me.  *blush tee hee*

I've been farting around the etsy looking for inspiration and I found THIS:


Does anyone know of a good pattern to replicate the open back on this dress?  We're going to mangle a different skirt onto it, as well, one kinda like this: 


RRAARRRRRWWWWWW adorable. Thanks for the help and suggestions!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pineapple quilt on: January 20, 2011 12:26:37 PM

So I love the frustration of quilt making.  This was supposed to be a high school graduation gift for my sister.  This is a tradition in my family, at least perpetuated by me.  My mom made one for my brother,  I made one for myself and this one for my sister.  She graduated in Spring of '08, and I finally finished it in Jan '10.  Oi.  But it was hand quilted (machine pieced) and I was a full time University student and excuses excuses excuses!

And I'm rather late posting it here.  But ANYWAY, it's very pretty and I thought I might share it.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Paisley Darling cycling cap on: August 28, 2009 09:18:59 AM

It's a beautiful complement to homepacked lunches with carrot sticks, coffee in a Nalgene, skirts and road bikes, pre-dawn light and potted plants. The wider brim is WAY cuter than normal.

Made from 100% scraps from my fabric pile. Mostly cotton, some polyester in the underside of the brim (the stripey stuff). Extra super cool elastic band to help it stay on your head!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freezer paper stenciling goes vegetarian on: July 16, 2009 12:31:07 PM
"I'm more than the sum of my fried parts," says our Chicken friend. He's not just a pair of wings sold for 25 cents a piece during the special at your favorite bar, drenched in hot sauce (although hot sauce is awesome. I'm not here to knock hot sauce). He doesn't want to be eaten. He just wants to run around and eat some bugs o' somthin'.

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Life is Cycling and "Adult Relations" (Mature) on: July 16, 2009 12:24:13 PM
Uh, DUH.  I'm only talkin' about what's AWESOME.

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I hypocycloid Pittsburgh on: February 17, 2009 09:54:58 AM

First freezer paper stencil + Valentine's day gift = Pittsburghers in love.

I forgot to get a picture of him wearing the shirt, so this morning before I left I tossed it on him while he was sleeping... He loves it, he really does.

The pattern is something I've seen on shirts before, and I created the stencil on a word document to make sure I got my hypocycloids right.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / EDIT (one more!) Cycling caps are hot, that's why I made a million of them. on: January 29, 2009 12:49:15 PM
oh, this one is sexy:

And there's this one, too!:

They are made from reconstructed T-shirts, skirts, etc.  Where ever I can find nice wool and cotton.... *poof* cycling cap!


this guy too

... This is very vain looking series of photos.   Roll Eyes
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Power Ranger's Hat! on: November 26, 2008 07:58:31 PM
Found an ittybitty Power Ranger kid's sweater at Goodwill, and I knew my friend would love it.  I kicked around the idea of just giving it to her; she's pretty small, she MIGHT actually fit into it.

My sister modeling the original sweater.

But then I decided... it'd be much more fun if I made it into WORLD'S EASIEST BEANIE.

(These pictures are backwards!  I was just using Photo booth out of laziness.)

I used most of the pattern from http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandaface/278411178/
so I could get a lot of Power Ranger action.  And to finish the edge, I made a 2.5 inch band, folded it over and sewed it to the raw edge, and put in some elastic to make sure it would fit her head (did I mention she's a very small person?)

Do you like?

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Can-uck cozy on: November 25, 2008 09:00:19 PM
So I saw knitted cozies floating around on the forums and I thought to myself, "What a great, quick gift for just about everyone."

Well, My boyfriend and his family are Canadian, so TADA:  CAN-UCK COZIES!

These are designed to hold pounders, bottles and 12oz cans with two buttons and the ability to fold over!  Hooray.

I'm pretty sure they're awesome... except for the maple leaves.  I've never made a crochet project that's had very successful color-changing patterns.  Does anyone have any improvements on the leaves idea?  I was just winging it.

Quick tute (I don't know crochet pattern lingo, but it's pretty easy to understand, I think)

I used cotton worsted weight, with a 4 mm hook.

Chain maybe five or six stitches, and connect to make a loop-- for a circular piece.
"Cast on" 12 stitches for Row 1.
Row 2: increase to 24 stitches.
Row 3: increase to 30 stitches (double up on every fourth stitch).
Crochet three rows.

Crochet one row.
Then start working in a maple leaf as best you can over the next five rows.  (Sorry, I can't really help you with this.  I'm thinking for the next Canuck cozies I make, I'll just cross stitch the maple leaf on.  Tongue)

Crochet three rows, but don't connect them at the end, turn around like you're crocheting a flat piece.
On the last row, create a button hole by crocheting 1, chaining 2, and skipping a stitch on the row below.  Continue to crochet until the last stitch.

Chain one.
Then "cast on" three stitches in between the last two stitches of the row below.
Crochet one row, and "cast off."

Sew a button on the flap, and sew a button so a bottle can cozy up.

Detail of the last row --

What do you think?


10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Hat/hood pattern I'm drafting on: November 24, 2008 07:52:01 PM
I've been stalking craftster for quite some time, but here's my first original post!

Anyway:  I've been kicking around ideas in my head about how to produce a hat/hood that was inspired by this guy, who has been winking at me from my roommate's gamer magazine that he's left in the bathroom:

Cute, right? (At least to Craftsters, a stockinette creature with a zipper on the front..)

So my pattern so far is NOT THAT CUTE.  Then again, my head isn't 2x the size of my body.

Here's what I have (I'm using felt to draft the pattern, I found yards of it in the attic.  It looks like a bad knight-in-shining-armor helmet costume from high school):

MY QUESTION:  Should I keep trying?  Is this a cute good idea?  Am I on the right track?  I'm using what I'll describe as a "baseball" pattern technique to make it round.

Will a different fabric help it settle on my head?
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