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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Viking Chic Headband on: October 28, 2010 11:59:15 PM
Full disclosure: This is a blatant ripoff inspired by natalex's beautiful Braided Winter Headband.  The pattern and the texture reminded me of the belts viking women would wear (but theirs were leather and not skooshy yarn) which is where the name came from.


I'm terrible at getting photos of the top of my head, so here's my best effort at showing the braided section. This yarn isn't exactly photogenic.

I considered adding glass beads on the end of the braid, but there's already so much going on that it seemed like a bad idea. (That, and I'd probably break them after a week or two. :p )

This was all done on my trusty pink knifty knitter, in moss/seed stitch. The texture is absolutely fab, since this yarn feels like squishy marshmallows (it's the loops & threads charisma stuff, in charcoal) and it's a dream to wear. This is my first knitting project (besides scarves) that I'm super happy with, since it came out perfectly. Cheesy

I'm working on another one in green, but thinner and more delicate, and it'll probably get beads on the braid. These headbands are way too much fun to make! I'm going to have a bunch of them by the time it gets cold enough to wear them practically.Cheesy
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Laptop Bag (A *very* late birthday present!) on: August 29, 2010 01:33:41 AM
My sister starts high school this year, and for some reason, is required to carry around a laptop. Since she's not the sort that goes for the boring black cases or the dumb girly "laptop purses", she needed a custom one to tote her computer in *style*. She picked out the fabric (Moda "Frolic" and the ubiquitous ikea hippo print) and helped me pick out a style to copy draw inspiration from. Since her laptop is pretty much a square, the narwahl bag from greensmart seemed like the best design, and we both liked the nifty zipper pocket on the flap.


It's got two carrying handles, for slinging over a shoulder or carrying in your hand. Yay options! The messenger strap is a bit longer, but I have it tied off so that it doesn't take up the whole picture. My sister is *tall*.

The nifty lapped zipper makes the entire flap into a pocket, for carrying even more stuff. You can see the quilting on the flap here; the whole thing is quilted so that it'll keep her laptop nice and safe.

Under the flap, there are 2 really big pockets for cds and dvds and cords(that red line is the top, and they go all the way to the bottom!) and two small pockets, for pens and stuff.

And the inside pocket is just roomy enough to carry a jewel case or a spare flash drive. Funny story about the fabric for the pocket; I'm currently packing my fabric up to move back to college, and I'd already packed all the hippo fabric away, d'oh! The green leafy print was the only fabric out that looked good with the hippos, haha.

Derpy action shot! It's a little past 1:30 AM, so I'm not exactly dressed to the nines. At least I have pants on!  Cheesy

I really love how this bag turned out, and I'm sure my sister will too, once she wakes up! I owed her this bag two months ago, so I'm glad to finally have it finished for her.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Fabric for a Shakespeare production? on: March 10, 2010 09:09:50 PM
Hello all! I've recently been appointed costume mistress for a production of Twelfth Night, and I'm a bit puzzled on what sort of fabric I'd like to use. Most of my designs are structured bodices with draped skirts, and are sort of a rennaissance/victorian mix. (I know all the period costumers just cringed! I did too, but I'm working with a fairly small budget and I need at least 4 major costumes from scratch in a few weeks. The audience won't know the difference anyway, as long as they look "historical".)

The theater we're in is quite small and intimate, so I'd like something that will sew up nicely, and also be a sturdy base for embellishment. I'm thinking that gabardine would be nice, as it doesn't wrinkle and it drapes pretty well. I haven't worked with it much, though, so I'm not really sure if it's really what I want. I'd like to stay away from pure cotton or linen, because I'd like to avoid ironing as much as possible.

Any suggestions? What has worked really well or really poorly for you?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Granny Bag with Ikea Fabric on: March 07, 2010 03:40:19 AM

Carry Me was one of my christmas presents this year, and I absolutely love the bag on the cover. Since I have no idea where to find stripey linen like the author used, I found this lovely print at Ikea. Sadly, it wasn't on super sale (there were a few prints that were $2/yard!), but since I only needed a yard for the bag, it worked out pretty well. I was intending to make a smaller purse from it, so that it would be like a cheap Tokidoki bag, but I never got the bits and pieces that I needed for that, so this fabric was languishing in my stash, and that just wouldn't do.

(ugh, nasty late-night hair! That's what I get for spending all night sewing haha!)

This is really a gigantic bag. I can put my laptop bag and a pair of shoes in it, and it still has room for more stuff. It's definitley going to be my new grocery/library/shopping/toting stuff around bag, just because it really holds everything. I love the design, and it was really easy to put together. I finished it in just less than 5 hours, which is mind-blowingly fast for me. xD
I love how the pocket was attached, but not so fond of leaving it unlined with interfacing showing on the inside. The next generation of this bag will have a lined pocket and a better zipper, so that it will unzip easily. This zipper is very thief-deterrent, because you have to really yank at it to get it open. I suppose that's a good thing. Cheesy
I think next time, I'm going to use more interfacing in the bottom and the very top, because it's a bit floppy in those spots.

The lining is a really soft cotton that an old boyfriend's mom gave me, when she was de-stashing. It was just the right match for the outer fabric, since it's super cute without clashing. It has little roses in the checks. Smiley

I'm totally in love with my new bag, and I'll hopefully make more of the bags from the book to show you! They're all very cute and modern, and so well designed! Toodles!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Swirly Dance Skirt on: February 04, 2010 12:00:02 AM

I have had this fabric for absolutely forever (at least a year, anyway. It was on super clearance at fabric.com, and I snatched up without thinking about what on earth you do with teal paisley scarves), and since I needed some instant gratification, I whipped up a skirt to wear to dance class tonight. It started as a ~72" square panel, so all I had to do was hem it (not so gratifying when you're working with slippery satin) and add an easy elastic waistband. It was awesome, and I'm mad at myself for being scared of working with the fabric until now. I even got a compliment on it while I was dancing! (Of course, compliments from men really mean "Nice legs", but I'll pretend that he was really complimenting my sewing skills.  Cheesy)

Since I am quickly running out of clothes that my dance class hasn't seen yet, I'm probably going to have to whip up a few more of these, along with some dresses that I've been wanting to put together for a while. More excuses to sew! Cheesy

This is a better picture of the length, so you can see how it sits on me. It's mid-thigh at the shortest, and almost-ankle at the longest. I'm pretty tall, so it probably wouldn't be so scandalous on a normal sized person, although it would be ridiculously long.

And because no skirt post is acceptable without a spinny picture, here's a really terrible one. It's very pretty while it spins, though, and the long points keep the short parts from flying up.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern recommendations for a dancing dress? on: January 25, 2010 11:49:50 PM
Hello ladies!

I've just started a dance class, and realized that I have very little to wear. We're expected to dress nicely, like you would at a club, and I really don't have anything that fits that description that I'd feel comfortable wearing in front of my classmates. (I don't think that my standard club attire will quite fly in this class. xD ) I'd like some recommendations for patterns for dresses and/or tops and skirts that I can move in.

Features I'd like, but are by no means required:
* Sleeves
* Mid-Knee or shorter length
* Knit Fabric
*Quick to put together
* Some kind of waist definition (Empire is fine, but A-line dresses are not)
* Pretty! No matronly frocks, please.

Inspiration! Vogue 1160 has the look and shape that I'm going for, but unfortunatley, I haven't got time to put all the tiny details together. It's really cute, though, so I might make it over spring break. xD

I already have circle and dirndl skirts down pat, so I don't need patterns for simple designs like those.

I'm a (fake) hourglass, since I'm a pear with broad shoulders and a defined waist, so I'd like to show that off when possible.

Thank you! :3
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bathrobe to Sexy Sailor Skirt! (Img Fat) on: October 02, 2009 10:43:23 PM
Cute buttons, yes? :3

On her trip to Japan, my friend brought back a yukata for me. It was great, but the uses for a robe like that were fairly limited, and it got used as a bathrobe more than anything.

Smashing, yes?

A while ago, I decided that this fabric would no longer suffer as a bathrobe, and that I would make it into a skirt eventually. I found the BurdaStyle Kasia pattern, and things kind of went on their own from there. I've had this fabulous paisley silky-lining-business since I started sewing, but I never found a good use for it until now.
The skirt has a kangaroo pocket in the front (it's not supposed to, but I didn't want to sew on more buttons), a full lining, and a zipper behind the pocket so I can get in and out.

Just a disclaimer: The fabric is nowhere near this wrinkly in real life. I think the stripes are just making it look super super wrinkled.

With the buttons closed

The pocket and zipper (this is a super way to make skirts! It's comfy and it gives you a big roomy pocket for your hands! Cheesy)

And on me! I fail at standing up straight.

I'm super happy with this skirt, and I'll probably make more from this pattern. It's easy, but it looks complicated, and everyone gives you "Ooooh. Fancy." comments when you wear it out. Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lining a skirt with hip yokes? on: September 18, 2009 01:10:18 PM
I'm making the Kasia skirt from Burdastyle, and I want to give it a lining. Normally, I'd just make a copy of the outside of the skirt and attach it at the waist, but the outside is complicated, and I don't think it would help to replicate that in the lining. It would probably make it super bulky, too.

Should I just square off the top of the back and front pieces, and treat it like a straight skirt? Or should I put the pieces together like this and just draw a new side seam to match?

I think doing it like this would work, but If anyone has anymore ideas, I'd love to hear them.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burdastyle Ute Blouse in Green on: August 31, 2009 10:30:44 PM
Last project of the summer! Classes start tomorrow, so I wanted to get this finished up before I start getting loads of homework dumped on me.

I downloaded the Ute pattern back in March when Burdastyle was offering it for free, and I started it pretty soon after that. By May, I had gotten everything but the sleeves and the front closing done, but the sleeves were making no sense to me, so I threw it in my fabric box and let it sit. I picked it up today, and for some reason, the sleeves made sense. It turns out that burda makes their puff sleeves with tiny darts instead of pleats or gathers, and I was trying to pin it as pleats. Cheesy

(I was making a derfy face. Mr. Happy is much more attractive. xD)

I used a drapey forest green knit from fabric.com, and it makes a super comfy blouse. It's a bit big, which surprises me, because I was making a size smaller than was recommended. The boobs are too low as well, which is rare for me. I'll fiddle with it and make a FBA if I sew another one of these.

I like how it turned out, and how it doesn't really show any of the mistakes I made. I should have been a little more careful with the pattern placement though. The wide stripes on the side and the skinny ones in the middle are really doing me no favors. Tongue
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / A-line Skirt from Wall-E Pillowcase on: April 12, 2009 04:42:12 PM

I picked up this pillowcase at Goodwill, and it was entirely too cute to not make a skirt out of. I drafted the pattern from Sew What! Skirts, and put in a drawstring because I was feeling too lazy to go and buy a new zipper. The back is brown twill that I have far too much of, and it's lined with some icky acetate lining. I wouldn't have put the lining in, but the front fabric isn't the most opaque, and it helps it stand up a little better.
On to the pictures! (I'm a total zombie in these, and please ignore the messy lounge. It has better light than my dorm room.)

I still have half of the pillowcase left (it's got the same print on it). Anyone have ideas for what I should do with it?
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