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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka dot freebie dress! on: April 24, 2013 08:00:23 AM
Last pay day I rescued this beautiful cotton fabric from the bargain bin for the penny pinching price of 4. I am an absolute sucker for polka dots and I had envisioned a beautiful circle dress, but I clearly didnt have enough fabric for that dream. Instead I found this pattern via pintrest

I quickly printed it and cut the pieces, the pattern stated that seam allowances were not included and I didn't have quite enough fabric to cater for the 1inch seam allowances, but regardless I soldiered on, unfortunately the back bodice was not wide enough to fit me by a couple of inches. I was not deterred because I also I didn't have a 24" zip. Instead I mustered up this amazing lace ribbon I bought in a sale a few months back (a mere. 25p a metre...I bought the whole reel) and instead made a feature of the back.

I also didnt use the back darts and instead of pleating the skirt I gathered it because I know this is more flattering on me.

On to pictures, enjoy! I plan on wearing this to my friends babies naming ceremony in a couple of weeks :-)

After I took initial pictures I made a self cover button in the same fabric and created a hook and eye closure. This dress was made entirely from my stash.

If anyone else makes this dress I would advise interfacing on the lining pieces and to regularly try on the dress, I might make it again when I have money for some new fabric so that I have enough.

Thanks for looking, I know my sewing skills aren't the best and that my seams aren't perfect and my zip could be better but I hope that by continuing to try I will eventually get much better.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My stash busting picnic blanket vintage dress! on: April 21, 2013 03:15:04 PM
When I saw this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422519.0#axzz2R8ddHXQ3 I knew that I absolutely needed this dress pattern and quickly ordered it.

Anyway, I also have reached the end of the month and have no money so close to pay day and a whole day on my own at a weekend with nothing to do. I had been given this material by a family friend and I can only liken it to a picnic blanket, in honesty I hate it, but I felt that this pretty pattern could transform it and I was so right! I rescued a zip from a dress destined for the bin and I used scraps of iron on interfacing I had left over from other projects, this is only the fourth pattern I have ever used and I am pretty pleased with the result. My zip could be neater but I kind of like the imperfections. If I use this pattern again which I most definitely will then I will spread the gathering from the front skirt over a larger space as it makes me look a bit pregnant with a big poof  I front and I wil probably make this in satin for a wedding I am a guest at in December this year.

Notice my hand up cycled hanger too, that I crocheted over this weekend! I don't want to go back to work!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Patchwork wrapping paper on: April 02, 2013 06:47:37 AM
Ever get those really annoying bits of wrapping paper left over at the end of the pack or roll that never fit anything? Well, me too. This time of year is an expensive time for me with Mother's Day, Easter, mums birthday, my brothers birthday and my fiance's birthday all within a few weeks and at the moment we are really short of cash.

I didn't see the point of buying more paper when I had enough to wrap the last birthday present, it was just in pieces. I lined up the paper into a large square and taped it together with some "wrapped with love" tape that I had left over from Christmas and then wrapped the gift. I am quite pleased with the result and I used the remaining trimmed scraps to make a curly ribbon, just by using scissors to curl strips and some glue dots to attach. I know this isn't the most amazing or most skilled craft I have ever done, but I was so pleased with the effect I thought I would share. After all it's always the simple ideas that work the best.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Rapunzel inspired by philae on: March 27, 2013 08:49:04 AM
This is my little version of rapunzel that I made using philaes pattern for belle.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Newby bride to be advice! on: February 19, 2013 04:12:09 AM
Hey everyone,

My sweetheart of 8years proposed to me on holiday in September 2012 and we have booked our wedding for 14/11/14. I am trying to avoid facebook for wedding info and advice because I would prefer impartial outsider views and I don't want rumours going round.

I will update this topic with photos as I go along because there are many parts of my day which will be handmade and homemade, I will list below the things that have been started already:

* mum is in the process of making our invitations, save the dates, table plans, place cards, rsvps and thank you cards
*mum has made my bouquet and will be making my bridesmaids bouquets, out of buttons and brooches
*between me, my aunt and my mum my four tier banana, vanilla, chocolate and fruit wedding cake will be made and decorated
* favours of snowflake cookies will be made by my MOH and myself
*i am making my garter and possibly my veil
* we have bought in the sales 10 dew dropped ivy garlands and 10 pearl organza crystal garlands to wrap into wreaths with candle centre pieces (all supposed to cost 125 and cost me 20)

My first question goes like this though. I have entered a competition to have my dress made, but I realise that if i don't win I will have to get my dress elsewhere. I have so far had very poor experience in bridal shops and wondered about making my own dress and wondered if any of the girls on here could give me some advice and whether its something I should do or completely avoid. If all else fails I have seen a dress on ebay that would be lovely.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Mask for a masquerade party on: April 02, 2012 02:58:45 PM
Hi, Me again!
My friend is having a masquerade themed birthday party at the end of may, the idea being you wear what you want but also wear a mask whether it be pretty or silly or what. Well, me being me rose to the challenge and decided to make my mask (entirely from stash - even the wire in the eyes is from my mums stash!). I'm really pleased with how it turned out, I used this pattern:

I kind of frogged it towards the end, I used a slightly thicker yarn a metallic cotton and it's a bit bigger than I think it's supposed to be and I didn't want four straps so I just made two loops for my ribbons. I hope you like it.

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A little bit of sunshine into rescued flip flops on: April 02, 2012 04:06:18 AM
Just a quick project but I thought it was quite effective. I am currently in the process of buying my first house with my boyfriend of 7yrs and have been ruthlessly throwing things into a charity shop pile, these flip flops sadly entered this pile until I came across an old issue of crochet today (july/august 2011) which had a project to jazz up a pair of flip flops, I didn't like the flowers they used but I was inspired. I rescued this previously blister inducing footwear from my pile and whipped up a soft comfortable covering for the straps and used this pattern: http://crocheterie.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/crochet-cute-little-flower-free-pattern.html for the flowers, it used up 3 of my tiny balls of otherwise useless yarn and I love them!

Before and after:

Modelled on my feet!

Best part of it is that the yarn was all given to me and the flip flops cost me 1 in last years winter sales!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie to needles! on: February 26, 2012 10:52:53 AM
Hello All,

I've been an avid crocheter since my first year of university in 2010 and I've managed to mostly self teach to an intermediate/ advanced standard. I always said I wasn't interested in knitting and never bought any of the tools, well, today that all changed. I became the owner of a large quantity of vintage knitting needles and patterns. I am already a member of ravelry and as a child I did dabble in a bit of knit/perl. I was just wondering where to begin...

Can anyone reccommend me a nice pattern to get started with that isn't too complicated, will get me to try new techniques but isn't so huge that I become disheartened and give up entirely? It seems a shame to let this equipment go to waste just out of my own stubborn ignorance!

Any other tips or hints or stories of other people's starting points are entirely welcome, I need all the help I can get. Anything reguarding terminology or stores or yarn, just for reference I live in the UK.

Many Thanks

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / First ever attempt at recon on furniture 70's Dressing Table on: January 25, 2012 02:48:48 PM
OK, so at the moment I'm in the very skint position of trying to buy a house and for a while I decided that as my boyfriend has his desk, games consoles etc I deserve my own space and have been on the hunt for a dressing table on a budget. I don't really like modern styles and have been on the search for something a bit vintage. I've found something in the furniture charity shop down the road for me and providing it's still available for the bargain price of 30. It's very similar in style to this:

The wood on the one I've seen is in poor condition and my plan is to sand it all down, repaint it white or cream, unscrew the mirror (I already have a couple of mirrors) and change the drawer knobs. I've never ever ever attempted anything like this before and I'd like some advice, I have a few questions, but any other nuggets of wisdom anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Firstly my questions:
- Is there a particular type of sandpaper I should use?
- Is there a particular type of paint I should use?

Many Thanks

Jenn x
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Organdy Ribbon Dress, Suitable Yarn? on: January 09, 2012 02:03:30 PM

I've found this crochet pattern and adore the style of dress, I'd love to make it, however the pattern calls for a vintage "ribbon yarn" which, having done some research I'm led to believe is similar in texture to a thin seamless organza ribbon, however to buy a suitable quantity of this is going to cost me upwards of 70 and that's online price. What I was wondering is if (ideally) anyone has tried this pattern with any other yarn type material? OR if anyone is an experienced crocheter and could reccommend a type of yarn that would be suitable for the pattern (preferable available in the UK or available to order online to be delivered in the UK) that will cost less than 70.
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