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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / faux cross stiched sweatshirt on: April 05, 2013 07:49:20 AM
I really love this new trend of embroidered sweatshirts that have been popping up all over pinterest. But I'm not really good at embroidery by hand, so I made one with a little cheating. I used puff paint instead of thread! And here is a simple tutorial of how you could do it, too:)

You'll need:
-puff paint (textile paint that puffs up when exposed to heat) in as many colours as you want, but If you'll be using my design, you'll need 3 tones for the flower part and 2 for the leaves.
-plain sweatshirt

1. Find a cross stitch design you like. If you have time an patience, the possibilities are endless. But if you're a little less patient/lazy:) , use a really simple one (like mine, you can get it here: https://photos-6.dropbox.com/t/0/AACyZu_43NkQ_HUckKEuHd7klR9Fx9_qtwN18vumN9PlLg/12/4041760/jpeg/32x32/3/_/1/2/vzorec.jpg/ku8pYasGfBP928bgd0stHwQQ6bQBOVeGLvRnhmSGoEU?size=1280x960 )

2. Hoop the front side of the sweatshirt, so the fabric will be really stretched and there will be a smaller chance to smudge anything.

3. If you're really patient, you can draw a whole grid with a wash away fabric marker on the hooped area. Or you can do it like me, just draw tiny spots in the middle, in a straight line, 1 cm away from each other (or use any measurement you'd like, the measurement will later bi the size of the X-s)

(*i forgot to take pictures till here, so i just made a sketch, i hope that's ok:))

4. Now start "embroidering". If you've made a whole grid, draw crosses in the same areas as in the pattern. If you were lazy like me, start drawing crosses of the appropriate colour over the marked spots in the one line. Then just add a line above that, a line below, etc. until you're finished. Just remember, the crosses have to be roughly the same size.

5. Leave to dry for the night. It says 6 hours on the paint packaging, but give it more time just in case. Now take your iron and set it to the highest setting, put some parchment paper over the design and iron over it, until the paint puffs up (for 30 around seconds. Also, don't use steam!). Voila, you have a very stylish sweatshirt:)

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / little red dress (quite a lot of pictures:) on: February 20, 2013 03:47:36 AM
I reorganized my sewing space and discovered many pieces of fabric I don't even remember buying. One of them was a quite large piece of this beautiful red wool (I have no idea what the fabric is really called:)) and I immediately knew I have to use it for a winter dress. I had the pattern for this (http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/102010-full-skirted-dress-with-cut-out-bustline) dress from Burda Style cut out from the year it came out, but never got to actually sewing it, so I knew I wanted to use it.

Because I didn't have enough fabric for the skirt part from the pattern I improvised a little (at first it was just a gathered skirt, but I looked pregnant in the dress) and ripped it apart a few times and tried diffrent things until it came out like this. I also let out the sleeves, because I knew I'm going to wear the dress over shirts, so I think it looks better like this. It kinda reminds me of a dirndl and I love it very very much. Can't wait to go out in it and drink some beer Wink

I forgot to tell my fiance to zip me up before taking pictures, so here is a picture of the back with the zipper a little open:)

and a bonus picture of me jumping in it and our cute dog not knowing what's going on Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first boned corset on: February 08, 2013 03:14:55 AM
I always wanted to sew a corset for myself, but when it came to boning I never really understood hot it works (I tried it with patterns form burda style magazine, which we only get in German where I live, and my German isn't exactly perfect:)). But then I found this page http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/index.html that helps you make your own pattern that requires cutting just 2 pieces of fabric (I also always had problems with seams form the fashion and lining fabric matching up. I'm not a really precise person:)), and since I already had all the required materials at home and with carnival coming up I thought I'll try again. And it worked!

And here is a picture from the insides. i didn't have enough boning to do the exact same pattern as suggest on that webpage so I improvised a little.

Well it's a bit too big, since we use the metric measuring system and there were some mistakes made while converting cm to inches, but I'm still really really happy with how it turned out. Now I just have to figure out how to incorporate it in a costume for carnival:) any sugestions:)?
14  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas cakes on: December 26, 2012 02:23:10 AM
This year I made Christmas cakes for gifts. I'm pretty new to covering cakes in fondant(I think this was my 3rd attempt?) and I always make my own (it's really hard to find it in stores here and really extremely expensive) and I think it was too soft this time. I also made the marzipan and was really surprised that there is raw egg yolks in a lot of marzipan recipes. I hope it doesn't go bad and cause problems for all my soon-to-be-in-laws that got the cakes:))

I left the fondant out on this one because my fiances father doesn't like his desserts to be too sweet.

15  COOKING / Dessert / Cake with a geode and succulents! (and the sad story behind it:)) on: November 17, 2012 09:54:19 AM
My mothers boyfriend (or whatever they are called at that age;) ) celebrated his 60th birthday and I really wanted to bake and decorate a cake for him. He is really into mineralogy so i knew I will decorate it with that theme in mind. But let's start with the backing...
He doesn't eat sugar for health reasons and his daughter doesn't eat egg yolks for allergy reasons so the cake had to be sugar free and yolk free. I made the first batch (with a recipe I just made up) of batter very carefully with apple sauce, and yoghurt and agave syrup, adding beaten egg whites and flour gradually,.... but well, it ended up looking like two giant pancakes Smiley then I tried making swiss meringue butter cream with agave and that also didn't work out. So I just added some flour and random stuff to it and baked another cake, which turned out pretty well Smiley Then I tried making another batch of SMBT, but it also went south. I was pretty frustrated at that point, so i just added some thawed blueberries and mixed everything together (it didn't look very appetising at all, kinda like vomit... Wink), and spread it on the cake. (luckily, I din't take any pictures before the decorating part, it wasn't pretty:)). But the cake held together...

I could decorate with fondant, since you can just peel it off and don't eat it. The cake wasn't a really good base for covering with fondant, but it was OK and stones aren't that even anyway.... I made some gum paste and made succulents out of it. It's so easy and I loved making them (another funny thing that happened- my dog ate like 5 of them when they were drying... ). I wish I had some petal dust to make them look more realistic, but I'm still pretty happy with the result. I also made a geode, which, in my opinion turned out awesome:) Mums boyfriend really liked it, although he said that if you find geodes that are blue in a store, Brazilians probably coloured them:) I also added some candis sugar (i don't know if you have that in other parts of the world) to look like crystals. I wanted to make rock candy, but I still have 4 glasses of coloured sugar syrup in the kitchen, waiting to crystallize:)).

But in the end, I was really happy with the result and everyone liked it. It even tasted good! I just don't know what to do with all the egg yolks in my fridge (17 Cheesy)
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / firefly teesha more bag on: October 29, 2012 05:12:08 AM
For the "end of summer swap" I had a partner with a "teesha moore bag" on her wish list. I always liked them as a concept, because they sounded like a lot of fun to make, but since they don't really go with "my style" I never made one. This was the perfect opportunity to try myself at making one! Smiley
I had NO idea how much work goes into a bag like this, especially if you're not skilled at embroidery. I also didn't make a plan of how many patches I will need and how big the bag is going to be when I started, so before actually putting everything together, I realised it was going to be quite big and that I had to sew more patches. (so if you want to make a teesha moore bag, is strongly advise you to plan ahead:)). Luckily I own an embroidery machine, so I could make a lot of patches with its help. Anyway, here are the pictures.

I know the pictures are quite bad, but I wanted to share the project as an inspiration, since I couldn't find any other firefly teesha moore bags on the internet, and had quite a lot of trouble to think of what to put on the patches.

The patches I made were:
on side 1: the course of the song that's at the start of every episode, the logo of the series, Jayne's hat, Wash's dinosaurs ( made them with polymer clay), which is my favourite patch:), "Also, I can kill you with my brain" quote, and a kind of portrait of the Captain (I got inspiration for that one somewhere on Craftster, don't remember where)
on side 2: "big damn heroes", a patch with fabric that reminded me of Inara, a patch that say "Captain tightpants", a picture of Serenity, a patch from Kaylee's uniform, and the quote "I'm a leaf on the wind, watch me soar"
17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / milk&cookie BFF embroidery on: September 26, 2012 11:58:24 AM
This is one of my first digitizing projects that I think came out pretty good. I made the illustration in adobe illustrator (inspired by a "milk and cookies" google search) and then digitized it with PE design which I'm really really slowly learning how to use (it came with the machine:)). I still have trouble understanding different kinds of stitches and settings for the stitches (which you can obviously see on the hearts:)).

I would love any kind of feedback and suggestions on how to make it better. If anyone wants to try and stitch it out themselves (and give me some feedback) I would love (LOVE LOVE) to send you the file ( i can also change the word "Mleko" on the carton to the English word milk, if you want:)). But any comet would help! Thank you!
18  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / small pumpkins stuffed with mushrooms on: September 24, 2012 10:34:54 AM
We just harvested all of our pumpkins for this year, and there were quite a lot of them that ripped at a very small size. So I decided I wanted to stuff them with something. It's also the season for porcini mushrooms and my father brings some home every night (you usually don't pick them at night, but my father realised that it's quite easy to find them with a light:)). So I stuffed the pumpkins with a mushroom stuffing that turned out surprisingly delicious (I improvised the recipe), so I decided to share:)

For stuffing 2 small pumpkins (i guess you can use all kinds, mine was one Hokkaido and one that my father calls "Provencal" pumpkin, but even he's not sure what it is:)):
- one medium onion
-around 2 cloves of garlic
-3-5 porcini mushrooms (depends on the size, they should make around a cup when diced)
- half cup of whole grain bread crumbs
-1 egg
- half cup of parmesan cheese
- a tea spoon of dried herbs de Provence
-some grated smoked Gauda cheese (it is very important for the taste, that the cheese was smoked)

Dice the onions and saut them in a pan until translucent; add minced garlic and when you smell the garlic (after 30 sec), add the diced mushrooms. Add salt (according to your taste), and cook the mushrooms on low heat. In the mean time, cut off the tops of the pumpkins and take out all of the seeds. Cut out some of the pumpkin meat, dice it and add it to the mushrooms. When all off the water from the mushrooms evaporates, take off the stove and leave to cool for some time. In a bowl mix the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and herbs. Add the mushrooms and the egg, mix well. Stuff the pumpkins with the mixture and put them in an oven proof pan. Add some water to the bottom of the pan. Bake in a 180C oven for 40 minutes or until the pumpkins are soft. 3 minutes before taking out off the oven, sprinkle the Gauda over the top  of everything and let it melt.  I served them with mashed potatoes and tomato sauce and it was really really delicious! Wink

Dober tek! (bon apettit:))

19  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / 3/4 circle skirt with lots of embroidered flowers on: July 11, 2012 01:49:24 PM
I had my embroidery/sewing machine for a bit more than half a year now and I only embroidered some of my very poorly digitized own designs and was never really happy with the results. So I also never bought any designs because I wasn't sure I would like the result and that it would be worth the money and time. But now Urban Threads is giving away this awesome designs of "painted flowers" and I had to try again. I wanted to try and make something wearable, so I sewed a 3/4 circle skirt. Which has a very very long hem, but I still decided to embroider flowers all around it:)

So I had to embroider 18 of them, each took around 10 minutes just for the sewing, but add the stabilizing and putting the fabric in hoops, changing the colours ( I used around 10 different ones, around 4 per flower), changing the broken needles (4 Smiley)...

But enough with my rambling on to the pictures:) (which are not that good, sorry:))

Here is the front side (I'm not showing you the back, because my zipper inserting skills are very bad)

and 4 of my favourite flowers

and that's how it looks on me

I'm not really sure if it's age appropriate (it kinda looks like a skirt for little girls), but I'm gonna wear it any way. And I'm also gonna buy more designs, now that I know that it really pays off:))
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My very first fancy dress:) on: June 04, 2012 11:31:33 AM
My brother got married this weekend, and i thought that that would be a great occasion to sew myself a dress. I only sewed one for carnival before, but that one doesn't count because I didn't pay much attention to detail and doing everything the right way (it wasn't even hemmed).
This time, I bought silk taffeta for 55, so I had to do it very carefully, and with much attention to detail:). I chose the pattern for the dress from Burda Style, march 2011 issue, model 108. I chose not to make the bubble skirt.

I'm very proud because the dress has the inside just as neat as the outside;). The bodice is lined with the same material (don't know why i didn't buy something cheaper though...), I did french seams on the skirt part and an invisible hem. I decided to insert a fuchsia pink metal zipper, because I knew I wouldn't be able to sew an invisible one, so going with the exact opposite seemed like a good idea Wink . I also wanted to add something interesting and unique to the dress.

I know this pictures are very bad, taken with a mobile phone, but I might add some, once the professionally taken ones arrive. Oh, I also did my own hair and makeup, so I'm pretty proud of that too;)
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