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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Discussion and Questions / Re: Newbie q: is there EASY software that will convert a hand-drawing for a machine? on: November 05, 2015 07:05:38 AM
Reviving an old thread but I'm a bit confused -- I got an embroidery machine a couple of weeks ago, it was a really good deal on a second hand Brother machine and it came with software called PED-plus. While I appreciate it's not 'cheap' software, it's RRP is 349 so it's not *astronomical*... and it does exactly what the OP wants. I can import an image and it will digitize it for me. It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good considering it requires almost no effort on my part --- is this not available in the US? Or am I missing something?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little Batik Spring Dress on: March 19, 2015 07:13:30 AM

Eek, I haven't posted here for the looongest time Lips sealed not that I haven't been crafting, it's just, you know, life. It happens.

Anyway. I just wanted to show off this dress I made for my littlest niece yesterday, I bought this cotton batik fabric for an entirely different thing which never happened, so I thought it'd make a nice little spring dress for her. It's not my neatest work, but hey. It's cute!

Made without a pattern, featuring polkadot accents - frill sleeves, button placket, little bow and pleated patch pockets. Faced with bias binding at neck and arms. The placket was the trickiest bit to figure out, I've never made one like this before. It's obviously in a contrast fabric but also centralised over the back seam, extending into the skirt.

C&C always welcome! xx
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gremlins! on: January 26, 2013 09:51:08 AM
Hehe this is awesome  Grin & the cross hatching is really effective!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wool Plaid and Wool Gabardine "Hazel" Dress on: January 26, 2013 09:41:54 AM
Lovely! And I love the flash of plaid in the pockets  Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Green linen jacket on: January 26, 2013 09:39:34 AM

I've been holding off on posting this, hoping to get some better photos, but between my epic to-do list and the greyish winter light, it doesn't look like that's going to happen any time soon!  Roll Eyes So I thought I'd post it before I forget altogether...

I made this jacket for my mum for christmas. It's based heavily on her old favourite jacket which she wore until the holes got too big! This project has so many 'firsts' in it for me - I've never made a garment with a collar, for example -- it was a huuuuge learning curve, and it's far from perfect!

I chose a lightweight, pale green linen, like the original jacket. It features a pleated back, epaulettes (my favourite Cheesy) and button tabs to secure rolled-up sleeves (I'm sure these must have a more technical name?!). The buttons are all clear plastic with liberty print fabric trapped inside - the ones down the front are round, on the cuffs are little stars and the rest are bird shaped. They were expensive but worth it.

I made so many mistakes, I don't know where to start! Probably my first mistake was not making a toile Tongue The collar bothers me, I somehow messed up the shoulder/neck measurements and had to make a longer collar to fit. Sigh. Also I oriented the buttonholes on the pocket flaps incorrectly - they should have been horizontal to suit the bird buttons.  Roll Eyes So now the little birdies sit at a weird angle. And I have no idea if I set the sleeves right - they look a bit funky on the form, but actually, when my mum tried it on, they looked OK. Luckily it's meant to be a slightly oversize, casual style anyway.

And even more luckily mum ADORES it. It's far too cold for her to wear it yet, but she showed it off to every guest we had over the holidays XD

Thanks for reading! C&C & questions are all welcome Smiley
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: Mushroom Stamp Trio on: January 26, 2013 09:06:57 AM
They're beautiful... and I LOVE that they're mounted on wooden rounds!!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Are you a princess?" *_* on: January 19, 2013 12:43:41 PM
These are adorable Smiley I love the lace detailing. And the only correct answer to that question is "yes. Yes I am".
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: "The Hebridean" - a blanket for the Highlands on: January 02, 2013 01:29:09 PM
This looks beautiful, I love your choice of colour, it looks so wintry and calm. Well done for having the patience Cheesy
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: fox in red linen on: January 02, 2013 01:20:01 PM
This is so striking! I love your stitch choices.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Snow Angel on: January 02, 2013 01:08:36 PM
I was staring at the thumbnail thinking what? How? Haha I had to click to see how it was done! So effective, great job Smiley
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