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1  Burdastyle Marie skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lupinbunny on: July 07, 2007 08:25:33 PM

As part of my week-long Sophia Coppola themed sewing binge I printed out and stuck together and cut out the Marie skirt pattern from www.burdastyle.com, and it is much love.
The skirt is sooooo easy. The 4 hour time estimation is genuinely how long it took me (which never happens with me and patterns). Actually, it did take a day, because I made my size according to the measurements first, and that was too big, so I decided to start again and make my proper size (my ready to wear number - one size smaller than what the measurements indicated) and it looks muuuuuch better.

I'd recommend against using interfacing on the waistband like the direction say. I used quite a heavy fabric (upholstery fabric...) and the band was narrow that with the interfacing as well I had trouble folding/ ironing it down.

Also just be aware that the space for your legs to come out is not very big. It's like a hobble skirt. Wearing it out last night I was taking two little steps for everyone else's one. I can't pull the skirt up past about my mid-thighs. Any super-curvy gals thinking of making it, I'd recommend a little re-draft of the pattern to make the lower circumference bigger.

But I do really, really like it. Cost $15 all up (fabric was remnanted).

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2  cloud skein wonder in Knitting: Completed Projects by lupinbunny on: May 12, 2007 06:32:16 PM
I wanted to make Ysolda's Cloud Bolero, but didn't have enough yarn. So I figured out how to smush the feather and fan lace pattern onto a One Skein Wonder.
And here's how it turned out:

It's knit in MCY yarn, but I had some rather largeish problems with the yarn (see the blog), and wouldn't recommend it.
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3  invaders... invaders... grey dress (from the future?) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lupinbunny on: April 11, 2007 12:42:06 AM

it's another BBW dress, but i modified the neckline. much pleased with how it looks.
i think i'm done with simplicity 3835 now. three dresses out of one distinctive pattern is enough for any girl. though when i went shopping today i kept being drawn to dresses that i realised were essentially 3835 reworked (narrower facing, wider facing, different sleeve shape, etc).

for much nicer pictures of the neckline, and instructions on how to make your own funnel-neck sack-dress, do visit http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com/2007/04/other-wendydress-space-invaders.html
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4  built by wendy, sewn by me, looks like curtain in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lupinbunny on: April 08, 2007 06:50:05 PM

this is my third go at simplicity 3835 (i haven't photographed the second, andthe first is floating about here somewhere). i'm not sure if i like it, or if i look like i'm wearing a curtain. also, the neck facing at the back is such a mess! i need some hooks and eyes to fix it up, and i ended up handsewing quite a bit.

the ties and the neck facing are lined in purple, which looks absolutely awesome, if i say so myself. there's a pic of that on my blog.
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5  built by wendy/ simplicity 3835 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lupinbunny on: March 05, 2007 09:52:07 PM

i made this out of some cotton i got on clearance, and the red poly/ cotton print was the first fabric i ever bought to sew with as an adult (i don't want to think about the dinosaur print and terrifying psychadelic polyster i thought was totally cool when i was 14).

despite the dim picture and the unironed hem, this is actually a very cool dress. it's super comfy, and got me lots of compliments.

and i put a zip in okay, all by myself! First zip unaccompanied, second zip ever. though good ol' mum gave me some tips for next time.

for close ups of the sleeve lining and a bit more on the making process (and tips if youre thinking of making it), see here.
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6  twinkletoes! in Knitting: Completed Projects by lupinbunny on: March 01, 2007 04:07:12 PM

with little red flowers on, too.

i found that the heels came up quite high on these, above the ankle/ to the top of my achilles tendon, but then i have quite a flat foot (as in, the distance between the ground and my ankle is not as great as for most people).

they were for a swap for an awesome, amazing sewing bag (http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com/2007/02/squee-doesnt-even-begin-to-describe-it.html).

there's more detail about the flowers and the mods i made, and why these photos are really not the most interesting composition on my blog. can't be bothered to retype.
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7  the needle roll to end all needle rolls - with link to tute in Knitting: Completed Projects by lupinbunny on: February 25, 2007 03:33:46 PM
mah boyfriend got me a set of fat quarters for christmas (from moda's building blocks range. he's colourblind, but he knew i loved the tape measure fabric, and the store conveniently sold fat quarters in coordinating sets), and i decided they were destined for a needle roll.

i know there's a pattern in s'n'b, but i don't have a copy. i looked at someone else's, and got kind of confused. so i ended up drafting my own, based on a seriously fugly needle roll i already had.
only this one has three layers of pockets and is twice as wide. it fits all my needles plus some other bits and pieces.
it weighs a TON, even before i put stuff in it.

additional close up of the pretty pretty fabric on my blog, and i intend to post a tutorial sometime too, if anyone's interested. here's a tutorial.


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8  sew u's shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lupinbunny on: February 11, 2007 01:23:04 AM

i made the cowboy shirt variation. am tres pleased with it, though idon't think i'll make another shirt for a while. this was a weeny bit beyond my skill range, so became a little more scary and stressful than fun.

i made it out cotton aimed at quilters that i bought as a remnant when my closest spotlight closed down. so the fabric cost me about $1. pity the 'pattern' (book) cost about $30 Wink

oh, and for reference for her weird-assed sizing system, this is a medium, with the side seams taken in a few inches (but the armhole not altered because i don't have those Skillz), and the back made a little narrower, because i have a narrow back. oh, and made about an inch longer at the bottom too.

for pics of the super-secret embroidery and the thumb-ouchie i gave myself while putting the studs on, check out the blog.
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9  edwardian-style (?) built by wendy top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lupinbunny on: January 18, 2007 05:13:45 AM
i'm learning to sew Smiley three dresses made already, and this is my first top. i'm going to make another from the pattern. it's not super duper flattering, but i feel like an artiste when i wear it.

for my comments on fit, etc see the blog please.

also, the whole thing is a bit gapey around the neckline. does that mean it's a size too big? i can't work out what is wrong witht he fit to make the neckline gape?
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10  baby e - a noro entrelac scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by lupinbunny on: January 03, 2007 08:04:57 PM

it was a treat to me, a scarf that when people looked at it they'd say 'wow! what an awesome scarf!' (all my other scarfs are garter-stitch acrylic).

i've typed up a template/ pattern and have more pics on my blog Smiley
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