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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Alice In Wonderland amigurumi on: July 17, 2009 07:08:01 AM
I don't think I posted this here before...it's the only amigurumi I've completed this year, but I plan on doing a few more in the Alice in Wonderland-inspired by gothic lolita vein. My next one is the White Rabbit. I've been too busy sewing, so my amigurumi has fallen to the wayside XD  

She is my first truly semi-realistic 'human' amigurumi. I think if I were to do it over again I'd change some of the proportions and try the face a different way. Maybe another version on the way? Her hair is made of cotton yarn and I wove each strand individually. Her bloomers are trimmed with lace, and her apron is sewn from cotton shirting Smiley

17.5" tall
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Sailor Skirt on: July 07, 2009 04:19:09 AM
Simple gathered sailor skirt with partial elastic waistband. It is made of cotton sateen, poly/cotton trim, and a sheer polyester lining. The waist ties are detachable at the front buttons  Smiley I added the rows of topstitching to the trim after the fact

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3695655957

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3695656183/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3695657401

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3695657401/

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mahogany Garden Lolita Dress on: July 02, 2009 11:06:38 PM
It's been a while since I've cruised Crafster Shocked ... a long while! Well, back then I was doing more amigurumi, but these days I'm sewing lots. I got into lolita clothing a while back and I've taken up sewing them again, mostly for other people. My latest project was done in the style of classical lolita, which is more reserved and mature than some of the sweet, pink stuff you see out there. (God knows I'm getting to old for the sweet stuff XD)

It was my first project using all French seams and mock French seams. It was a lot easier than I thought and the seams are extra hard wearing and NEAT. I don't know why I didn't do them before  Wink  Other things about the dress:

- cotton w/ ribbon trim
- lined bodice, invisible zipper at the back
- has a matching hair piece made of the same fabric as the dress & lining
- underskirt is separate

Thanks for looking!

Original pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157601014404492/

4  CANADA / Ontario / acrylic yarn in TO on: March 17, 2009 06:59:57 AM
Ok, I feel stupid for even having to ask, but I am new to the city and have been having a heck of a time trying to find ACRYLIC YARN. This stuff is pretty ubiquitous in most craft/fabric stores, but for some reason I haven't been able to find anything but natural fibers. I need a good selection of colors since I use the yarn for amigurumi. Anyone have any suggestions? I can't venture out into the farther suburbs at the moment since I don't have a car, so it's subway, bus or GO Train for now.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / problems lining a pleated dress on: July 06, 2007 10:25:05 AM
I am completing a dress that has a pleated skirt and am wondering how to go about lining it. I've already got most of sewn together (except for the sleeves and collar) because I hadn't realized I would need a lining until now - so it's too late to put in an underlining.

So now I'm trying to think of a way to add a lining to the skirt without adding more bulk to the waist. The lining needs to be the full breadth of the skirt since it's going to be worn with a full petticoat. Meaning I can't skimp and just wear a slip. The skirt itself is made of two plain rectangles pleated to fit the waist. So to make the lining - should I just gather? Or will that be too bulky? Or will I need to measure out a trapezoid skirt? I want to make this as no-hassle as possible Cheesy Any advice is much appreciated!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how to prevent gold accent flaking off fabric? on: April 17, 2007 02:25:20 PM
I recently bought a beautiful cotton filigree fabric that I planned on using for a dress. The part that really sold me on it was the gold metallic accent around the darker design elements of the pattern. I prewashed the fabric (like I always do) to prepare it for cutting and I found that a significant amount of the gold had flaked off in the machine Sad I guess I should have thought of this ahead of time, but it's too late now. Can anyone recommend a good way clean this fabric in the future without losing so much of the gold accent? Will dry cleaning be safe? I couldn't find any washing instructions for it.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Crosswise grain vs lengthwise for drape on: March 29, 2007 04:16:52 PM
Hi guys Cheesy I had a quick question about cutting which I have not been able to find the right answer to.

I've cut major pieces to go along the lengthwise or bias grain with most of my projects so far, therefore I'm pretty unfamiliar as to how cutting along the crosswise grain affects the drape of a garment. I'm currently planning a high waisted plaid pinafore with gathered skirt - the the plaid has strong black lines going through it and I'd like these to be vertical if possible, but they run perpendicular to the selvedge. How might this (generally) affect the way the skirt falls if I cut on the crosswise grain?  The fabric is silk dupioni.

Thanks for any insight you can give me Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black & White Vinyl Roll Bag on: January 25, 2007 05:37:19 PM

12" x 5.5", vinyl with cotton lining

It had been a long time since I worked with vinyl, so this was an adventure of sorts. I did a lot of things I didn't need to do and spent a lot of extra time I didn't need to spend. Overall I think it turned out ok Smiley

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Ninjin Oni (Carrot Monster) & Blueberry Oni on: January 15, 2007 04:18:11 PM
Can you tell that I love my fruits and veggies? Cheesy

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Nanette - fashion cat? on: August 27, 2006 10:01:58 PM

For a larger view you can click on the pictures Smiley

Nanette started as a cardigan and turned out to be much taller and 'substantial' than I imagined. Oh well, you always have to try new things! Her clutch purse functions with a velcro closure and she's supposed to have on cropped wide pants and not shorts Tongue. You can't tell though  Roll Eyes

I was very much influenced by Beth Doherty's work here - (you know her from GourmetAmigurumi). I actually didn't intend it, but I just wanted to acknowledge it anyway since her work is extremely well done & very popular.
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