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1  Ridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress (with tutorial!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by applejuicemoose on: August 16, 2006 06:59:01 PM
Here is myridiculously easy american apparel knit tube dress

I saw this dress at AA:

http://www.americanapparelstore.com/2386.html

and after a quick inspection I noticed that it was simply a rectangle with four seams! So I ran home (slight exaggeration) and whipped this up in about 40 minuntes, including cutting (which always takes me forever, due to my perfectionism).



Looks good with pants too!



here's a closeup of the off-shoulder bit:



I used a knit material that was on sale from fabricland for something ridiculously cheap like $1.50/metre. And it took less than a metre to make this dress, so you do the math! suuuuure beats $26 US!

Here's a simple tut for you...



Its just a rectangle with the sides sewn up and space left for the arm. Then sew in two inches at both ends of the short side of the rectangle to make the shoulder seam, and you're done! you might want to play around with the dimensions according to your body type (I'm a size small) but I made the armholes nine inches and the width is about 17 inches across and the length is around 36 inches. I also found it really helpful to make a fabric sandwich, then cut the two pieces together so that they'd match up perfectly. knits can be a little finicky and shift around so this makes it easier. Also, you want to make sure that you cut the rectangle so that the neckline will curl outwards and the armholes curl inwards .

comments are welcome and appreciated!
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2  Yam, sheep and ribbon bags (somewhat image heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by applejuicemoose on: August 08, 2005 05:11:45 PM
Sheep Bag:



This was my first bag that I sewed, and I was quite pleased with the results. I cut out fabric pieces for the sheep and hand sewed them on (bad idea! It took forever and the pieces kept fraying on me. But still looks pretty good...). Here's a close up of the sheep:



Yam Bag:



This is my favourite bag. It was made for a friend's birthday. I used blue cording and my sewing machine to sew on the lettering. It was pretty rough and slightly messy but didn't take me very long. The sewing made the material wrinkle and bunch up a bit. Any ideas for better methods?



This is the other side of the yam bag. I sketched on pictures of yams with dressmakers chalk and used the sewing machine for the "embriodery". At first they looked like croissants. So I added the "eyes" and now they look like fish. Hurrah.

Ribbon Bag:



This was a gift for my sister. I just sewed on some ribbons in different colours onto the bag before I put it together. Pretty simple and looks cool!

Here's a shot of the lining I used for the bags:

Jellybeans!

For all the bags, I basically used the ever-so-popular jordy bag method, with slight changes to suit my needs.
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3  blue and white armwarmers on DPNs in Knitting: Completed Projects by applejuicemoose on: August 06, 2005 08:33:50 PM


These were my first knitting project after taking a seven-or-so year hiatus when my mom taught me to knit a scarf when I was but a young'en. I twisted a piece of mystery blue and mystery white (i.e. from my mom's grab bag of yarn sans labels) together and basically knit a circular 2x2 rib tube with a 8 stich hole for my thumb. Too bad its still summer! These'll have to wait until fall rolls around.
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