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21  My mother's kimono quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by emapril on: February 05, 2006 04:05:27 AM
My mother made this quilt a few years ago when we lived in Tokyo. She attended a course with Dianne Connroy (from Australia) who made the original design for it.

This kimono is my favorite. My mom made it when I was in fourth grade and my teacher, who I liked very much, had a dress out of that very fabric.
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22  Lovikka Gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by emapril on: February 04, 2006 03:23:08 PM
All these years I have underestimated the power of wool! I made this pair of lovikka gloves in one atfernoon and my fingers are warm and cozy even through the icy, Swedish winter nights...  Cheesy

My super simple, super quick, super cheap etc. etc. lovikka gloves:

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23  Alien Illusion Scarf in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by emapril on: February 04, 2006 02:31:54 PM
I made this for my friend for her 18th birthday. She was looking through my Stich 'n Bitch - Knitter's Handbook and fell in love with it, and I felt it my duty to make one for her! Her birthday was 2nd of January and I gave it to her only a few weeks later... At least it's still cold outside so she can wear it! (Sweden is knitted-scarf-friendly for about two thirds of the year...)

Here it is! (I simplified it a bit by only making two alien faces with empty space between istead of six faces.)

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24  Super simple summer skirt tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by emapril on: August 01, 2005 11:38:37 AM
Here's a skirt I made yesterday, and decided I would make a tutorial. So I made another one today for my sister, though one can never have too many skirts... Can't take all the credit for the skirt though; I found the pattern in a magazine that my grandmother had. Changed it a bit and here it is:

Start by getting your measurements. This tutorial with be done in cm since that is the only thing I know. Though I think an inch is about 2.5 cm and that would mean that a foot is about 30 cm. Anyhow, this is how you do it:

Measurements you will need: waist and around the hips.

You need three pieces of fabric. One in stretchy fabric and two in regular cotton fabric. Experiment as you want with the color combinations.

Piece #1 (Stretchy fabric):
Measure your waist and add 2cm to that. That will be the length of the piece and the width should be 30cm. Though you can experiment with the width to make the band at the top thinner or wider.

Piece #2 (Regular):
This piece will be between the skirt itself and the stretchy part. Measure around you hips and add 10cm to that. The width should be 5cm.

Piece #3 (Regular):
This is the skirt itself. Measure around your hips and add 50-70cm to it depending on how scrunched up you want it to be. I recommend about 60cm. 70cm turned the skirt into a kind of tutu. The width should be about 25cm, but you can alter it according to how long you want it to be. The shorter the cuter though.

Take piece #3 and fold it so that the short ends are together with the right sides against each other. Sew together along the edge to make a sort of tube.

Now heres the tricky part, which isnt really tricky at all. The scrunching up. I have no idea what the real name in English is, so Im just going to call it scrunching. If you know how to scrunch, do it your own way, Im not so good at explaining. It you dont, I will do my best at explaining.

Along the top of the tube, sew two seams right next to each other with long stitches (3-3.5). Do this around the whole tube. Make sure that the seams dont overlap and dont secure them by sewing back and forth at the start of end of the seam. 0.5cm between where the seam ends and starts should be OK. Also make sure that the strings are long, you need something to hold on to when you scrunch it up!

So, by carefully pulling the bottom strings scrunch the whole thing up. To know it is your size, wear the skirt while you do this. When its your size, even it out and tie the strings together with another piece of fabric to make sure they dont get all messed up.

Take piece #2 and put the short ends together with the good sides against each other. Sew together at the edge.

With to good sided against each other, pin your new tube to the skirt like in the picture.

Sew it on.

It should look something like this.

Take piece #1 (the stretchy fabric) and fold it with the short sides together and with the good sides against each other. Sew along the edge like in the picture.

This is a super easy step and I just realized how extremely hard it is to explain in writing I hope you are all smart people  Wink. Well, the picture should make it pretty clear though. Well, here it goes:

With the bad side still facing out take the top part of the tube and turn it so that the good side is out and fold it over the bottom half of the tube. It should look like a tube folded in half, but with the good side out and the bad side inside against itself. That sounded a bit unclear Its the best I can to though!

Now take the stretchy and strangely folded tube and put it inside the skirt. Good sides against good sides. The folded end of the stretchy tube should be down inside the skirt while the open part is lined up with the top part of the skirt. Pin it and see to that it is all even. You might need to stretch the stretchy tube out to fit the skirt.

Sew it and make sure that it is all even! Otherwise you will end up with left over fabric at the end of the seam and you skirt will be lopsided.

Turn it right side out, and tada! Almost finished skirt! Just the boring part left

Fold the edges and sew them.

And heres your finished skirt!

Good luck! If there are any questions, just ask! I think the tutorial might be a bit confusing; it is after all my first.
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25  Spring-flower stencil in Stenciling: Completed Projects by emapril on: August 01, 2005 02:56:20 AM
My first stencil! It was a while ago I made it, but I felt it needed some attention... I went out into the great outdoors and snapped some pictures of the first flowers. I don't have photoshop, so I had to experiment a bit by hand, but it turned out well.

I used thick sketch paper, which was not particularly good. It swelled when I was applying the paint, so the little lines inbetween the petals are kinda blurry. Any ideas on better stencilling paper?

Well, here it is:

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26  Huge tank top and super-cool fabric become skirt!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by emapril on: July 31, 2005 05:08:56 AM
I found a really cool tank top in a thrift store but to my great horror it was way too big. I just couldn't take my eyes off it and bought it anyway. The fabric I bought a few months ago when I fell in love with it in the exact same thrift store.
So here's what I started with:

And here is what I ended up with:

The pattern I found in one of my grandmother's magazines and I altered it to fit me and to make it look a bit more... up to date.

I couldn't come up with a way to turn the print over without cutting the whole top up, so I let it stay upside down. I think it looks pretty col that way though..
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