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1  Easy tutorial on how to transform a 1970s maxi into a vintage-style mini dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by knittingal on: June 20, 2015 12:54:53 AM
I picked up this fabulous maxi dress for a fiver at a vintage fair a few months ago. It hung forlorn in the wardrobe unworn because it was too darn insane for everyday wear.

It was too 'fancy dress' but just too good to languish on the rail.

A couple of hours of pinning, cutting and sewing and I was left with this!

Step-by-step details can be found over on ze blog, here: http://mancunianvintage.com/the-thighs-the-limit-how-to-easily-transform-a-1970s-maxi-into-a-vintage-style-mini-dress/
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2  Curtain couture tute link:How to make a Mary Katrantzou-inspired lampshade skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by knittingal on: March 10, 2014 02:34:43 PM
So I took some curtain material and transformed it a la Sound of Music into a cute little designer-inspired number.

Loads of pictures and a tutorial can be found here:  Grin


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3  Ribbed for her pleasure...! in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: November 11, 2013 04:49:18 AM
Here are just some of the knitted (in rib!) goodies I've made recently including a Breton-inspired jumper and a gorgeous vintage-inspired turban...


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4  Craftivist Collective #Lovefashionhatesweatshops in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by knittingal on: September 10, 2013 02:50:43 PM
I've been involved with a group called Craftivist Collective - who campaign using crafts.

Their latest initiative is with War on Want's 'Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops' campaign.

I made my own banner (first time stitching lettering!) which you can see here...


Let me know what you think!


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5  From frumpy to fabulous! 1960s-inspired vintage dress recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by knittingal on: July 01, 2013 02:20:59 PM
I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to using my sewing machine and following patterns, but what I lack in skill I make up with enthusiasm.  Grin

One of my favourite projects so far has been turning this...

... into this!

The full tutorial is available here....


What do you think?
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6  Vintage knitted collar in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: September 27, 2012 08:13:07 AM
A little while back I made a detachable lacy collar from Claire Montgomeries Knitting Vintage.

It was a really straightforward pattern, and is perfect for using up the last half ball of wool.

My original images are on my old laptop... but I did manage to put them up on my blog before they disappeared.

Full pics are here:


Has anyone else made this/other detatchable collars?
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7  Military-style jacket in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: February 21, 2012 02:28:02 PM
As part of my Christmas knitting I decided to knit my two and a half year-old nephew a jacket to keep him snuggly warm, but which also looked nice.

A month earlier I'd spotted the FOs hung-up at the stall where the pattern books were being sold and I fell in love there and then. I knew I had to make it.

Sorry about the rubbish quality of pic, but here it is:

For the record he loved it Grin

See http://sheknitsandpurls.wordpress.com/ for more info.
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8  Sparkly capelet in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: September 27, 2011 07:58:42 AM
It's been soooo long since I last posted here *slaps wrist* and with one thing and another (studying, post grad studying, job hunting etc etc) it's been a while since I knitted properly.

Anyway - I decided to branch out and knit something other than a scarf/hat/mittens and saw this little beauty in Vintage gifts to knit (Town & City tufted cape by Susan Crawford) and knew I had to have a go.

And here it is - modelled by yours truly (I'm no model, but it gives you an idea of what it looks like)

Front pose


Front.... again

It was a fairly quick knit and I'm really pleased with how it's come out - comments/thoughts?

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9  Sparkly arm warmers WARNING: IMG heavy ;) in Knitting: Completed Projects by knittingal on: January 24, 2007 02:24:32 PM
Well, I'd seen quite a few arm warmers that I'd liked the look of on Craftster. So when it came to me doing some leafleting in November/December in the UK (which means it's super cold!) I knew I had to have some - that would keep my arms/hands warm whilst leaving my fingers free to leaflet (they also had to be pretty) hence the choice of yarn - enjoy!
Action shot:-

Left arm:-

Right arm:-

Close up so you can see the sparkles:-

Proof there's two(!)

Yet another shot!

Hope you like! (Excuse the state of my room!)
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10  Yet another tampon holder!!! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by knittingal on: July 25, 2006 09:09:31 AM
I was inspired by the many other makers of these pretty holders and decided to have a go myself. This was one of those projects that was pretty much on the back burner but after my computer mouse died and another one was bought - it came in a box that just asked to be made into a tampon holder!
Here's the front:-

Here I used old magazines to make a collage base, and then found an image on the internet of these cute looking skull and crossbones (at this point the printer ran out of black ink - so i had to use felt tip to colour it in!)
The side panels:-

Again i did a magazine collage for the background and then the black and white images are from a perfume advert featuring Rachel Weiss.
The back panel:-

Here I wanted to make a faux book review page (similar to ones out of magazines) and was lucky in finding this book online - which i thought was appropriate! I used this style making up quotes from "readers" Cheesy all in all it was a mickey take - something to cheer me up when I'm feeling blue....
The top of the box:-

more perfume images and a red shoe (random i know) but every girl's gotta have a red pair of high heels haven't they?!
Inside storage:-

it has the capacity to hold much more - just a quick demo  Cool
well girlies, whaddya think?
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