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51  dolman sleeve top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by liliv-1 on: March 18, 2013 02:17:35 PM
Top made of a very soft and drapey jersey fabric with a lovely green color. The skirt is also made by me I hope you like it!

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52  Evening green jersey dress with black ric rac and lace in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by liliv-1 on: March 15, 2013 06:09:27 AM
Hi! This project gave me a really hard time. It is based on a pattern from burda magazine (issue 6/2010). It began in 2010 when I traced the pattern and cut the fabric but left it aside because the summer had already finished. In 2011 I began to sew it but it was a mess and left it again. I think that the basic problem was that this fabric was not the best choice for this pattern. In 2012 I finally finished it after hours and hours of handstiching all these trimmings.
I think that finally it's ok, but I'm sick of it after all this time I had it in my hands:P
I'm going to wear it of course, but it's a pity that the sewing time I have spent is more than the wearing time the garment will see.

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53  Red drapped jersey cardigan with a tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by liliv-1 on: March 13, 2013 11:19:32 AM
The pattern of this very easy cardigan is a simple rectangle piece, folded in half and sewn in a way that two holes for the hands are created. I added  two tubes at these holes to create sleeves.
This design wasn't very flattering on me because I'm short. But worn with a tunic made of  the same fabric is much better.
The construction of the cardigan is shown  at the last pictures.
I hope you like it!!

the cardi folded in half:

The cardigan looks like this when you don't wear it. It's a rectangle (80 cm x 85 cm) folded in half creating this way a smaller rectangle (40 cm x 85 cm). The folded smaller rectangle has the one long side open, and the two vertical shorter sides are sewn closed, except two small holes where the sleeves are attached.

I will try to explain this using a piece of paper instead of fabric. So..... cut a rectangle of fabric as shown at the picture

Fold in half the  rectangle (with the right right sides of the fabric together) so you create a rectangle 40cm x 85 cm as shown at the picture. Sew the 25 cm from point A to point B and from point C to point D. This leaves an opening (of the rest 15 cm) near the fold at each side. These are the armholes.

you can try your cardigan. Put your hands through the larger hole and next through the two smaller ones. If you like it that way hem it and its done!!!

You can change the dimensions of the initial rectangle: the 85 cm creates the width and the 80 cm creates the length of the final garment. You can correct the armholes as well.

If you want sleeves go to the next step.

Cut two pieces as shown at the next picture. You must measure the perimeter of your upper arm and the wrist. You must also decide your sleeve length. And  don' t forget to add seam allowances.  


fold each sleeve in half ( right side of the fabric inside) and sew the sides as shown:

Try your sleeves before you sew them on the cardi, they must be very fitted or else the cardi will slip

Turn the sleeves so that the right side of the fabric is at the outside. Put the sleeves at the openings of the cardi (which must be with the wrong side of the fabric at the outside) as shown at the next picture

push the sleeves until their edge is at the edge of the armhole:

pin them at the armholes and sew across the perimeter of the armholes. If the sleeve opening is smaller than the armhole just strecth it evenly to fit.

Hem and you are done!!
I forgot the most important!!!!
You can use only stretch and drapey jersey for this cardigan. If you make it sleeveless you can also use  woven fabrics but 1. they must have nice drape and 2. make larger armholes
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54  Orange velvet purse with a bow in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by liliv-1 on: March 11, 2013 01:22:23 PM
This is made of burnt orange fabric bought from the decoration section of the store. It loos like velvet and has a very interesting texture. I planned to make a simple purse for everyday use without any trimming but it was a bit of failure: The purses nap and the band s nap was opposite to each other at the back of the purse. Plus the seam between the purse and the band was a mess. I tried to fix it with some lace to cover the mismatched nap and the bad seam. 

I like the final result except the lining which is green because I had sewn it already before adding the black details.

A little romance


What do you think?
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55  Re: Purse Craftalong-2013 in Craftalongs by liliv-1 on: March 11, 2013 12:52:01 PM
I finished the orange one, I corrected the problem with some lace and put a bow instead of flower:

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56  grey pleated dress with cup sleeves and black details in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by liliv-1 on: March 10, 2013 03:03:04 PM
I made this dress some months ago and wore it many times during the winter with long sleeved tops. But I prefer to wear it this way:

I finished the edges with bias binding and made topstiching lines at the armholes, the neckline and the pleats:

Good evening/morning!

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57  denim purse and a cat in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by liliv-1 on: March 10, 2013 11:01:01 AM

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58  Re: Purse Craftalong-2013 in Craftalongs by liliv-1 on: March 10, 2013 10:52:19 AM
Some better pictures:

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59  Re: Purse Craftalong-2013 in Craftalongs by liliv-1 on: March 09, 2013 02:32:49 PM
I also made this, which is a bit of failure for many reasons
1.the purse's nap and the band' s nap are opposite to each other in the back of the purse.  This is something I knew from the begginning but couldn't find a way to fix it, as the main purse is just one piece without seam at the bottom (I have tried the same design with seam at the bottom and it doesn't drape nicely)
2.The seam between the purse and the band is a mess
3. The purse seams unpressed though I pressed it
I' ll try to fix it tomorrow, maybe I will put some trimming lace or something to cover the mismatched nap and the bad seam

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60  Re: Purse Craftalong-2013 in Craftalongs by liliv-1 on: March 09, 2013 02:12:04 PM
I finished it, it took hours and hours and hours
I' ll post better photos tomorrow.

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