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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / spirogyra hat on: March 29, 2008 06:17:46 AM
I was given a ball of mystery yarn the other day, perfect thickness for a hat, and I decided to use Knitty's Spirogyra http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring08/KSPATTspirogyra.html pattern to make one. I made it up as I went along and it actually fits (pretty rare occurrence for me Wink ).

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / floaty dress on: February 27, 2008 06:20:37 PM

(full size: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v377/hitgirl/PHOTOS/dressess.jpg)

i made this dress quite a while ago but i only just decided to take some pictures of it.
it's made of the thinnest knit ever and if i remember correctly the skirt part used up about 2 metres in length, making it quite heavy, so i'm terrified of it ripping at the seams. on top of that, that shade of red clashes horribly with my skin... so i've never worn it out. too bad, because it's so soft and floaty.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Two hats! on: September 24, 2006 09:01:26 AM
Woo! A new board to post on!

I learned how to crochet a few weeks ago. I've been knitting for about a year now, and all I ever really finished was a scarf, a mitten, and a hobo glove (notice we're talking singular here). It's not that I can't knit, I just can't finish what I start.
Now, I decided I wanted to learn how to crochet because it seemed more versatile, I was getting bored, and my friend got my a book on crochet (which ended up having nothing to do with me learning, but anyway). So I tried and gave up and went to bed and found some videos and photo tutorials on crochet the next morning (thank you Craftster), and got my mum it to show me in person. Next thing I know I had a hat finished at the end of the day. Take that, knitting!


By the end of the week, I had this one done too:


It's a rubbish photo, but my camera is temperamental. They're both just double crochet throughout, and the second one has earflaps and pom poms. Now I just have to wait for the weather to cool down so I don't look like a tool wearing hats when everyone else is prancing around in t-shirts.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stud on: June 20, 2006 06:02:08 AM

I figured sewing would get me out of this art block/rut I've been stuck in for too long now.

I didn't have much felt, which meant unless I wanted a sugar-cube sized little creature, no machine sewing (couldn't leave much of a seam allowance, you see).
As my hand sewing is quite uneven, and as it looked quite nifty anyway, I sewed him up using blanket stitch on the inside (so when I turned him the right way around and stretched the seams, I got those cool looking stitches).

His eyes were salvaged from a studded cuff thing. He's got tiny little feet and rather long arms which didn't photograph very well. 

He's 5 cm tall, long and wide, and enjoys sitting on TI-83s and looking out the window.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cherry Brooch on: January 18, 2006 08:28:14 AM
My friend saw a cherry brooch in a shop, and when she went back a few days later to buy it, it was gone. I was bored and had to study for my exams, and had just rolled up another ball of this infernal red yarn that haunts me I have so much of... so obviously I made her one.

I made two pom poms, connected them by braiding some yarn, and knit a little leaf. It's just hanging off a safety pin. Pretty simple, but she likes it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Ball Dress on: December 18, 2005 05:42:10 AM
So Friday night was my school's Winter Ball (not called Christmas Ball anymore, because apparently Christmas is no longer PC Roll Eyes ), and I made my own dress. Cheesy It's very simple but I loved wearing it.


Everyone always wears black, so I was planning on making a dress in an outrageous colour, just because I can. I ended up not having time to go fabric shopping. Soo I used this black stuff I had at home already. In retrospect, I'm glad I had no time to buy any other fabric.

For the bodice, I copied a top my mum had. I traced all the pieces and basted them all together, put it on, adjusted it to my body... and it turns out I put it on upside down but it didn't really made a difference. Tongue The skirt is just a circle skirt. I made the hole in the middle as big as I could. There's a zip in the back.

I also made a little underskirt with three layers of tulle. Should have made that four. Either way, the photograph doesn't show the dress' true poofyness.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Musky green, pleated bag on: October 19, 2005 01:18:49 PM

This was made with the leftovers of camouflage fabric! Cheesy I just turned it inside out.
The lining's this pink fabric I use everywhere (it never runs out. gah). I added a pocket on the inside for things that I wouldn't want popping out of the bag when I'm searching for my housekeys Wink
I didn't use a pattern, but I did use some knowledge I gained from making a slouchy hobo bag a la Tinafish a while ago. It's really roomy and nice, I love it.
That's it!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Camo Jacket on: October 19, 2005 01:12:41 PM

Full size: http://home.graffiti.net/hitgirl:graffiti.net/jackethi.png

Simple jacket I made. Used another jacket to draw out patterns for the back, front and sleeves, and added my own hood and cuffs. It's only got a lined hood and front - so I can wear it open.
Sorry if the photos aren't very clear; my camera is absolutely crap but at least I'm good with photoshop Wink

Edit: if you're interested in the pattern I used, just scroll down a bit Smiley

Oh and (rather pointless) fun fact: I don't have a tripod, so instead I balanced my camera on my sewing machine. Weee.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A couple of skirts (pinstripes and polkadots!) edit: the fate of the pink skirt on: August 31, 2005 12:12:30 PM
Well hellu. I made these in the summer holidays and just recently managed to format my crappy little camera.  So I took lots of photos!

Ignore the silly poses, I never know quite what to do with my hands  Cheesy

I was at the market one day and I saw this wonderful fabric and without thinking I bought two or three metres of it (probably more actually, as it doesn't seem to ever run out Cheesy). I then got home and wondered what the hell I was going to do with that much pink with gigantic orange polkadots fabric. Then I realised oh well, it was only a euro a metre.
So I made a skirt! It was my first time pleating, so it isn't excellent. I have no idea if I'll ever wear it. It seems a bit too garish even for me Wink

(haha, editing to point out I just noticed the little killer whale in the corner Cheesy)

It used to be just green fabric, I added the pinstripes by hand. I obviously don't know what to do with my time, it seems.
Took me about a day to add the pinstripes, and a day to put it all together. I couldn't figure out how to pleat it, and the fabric wasn't the pleat-y type. Should have figured that out before I started Tongue

Thanks for reading!

Edit: I wore the pink one yesterday to see Mindless Self Indulgence, and when the band started signing stuff, I couldn't find my ticket for them to sign, so I took off my skirt (but don't worry, I had trousers underneath Wink )

(LynZ, Urine, Steve Righ? and Kitty)

Now I can't wear it again, but hey, I love it even more Cheesy
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pinstriped Messenger Bag (a bit image heavy!) on: August 21, 2005 06:37:55 AM
Hello Cheesy this is my second attempt at a bag. School's starting and I'm tired of cramming my folders into bags that are too small, so I decided to make my own.  I actually put a lot of thought into this and I think it came out okay.

The bag. Excessive badge usage aagh! My friends brought a hat back from Russia for me and it was covered in badges and I've been using them lately... a lot. The bag's a bit boring so I thought I'd put some of badges on.

This is the flap - you can see the topstitching and the badges up close. Okay, so the Blythe ones aren't from Russia buuut... yeah Cheesy
I salvaged bits of an old broken suitcase and put a big piece inside the flap to make it stronger.

The strap. I harvested the strap off another crappy bag I got at an university fair, and covered it in the pinstriped fabric. This way it's strong and comfy.

The excessive amount of velcro I used for the flap. Looking back I could have made things a lot simpler but oh well.  Wink

The back + zippered pocket. I found my zipper foot after I put the zipper on!  Tongue it's not too nice looking, but when I wear my bag it stays against my body so it's not visible.

I apologise if I went overboard with the photos. I just fixed my camera Tongue

The lining is the same pinstriped fabric. There are a few pockets for little things and pens and stuff but it's too dark to see inside.
All together I used a metre of the fabric, a bit over half a metre of velcro, a zipper (all of which I got at the market), and a few salvaged bits here and there. The whole thing cost me about 3.50 (a bit over $4). I'm very pleased!
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