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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My husband cheated on me so I moved to Greece . . . on: May 03, 2011 08:18:06 AM
What an amazing and creative place!  I feel really inspired after seeing it to do some crafting on my own bedroom.  Also, what an awesome treat for yourself after a bad experience - hurrah!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polar Fleece Socks--have you ever made them? Should I try it? on: January 26, 2011 05:22:14 AM
I have some polar socks which my parents bought for me (despite being an adult, they are still convinced that I don't dress warm enough), and I wear them all the time!  Mine are a bit loose on me, but still very warm inside boots.  I find them useful for around the house, since I like to put a blanket around me and tuck my feet inside.

The pattern appears to be similar to the Green Pepper one linked here - the seams are stitched flat.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Patternless sewing - share your tips! on: January 26, 2011 04:23:49 AM
N30Nb100d - That's a great idea about fitting and then using the lining as the pattern!  I usually like to get all my cutting done in one go, but I might try doing it this way for next time.

marieC - I never thought about using a sloper...I will have to investigate this further.

One of my favourite books is by Vivienne Colle...it's a book from the sixties or seventies with instructions on how to make clothing without using patterns.  She offers simple diagrams which you then mark onto the fabric with pins and cut out (the technique I normally use).

I don't think I'll ever really enjoy using patterns (although I have been tempted by the recent stuff from Colette).  I have a make-your-own pattern book and a large sewing reference, and I use those to understand the shape of more complicated pieces (e.g. for piecing or lots of gathers).
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Patternless sewing - share your tips! on: January 20, 2011 07:29:27 AM
There may have already been a post about this, but I couldn't find one...so...

I absolutely hate using a pattern when I am sewing.  I hate cutting out all of the little pieces of paper and pinning them down, and I hate trying to decipher the usually cryptic instructions, on top of which that I almost never find a pattern that I actually like.  Of course, sewing without a pattern does lead to quite a lot of mishaps and some wasted fabric, but I figure that this is probably the sacrifice I have to pay for my own impatience.

I thought it might be useful to start a topic for like-minded people to swap ideas and tips on the best way to sew without using a patten.

I'll kick off the ball with my own strategy:
  • I normally start out by drawing a sketch of my idea, with lots of detail drawings and arrows for what I want (e.g. "pockets here", "lots o' pleats").
  • I then draw a diagram showing all the flat shapes of what I think the pieces for the garment will look like.  I use my body and existing clothing to fill in the key measurements.
  • Next comes a rummage in the fabric stash, after which I pull out whatever I think will produce all of the pieces I need.
  • Moment of truth: I cut out and sew together the pieces for the main body, using very little shaping.  I usually mark the measurements with pins or lay an existing garment down for reference, then freehand around it.  If I'm making a lining I cut this out and sew it at the same time.
  • I then try on what I have so far and then make shaping adjustments (taking fabric off the seams, adding darts)
  • I just keep going like this until I have a finished garment!
I suppose this is roughly the idea behind draping, although I'm entirely self-taught and have never done any proper draping (when I moved to a different country, my dressform got left behind).

I found some no-pattern links which seemed kind of useful:

So...any other pattern haters out there?  Share your thoughts here!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Kueh Kodok (Banana Fritters) on: January 07, 2011 04:38:18 AM
What a yummy idea, thanks for sharing!

In our house, our favourite thing to do it cut them into slices and bake them.  You just wrap them up in tinfoil and add some honey!  You can also put in slices of baby carrots, which are surprisingly delicious.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Wee elf cap on: March 01, 2010 09:44:10 AM
Thanks, all!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Wee elf cap on: March 01, 2010 03:33:13 AM
I'm not really sure what section this should go under, but this seems like the closest I can get to anything appropriate!

My girlfriend lost her favourite hat, so I said that I would make her a new one.  A couple weeks later, she felted a sweater she loved in the wash, and I remarked on how that would be perfect for a new hat.  A couple of weeks after that, I have finally got around to making it!

Since she bikes a lot, I wanted something which would be warm and close-fitting to her head.  I came up with this little elf cap:

The outside is part of an old dress that I had saved for the fabric, and the interior is lined with her sweater.  I made all the decorations (tie cords, leaf appliques, and tassel) myself!  This back shot shows the colour better and also gives a good view of the little gathers at the back of the neck.  The whole thing is fitted perfectly to her head, and with two layers of fabric it is super warm!

Sleepy girlfriend wants to go to bed, but I have forced her to stay up wearing a funny hat:

A not-very-good shot which shows the interior:

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Feather stencil on: March 01, 2010 03:22:20 AM
A simple stencil I did of a feather.  I drew the design myself, then sponged it on with fabric paint.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Buncha old projects: owls, bunnies, berries on: March 01, 2010 03:17:08 AM
Just a few old mini-projects, x-posted from Ravelry.  First is an owl hat I made for my friend Sean, made from Rowan Scottish Tweed.  You can't see the owls too well in this picture, but they're there!

Next is a trinity stitch hat I made for another friend.  I love the colour with this stitch pattern...it reminds me of little raspberries!

And last but not least, some bunny armwarmers made for yet another friend.  I found the bunny buttons (she loves rabbits), so I whipped these up for her birthday.  They are my own design, I wanted something simple but a little girly:

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: How Bazaar! Corks 'n' Crochet on: February 08, 2010 07:55:55 AM
What a great idea, and so great for using up scraps!  Thanks for sharing!
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