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1  First Successful Skirts! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by heatherxxll on: June 22, 2008 10:20:45 PM
So I guess this is partly to pimp the book Sew What! Skirts and partly to show what I made from the book. Two big thimbles up from me, I tell you what.

Up until purchasing this book, I had 2 skirt disasters under my belt. The first was the skirt from Sew U. I sewed the medium skirt based on my measurements and it ended up SO. SMALL. Like ridiculously small, which, if you've ever sewn a BBW pattern you usually have the opposite result. The second was a McCall's tulip skirt which was SO. CUTE., yet SO. SMALL. that I actually re-bought the pattern so that I could re-cut it in a larger size for me.

But then I read SW!S and realized that waist-to-hip ratios are so diverse that it's hard to find a good skirt pattern, and I happen to have one of those hard-to-fit bodies (my waist and hip measurements are practically the same). So based on the diagrams of build-your-own skirt pattern, I successfully made 3 a-line skirts!

Here are 2.

Skirt one is comprised of denim and that Alexander Henry hearts fabric.

Skirt two, same denim and some Ikea fabric. When I wore this to Starbucks they gave me my drink for free! I can't promise the same results should you make one yourself, but just giving you a heads up that it will draw attention  Wink
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2  Chew Toy: Can it take my dog's wrath? in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by heatherxxll on: January 15, 2008 09:02:56 PM
My lab-mix, Bowie, is a little over 15 months and 75 pounds. Lately it's been costing me upwards of $10 each week to keep him in toys so that he doesn't destroy anything while I am at work during the day. I've laid 2 squirrels and octopuses (octopi?), a moose, ladybug, and countless others to rest.

Tonight I cut the leg off of a pair of jeans and sewed one end shut. Then I filled that with denim and fabric scraps, and sewed the other end up. It's like a pillow but more dense and it already smells like me.

Will it have what it takes to withstand a champion chomper??

Only time will tell...

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3  Coffee, Tea, or Me? 60's Flight Attendants! in Halloween Costumes by heatherxxll on: October 30, 2007 03:25:31 PM
This would have to be my most ambitious sewing endeavor to date: the outfit. Not just one, but two! (I sewed my sister's also)

Anywho, once we found the PERFECT vintage pattern on ebay, we went to work resizing the size 20 1/2 pattern. After a couple of mockups and a lot of vodka crans, it was ready to go. We also used Vogue 8213 for matching jackets, and I tried to sew a hat from a Vogue hat pattern but it was so wack that I gave up in frustration. Extra kudos to my friend Berkleigh (far left), this was her first sewing project!

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4  Reynolds Lopi Sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by heatherxxll on: February 26, 2007 08:22:46 AM
I just posted this last night in the completed objects and was referred to this board, I had no idea this contest was going on! Anyway, I knitted the sweater on the left:

from this pattern book:

Here is the finished result:

My modifications: I used Bernat Softee Chunky instead of Lopi, Lopi is beautiful but has to be the scratchiest fiber I have ever come across. I could never imagine the torture of wearing a Lopi skirt, haha...

I went down from the recommended size 10 needle to size 9 for the body, and size 8 for the sleeves to fit my tiny arms.

The pattern said to inc 2 stitches for every inch you knit in the sleeves until you reach 48 stitches. Huuuuge. After getting to 36 stitches, I stopped increasing. I also added about 4 inches to each sleeve length. Knitting sleeves on DPN's is the most wonderful thing, as you can slip it on as you go and see how it looks/fits.

The neck looked a little wonky so I added 5 rows of ribbing around the neckband.

That's it! The whole thing was knit in the round, no seams, chunky gauge, super easy and I love the end result!
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5  First sweater that I WANT to wear in public! in Knitting: Completed Projects by heatherxxll on: February 25, 2007 03:16:41 PM

from this pattern book:

Here is the finished result:

My friend found a book of patterns at her mom's.  Some of them were very funny.  But one just looked like...ME!

And now it is mine! I want to make another one, the pattern was so easy and fast, I used Bernat Softee Chunky just in case it ended up being a bust, but want to make another with something a little nicer.
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6  Heart Earflap hat from Knit.1 is drunk-approved and gives you dancing powers! in Knitting: Completed Projects by heatherxxll on: January 02, 2007 08:42:21 AM
Pretty simple pattern, too sweet not to knit. I believe I went down 2 needle sizes, as I tend to knit hats too big 80% of the time.

Knitters beware: Everyone and their mom will ask you for one when they find out you knit it yourself. Even the barista at Starbucks when you wander in the next morning, hungover, and ask for a cup of coffee. My boyfriend said he wanted to pounce on me. Sideview of us dancing:

All in all, a success.

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7  Re: knits for guys in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by heatherxxll on: October 02, 2006 10:33:28 AM
I suppose since we're on the subject, I should mention that I, too, am really stumed about what to knit my boyfriend this Christmas.

Last year I spent aaages knitting him a double-sided 6 1/2 foot long scarf in Cashsoft...

and now I don't know what to knit for him this year. I feel like anything short of a sweater would pale in comparison, but I'm deathly afraid of the sweater curse, falling victim to it once before. But...maybe a blanket or something?
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8  Re: CANDYBAR DOLL MAKER!!!!!! in Discussion and Questions by heatherxxll on: July 19, 2006 10:30:55 AM
This was my Myspace pic for quite a while....

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9  1940's Inspired Dress Recon...first attempt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heatherxxll on: June 25, 2006 02:25:45 PM
Needing a dress for Hollywood Jenga, I was inspired by the cherry fabric/polka dotted collar and sleeves on this shapeless, shoulder-padded wonder I found at Goodwill.

Some red fabric scraps I found for $1 spruced it up, along with some extra shaping and sleeve-puffifying...

And here's the action shot, taken at the event itself:

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10  iPod packing tape/paper cozy in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by heatherxxll on: April 27, 2006 10:48:45 AM
This only took around 15 minutes but it sure gets the job done.  Plus, it was cheapity cheap. I'm thinking of creating a V2.0 with a clear window and a clickwheel cutout.

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