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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First Successful Skirts! 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
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Chew Toy: Can it take my dog's wrath? 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...

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / OMG!!! NEW SEW U BOOK!!! on: November 12, 2007 03:37:45 PM
...In May of 2008  Embarrassed


Here's hoping for an early release!
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Coffee, Tea, or Me? 60's Flight Attendants! 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!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Teva Durham: patterns and new yarn line! on: September 09, 2007 11:54:47 AM

Love the patterns! Anyone have it/knit anything/tried the yarns/want it?!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First sweater that I WANT to wear in public! 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.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / My Hancock Fabrics - Closing! on: February 04, 2007 09:29:32 AM
Is this just the store in my area, or is anyone else seeing this happen? The closing sale signs just went up this morning, and I'm sad, since what with Wal-Mart taking out their fabric department and now this, it will be a drive across town for me now to any sort of sewing/fabric store.

Yeah I know, I shouldn't complain, after reading about those of you who have hour-long or more drives.

You know, if Target was smart they'd fill the gap and open a craft department of their own, with their own line of patterns/fabrics...
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Interweave Spring 07 preview up on: February 04, 2007 09:16:18 AM
Sweet ass sweet.
There are some really pretty projects in this one. Lots of lingerie-ish stuff. Definitely buying this one.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Heart Earflap hat from Knit.1 is drunk-approved and gives you dancing powers! 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.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / ROWAN 40 previews up on: August 01, 2006 07:13:44 AM
Sweet ass sweet.

Too bad the only store in my area that carries it closes before I get off of work, because these tiny photos just aren't doing it for me. But there seems to be some good stuff, including a ballgown?
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