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1  French Bistro Couture! (Pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by karls_mommy on: June 15, 2007 11:00:11 AM
I found these two jersey knits at fabric.com on special for something like $2 a yard, and they SCREAMED they had to be put together.  So I complied.  The stitching isn't perfect, but it's different for me, and it's my first success with jersey knit. Yay!

Please let me know what you think! Btw, as usual, pics by my 3 year old, so they are a little....odd. But you get the idea.

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2  My humble skirt contribution... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by karls_mommy on: June 08, 2007 10:41:48 AM
Okay, this is now my fifth skirt (all of the others, but one before this one, were fatally flawed), but the first one that came out perfect (for me).   It fits loose, hangs well on my lumpy bottom half, and is in turquoise and brown (my current fave color combo).  I basically used the 'Sew What? Skirts' book as reference, but couldn't see clear instructions for how I wanted the lining and zipper to go, so I winged it.  The zipper was hand sewed in, since I couldn't achieve the look I wanted with a machine.  I didn't want ANY stitches noticeable on the outside.

Anyway, here are some pics.  Hope you like it!

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3  Two Bags From Self-Pattern in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by karls_mommy on: March 13, 2007 03:49:11 PM
Hey all!  I just got into making bags, and have two to share.  Neither of which is outstanding, but I used bits and baubles since I was making it up as I went along, and didn't want to waste any too precious resources.

Any honest, grueling feedback is much appreciated!

Bag #1 - Being used as a small project knitting bag!

Bag #2 - Hot off the sewing machine.

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4  Need help finding a pattern for this yarn, please! :-) in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by karls_mommy on: January 12, 2007 09:32:44 AM
Hello all! We just got back from Germany, and my gracious grandmother -in-law gave me her whole stash of yarn since she can no longer knit due to arthritis.  Yay for me, blah for her.  There was much more than I could even bring home this trip, however one that I did bring is pretty, although not my usual taste.

The yarn is deep pink with a white thread through it, and I don't think the pictures do it justice.  It is about a 3 in thickness (probably a fingering weight?).

I think this would be great for a pretty spring top.  My taste tends toward slightly trendy, but not to the point of looking too showy - I have a zaftig figure that I'm self-conscious of. 

I have been sifting through as many patterns as I can find, but I could use a little help with finding something suitable to show off this yarn.  I am between an advanced beginner and intermediate - but no cables!  I haven't learned to do cables yet.  I don't mind if the patterns aren't free.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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5  Re: Sew Along: "Sew What! Skirts" in Clothing Sewalongs by karls_mommy on: November 17, 2006 01:48:42 PM
Okay, I finished my first skirt.  I wanted to add ribbon detailing about 5 inches from the waistline, but the ribbon was too delicate to sew.  The machine just shredded it. :-(  It didn't quite turn out perfect, but I think I'll actually wear it.  Admittedly, I'm not excited about drawstrings, but I wanted to start at the beginning.  I really love my fabric, and may even consider making another down the road minus the drawstring and with some extra detailing, in that same fabric.

I am including a pic of the finished skirt, and a close-up of the fabric.  I will have DH take an action pic of the skirt later.

Pleas give me some honest feedback.  I'm feeling kind of disappointed in how I executed the pattern - too wide, etc.  Undecided

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6  Need help finding this hat pattern, please in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by karls_mommy on: November 17, 2006 04:48:30 AM
Hello all.  I know that people have talked about hats before, and I tried to sift through some, but can't find a pattern just like this.

My husband likes this hat, but they won't sell to the U.S., and I can't find it at any U.S. stores, so I thought I could make the hat and add an embroidered logo patch (since I can't embroider myself, which would be nicer).

It looks very simple, but I just can't find 'this' hat pattern.  Everything has wide ribbing, or too floppy, or too short, etc.

Any help would be appreciated!  TIA!
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7  Easy Toddler Pajama Pants! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by karls_mommy on: November 12, 2006 02:00:02 PM
I used Simplicity 'It's so easy' pattern # 4336 to make my DS two pairs of comfy pants, using fun fabric (that he picked).  The first pair I made about a month or so ago - it was my very first piece of clothing completed.  The second one I did last night.

They were very easy, and fun to make.  My DS loves them!!  The first pair are made in a flannel, the second are 100% cotton, not as soft and comfy as flannel, but he loves the fabric.

Here are the first:

And here are the second ones (Christmas themed):

To view some more pics and fabric close-ups, you can visit my flickr page:

Thanks for looking!
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8  My First Recon - Not Brilliant, but Mine! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karls_mommy on: November 09, 2006 07:29:35 AM
So I had this mumu dress that I wore when I was heavier, and when I was pregnant.  It was a hand me down from a friend, and the dress wasn't much to look at, but I kind of liked the fabric (a sort of bright red velour).  I threw it in a bag for charity when I was cleaning out the attic, but realized I just liked the fabric too much.  I have a top that I used to wear during my club days, and love the way it looks on me, so I figured it might be cool to have one that wasn't so dressy to wear.

Here is the inspration top:

This is the unflattering dress that landed on the chopping block:

And here is the top, off and on:

It turned out a little snug at the hips, and the neck didn't come out quite right.  I think that part of the problem is that this fabric doesn't have as much stretch as my inspiration top, and I should have added more ease when I cut it out.  This is my first recon, and only second piece of clothing ever made, and I had no pattern other than the original top, so maybe it isn't so terrible.

Thanks for letting me share!
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9  Re: (Novice) Baby/Toddler Kiddo Sweater Knitalong anyone? in Knitalongs by karls_mommy on: November 06, 2006 05:49:24 AM
Okay, as promised, here is my sweater start!

It may not be much, but it's coming along anyway!  DH thinks it's a little girly, but DS loves this yarn, and I got it at 50% off. Wink
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10  My first two knit items! in Knitting: Completed Projects by karls_mommy on: November 05, 2006 04:55:18 AM
Hello all, I know they aren't much, but I just finished the hat last night, and want to share my first two knitted projects.  I'm so excited! They aren't perfect, but my son loves them.

Yes, I intentionally used the colors of the German flag, since hubby and son are both German, and I thought it would be cute.  I didn't want to overkill on the hat, so I dropped the yellow.

Although I didn't follow the pattern exactly, the scarf was inspired by the SnB Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf.  The hat was modified to a beanie from this pattern for the Kool Hat from Lion Brand, http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kce-koolHat.html

Thanks for looking!!
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