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11  Re: FIBER FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH! in Spinning: Completed Projects by zeeblebee on: October 13, 2006 10:06:57 PM
Hope you all don't mind if I jump in with my first Fiber Friday contribution.

This lot were my 3rd, 4th and 5th wheel spun, and my first really successful food colouring dyeing.


In this close up you can see that there is lots of room for improvement, but I was really happy with it.

The lot came to about 170g and is 100% Merino. It was a birthday present, and the recipient seemed happy.

Everybody's looks so good; hobbledehoy, I love Helium.
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12  Re: Pockets on a skirt? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by zeeblebee on: October 03, 2006 03:11:23 AM
I am working on some dungarees that use this type of pocket, before that I didn't know how to do them either.

The skirt shape is actually cut with the part your hand goes into already cut out, so your skirt front isn't a regular rectangle or semi-circle (or whatever), but looks like someone has taken a bite out of the corner. (lower left hand corner)

Then, you need a square that will make up the back of the pocket. This will need to fit in with the side seam, so you can't have something curvey like a circle and then try and attatch it to a straight seam. It needs to be the same fabric as the rest of the skirt, because it will be visible in that bite part of the skirt front. (Dashed line)

Last piece is the bit that fills the gap between the square pocket back, and the skirt front. It needs to have the same shape as the bite, and also the same shape as the pocket back. (top right)

Then, sew the last bit on to the skirt front, right sides together. remember to clip the curves. Then, the last bit on to the pocket back. In order to keep them all together, baste along the top though all three layers, and along the side though all three layers. (top left hand corner)

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13  Re: "Fetching" from Knitty: Summer 2006 in Knitalongs by zeeblebee on: September 04, 2006 10:45:48 PM
Seeing all of the lovely pairs inspired me to make my own, so here they are with a scarflette that I made out of the leftover yarn I had.

I used long-tail cast on and regular bind off, and I messed around with the cable repeats a little (I reduced the number, spread them more apart, and compensated by doing more rows between thumb and cables) and I have half added a crocheted border around one of them. I'm not too sure about it though, so I haven't worked the ends in or done the other yet...opinions? I also put two non-functional buttons in the channel formed by the purl on the inside of the wrist, just where the cables twist.

These were my first time doing cables, and it wasn't as hard as I though it might have been.
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14  Simplicity 6879 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by zeeblebee on: July 12, 2006 08:40:54 PM
I was doing a sewing course about 9 months ago, and I wanted to learn how to do buttonholes, collars, facings, etc, and the nicest pattern I could find was Simp. 6879. It was also on sale for Au$7.50, added bonus.

I got some really yummy Broderie Anglais and did the version with short sleeves and tie. It came together really easily, the most time consuming part being finishing the edges off. As it was my first collar I needed my teacher's help when putting that together, but if you have ever applied a collar, even with a different method, I don't think you would have any trouble.

I like princess seams and how flattering they are, and also the way the collar lays.




In the last one, you can kinda see how sheer the fabric is when in the sun, and also the Broderie Anglais. While I made the tie to go with it, I don't really like how it looks and hangs, and I have lost it somewhere so I don't have pics of it.

I was in Big W (a much less crafty version of Walmart, the haberdashery section of my local is about 4m long)a little while ago and spied some white eyelet. It is pretty low quality; 100% synthetic and constantly fraying, but I really liked it. The fabric sat around for a while, and while I was scanning in some old mags I fell in love with the pink dress on the right:

So, I altered the front,facing, and collar to give it a bit of a similiar shape.

Front, with alterations visible:

Better pic:


Lion buttons:

I love this pattern and its versatility;

A shrug I made by altering the collar, facings, and sleeves:

and also part of a cowboy costume that I never got to wear because I was sick:

I can see myself making this shirt a few more times, a great wadrobe builder.

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15  New Look 6429-FO in Sewing Pattern Reviews by zeeblebee on: July 12, 2006 08:15:39 PM
After reading rave reviews on it I bought New Look 6429 , and some greeny stretch knit with black patterns over it.

Before I had a chance to get started on it though, I was given some black knit with gorgeous drape, and made a mock up of it in the short sleeved, no tie belt version;

The back isn't as full as it appears in the pic, I was just standing funny  Roll Eyes

It is the design features on this that I love, and they come together really easily. There are gathers up the side which flatter everyone:

As well as really simple, cute sleeves:

I like it in a plain fabric, becasue it shows the reallly nice construction.

In the patterned fabric I did long sleeves, cuffs and collar.

The colours (including my skin) have been washed out by the flash)

I was worried about the fabric being too loud for all the details, but I think now it looks fine.

I made these two dresses in as many days; there are not lots of complex instructions and pieces to go together, and it was probably one of the easiest dresses I have done.

As well as the gathering, the back goes down to a point and most of the fullness of the skirt is there.

I would really recommend this pattern, and even if it is your first time using knits it will give you great results.
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16  Re: Help Making Sweater Pattern? 2 pics in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by zeeblebee on: July 05, 2006 02:11:16 AM
It looks pretty simple to make.

You can, of course make the lower half as one peice in the round. The sleeves and the top part of the jumper are the same part, like a kimono sleeve. For the back two parts you would need to the width of your back+the length of the arm-no shaping here. For the front the measurements would be the same, but to make the v-neck you would decrease however many stitches needed to make that angle. You would then do an edging around the neck.

It looks to me like the actual garment is a knit/purl rib, and in order to get the same pattern you would need to work the bottom half in the short length and the sleeves and top half long ways in a crochet rib.

Where the lower half points upward when joined to the v- I think that will happen naturally. To join the bits I would just sew or crochet them together.
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17  Re: Simplicity 5006- Corset, petticoat in Sewing Pattern Reviews by zeeblebee on: June 25, 2006 08:31:04 PM
When attatching the elastic to the top of mine, I just hemmed it normally and then attached the elastic. I didn't do it the way that they recommend.

This is a closeup I just took, does it show what you needed to know, or would you like something else?

I really should have ironed it....

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18  Simplicity 5006- Corset, petticoat in Sewing Pattern Reviews by zeeblebee on: April 29, 2006 08:00:16 PM
I made the crinoline petticoat with elasticised waist and corset from Simplicity 5006 a little while ago.

The petticoat was made with white bridal tulle and some white fabric that I got as an offcut from my stash. I had so much trouble sewing the tulle (the machine would jam and thread snap) that I had to sew each seam with tissue paper underneath it, then self enclose the seams again. It got so tedious that it has taken me a few months to work up the courage to apply the lace to the bottom, though this time there didn't seem to be a problem.

I ended up lopping off about 6 inches from the bottom to bring it a bit above my knee, because originally it was far too long. Reading the pattern I was under the impression that there was only enough lace to put on the top layer, but I think I must have bought more than recommended as I was able to do both.

I am going to make another one, mostly because I want a little more fullness under heavy skirts. Next time I will use the zipper yoke rather then elasticised one because I feel that it can look a little bulky.

Fullness (sorry about the bluriness)

and on a coathanger

The corset is made of lavender homespun cotton, and is boned with cable ties. It has no lining, but it wouldn't be difficult to adapt the pattern to including one. The part I liked most is that it came with a modesty panel, though because of the size I didn't bother using it.

It wasn't difficult to make, and the instructions were clear. I didn't like the way that they applied the trim, so I just folded over and sewed, but I think I can see why they did it their way and will probably do it like that next time.

I like the shape and length of it.



Here is where my main beef comes up. I measurements were what one size called for, but I went down one because I wanted a bit of pull. However, the finished product is still a little big for me; I can stick my hand, leg, and bathroom sink up the gap at my tummy, and although my chest isn't large anyway, all the corset does is flatten it. They are generous with the sizing, and I think going down at least 1, but perhaps 2 will give a good fit.

oh, and please excuse the pj pants (it is only almost 1 PM here) and the decapitation. I am having a bad face week  Smiley.

I am also pretty sure that if you either a) used a lining or b) used commercial boning and inserted it the way they told you, it would get rid of the puckering. I just used my seam allowance as channels.

If you have tried it, or try it, please share your results; I am interested in hearing about other people's experiences.
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