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11  Silk and Lace Babydoll and thong - aka Happy Valentine's Day, Baby! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Fraugee728 on: February 18, 2010 07:49:11 PM
Alright, so this wasn't posted in time for Valentine's Day, but it was finished and ready in time for it!  I may have actually I finished sewing the thong while the boyfriend slept on VDay morning, but it was done in time for wearin'. Wink

This is my first attempt at lingerie, and I think I gave it a pretty good shot!  I got this fabric either at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL, or at one of the fabric sales my clothing design club had in college (meaning, I've had this fabric sitting around for at least 6 years, unsure of what to do with it).  It was labeled as silk, so I'm just going to assume it is, though I'm not sure, and I'm too lazy to do a burn test.  I used about 1 1/2 to 2 yards for the whole outfit. 

The lace I bought on clearance at JoAnn for either 25 or 50 cents a yard.  Yay clearance!  The ribbon for the neck tie I got in a grab bag of ribbon at Hancock Fabrics.

The cups of the babydoll are self lined, there's elastic in the back to allow for a little bit of leeway (aka weight gain or loss) and it ties in front for a peek-a-boo effect.  I went a little lazy and used the roll hem on my serger for the hem of the skirt, but since it's overlaid with lace, it doesn't really matter.

For the thong I basically just made a triangle a bit bigger than a thong I already owned (since this is woven fabric and the thong was knit), sewed bias strips onto the edges, inserted elastic into them, and tried them on as I went.  If I had it to do over again, I may have folded the lace around the edges of the thong or encased them in the bias strips.

Without further adieu, here it is!  The pictures without flash are closest to the actual color of the garments:



Thanks for lookin'!
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12  Greenie Berry and Bramble in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: February 18, 2010 06:35:27 PM
Here's a little something I whipped up from the Fall 2009 issue of IK.  I knit this open front cardi, the Berry and Bramble, in about 2 weeks with about 6 hanks of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light (Could be 7).

-I intended to make somewhere between the 34" and 37 1/2" sizes.  My gauge was slightly larger than called for, so I made the 34", which turned out around 36" or 37".
-I decided the ribbing at the bottom would be too long, so I made it about 7" instead of what the pattern called for (I believe it was 10")
-Upon reading reviews on Ravelry about the sleeves of this pattern, I decided to make my sleeves about 2-3" smaller around than the pattern called for.  I'm glad I did this, and escaped having wings.  Cheesy
-I added another half inch to the ribbing for the collar.

The one thing I would do differently is cast off the collar looser (and I could still go back and do this).  It curls a bit because it was cast off just a wee bit too tightly! 

I'm also not sure if I like how it looks on me - it's definitely a bit boxy, and it shows!  They say the camera adds 10 pounds, right?  On a possibly related note, I just started couch to 5k a couple of weeks ago - hope I stick with it.  Tongue

Thanks for takin' a gander.  Smiley
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13  This is what it means to be a Fairy Godmother (many pics!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: February 18, 2010 06:08:07 PM
My sister and her husband had their first baby last November, and they baptized him in January.  About a week before he was to be baptized, I was talking with my sister and asked if she found a good outfit for him.  She said she had something, but wasn't so crazy about it.  

So, I did some digging, found McCall's 3063, and offered to sew it up for him!  I used heavy weight bridal satin and a pretty damask from JoAnn's.

I followed the pattern to a T, except for the sleeves.  Lil' guy gets really angry when he's cold, so I made the sleeves long.  Really long...like, monkey long.  I had forgotten to measure his arm length, so I overshot and hemmed after.

In progress shots:


Put in some snaps.  Sure, I've done it before...but I was especially proud of these snaps for some reason...

Dapper young man:

Full body shot:

The happy family after the baptism!


My cousin and I are my nephew's godmothers.  Apparently our church is not used to this sort of thing, though...because my cousin was listed as "Godfather" on the baptism certificate.  Teehee!
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14  Ethan's baby blankie in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: February 18, 2010 05:29:25 PM
I made this baby blanket for my nephew, Ethan.  He was born in November of last year, and is the apple of everyone in my family's eye.  Smiley

The pattern was a free PDF written by a woman on Ravelry (thanks to her!), and I used Vanna's Choice for the yarn.  I think it took me 3 or 4 balls, but I can't remember for sure.

It may seem a bit girly with the ribbon and all, but I thought it would be appropriate, since my sister has said she wouldn't care if he played with dolls, and we plan on teaching him to knit when he's old enough.  Smiley

Overall views:

Close up of the bow:

Obligatory Proud Aunt photo with the blankie recipient.  Tongue  Taken in the hospital when he was just 2 days old:

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15  Washers and jump rings and chainmail jewelry - oh my! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Fraugee728 on: February 18, 2010 05:06:15 PM
While I consider myself a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to crafting, I wouldn't say jewelry is my strong suit. 
I've beaded in the past, and came across some jewelry here on craftster that was made with washers from the hardware store, and then got interested in chainmail (sp?) jewelry.

This first picture is a necklace I made for my sister.  I found the pattern in a book, and it said it was a Japanese chainmail.  I used regular ol' jump rings, which I'm sure won't stay too nice looking over time, but wanted to use something I could get fairly cheaply in small quantities to try the craft out:

And here's the sis modeling it:

I also made myself a couple of items, including a basic 4 in 1 cuff/bracelet and this necklace, which is also 4 in 1 strip (a couple of inches wide) with gradually longer chains hanging off of it.  Doesn't look too great in this pic, (it's well made, I swear) but you know how chainmail likes to move how it wants to!

Lastly, here's a pic of the washer/jump ring necklace and earrings I made.  Again, pretty sure these will either rust or start looking gnarly pretty soon.  That's alright, though...I wasn't super crazy about how they turned out.

Thanks for takin' a peek at my foray into jewelry!
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16  Re: 50 Projects 2010 in Craftalongs by Fraugee728 on: February 03, 2010 09:59:00 AM
50 Projects in 2010...sounds like a fun challenge!

I'm a little late finding this, (which makes me a bit behind) but better late than never, right?

Here's my list (click on pictures to see the post for each project):

1. 2/13/10 finish Berry and Bramble sweater  
2.  finish Telemark ski sweater
3.  fabric checkbook cover
4.  3/22/10 knit a hat for my nephew Finally sewed in the ends and put the button on while at the laundromat.  Pics to follow!
5.  2/9/10 finish bf's Valentine's Day gift Made the boy a weighted companion cube from the video game Portal - he loved it!
6.  2/16/10 finish knitted jumper Finally sewed the last strap on and got this puppy done!
7.  Set of 10+ cloth pads!  Tongue
8.  Wet bag for above cloth pads
9.  2/5/10: learn to spin I'm nowhere near finished learning, but I have learned a bit of the basics!  Do we ever really stop learning about our craft, anyway?
10.  fabric kitchenaid cover that also covers bowl
11.  make another of #9 for my mom
12.  cloth napkins
13.  3/14/10: finish entrelac lace shawl It took me a year, but I finally finished it!  Pics to follow...
14.  finish knitting my capecho reincarnation
15.  Set of 5+ dishcloths
16.  finish 4 paneled stained glass lampshade
17.  A simple, versatile, knit (fabric) dress
18.  Queen sized wish tree-ish quilt
19. 4/10/10 Beer soap Made some honey beer soap...pics soon!
20.  Learn to felt soaps
21.  Knit a colorwork sweater reminiscent of She-Ra
22.  2/10/10 Try my hand at making nighties/lingerie - attempting to get something done for Valentine's Day! Whee!  Got something nice done in time for V Day.
23.  Set of 4+ reusable grocery bags
24.  Obi belt
25.  Wide pleather belt for Leather & Lace
26.  Outfit to go with pleather belt for L&L
27.  Messenger bag for Ex (promised it to him for V Day last year...when we broke up (after 6 years) I told him I would still make it, and we're still on speaking terms, so that's good)
28.  4/8/10 Knit a pair of socks These had been done for a while, but I had to do all of the finishing for them Smiley
29.  Make some undies from scratch
30.  Make a cape or jacket from my ivory double faced wool
31.  Make some amigurumi for my nephew
32.  Spin at least 100 yards of yarn for a random project (Not allowing myself to buy any roving until I get at least 10 of these crossed off my list!   Lips sealed)
33.  Make a tiny Beyond Compare T shirt for the office mascot - Chuckie.  Either knitted or sewn.
34.  Finish deformed felted/cabled bag...just needs a button.
35.  Knit up Corrie Fair Isle Vest kit from Knitpicks.
36.  A "little black dress"
37.  Skirt covered in lace (not lace fabric, lace trim yardage)
38.  Tablecloth for my dining room table
39.  Finish high waisted skirt.  Will have to determine if it will even fit anymore before resuming progress.  (damn metabolism!)  Doesn't fit any longer.  Will have to see if it does later in the year.
40.  Finish lace shawl from Victorian Lace Today
41.  SweaterBabe's Cables and Lace Kimono Wrap Cardigan
42.  Sew AB Weekender bag.
43.  Make a spring jacket!
44.  Lose 20 pounds - my goal is to be 135 lbs.  I'll shoot for losing 10 (down to 145) by the end of this year.
45.  Make an Easter dress.  Leaning toward the whirl-away with a lovely navy border print I have.  Smiley Totally didn't get this done for Easter...but am still working on it
46.  Make a lace cami with rest of yarn left from entrelac lace shawl
47.  Yoga pants!

...and more to come!  Smiley

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17  Pillowcase-ish Tank in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Fraugee728 on: July 20, 2009 12:32:15 PM
Earlier in the summer I visited a chain department store where I found a tank top I just...really wanted.  Made from soft cotton, it was basically just a tube that was gathered in the front and back at the neckline (much like a pillowcase dresses for girls that are talked about so much here).  Well, I was back to that store again yesterday, and decided today that I just needed to make myself one.

Why?  Because it's simple as heck, easy, and fairly fast (started drafting at 10, got done at 2...with lots of interruptions, lunch, and seam finishes/niceties to the finished garment).  There are a couple of things I would've done differently:  I would've made the front of the garment an inch or two lower than the back (they are the same pattern piece right now), and I would've made the whole thing a couple of inches or so longer.  But, for a first try, I think it went pretty well.

Also, it's actually more of an olive than the brown it appears in the pictures.

And...here it is!:

Thanks for taking a look! Smiley
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18  Ribbed Top from Vogue Knitting Summer 08 in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: April 06, 2009 02:28:27 PM
So, it took me a while to get around to posting this, but here is my ribbed top!

It is knit from Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, which is wonderfully soft and great next to the skin!  I'm not usually a fan of cotton - it can be pretty annoying to knit with, but this is some really great stuff.  I ended up using it for this project because I had wanted to try it for a while, plus it ended up cheaper to buy this from Webs than the bamboo yarn it called for, however, it is thicker, so I had to make some adjustments.

My gauge for this ended up slightly larger than the required yarn called for (because of the aforementioned thicker yarn), so I ended up knitting a small size so I could end up with a medium.  Because the yarn is thicker, it's not exactly the best summer top, but it would be great for spring or mid/early fall.  I'm thinking about crackin' this baby out and wearing it tomorrow (early April).  Seems like it would be appropriate.  Also, because of the thickness of the yarn, this isn't as flattering on me as it could've been, but it's still ok.

As for needles, I really don't remember what size I used - my guess is I either used the recommended size on the yarn label or one size down.

My other mod, besides the change in gauge, include knitting this just a little longer than the pattern called for.  I can't remember if it was 1 or 2 inches, but I always like to make things a little longer when I have enough yarn.

Things that didn't end up like I wanted them to:  the neckline is pretty loose and stretchy - I think if I had this to do over again, I would decrease more around the neckline to make it snugger.  Also, I'm having a problem with the placket in the back gapping.  This will be easy to fix, though - I'll just sew it closed.  Speaking of the buttons, though...I placed them the amount apart that the pattern told me to, but they still didn't end up evenly spaced (mostly the first and second buttons from the top).  My sister even commented on how they weren't even.  Boo!

It was a pretty easy knit, just knitting, purling, increasing, decrease, and cabling to make the ribs travel.

Without further chatter, here's the finished product!

Front Right:

Front Left:

Full Back:

Upper Back:

Thanks for looking!

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19  Soaps since the beginning of (my) soaping = lots o' pics! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: April 06, 2009 10:47:56 AM
Hi, all!

I have been fairly active in "discussions and questions" portion of the B&B boards, and just realized that I haven't posted pictures of really any of my creations thus far - and it's high time!  With the exception of a rose scented sour cream soap, this is a record of allllll of the soaps I've made thus far that are currently cured (in no particular order, besides the first one).  Cheesy

Unscented beginner's batch (non vegan):

You've seen these pics if you've been to OhHappyDay's tutorial!

Tea tree oil/bentonite clay facial soap (non vegan):

Mocha soap, made with coffee and cocoa butter (vegan):

Carrot cake soap with red palm oil (vegan):

Lavender with shea butter and lavender buds (vegan)

Lavender with shea butter (vegan):

Dragonsblood soap with shea butter and gold mica - didn't put enough mica in this time...will next time! (vegan):

Shea Dream Cinnaswirl soap - absolutely LOADED with shea butter.  No frangrance, but swirled with cinnamon (vegan):

Almond oil facial soap (vegan):

Pumpkin soap with red palm oil and shea butter (vegan):

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey soap with oats on top and mixed in (vegan):

Gardener's Soap with lemongrass/grapefruit scent, and poppy and apricot seeds for exfoliation (vegan):

Forest Walk soap - is a cedary, musky, yummy man scent that keeps me sniffin' it everytime I walk past, with green chrome oxide (vegan):

Dreamsicle soap with cinnamon iron oxide/turmeric swirls.  Mmm.... (vegan):

Black Licorice soap with avocado oil and black oxide...man I love the scent of anise (vegan):

Thanks for lookin', all!  Smiley

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20  Coral Talia in Knitting: Completed Projects by Fraugee728 on: March 27, 2009 02:13:15 PM
Hey guys!

I knit Talia from Knitty.  Smiley  I used size 9 needles with Frog Tree Merino Worsted.  Man, is this stuff soft!  I can't stop touching myself...  :O  Dirty!

Anyway, I knit somewhere between a S and a M - About 4 stitches less than a M.  It was a fun, easy, fast knit. 

The only thing I would've changed about this would've been to either knit another inch or two more before starting the front decreases, or just make the armholes an inch or so smaller (don't know that much smaller than that would be good!).  Seems a bit too low to me, and who knows, I have been wearing it the entire day - it could've stretched out on me a bit (which wouldn't show in these pics from this morning Wink)

With a jacket on:

Front view:


Detail shot of hem:

Thanks for lookin'!
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