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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first swimsuits :] ((tute added)) on: July 07, 2009 08:44:02 PM
last week i decided to try sewing a swimsuit and i'm quite happy with the results!! i made another one this week too :] ((sorry for the funky cutout pictures. i felt like posting the actual picture was a little too scandalous  Tongue))

here's the first one i made. i ran out of the navy fabric because i messed up cutting out the pieces but i found the bandeau top in target's clearance section for $3 so i just attached the two

here's the second one

i'm not sure which one i like better. i haven't actually gone swimming in them but i think they should hold up decently! let me know what you think..questions/comments/criticism/advice is welcome :]

**i added a tutorial..it's in reply #19. hope it's helpful!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a few things i've made.. [[image heavy]] on: June 07, 2009 03:04:10 AM
since i should be studying for finals..i figured i'd go on craftster instead! haven't posted in a while so i thought i'd post some things i've made this past year or so..

first off my collection from a school fashion show. these are from may '08. the blouses were modifications of burda's JJ blouse. the skirts were my own design. dresses were my own design. the jacket was a trench coat pattern that i shortened and modified to look more like a moto jacket. shorts were based off a pair of shorts i own. and the pants were a woman's pants pattern modified to fit a guy. click for a larger image.

and here are a few random things i made and had on hand to take pictures of..all of them were my own design :]

the most comfortable cardigan in a gray lightweight jersey knit fabric.

made for a guy friend who wants more cardigans. it still needs buttons.

a top i pieced together with scraps of a cream jersey knit fabric.

skirt made from random fabric. it has an elastic waistband and pockets. i'm not a huge fan of the fabric, though.

a simple navy blue skirt w/ small front and back pleats and pockets. it definitely needs to be ironed but i like it :] i kind of messed up on the zipper but i don't think it's too noticeable..

thanks for looking :]
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / i gave knitting another chance =) [[now w/ scarf pattern]] on: November 22, 2007 01:57:07 PM
after SEVERAL failed attempts to complete a project (i'm incredibly impatient) i put down my knitting needles and picked up a crochet hook. that was working out well until i saw a cabled scarf that i really wanted. so i decided to give knitting another chance, this time w/ super chunky yarn and big needles. after reading through a kajillion cable instructions i finally decided on one to follow which worked out quite well!

so here's my scarf. its wool-ease thick and quick in spice.

here's a closeup of the cables

it was so easy and i was so happy with the results i started one for a friend. here it is

i've also been dying to make knitty's calorimetry for a while but never felt motivated enough to do it. but i managed to get this done in 2 afternoons and i love it!! i cast on 110 stitches which turned out to be too many but i used two buttons instead of one to hold it together which worked out well!


you can click the pictures for a larger view. questions and comments are welcome!! thanks for looking =)

scarf pattern is in reply #8  Grin

thanks guys! for the scarf i followed these instructions for the cabling but i didn't follow her exact pattern. this is what i did

co 15 stitches.

row 1. knit
row 2. purl k3 p9 k3
row 3. knit
row 4. purl k3 p9 k3
row 5. k3. sl3 onto double pointed needle or cable needle or pencil, chopstick etc.. and hold in front of work. k3. k3 from other needle. k6.
row 6. purl k3 p9 k3
row 7. knit
row 8. purl k3 p9 k3
row 9. knit
row 10. purl k3 p9 k3
row 11. k6. sl3 onto other needle and hold in back of work. k3. k3 from other needle. k3.

repeat from row 2-11 until you reach your desired length! mine was about 1.5 skeins of wool-ease thick and quick on size 15 needles.

hope that was helpful! it's really simple to do and it was a really easy first cable project!

WOW love the hat !!! were did you get ? fing the pattern

it's actually less of a hat and more of a...head band/scarf/thing. but it's from knitty. here's the link. mine's not as wide because i was using leftover yarn  and ran out but i think it's the perfect size for my head!

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / hats! on: October 21, 2007 03:04:10 PM
i haven't been crocheting for very long but here are some hats i've made that i'm really happy with  Smiley

giraffe hat!! this one is my absolute favorite! i wish i could wear it everyday. it was really easy to make it just took me a few tries to figure out the ears. it is double crocheted and has ear flaps and i single crocheted in brown around the rim.

this was the first hat i've made. i like it a lot but i think i like the giraffe one a lot more Tongue.

and lastly here's a wip. it's supposed to be a batgirl/batman hat. i'm not sure how much it actually looks like it though..i'm waiting on making the second ear thing cause i'm just not sure. plus i cant decide if i want it to be batman or batgirl..if it's batman i'm going to crochet some more around the nose area. anyways here it is.. what do you guys think?

so that's all for now! questions/comments welcome!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a dress and two new hoodies =) on: September 21, 2007 05:34:38 PM
I haven't posted in a while so here are 3 things I've made.

I got this fabric for super cheap and figured it'd make a nice dress. There's something odd about it but it's getting too cold to wear a dress like this anyways.

You must all be sick of seeing hoodies but I'll post them anyways! They aren't as cool as some of the ones other people have posted but I still like them! You can click the images for a better view of the fabric.

This one's a colorful apple print thermal fabric! I made it about 2 weeks ago after I went to Joann's and saw their new thermal prints. I think I have a serious problem because right when I saw the fabric I immediately picked it up and got 2 yards of it without thinking.

This is one of my favorite hoodies that I've made. It's a greenish houndstooth print flannel. Unfortunately the zipper is gray because I couldn't find a matching green zipper.

Anyways, I hope I didn't bore you with the cruddy picture quality and strange faces. I haven't posted in a while and I was itching to make a post. Questions/criticism/comments are welcome!
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / a little bit of everything.. on: August 16, 2007 07:32:57 PM
these were my first attempts at crocheting. i have a TON of yarn from all those failed attempts at knitting. i think i'm addicted now even though i'm not too good at it, but at least it gives me something to do when i'm away from my sewing machine and i can finally use up all my yarn! so here they are..i'll put them in chronological order  Smiley

so the first thing i ever crocheted..

i used this pattern minus the picot stitches on the side because i didnt and still don't get how to do them. but i'm happy w/ the way it looks. i used lion brand wool-ease in gold. (fyi..i don't really know how to wear scarves cause i dont wear them  Embarrassed)

heres the second..

i believe it's just a bunch of shell stitches. i don't like the color combo much but i didnt want the entire scarf to be orange so switched to other colors.. it's an awkward length (7ft long). the yellowish yarn is also woolease and the rest is random acrylic yarn i got at goodwill for 50cents a skein

so after that scarf i realized those colors matched this owl eye mask pretty well, so i thought i'd try it out. i think next time i'll try raccoon eyes..

it isn't assembled yet cause i didnt have any white yarn to go around the eyes. since i don't have any use for an eye mask i think i'm going to extend it and make a stuffed owl. i'm still trying to decide what to use as the main color so what do you guys think?

and lastly my headphone sleeves! inspired by these

sorry for the lengthy post. thanks for looking. questions/comments/constructive criticism welcome  Smiley
7  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / a mediocre first attempt at etching on: August 01, 2007 11:01:53 PM
i needed something to do to justify my ap summer reading procrastination, so i decided to attempt etching. so here are the pessimist and optimist glasses inspired by the pessimist's mug

the box i made by cropping a shoebox and covering with awesome dollar store printer paper. i don't really know why i made a box..

there they are

the optimist's glass (this glass is now half-full) click picture for larger image

the pessimist's glass (this glass is now half empty) click picture for larger image

so it's kind of hard to take pictures of glass..it's pretty sloppy etching but i'm quite satisfied with them. i don't really know what to do with them since i wasn't planning on using them.  Huh

well that's all for now. questions/comments/suggestions are welcome!!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 2 dresses! on: July 28, 2007 11:20:47 PM
so here are two dresses i made recently. they might be worn to my cousins wedding in september but i'm not sure yet.

this one i was planning on wearing as my daytime dress but it seems a bit dark and too casual?

this dress i absolutely love. it's my evening dress but it seems a bit too formal. i love love love the green fabric! it has russian dolls printed on it. i added the gold underlayer (which is actually a separate skirt) because the green alone seemed a bit short but i'm happy with the way it looks now. i've been too lazy to hem it because the fabric is so horrible to sew!! i still need to add straps cause the fabric is so slick sometimes the dress chooses to just slip off  Embarrassed

so if you bothered to read my rants what do you think? should i wear both dresses?? i don't want to go from underdressed to overdressed.  Undecided and if you don't have an opinion about that, questions and comments about the dresses are welcome!  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / hoodie + tutorial [image heavy] on: June 18, 2007 11:21:54 PM
so to start things off. my veggietales hoodie. not really a flattering color or print but it's super warm because i lined the entire hoodie, sleeves and all, with flannel.

now onto the tutorial. please read this carefully before asking too many questions. I'll try to be as clear as possible. I directed this tutorial towards someone who has sewn a piece of clothing before. Not going into detail about how to attach sleeves and such but it should be quite simple to figure out.

Materials: 2+ yards of main fabric, .5 yard lining (for hood), 20" or longer separating zipper, .5 yard rib knit fabric, 1 tshirt, it would also be useful to have a hoodie next to you while you're doing this just to make sure things look right.


1. Place the tshirt on top of the fabric. fold the sleeves in and cut out the shape adding about .75" on both sides.

2. Take the piece you just cut out and fold it in half. Lay it over the fabric and cut it out adding 1" - 1.5" to the straight edge. Repeat.

3. Now fold the fabric and along the fold lay the tshirt sleeve down. Adding about .5" to the bottom cut the shape out at whatever length you desire. Repeat.

4. Now you should have 5 pieces. 1 back. 2 front. 2 sleeves. If you don't have this reread steps 1-3.

5. Now we start to sew. Take the back piece and sew the front pieces to it. You should be sewing down the side and along the shoulders. If you were to put this on now it'd be like an ugly vest.

6. Now cut out pockets. Your choice of the size and shape but mine look like this. I take some of the rib knit fabric and cover the edge.

7. Now take your main piece and fold that extra fabric in.

8. Once you've decided where the fold will be unfold and pin the pocket in place. Part of the pocket should overlap the fold. Sew it down.

9. Now that you've sewn it down fold it over again and pin the folds in place.

10. Now sew the bottom band on. The band should be slightly shorter than the whole bottom so you can stretch it a little as you sew. That will give the bottom a slightly snugger fit.

11. Now pin the zipper on under the folds and try it on to make sure the zipper isn't lumpy. Then sew it down. (If you have extra fabric at  the neck fold it down like a v-neck)

12. Now onto the sleeves! If you don't have something relatively close to what was shown in the previous picture you might want to reread some steps before moving on. So take your sleeves and sew them so they look like sleeves. (hopefully it's self explanatory)

13. Once you've sewn up the sleeves you can sew them to the main piece. Make sure everything is going in the right direction before sewing. Multiple times I've ended up w/ inside out sleeves.

14. Now sew some cuffs. Then sew them onto the bottom of the sleeve. Didn't really show this but hopefully you can figure it out..

15. Okay we're almost done! Now we move onto the hood. READ THIS PART CAREFULLY I CAN BE A BIT CONFUSING. Look at the previous picture. See that line I drew around the neck.. Measure that. Divide that number in half. That number is the length of the bottom part of  the hood. (bottom straight edge in the picture below) The shape of the hood is your choice. Now cut 2 of those out in your main fabric and 2 of those out in the lining. [i forgot to take pictures of the pieces]. Now with the right sides facing each other sew along the green line on the main fabric and the lining. You should have 2 seperate hoods now (one hood is main fabric, one is lining).

16. Now with the right sides of the hoods facing each other, sew along the green line.

17. Turn it right side out and you have your hood. This is the time to add a drawstring thingy if you want. That would be done by poking holes at the bottom and sticking a shoelace/ribbon through.

18. Now sew the hood to the main piece. If you want you can cover this seam because it will be the most visible when you are wearing it.

19. YOU'RE DONE. Admire your work! or if you aren't happy with what you made.. salvage the zipper, scrap the rest and start over!!

I hope this tutorial made sense and that some of you will make use of it. If you do be sure to post pictures.

Questions and comments are welcome. (but please, if you're asking a question, make sure it hasn't already been asked/answered.)
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / some bags! (slightly image heavy) on: June 17, 2007 02:24:43 PM
so i've been sewing a lot lately.

i made 3 of these as gifts

this one was also a gift

my first time adding a zippered pocket and magnetic snap closure

so i've made this clutch before but i didn't like the shape of the first one..i'm not sure if the second one is much better..

here's another bag similar to one i've posted here before but this time i used rings instead of attaching the straps straight on. this one also has magnetic snap closure and a zippered pocket

here's another one in a different fabric

i was thinking of making more of these to sell or to gift but i don't know if it's something people would want. so what do you guy think? questions/comments are welcome!
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