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1  I want a high-waist skirt, too! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: October 03, 2008 09:25:19 AM
I jumped on the bandwagon, too. It seems like everyone has a high-waist skirt now.
Burda 7741
My roommate took the model-pose picture of me. Also notice my almost-ripe tomatoes in front of me (I've never been able to keep a plant alive long enough for it to bear fruit)
Anyway, this pattern has an amazingly hideous skirt pattern with a "bib", but also this lovely item. It was pretty easy to make, I'm still not an expert on making even pleats, but it turned out good in the end I think. I got the fabric on the clearance rack at Joann. I always seem to find the cuter fabric on clearance at Joann, the regular-priced stuff there can be so ugly I want to cry.
I'd love to know what you think!
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2  The Elements in Needlework: Completed Projects by Bananna_AnnA on: August 04, 2008 10:48:26 AM
 It took me way longer than necessary to finish these embroideries.



Seeing that I can't draw, I was pretty unmotivated to start each one as I finished another. And now I don't really like my Fire, so only Earth, Air and Water are on my wall. They're all drawn and stitched by me, Fire being heavily influenced/ripped off of a Sublime Stitching pattern
Mostly split stitch, I've never been too creative with embroidery stitches.
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3  It's too hot...I'm making jewelry in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: June 30, 2008 10:46:28 AM
So Seattle has been stuck in Juneuary for the last couple of weeks--some of the coldest weather in the US (including Alaska). Then all of a sudden it's 90 degrees outside on Sunday. About ten degrees too warm for me. So I stayed inside in front of a fan and made some stuff

Nothing too complicated. Thanks for looking!
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4  Comforter cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: June 30, 2008 10:37:50 AM
I was in desperate need of some new sheets, and when I couldn't find any that I liked, I made my own comforter cover and found some sheets to match

I measured some, but mostly just eyed it. So it's actually a little smaller than my comforter. But it does its job

Thanks for looking!
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5  A couple of summer dresses in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: June 30, 2008 10:32:55 AM

Simplicity 2886
This one turned out really well considering I used some stiff home-dec fabric. It actually had a band of yellow around the bottom, but that just made the skirt open out like in Alice in Wonderland when she's falling down the rabbit hole.

Simplicity 4070
This was made out of "shirting" fabric, which I guess means you are supposed to make blouses out of it. But it's light and floaty, so good for a dress. I was going to put the boning in the front, but I trimmed my seams too small, and the boning couldn't fit! But it stays up well on its own.

Thanks for looking!
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6  I like being female: dresses and skirts (image heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: April 19, 2008 06:58:41 PM
Hi everyone!
I haven't posted since I don't remember when, but that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing. Here are some things I've done in the last few months. I don't think I've posted any of these yet...

This started out as a dress from Burda magazine's March issue. The sleeves were too puffy for my taste, so they had to go. This is what it was supposed to look like

Burda 7969
I love this dress! It was so easy and it is so comfortable. I copied the cover of a book for the embroidery. I used to work at a library at my university, and the covers of some old books are so lovely! I know I'm a dork. Here's a closer look

McCalls 5591
I love skirts with pockets!

My own pattern.

McCalls 5435
I made this before I went to Vegas last December (and yes, it was for the Spice Girls reunion concert), and since I made it last minute, it's not my best sewing job. I'm sure it would be fine if you took your time and didn't make it on a deadline, but it definitely is not supposed to be made in a week!

I'd love to know what you think!
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7  Just enough time for one more summer dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: September 17, 2007 09:37:22 PM
I just made this last week, right before my BBQ. The weather didn't really cooperate with my BBQ plans, but I got to wear the dress in my apartment anyway.

I embroidered a little leaf on it for a finishing touch

I probably could have spent a little more time on the fitting, but perhaps I will do that before next summer.

Thanks for looking! My fall sewing starts next week! Yay!
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8  Interweave Knits Lacy Thong (don't worry, no modeling) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Bananna_AnnA on: September 08, 2007 02:33:14 PM
I expected this project to take about two hours and it ended up taking two weeks! The pattern is fine, it was just due to my lack of knitting expertise.
Here it is without ribbon

And with ribbon

I had to block it three times to get the waistband to fit over my butt to get to my hips, where it fits fine. It's still a little bit of a struggle, though. haha. I don't know if it doesn't stretch because of the crocheted edging or if my bind off was too tight. But I still like it.

Thanks for looking!
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9  Just a little striped top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: August 27, 2007 06:16:13 PM
Just finished this top!

It's McCall's 4454, but I made the straps wider. I got the fabric at Reprodepot, and it's still posted on the site if you like it.

I don't know if anyone's used this pattern, but I was a little confused putting the lining in, mostly tacking down the sides. Maybe it made more sense to someone else who cares to explain...

Other than that, everything went well! I just wanted to share.
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10  I can't believe I got to make these while getting my degree. in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Bananna_AnnA on: July 15, 2007 10:10:19 PM
I took a class on jewelry making this summer quarter, which was a nice break from papers and class presentations. Anyway, here's what I did:
My midterm
And my final

The pendants were both made in pretty much the same way, I sawed them out, made a hammer texture and riveted them together. I didn't make the chains, though, so don't be too impressed.
Now I have some nice new jewelry that my tuition paid for!
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