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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I want a high-waist skirt, too! 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!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Burda Magazine Archives on: September 19, 2008 02:33:00 PM
Hi everyone
Do any of you know how to order the archived Burda magazines? They list them all on burdamode.com, but I can't find a way to order past issues.
I also tried asking the shop where I purchase them, but they don't know how to get the old ones, either.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Elements 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.
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / It's too hot...I'm making jewelry 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!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Comforter cover 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!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A couple of summer dresses 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!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I like being female: dresses and skirts (image heavy) 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!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My name is Anna, and I failed at knitting my first sweater on: November 24, 2007 08:22:24 PM
I just failed at knitting my first sweater, but here's what I learned in the process:

-Do not knit a first sweater (or any sweater) on teeny size 3 needles
-Do not knit a first sweater with expensive Rowan yarn
-You should choose a sweater you are really excited about
-You should get help when learning how to sew sleeve seams

I guess what's important, though is that I'm a way better knitter now because of the sweater, so oh well that it's unflattering, unfinished and has terrible sleeve seams. I plan on getting help at an LYS on how to put together the other sleeve, just so I know how to do it. I'm a little upset, but not bitter.

BUT we want to encourage people to try knitting sweaters, don't we? I know I'm going to try again. So I thought we could all share our tragedies so that anyone who is a little nervous about knitting anything other than a scarf can learn a thing or two...

<Edited by sweets4ever - possibly offensive jesture/photo>
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Party Craft Ideas? on: October 12, 2007 07:38:18 PM
So I'm having a little dinner party soon, and I kind of wanted something for everyone to do, but I'm unsure what. I was thinking about getting plastic champagne glasses and letting people paint them or something, but I don't think anyone would want to wait until the paint dries before drinking.
And also I thought that might be too kid's birthday party. So if anyone has any non-kiddie ideas that might appeal to some slightly dorky college students (or maybe something that might become more appealing as people get more drunk), I would appreciate it!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Just enough time for one more summer dress! 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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