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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ironing wool? on: September 24, 2008 01:14:22 PM
I'm making a jacket out of 100% wool but it has ALOT of seams and i want it to all lay flat and look nice.  But i dont know if I can iron it or if so, what setting to put it on.  Our iron goes from 1-6 and 4-6 are "steam" settings (I suppose).   What do I do? 
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gold prom dress with real-fake diamond trim on: May 14, 2008 07:37:29 AM
This year, my friend had me make her dress from senior prom.  She picked out the pattern, fabric, and notions and I sewed it.  It's more of a skirt and top but we just called it a dress anyways.  It took FOREVER.  But she loved it so it was owrth it.  The top is boned and fully lined and the skirt has 8 panels that I pressed open and serged each side.  So i serged 18 seams on the skirt alone.  Which was a pain.  But the fabric frayed and I didn't want it to fall apart on her.  The straps/sleeves were my own design because she wanted her shoulders to be covered.  And there's a really fake diamond trim under the bust but you can't really see it in the pictures.  The trim was hand sewed and so was the skirt hem  Undecided.  The whole dress isn't really my style but it's what she wanted and I think it suits her style perfectly.

This was the pattern I used and I did the dress on the model on the left. 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I'm back on craftster! With 8 new dresses! on: February 24, 2008 09:09:21 AM
I haven't been all that active on craftster in...6 months?  Mainly because every other week our computer decides to die and the resurrect itself only to die again and resurrect and so on.  But ive been sewing like crazy and heres a few of the things ive made in the past couple months.

Dress #1
I designed this and used Simplicity 3893 as a basic guide for the pattern.  I ended up having to modify the pattern ALOT though. 

The sleeves and back.

Dress #2
I can't believe how much I love Hilary Duff's patterns.  This is Mccall's 5595.

Dress #3
Another one of Hilary Duff's patterns Mccall's 5575 with Kwik Sew 3414 underneath.  You can't really tell in the pictures but the black is this "burnout" knit fabric.  I don't actually know if that's the right term but thats what they call it on Urban Outfitters.  And it's pretty see-through so I put Kwik Sew 3414 under.  And the gray is a ribbed knit.

Dress #4
Butterick 5130.  I used the wrong side of this fabric because the right side has this icky gold dot print all over it.  But it's safely hidden underneath Smiley

And the back (haha my racer-back bra looks like a thong for my back)

Dress #5
I designed this and was planning on just making my own pattern but then I found Simplicity 3676 and realized it was so similar I should just use it and save myself the trouble.  The brown fabric is an XL mens t-shirt from Joanns, the blue is fabric I had left over from another dres.  And I've pretty much used this blue fabric in every thing, I love it so much.  Oh and the white is an undershirt that I have on through out all the pictures.

Dress #6
I made this a while ago.  It's my own design and I made the pattern too.

Dress #7
I designed this one too and made the pattern.  Well, I didn't really make a pattern I just drew it all up and (in my mind) pictured how it would all go together and cut the pieces to size.  Alot of math involved.  And no physical pattern to show for it.  And there's the blue fabric I used with the brown dress too.   

The back.  I realize the bra hanging out is kinda trashy but I figured you all would understand how it is when you have a guy taking the pictures (he doesn't have much patience for total wardrobe changes)

Dress #8
Here's the dress that I bought the blue for but since I designed it myself I had no idea how much fabric to get.  Thats why I have so much left over that I use on other dresses. 

I may have forgotten to mention that my current obsession is empire waists and knits/jersey Smiley
And I just finished another dress in burgundy that I have to get pictures of and post. 
What do you think of them?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / how would i make this dress? draping? on: July 17, 2007 01:44:23 PM
how would i go about making something like this?
theres something about the construction that totally baffles me.

all i know is that she said she bought it off of ebay
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vogue pin tuck dress (my prom dress!) on: May 15, 2007 07:01:22 PM
From prom this year we decided to do our own thing and wear less fancy dresses so I thought this would be the perfect excuse to make this vogue dress.  I'm very happy with the way it came out...although I'm not too happy with the pictures because my eyes are closed in most of them.  Thankfully there were tons of parents there taking pictures so I'm sure there are more with my eyes open.

Third in from the right

On the right

Second from the right

Second from the right

Right in the middle
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Can this be spun? on: April 03, 2007 04:52:57 PM
For the past few weeks I have been asking my friend Carmen when they were going to shear their two sheep (Domino and Marley) so that I could have the wool.  Well, last night she brought it to me but I have a feeling it can't be spun.   Its all really short.  I don't really know anything about the roving before it looks all nice and dyed so maybe I'm wrong.  Well, here's some pictures:

Domino is on the left and Marley is on the right

Here's some of it with my finger for scale

And another (for some reason my hand looks really red)

Is it useable?  I think she said they were boar sheep...or something like that.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first spinning along with a big long story and loads of pictures! on: April 01, 2007 01:54:36 PM
If any one has wandered over to the Texas board, more specifically the Northeast one, you may have noticed our 40 page thread documenting our first craftster meet-up along with our second one and a third in the works.  At our second meet-up RecycleMicol taught me how to spin.  I loved doing it so much that when I got home I started looking up drop spindles and roving.

See how happy I was?  And it really was the spinning that made me happy, not the food piled around me.

A few days later, a package came in the mail.  I was expecting a swap package so I assumed that's what it was but was sad to see that it was addressed to my mom.  I emailed my mom at work and told her my sad little story of how the box addressed to her had broke my heart and she informed me that there was something in the box for me.  I opened it and was surprised to find a drop spindle from RecycleMicol along with some roving AND my first handspun that I had spun at our meet-up.  I immediately started spinning, and with less than perfect results, I produced the brown pictured below.

It looked terrible and I was frustrated.  So I sat back down, and this time I took it slow and I spun the pink pictured above.  I was so proud of it.  But, I was left with the unsightly brown and I had no idea what to do with it. 

Fast forward to Saturday, March 30 (yesterday).  Micol and my mom planned a BBQ for our families and we drove down to the Ft.Worth area to their house.  We were there for around 7 hours, and in that time Micol taught me how to use a spinning wheel, ply on a spinning wheel, ply on a drop spindle, cut and spin old bags, dye yarn, and other crafty things.  She spun this for me and used it to show me how to ply on a spinning wheel:

Then I spun this and she used it to showed me how to ply on a drop spindle:

Rewind to about a week ago, I had started spinning this pink and yellow roving together.  I didn't like the way it looked but I kept at it because I fugured that it was good practice.  Today, I plyed (plied?) it!:


And with my newfound knowledge of plying, along with my knowledge of how plying can make an icky mess look loads better, I grabbed the pink and brown I had first spun and plyed it:


I can't even find words to explain how much fun I had at Micol's house and how much I learned.  I think this picture sums up how much fun my brothers had too (Guitar Hero really is their hero):   

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / circular needle question...kinda dumb on: February 20, 2007 06:44:52 AM
I found this pattern  http://www.zephyrstyle.com/catalog/item.cfm/2367447/3974522  and I really want to knit it but i'm cheap and i dont want to have to buy a 32" circ when i already have a 29" circ.  so my question is, could i use my 29" instead of a 32"?  does the extra 3" really matter?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stupid sweater pattern makers...I'm not happy with you! on: February 14, 2007 11:07:02 AM
I really want to knit a sweater because all I have made so far is little accessories.  But almost every pattern I have come across is not my style at all...its more like things my mom would wear.  The shoulders of the sweaters hit part way down the arm and they have little to no waist shaping.  Anyone know of any sweater patterns that arent like that?
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How do I do these stitches? on: February 12, 2007 03:58:02 PM
I found this stitch called "honeycomb" but I don't understand the instructions:

Cast on an even number of stitches
1st row: knit
2nd row: knit
3rd row: *k1, k1 in row below*.
4th row: *pick up unworked loop from previous row and knit it in with next st, k1*.
5th row: *k1 in row below, k1*
6th row: *k1, pick up unworked loop from previous row and knit it in with next st.*
Rep 3rd - 6th rows, as required.

What does it mean to knit into the row below?

And for the "trinity" stitch I also dont understand the instructions:

Multiple of 4 sts.
Row 1: (right side) purl across.
Row 2: * (k, p, k) all in next st, p3 tog rep from * across.
Row 3: purl across.
Row 4: * p3 tog, (k, p, k) all in next st; rep from * across.
Rep Rows 1-4 for pattern. 

each time i try it i end up decreasing a bunch and not doing any increases to even it out.
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