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21  Square-neck dress or tunic? need help deciding. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by -zoma- on: March 25, 2010 05:00:15 PM
I made this dress/tunic from a Japanese pattern book I've had for a couple of years. The fabric has also been in my stash for a while now - light cotton, summer weight. My problem is, I can't decide where to hem it. Should I go full length (pattern length) to wear as a dress or shorten it to a tunic length to wear over jeans or leggings?
And if I shorten it, should I keep the border, or chop it off? I like the border, but DH says it distracts/detracts from the neckline, which I quite like.

In case you may be wondering, the shoulders are quite comfortable and don't slip at all. I really like this dress/shirt whatever it will be. I plan on making another one or two.

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22  Bike Basket Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by -zoma- on: March 16, 2010 08:14:58 AM
I got a new bike.
Also, I sold my car.
So this bike is now the "family vehicle" and has to haul a lot of stuff. So the first (of many) mods was to put on a shopping basket. I've seen some really nice ones in the bike shops, but seeing as how they start at about $80 I decided to DIY.

Started out with a quick release wire basket, now fully lined, with a hard plastic bottom. Removable for washing, reflective strips on the front for visibility. Padded handle.

And a drawstring top, to keep my veggies and purse and other stuff safe inside, even over potholes.

And I made this to keep my toolkit in:

Fabric is not as cool, but it's vinyl backed upholstery fabric, so it should do a better job of keeping the moisture away from the tools better than the cotton canvas I used for the bag.
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23  Some more dresses (and I changed my username) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by -zoma- on: October 21, 2008 08:43:32 AM
First - I've changed my username. Used to be minkeyfeet - but after I got a PM this morning making me aware of other uses of the word minkey, I promptly opened up a help desk ticket. Ever since I signed up I've hated the name, but that was definitely the push I needed to change it. So, here's the new me. Smiley

Now, on topic - a couple more dresses.




So what do you think of the argyle? Dh says it's weird. I like it , or I wouldn't have made it. But then I'm a little weird sometimes....

And HOW CUTE IS THAT BIRD FABRIC! Yes, I felt the need to shout that. And because I know y'all are going to ask, it's Ikea. SO CUTE.
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24  snow helmet in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by -zoma- on: October 19, 2008 04:52:44 PM
So I'm in a hat making mode - and decided to make a gnomey type hat for the kiddles. I used the shape from my fave knit hat - a little pointy but not too pointy - and drafted a pattern.

First - please ignore the fact that it's white. I totally intend to dye it. It's a little too... ummm... suggestive in white. And I'm going to line it in fleece. But, I wanted some opinions before I finish it in case I decide to change the shape.

Also please ignore chocolate chip cookie lips. This was taken 5 mins prior to pre-bed face washing.

What do you think? Is this shape just all wrong? Should I ditch the corduroy and do a lighter weight cotton?

I was also considering appliqueing their initials or maybe embroidering their names across the front... silly?

Go ahead and say something negative, I can take it! Smiley
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25  getting the wrinkles out of wool? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by -zoma- on: October 06, 2008 06:12:56 AM
I'm a sucker for the clearance rack, and I'm a sucker for wool. Throw in some sparkles... sigh.
So I picked up 4m of this wool, thinking I could straighten it out. I can't. I need some advice.

I've tried dry-steaming it. I've tried steaming it with a wet press cloth. I tried wetting the fabric and then steaming again. I've tried stretching it as I steam. Right now I've got a piece 'blocking' like you would with a sweater, but it doesn't appear to be doing anything. I'm going to go buy a big ol' bottle of cheapo hair conditioner this morning and try some of that, but I'm not holding my breath.

Any ideas? Or is it a write off? DH said I should just run lines of stitching along the wrinkles and say it's intentional. The lines are really nice and straight and evenly distributed Smiley
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26  kangaroo pocket dress - edited to add mod. pocket in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by -zoma- on: September 30, 2008 11:42:26 AM
I had a great idea for a dress... but unfortunately my ideas don't always translate as well as I'd like them to. I wanted kangaroo pockets, but when I showed DH and my sis the sketch they both had different ideas. DH said that  it was 'too much' and said I should do just one pocket in the middle. My sis said that two patch pockets would be much cuter. I didn't care for either idea, so instead decided to modify the kangaroo pocket to integrate both suggestions. However, I'm not thrilled with it, it looks like it's in pocket limbo.

Some of the things I was thinking about changing:
-contrast stitching (maybe a double row) around the outer edge of the pocket so it's a little more defined
-a bias bound edge round the pocket opening for a little more contrast

any other suggestions?

here's the second go-round with the pocket. Haven't finished the whole dress yet, but wanted to get opinions on the top-stitching... yes/no?? It's a little bit bolder IRL, lighting's not good today as it's a bit rainy.
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27  Re: Opinion on business card design please? in Crafty Business Discussion by -zoma- on: September 21, 2008 10:38:07 AM
weird - I'm using the craftster photo hosting and they show up fine for me...

These should link:

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28  appliqued wool jumper/dress in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by -zoma- on: September 21, 2008 10:34:59 AM
I've been hoarding these Amy Butler prints forever, it's SOOO hard for me to cut into them. So using them in little tiny pieces makes it easier.

Now, I'm not sure if I'm completely done with the applique - I was going to put a button in the center, but I chickened out... I just don't know.

I just found the blanket stitch on my machine. Really. No idea it was there.  Embarrassed

It's amazing the things my camera catches that I don't see until I've taken the picture... all that fuzz on the upper part of the dress.. that loose thread in the middle of the applique.   Angry
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29  Opinion on business card design please? (fixed images, I hope) in Crafty Business Discussion by -zoma- on: September 21, 2008 06:53:39 AM
I committed to doing a show at the end of October and now I'm scrambling to get all the little things finished in time, business cards being one. Anyway, I'm a little overwhelmed with everything else and cannot make up my mind on the business cards, can I get some opinions please pretty please?

DH says top one is both "too busy" and "too washed out" but I kinda prefer it. He likes the bottom one because it's cleaner and more professional looking. What do you think?



Here's and example of my sew-in labels (printed on vintage fabric)

***edited: I hope the images work now, I don't know why no one but me can see them, I uploaded to flickr also and added links if that doesn't work.
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30  more retro coats, houndstooth and little red riding hood in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by -zoma- on: September 14, 2008 12:02:13 PM
So the kidlets were with Grandma yesterday, so I spent the whole day holed up in the workshop. Here are the fruits of my labours... neither is finished yet, I didn't sew the buttons on because it was late when I finished, and I had to take pics before I lost the light...

(are you guys getting sick of these yet? I hope not)

This one is wool blend - super lofty and warm. It's going to be nice for winter.

The yoke and pockets are handpainted (by me)- I'm so in love with this fabric.

So the hood on this is too small - unfortunate because the rest of it is just adorable. Let me tell you, I'll never lose  DD in a crowd now. "Where is she?" "Over there - she's the one dressed like a garden gnome."

Oh - I tried out fusible fleece inside the lining of this one, hoping to give it a little more body and warmth for the fall. It's OK in the body of the coat, but not so good in the sleeves, just makes it a little too stiff for her arms to go in without a bit of a struggle, which is a big deal with squirmy toddlers. I'm going to have to try some regular fleece or quilt batting with the next one. Yup, there's going to be a next one.

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