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11  Re: 2008 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by marmota-b on: November 07, 2008 10:36:17 AM
So here it is: a fabric brooch for my sister as Christmas present (she loves orange). I want to make more of these for her, actually.
I also need to add the pin yet.

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12  Fabric brooches - How much could I ask for these? in Get Product and Website Opinions by marmota-b on: October 02, 2008 11:38:17 AM
I want to try earning some money by selling these to fellow students via my school's information system. And I'd love to know your honest opinion about how much I could ask for them. How much would you give for such a thing?
One is about 4,5 cm / 1,7 inch in diameter.

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13  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by marmota-b on: September 10, 2008 09:52:53 AM
More from the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands.

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14  Re: 2008 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by marmota-b on: September 05, 2008 02:12:22 PM
No problem, if I got it, like many other fabrics it would stay in my stash for too long before being used anyway...

Here's my August project (actually started many months, even years ago). Please excuse it being more white than blue, I couldn't help it, it was the way I wanted it... My first patchwork and quilting. And my first pillowcase, after a more or less successful attempt at a prom dress and other projects like that... I'm the type of person who never starts with easy projects, considering my first pillowcase came after other, more complicated sewing projects, and even then it had to be a quilted pillowcase, not a normal one. Let me tell you, it took me quite some time to figure out how to sew in the zipper most effectively. Cheesy

In progress:

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15  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by marmota-b on: August 28, 2008 12:03:40 PM
I love the photo, kaffrin. You definitely achieved a beautiful vintage effect.

I've been to the most wonderful place... Pust Rybn, a village in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands. I LOVE the landscape of the Highlands. L-O-V-E it. Normally I don't write like that, but here I have to.

More to come. Grin
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16  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by marmota-b on: August 12, 2008 03:29:00 AM
It's been a while since I last posted my photos, because I had enough with admiring others' amazing works...

Here's something taken back in June:

Please, can somebody tell me what this bush is?

The following ones were taken from a train.

Hazmburk castle, between Louny and Lovosice (Czech Republic):

And the landscape around:

No more train photos.

The Zviretice castle above Bakov nad Jizerou, a great discovery:

Sorry for the overload. I really couldn't leave anything out...
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17  Braided copper wire ring in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by marmota-b on: July 07, 2008 11:18:48 AM
Just a little thing to make myself happy.

The method is simple: three pieces of copper wire, their ends gripped in a vise, braided. I flattened the braid a bit in the vise and then hammered it carefully (on the metal vise, because wooden table turned out to be too soft a surface). I cut the ends (it was too long; and also to have a nicer finish) and shaped the hammered braid into a ring.

And this is what it looks like on my hand. Well, looked, before I smoothened the ends a bit more.

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18  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by marmota-b on: June 18, 2008 11:44:54 PM
Sorry to hear about Kitten X. He really was very photogenic. With beautiful, classic profile. Smiley

Here are our kittens. Quite grown up since I last posted...

This one was taken through a hole in a leaf:

And here's their beautiful, proud and tired mother, Bisha:

Aaand... Such beautiful photos, everyone above me!
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19  "Andrea" blouse - My first pattern (IMG & writing heavy) Pattern link added in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by marmota-b on: June 06, 2008 02:37:53 AM
EDIT 15/06/08: I uploaded the pattern to BurdaStyle: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/3651  Only in my size, but it might be of use to some of you. (My size means approximately: bust 88 cm / 36,6 inches, waist 68 cm / 26,7 inches.)

First of all, credits:
I used JJ's bodice sloper from BurdaStyle as a base for this.
I followed the instructions for raglan sleeve on VintageSewing.info - although I was a bit careless, which caused some problems during the construction, but all well what ends well, I smoothed it out again. The biggest problem with that tutorial is that the shoulder seam ends up perfectly straight, which creates "square shoulders" and ugly pointy things. So I had to add there a curve, gradually, and check what it looked like on me. But it's all right now.
I made the basic sleeve pattern according to the book Make Your Own Patterns by Rene Bergh (I borrowed it from local library). Again, I did it carelessly, because I was too lazy to be bothered by the whole long sleeve pattern (too lazy to pick a bigger piece of paper). I suppose that's the reason why the sleeve came out too tight - but I'll come to that later. I fixed that too, don't worry. Cheesy
Oh yes, and I named it after a little girl that was babtised in our church the day I finished it.

And here's the result:

I had the lines in mind for a while. I got inspired by a lovely silk necktie I bought in a thrift store. I thought, how cool it would be to sew a blouse/top with the necktie fabric as a "stomacher"?
Here's my first idea:

Then I saw this lovely orange silk top on BurdaStyle and was amazed by how similar it was. So I decided I really should try mine out, because I saw it worked in reality.

I did what many other people do: because it was an experiment (my first attempt at drafting / altering a pattern), I knew I didn't want to ruin my lovely silk (and I didn't have more fabric to go with it anyway...), so I used a thrift store child's duvet cover, cotton print. I got it for 10 CZK (= a ridiculous price for that amount of fabric), so I knew I didn't have to worry if it went wrong. Although I probably would have worried, because I love(d) the fabric...

Because the fabric was casual, I decided against the lacing and for a simple zipper at side. Because of that I changed the seam lines in back to resemble those in front. (I actually wanted to do that at first even in the sketch, but it didn't seem right with the lacing. But now, with the final result, I think it will be all right. It always looks a bit different in sketch...) I also changed the front seam lines a bit - on the sketch the front pannel keeps narrowing on the way down, while in the pattern I broadened it again from the waist.

At first I wanted to use the red piece from the previous photo for the piping, but then it turned out to be a bit too aggressive. I realised I had a yellow cotton at home (I had bought it in the same thrift store some time before) and that it matched the yellow in the print nicely, so I used that. I also at first had the piping in the front seams, too. But sister told me it looked wrong from the side view (which is a view I cannot see myself, obviously), so it went out again. I actually like it more now, too. It's more subtle this way.

Now, the sleeves. When I first tried it on, when the side seams weren't sewn yet, it was obvious that the sleeves came out too tight and that I wouldn't be able to raise my arms if I left it at that. But I didn't want to draft  new pattern and I don't know how to alter it without it, so I solved it by adding underarm gussets:

It's simply a square piece of fabric, cut so that the diagonals (matching the seams) are on bias. That is, the sides of the square follow the grain line. The picture has enough detail in it, so I think you can see it.
Now it's very comfortable, I'm happy with it and I think I'll leave the pattern as is, with the gussets.

Here's the zipper under left arm:

It's, again, yellow. Just for fun. We had it at home, ripped from some old clothes, I suppose; so I didn't have to buy one. When I put the blouse on, I don't even need to open the zipper (I think it's because of the broad neckline), but it's better that it's there, for taking the blouse off.

Here are the pattern pieces, minus the neckline facing. I made the pattern from some ads, because just like I didn't want to ruin nice fabric, I also didn't want to ruin nice paper. Because it was huge, newspaper size, it had been folded and kept folding back, so I had to put there the cups to keep it flat.

In general, I made the pattern by drawing and cutting the style lines and closing the darts.

I also did a very uncanonical thing: I lengthened the pattern pieces of JJ's sloper (because it was shorter than my body) by simply lengthening the seam lines.
You SHOULD NOT do that. There are lines on the pattern to indicate where to cut it and lengthen/shorten by moving the pieces and smoothening the seam lines.
However, I COULD do that. Because my waist measurement is one size smaller than my bust measurement. So the narrowing created by this uncanonical way is no problem for me, it's actually what I want.
Even then I ended up broadening the back again for about 4 cm for better fit in the end. That's another "problem" of mine - my hip size is one or two sizes bigger than my waist size. (Which also causes problems with trousers, as you can see in the back view photo... the wrinkles are from wearing a belt. However, since when the photo had been taken, I solved it; I added darts and the trousers now fit perfectly.)

So does the blouse. I'm really, really happy with my "Andrea" pattern and you can probably look forward to seeing more of them from me... I even think that if I lengthened it, it could make a cute little summer dress. With A line skirt, because that's what I like most. What do you think?

Oh yes, and if you are quite a beginner as I am and would be scared of sewing so many curves, here's a BurdaStyle How To for you:
I cannot say I really followed it word by word, but I kept the advice in mind when making it and it really helps a lot.
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20  Re: Wire jewellery - 4 pictures in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by marmota-b on: May 30, 2008 12:53:56 AM
Two years later, I finished the necklace. It's very easy and the only thing that kept me from finishing it was the fact that getting the wire out of the plastic cover was time consuming. (It's some wire my father gave me and originally it was really meant for electricity...)
I made it from copper wire, using a pair of pliers.

And here's one loooong picture to show you the whole thing:

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