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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 48 Yard Petticoat/Crinoline Tute on: October 10, 2011 08:14:03 PM
I guess if you use the same ribbon for the whole thing it solves any colour matching problems, or if you've bought an entire reel of inch-wide stuff you might have extra left over. I don't see why you couldn't use 1/2" ribbon instead, though.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: 48 Yard Petticoat/Crinoline Tute on: October 09, 2011 11:11:07 PM
I know I'm really late to this party, but having made an Alice Lon style petticoat over the weekend this tutorial was brilliant! and since photos of the finished petticoat seem to be few and far between, I thought I'd share mine in case they're of use to someone else.


I found it easier to make in reverse: first the top tier with an elastic waistband, then bind all edges that need binding. Gather the bottom tier and sew it to the second tier, then gather the second tier and sew it to the circle skirt top tier. It's relatively simple, just time-consuming.

It was ridiculously expensive to buy 50-odd metres of 1" ribbon, so I bought a metre of 112cm-wide, tightly woven satin and cut that into 1" strips instead. I cut in the same direction as the selvage (not on the bias) because the 'ribbon' didn't have to go around any curves. After ironing the strips in half lengthways, I zig-zagged them onto the edge of the tulle. Ideally you want to cut the strips 2" wide, iron in half, then iron the edges in to the centre to hide them (like bias-binding) I didn't have enough fabric for that, so made do.

I did a 'corded gather' over crochet thread (strong but thin) to make life easier: http://www.ehow.com/how_7699700_sewing-instructions-gathering-elastic-cord.html or http://thecordeliafiles.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-gather-over-cord-finishing-t.html. If I did it again, I'd probably use six equal lengths for the third tier, because evenly gathering 48 yards of fabric on one cord takes a while!

For the top tier, I used one layer of dress net/bridal tulle (for body) and one layer of satin (for pretty). I used ribbon to make the casing for the elastic, because I ran out of patience for turning over the fabric. I also cut out my circle skirt, then sliced through one side to make a seam, because I thought it would be easier to attach the ribbon. I'm not sure it actually made any difference.

At a rough estimate, I'd say it took about 11 hours to make.
3  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / NEW ZEALAND / Re: dice.... on: May 08, 2008 09:52:54 PM
They're not translucent, but SkyBluePink has packs of 10 dice (all one colour) for the very reasonable price of $1USD. Three packs plus shipping to NZ comes to about $15 NZD. The 'fancy' colours are only slightly more.

A tricky thing to find in bulk!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Flannel pants with unicorns on: March 10, 2008 08:42:28 PM
They're awesome! (Although I misread the title to start with and thought they were 'undercorns'... and I thought, that makes sense, what else would you call unicorns on your underwear?)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: knitting uncool?? on: January 27, 2008 07:48:20 PM
Madonna knits.
So there.
Wait.. is that helping or hindering the 'knitting is cool' argument?  Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Happy New Year! new magknits is out!!!! on: January 01, 2008 01:42:58 PM
I quite like Evangeline, but it's waaaay to hot here for me to think about knitting armwarmers yet.

(I find the blue-ness of the smilies disconcerting... as if they're a little bit asphyxiated... hat elastic too tight?  Cheesy)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your first major project on: December 15, 2007 03:29:26 PM
I've just finished knitting the Airy Wrap-around Lace Sweater from Fitted Knits, so now all I've got to do is sew up the sleeves and it'll be done. I've been trying on as I go, so it should fit well; my only concern is that the sleeves might be too long, but we'll see what happens when they're sewn up.

It was really fun and easy to knit. I only slowed down on the ties because they're acres of stocking stitch!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I don't design it, I just knit it. on: December 14, 2007 12:16:16 PM
with my hesitation at saying thank you, i think i just want to make sure that the designers also get proper credit.
Would it help to think of the designer getting their credit/thanks by you choosing to knit their pattern? And if you ever meet them (or want to email them), you can say 'so many people have commented on the jersey/shrug/bag/etc I made from your pattern - thanks!'.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I don't design it, I just knit it. on: December 13, 2007 11:31:49 PM
I agree with everything above, plus you chose the yarn (colour and type), got the tension and gauge right, don't have knots or knobbly bits on the outside of your work, and generally made a well-crafted item. Just smile and say "Thanks!".
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: PLEASE HELP MY GRADE IN SCHOOL IS ON THE LINE on: December 13, 2007 11:03:52 PM
Ditto everything above, and I thought the choice of music was great. Well done!
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