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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / I want to remake this Urban Outfitters Knitted Neck Warmer... please help? on: December 31, 2008 03:45:45 PM
Hello all,
So I've never really knitted before, at least not very well. But I was in Urban Outfitters the other day and saw this:


And I thought it was really cool, and also that it looked pretty easy to do. Problem is, I'm not sure how to go about it. I talked online to a friend that knits and she suggested the knit stitch, with very big circular needles and thick yarn. I've got some Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick that should do the job, and also bought the biggest circular needles I could find (17 US).

Does anybody have any suggestions? Thank you so much!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hippie-Vibe babydoll top! on: June 29, 2008 11:47:48 AM
One summer day.. I was bored and had a sudden moment of creativity. For some reason, I really liked this fabric when I found it on sale at Joann's. It's kind of crinkled, and it's very light. I'm pretty proud of this one, because I made it without a pattern, which is a first. I also really wanted braided straps, which was basically my inspiration for the top.

The front... the hem's a little wonky because my machine and I were not on good terms, so I handsewed the hem.

Not the best picture, I know. There's a lot of little imperfections, I know that too. But it's wearable and I like it enough! haha
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tie Dye was too boring... so I added lyrics! on: June 29, 2008 11:39:10 AM
Okay. So I tried to tie dye this white shirt, and even though I soaked it with dye, it didn't saturate enough of something and barely any dye got inside. I tried to make the shirt a little cooler by painting lyrics on the back :]

That's the front... you can see how little dye actually soaked in.. :/

There's the back with the lyrics. I'm pretty sure that the lyrics are illegible, but they're a part of "All You Need is Love" by none other than the Beatles.

Sorry the pictures are so tiny!
Opinions? What shall I do about the front?

Oh, and I wasn't really too sure where to put this. But I do hope this is the right board. Anyway..
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / hooodie =) on: February 02, 2008 06:06:41 PM
Okay so nothing too original or special, and i know that this fabric has been used before as a hoodie, but before i knew that, i saw it at joann's and knew it needed to be a hoodie. last weekend, i decided i NEEDED to make something. with the help of gnacissej's tutorial and some pattern drafting of my own, i came up with this:

there are a lot of imperfections and such, but it's my first project that i can actually use without embarrassment  Smiley

any comments are welcome, thanks for taking a look!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / backpack for school? on: January 20, 2008 08:37:40 PM
Hey All--
For school, I carry this huuuuge black tote bag. And when I say huge, I mean it. People always comment on how big the bag is, and I refer to it as my "baby-stealer" bag because one could fit a baby into it comfortably. Anyways, I'm beginning to think that it's starting to mess up my shoulders and back slowly, and I'm beginning to think that I should start wearing a backpack. I want to make it, so I was wondering if anyone had any ideas/tips? It would need to be pretty big, but I want it to look relatively nice. It should fit about the equivalent of at least one textbook, four spirals, and a few wellfilled folders or so. I figure I can add some other pockets for other essentials, like a pencil case, pockets, etc.

Sorry for writing so much, and I'd loooove any advice anyone has. Thanks so much!
6  UNITED STATES / Illinois / For President's Weekend, any Craft Retreats, etc? on: January 19, 2008 03:54:21 PM
Hi all--
My family is planning on taking on a minivacation for President's Day weekend, and I was wondering if anyone knew any craft retreats or workshops or anything going on then around the Chicagoland area. Anyplace driving distance is okay, too. I'd really like to take something on sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, or amigurumi, or maybe some event that has a bunch of those together. Or anything else going on that weekend, please let me know! thanks so much!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone used Butterick pattern B4827? It's a Medieval Dress =) on: November 21, 2007 01:22:52 PM
I need to make a costume for a school project, and I'm going to be Goneril from King Lear. I need a medieval dress, and Butterick pattern B4827 seems like it'll do the trick, but I'm a reasonably inexperienced seamstress. So I was wondering how hard/easy this pattern was, how long it took you, and what some fabric suggestions would be. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / PLEASE HELP!! (w/ pictures) on: July 12, 2006 12:14:58 PM
hi all...
so two days ago, through ideas from both the clothing line Primp and forums topics (especially the designer homage!), i decided that i'd try to make my own unicorn-applique(sp?) kind of thing. only now i'm having a little bit of trouble and figured since there are so many creative and knowing crafters on these forums, that maybe you guys would be able to help me.

ANYWAYS.. i made the appliques out of a linen-like fabric and traced the design and painted them with fabric paint. all was well until i tried to sew it on to the shirt.

Problem #1: The fabric doesn't hold to the thread very well (as in the thread cut through the fabric and stitches "fall out", if you can understand what i'm saying?)
Problem #2: It's difficult to sew onto a shirt by hand (was wondering if there are any good techniques?)

Here are some pictures:

^ This is one of the appliques I made...

^Another applique, pinned to one of the shirts that i'm trying to sew it to

^The other kind of shirt (tank top) that I want to put the applique on...

sorry to complain/sound annoying/vent/for the long post...
does anyone have anyone have any suggestions?
thank you all so much!!
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