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11  Matmos shift dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: March 11, 2014 10:27:04 AM
Its a simple dress, which means its versatile and comfortable and fun to wear.

Now Im wearing it with a silk charmeuse slip, and I stay pretty warm. Without the slip, its been perfect for warmer days in Los Angeles on the bicycle. The short hem will be fun in the summer!

Its made from a silky, slinky rayon. The print reminds me of the Matmos from one of my favorite movies, Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy.

I finished the seams in the serger. Theres a black invisible zip, which should be 6″ longer, but I had this size in my stash and I can easily get the dress over my shoulders (but the hips are another story).

Im not sure about the neckline. Maybe I want to do something bold, like an appliqu or contrasting collar? Maybe I want it lower? For now, its bound in matching bias tape. Id love any suggestions!

more photos and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/matmos-dress/
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12  baby hat knit from fabric strips in Knitting: Completed Projects by julibooli on: March 10, 2014 06:20:48 PM
My husbands cousins baby is such a sweetheart, and I love making little presents for him (and all my friends kiddos!). His name is Kekoa, hes 2 years old, and tons of fun.

I used a tissue-weight jersey with high lycra content, and serged the pieces into a tube to cut a continuous strip. I stretched the strip while winding it into a ball, so the fabric curled onto itself into tube. The resulting knit fabric has a lot of body, but is also very stretchy.

More pictures and info on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/fabric-yarn-baby-hat/
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13  pink market bag in Knitting: Completed Projects by julibooli on: January 28, 2014 09:43:54 AM
I came across a whole bunch of vintage chunky acrylic yarn at a thrift store, so Ive been making shopping bags with it. Easy, doesnt require attention, and makes a useful non-specific gift.

Because the yarn is so thick and I used 8mm needles, the bag isnt very net-like. I know if I were to use bigger needles this project would be faster with more open space, but I really dont like the feel of big needles in my hand.

See more on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/pink-market-bag/

Also, I'm giving away a copy of Twinkle's Town and Country Knits on my blog, so you should enter to win!
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14  cat puppets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by julibooli on: December 28, 2013 12:47:28 PM
I made a bunch of cat puppets to give as gifts to some of my favorite kiddos.

Another little project to use up neat scraps, and give as charming gifts, and always fun to get drunk and then see what the little kitties have to say about the world.

They are all cats. Ive thought about making other creatures, mostly robots and monsters, but so far Im really enjoying having all these damn cat puppets strewn around my space. Im surrounded by cat puppets.

more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/cat-puppets/
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15  neon fleece raglan sweatshirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: December 07, 2013 02:45:23 PM
Even with a Disaronno-induced hangover, its impossible to be cranky when Im wearing this. Now where are my damn french fries?

I used a charming vintage pattern from 1972 (mine was bought at Fabulous Fabrics, which sounds like a delightful business model).

Like all recent projects, this was made entirely out of stash fabrics. Isnt it convenient that I have yards and yards of neon fleece just sitting in my closet? Having not bought fabric for the past few months really helped me realize just how much fabric I already had. Ridiculous!

Its sewn with all neon threads. It can be worn with the seams on the inside, but I rather like all those perfect lines of serging.

I keep playing with the idea of puff-paint decoration, with a clear memory of picking at the pointy dots on my moms reindeer sweater in the 90s. With neon or glitter paint, it could be quite hipster-ironic. But what image? Lithium is always a good choice, but maybe I should do something stranger. Suggestions?

more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/neon-raglan/
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16  first socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by julibooli on: November 13, 2013 08:07:38 AM
Last December I finally sat down and taught myself to knit, with one major goal in sight: to make my own socks. And it happened!

I started these socks in May, and finished them in August! But I only worked on them when I was waiting for something else, like at the post office, or on a road trip, or babysitting.

I used a vintage Bernat 50/50 wool/nylon blend, and made them up on my #2 Addi Sock Rockets (which I love, duh). I followed Liat Gatts tutorial for toe-up socks on magic loop, which was very easy to follow. http://knitfreedom.com/free-patterns/fingering-weight-socks

The m1r and m1l increases were certainly a pain in the butt, so next Im exploring other techniques of adding stitches. Ive enjoyed kfb before, but Im also intrigued by this method of working yo without a hole. http://www.socknitters.com/toe-up/prelimassign.htm

The first time I wore these socks was to watch the man burn at Burning Man. It seemed like an appropriate place to realize such a persistent goal, and my toes were toasty!

more words and photos on my website: http://madebyjulianne.com/knavy-knitting/
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17  pink peacock Chloe dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: October 20, 2013 03:14:10 PM
For months Ive been waiting to sew my Chloe dress by Victory Patterns, and its finally happened.

I love all the panels, and it's a great canvas for showcasing different prints. The pink floral at the front and back sides was brought by friends from Malaysia. The metallic stripes at the front sides was a vintage cotton from my Grandmas stash that I dyed fuchsia. The peacock in the back was purchased for this dress at Joann. The orange and chartreuse silk pieces are left over from my wedding dress.

The pattern was very easy to construct and fit. I cut a size 10, but wound up tapering to an 8 at the top. Other alterations include: re-drafted sleeve pieces, tapered front panel at collarbone and hips, added back shoulder darts, adjusted for sloping shoulder seam, took in side seams.

The only materials purchased for this dress was the peacock cotton (1yd @ $6) and the digital pattern. Once my muslin was adjusted, the dress was cut and sewn together in about 2-3 hours.

Its kinda the perfect dress. The Chloe pattern has simple design lines, is easy to make, and could be customized by fabric choice or pattern variations. I cant wait to make it again!

more pictures and words on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/chloe-dress/
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18  scrappy bikini in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: September 13, 2013 07:03:59 PM
Here are two new pieces that I made last month for Burning Man. I wore them separately on the playa, but paired them into a swim suit for a trip to Laguna Beach last weekend.

Im not sure why the waistband was all floppy right here. It stayed tight at Burning Man, and once I waded into the ocean it shrunk and didnt stretch out again. That rhinestone button is actually my husbands, but I thought he wouldnt mind. So far there havent been any complaints.

All the materials were scraps from my sewing cabinet. The patterns are my own, and I improvised the elaborations.

More words and pictures on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/scrappy-bikini/
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19  striped cirque leggings in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: July 02, 2013 03:20:06 PM
I have always loved stripes, and although I love colors, sometimes you just cant beat a good black and white combo.

Each year this design is my #1 for Burning Man costumes. The pattern is my own design, for comfortable fit and stripe convergence.

These leggings are made out of slinky lycra that stretches 175% its original size! So they are equally perfect for dancing and gorging at a feast.  Grin

on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/new-cirque-leggings/
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20  Groom's rainbow outfit for Burning Man wedding in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by julibooli on: June 20, 2013 10:12:08 AM
I got married in September 2012 at Burning Man. It was where I met my husband, where we got engaged, and where we feel most free to be whatever we want, particularly ourselves. Jason and I designed his whole outfit together. We wanted it to be an even more colorful version of what he normally wears.

I've been making Jason these capri-length shorts since the first time he visited me in New Orleans. This time I made his pants from a metallic striped cotton that my mom got in Jordan a couple years ago. They have a zipper fly and elastic waist. We added bands of fabric at the bottom to correspond to my own skirt.

Rainbow socks were also a natural choice (he brought me rainbow socks on that first visit too). We got the Converse right before we left for Burning Man, and I replaced the white laces with a metallic woven ribbon.

His shirt is made from a weighty linen that I washed the fabric three times to soften it up. Its the perfect color to bring out Jasons eyes!

We wanted the look of our wedding to be colorful, exciting, and exotic, but we didnt want to be the white people dressing up in another cultures aesthetic. Inspired by: yes; appropriating: no. With this in mind, I waffled back and forth on the Nehru collar and tunic length of this shirt. But Jasons wonderful mind never saw the styling as Indian; in his mind a stand-up collar is spacey. Great design, great rational: we make a good team.

The shirt is a modified version of Simplicity 5366, which I had tested a couple months prior and so I knew exactly what changes needed to be made for the best fit.

The fabulous J cufflinks belonged to Jasons dad Jack, who passed away shortly after we met. Two weeks after our own wedding, Jasons nephew Jack wore them for his beautiful wedding.

I based the pattern for this vest from one he already owned. The front stripe is another Jordanian cotton from my mom. One of my favorite elements from the entire outfit is the back of the vest. This metallic fabric was hand-made in Guatemala in the 60s, and was given to us by a longtime friend of the Siadek family, Valerie Maxwell (thank you Valerie!). It was exciting to work with, and in pretty great condition.

The lining is a vintage poly that was in my cabinet. The buttons are aligned so that the top jewels represent chakras (although we arent into that, but it seamed as good a reason as any).

I think Jason looked very handsome and very himself! If youd like to read more and see more photos, see my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/grooms-outfit/

And check out my dress: http://madebyjulianne.com/rainbow-wedding-dress/

Most of these gorgeous pictures were taken by Blake Gardner, Aleck Gandel, and Dan Hamilton many thanks to these talented photographers as well as all the friends who both captured and contributed to our wonderful day!
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