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1  Button Cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by buttonsandstars on: June 16, 2008 03:06:38 PM
I started making this cardigan AGES ago, not really knowing where I was going with it. I used the pattern for Precious by Kim Hargreaves in her Dark House book, but didn't bother with the beads, as I didn't think they looked young enough for my style.

I was going to have a huge ribbon to tie it actually, but I decided that it wouldn't work with the proportions of the cardigan.

Due to the lack of beads, the hem curled, so I decided to weight it down with these really pretty aqua buttons that look perfect with the caramel yarn!

Very pleased with the finished garment. What do you think?
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2  Spencer Gloves (Sans Buttons!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by buttonsandstars on: June 10, 2008 02:26:40 PM
These were made for my friend Beckys birthday. She wanted something subtle and nothing too out there, but obviously I wanted to exert some of my personality on itSo I decided to knit these. The colour is perfect for her, as she wears it a lot, and I missed out the buttons to make them a bit more subtle. Theyre still a little unusual though, which suits me fine! Cheesy

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3  1940's Moss Stitch Turban! I feel like a housewife :] in Knitting: Completed Projects by buttonsandstars on: June 10, 2008 07:36:23 AM
For ages, I've been working on and off on this glamourous turban style hat from a vintage pattern on the V&A website. It takes a lot longer than you'd imagine as there's so much fabric! Anyhow, I finished it the other day, and I love the result!! I have been told that it looks a bit like a towel though, which I kinda see, so my friend (who is an antiques dealer) is letting me choose one of the 1940's brooches that he sells. Very kind! I'm really excited Cheesy

And for fun times...!

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4  Maternity Painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by buttonsandstars on: May 23, 2008 11:36:09 AM
My final piece in my 15 hour Art A Level exam Smiley

The lady who sat for me was over 8 months pregnant and gave birth the following week! I'm glad I managed to paint her when I could. Very lucky!

It's essentially created using drips, one on top of the other. It creates a very interesting texture! I just want to touch the canvas, haha. Unfortunately, my canvas ha buckled as you can see, so I'm going to have to put some panels in the back of it to straighten it out.

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5  Egon Schiele Inspired Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by buttonsandstars on: May 23, 2008 10:44:01 AM
So after a 2 year textile A level course, I have come to the end! The final task that we had to do was a 15 hour exam, in which we had to produce a final piece. We were given over 30 various briefs, but I chose the one in which you had to create a garment inspired by a painter/painting. My painter was Egon Schiele, who I love, using his paintings of houses as inspiration.

This is what I came up with, although I can't help but think that the photos don't really do it justice.



I love all the details on it, however the actual construction of the dress is rather awful as I drafted the pattern myself and essentially winged it, tbh! I cringe just looking at those back darts, haha.
Those pleats at the bottom were murder. They took me hours and hours and even more hours. Luckily, they were counted as prep, so I got to do them at home, otherwise I would have spent the whole 15 hours making them! They're really tiny, and do look rather adorable if I do say so myself...! I left the edges raw, so they create a feathery fringed edge in a way, which was good as I looked at 1920s dresses as well. I fancy making a whole skirt of them, although I don't know if I have the patience, hehe.

This is a close up of the collar Smiley



I cut out all of the shapes using a soldering iron on polyester chiffon. It gave it a lovely edge. There ended up being 4 layers, each with "window" cut outs (I became very interested in house windows as an icon!) and random areas of machine embroidery. They were then sewn together and fasten with a clasp at the back. It is completely detachable from the dress, so it can be worn on it's own if you wish!

I'd love to get your feedback on this. I'm feeling pretty pleased with it!
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6  Re: !Pleated Bow Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by buttonsandstars on: June 03, 2007 05:09:43 AM
No, they haven't actually. Thankyou very much though!!

Btw, here is the close up on the bodice that you asked for =]

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7  !Pleated Bow Dress! [with detail photo on page 3] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by buttonsandstars on: June 01, 2007 12:41:25 PM
My newest creation!

I vaguely used the pattern from another dress I have made, but I altered quite a lot of it! It is made out of silk dupion, which my dad brought back from India. I had to make some changes to my choice of fabric for the skirt, as I chose to use gold satin at first. Tacky! So the cream silk dupion it was!

Personally, I'm ever so pleased with it! I originally used inspiration from Valentino, but now that I've finished, I think it looks quite Chlo-esque!

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8  Simplicity 3833: My lovely new dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by buttonsandstars on: May 18, 2007 12:52:54 PM
I call it...Rosie?
I don't know. I've always liked that name and I guess it fits!

I finished this dress a couple of days ago. It only took a couple of days to make! Nice and simple! I love the fabric that I used. It's covered in dots and little red roses. It looks ever so kitsch, and I really do love turquoise at the moment. I think the end result does look rather sixties-esque.

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9  Patti is done! in Knitting: Completed Projects by buttonsandstars on: May 18, 2007 12:23:07 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I managed to finish Patti from the Rowan Studio book 1. I absolutely adore it, and I'm ever so pleased with it! My only gripe was that the pleats wouldn't hang correctly, so I've had to catch them at the bottom. Nonetheless, this is most definitely my favourite thing that I've knitted :]

Pardon the terrible expression. I look rather sleepy!
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10  Re: CHALLENGE :5: YOUR OBSESSION! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by buttonsandstars on: July 17, 2006 12:06:43 PM
Bag Title: Alice

Your Obsession: Alice in Wonderland.

Ever since I saw the film at about the age of 6 or something, I was in love with the whole story. I must have watched that film so many times, and I also bought the matching Disney picture book. I even dressed up as Alice for a fancy dress party. When I got a little older and could read better, I read the full length Lewis Carroll book and I was just mesmerized by all of the imagery in it. I wanted to *be* in Wonderland! My main inspiration for this bag was a 1950s copy of the book that I found in a second hand bookstore a couple of years ago. It's so beautiful, and I love the sleeve it's in. I knew that I was going to make something to do with that as soon as I saw the challenge, and I think it's turned out pretty good!

Bag Pictures:

Front of the bag

This is made out of a navy blue cotton blend fabric and the white rabbit appliqu is made out of white fleece

Back of the bag

The lettering is made out of the same fleece fabric as the rabbit.

Lining of the bag

The lining is made from white and navy blue polka dot cotton blend fabric.

My beautifull 1950s copy of Alice in Wonderland

Thanks for looking!
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