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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Button Cardigan 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?
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spencer Gloves (Sans Buttons!) 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

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1940's Moss Stitch Turban! I feel like a housewife :] 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...!

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Maternity Painting 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.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Egon Schiele Inspired Dress 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!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Are there ANY stylish/quirky sewing patterns for guys?! on: June 07, 2007 07:19:24 AM
My boyfriend wants to learn to sew and make his own stuff. Now, I can find a lot of cute patterns for girls, but we can't find any that he likes for guys! They all look really old-fashioned and just plain cheesy! Are there any patterns that cater for guys (he's 18) who are interested in fashion?
Thanks Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / !Pleated Bow Dress! [with detail photo on page 3] 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!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oops! on: May 24, 2007 10:04:28 AM
Ever spent a lot of money on fabric and then only moments later, realised it's actually something you won't wear?

Well, I've just spent 22 on 3 metres of this gold shimmer satin, which is totally not my thing! I wanted to make a loose shapeless mini dress out of it in the style of those lovely prada ones, but I think it's gonna look kinda tacky. I need to use it to make a dress/skirt for a wedding and a christening I'm going to, but am lost for ideas...!

It looks like this:

Any ideas?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simplicity 3833: My lovely new dress! 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.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Patti is done! 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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