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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My birthday Lolita style dress! on: July 27, 2008 06:17:47 PM
Okay so quick background - this is the FIRST thing I have ever sewn that is wearable (or came out normal?) in my life, and I've never been more proud. I'm so bad with sewing machines that I managed to break my mom's twice (she still doesn't know what went wrong, nor has she gotten it fixed) and yet she was kind enough to buy me my own for Christmas about 2 years ago. It sat unused and unloved on the shelf for the last year and a half (I get distracted easily - it was kept company by the other 219073 crafts that are half/started finished). Buuut anyway, I digress...

I used Lamby's tutorial : https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77268.0
and I learned countless things as I went (such as, zippers are the devil. okay maybe not that bad, but still..) and also, if you're going to allow for seam allowances, freakin use 'em!!! And added a few minor adjustments for my sudden huge boobs that have sprouted from nowhere.. But it still turned out great.
And I have to thank my irish love for putting up with my hissy fits when things weren't going right, and the lady upstairs (who I think hates me already) for when I had the really bad hissy fit and screamed... but that's beside the point.
I started to make this for practice, and then decided that the pink in the dots matched my favorite shoes (that I never get to wear) PERFECTLY. Also, I was about a week away from my 22nd birthday, and I needed something to wear that was going to be fabulous since we were going out on the town [and to see the Dark Knight! omg it was sweet] and it was required that everyone dress up! So I finished it in the knick of time (with help for 2 of FOUR darts I had to put in the darn thing! but even she was impressed Cheesy ).
*whew, i talk forever, my bad!*

full view

a bit closer, to see how perfectly it fit! *squeee!*

and throwing one of me and my irish love!

my lovely escorts (his best friend aka my twinsie, and my bf) they did such an impressive job dressing up!

I just wanted to share, because this community has inspired me SO MUCH to at least TRY and look what happened! ^.^ so thank you to all of you out there that make such beautiful things  Cheesy
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / first attempt - feeling a little batty! on: June 25, 2007 06:57:36 PM
So I thought I'd try my hand at stenciling a shirt, and I love it! I see a crap-ton more stenciled things coming out of my house now, haha

I got the bats from stencilry.org - what a great site

not incredibly original, i know, but as a first attempt with NO bleeding and a random placement, not too bad?
3  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / 1-skein scarf + my fit to be tied (minus the tie!) on: October 08, 2006 03:30:39 PM
So I've been working on this purse for what seems like forever - it's for my little sister's birthday (she turns 16 today Cheesy) and I wanted to give her something she would use. It's my take on the Fit to Be Tied - I used the pattern for the basic shape, but I made it a bit bigger overall. I also lined it all the way to the top in some fabulous rose fabric my mom had laying around. I can't sew to save my life (literally, I struck blood 4 times trying to put the lining in!!!) but I finally finished it. (Sorry for the crappy photos - I used my phone for these and only one of them came out nice looking.)

This is the GORGEOUS lining that my mom helped me find.

Action shot!

Also, I worked up a One Skein Scarf, and it ended up about 8 feet long for me Smiley I used Red Heart Super Saver that I had laying around, as this was mostly for just testing to see how quickly I could work it up (turns out it's pretty fast!) but I'm happy with it. It's incredibly warm, especially when you wrap it aorund your neck twice! I've decided that this too is going to my sister, lucky little devil that she is ..

I couldn't fit the entire length of it folded over the door in one pic! It's long!

Here is a closeup of the colors.. it seems very cloudy and dreamy to me. I hope she likes it!
4  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My cold shoulders capelet! :) on: September 24, 2006 01:07:00 PM
Here is my completed Cold Shoulders Capelet Smiley

This was my first completed project that is not a hat or a scarf.. yay! I didn't really put a lot on gauge, as I didn't really think I'd get past the first 4 rows of this.. it was mostly for testing myself and my patience, but I finished it! It's veeery soft and surprisingly very warm - even the boy commented on it when he took the pictures for me Smiley

It's a teeeny bit big in some places, but it was random yarn from my stash and I totally ignored gauge..

and the back...

From now on (well for future projects!) I'll be more considerate of yarn and gauge, so it fits right. This was fun! I looove this book!
5  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / My book is crazy!!! -- help, stupid question? on: September 18, 2006 01:25:21 PM
I just received my book, and I'm completely stoked! The only thing is.. from page 263-278, um, they're missing!! In my book, it's just a repeat of pages 247-262. I'm missing half of the Doris Daymat pattern, and the beginning the monkey baby blanket!!! Sad

I bought it used off of Amazon.com.. The few pages were loose due to the binding breaking, but I know that has happened to other people. I was already planning on having it spiral bound (if i could!) or put into a binder if it broke at the spine anyway.. but to have pages missing - it's dreadfully dissappointing to me :/ They look like the book was printed that way, not like those pages fell out and they just glued different ones in there..
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