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1  Best Friend... Vest! in Knitalongs by lizadilly on: October 25, 2007 12:27:51 PM
I put on my sleeves and took them off twice.  They just weren't flattering, so I decided to turn my cardigan into a vest.  I haven't added any borders to the arm holes yet, which I plan to do, but here are some crappy action shots of how it is so far (sorry for the lack of detail):

There are a few more pics of it from that night on my dance troupe's site, http://www.guerrillagogo.org, if you pull down the "more" menu.

Hopefully that helps some of you who have also been feeling that your BFC arms look like sausages being pushed thru a chainlink fence!  Wink
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2  vintage butterick 6582 dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lizadilly on: July 05, 2007 08:34:08 PM
i made this dress as my "talent" for a 4th of july talent show party.  it's a rereleased 1960 pattern that you can get at butterick.com.  i did dress B and added a bow to the back and a belt.

full length:

the back:

zoom on the belt:

the belt is of my own design, which i made with left over fabric and interfacing, masking tape, hot glue and the lid to a brie box.  sounds crazy but it is actually simple and surprisingly sleek in real life.  if there is any interest i can post a tut here and/or on my blog entry, which does have some extra pix (http://everythingatonce.wordpress.com/2007/07/05/butterick6582/).

so, the low down -- i was working with silk shantung and that stuff is gorgeous but it unravels really quickly and it's impossible to distinguish right side/wrong side.  so i ended up having a near mental breakdown when i was all ready to sew my pieces together on the morning of the 4th and discovered i'd put my darts on the wrong side of my front piece!  i had to take them all out and remeasure and everything.  i was a little paranoid about visible track marks from the old darts, hence the improvised belt.  it ended up great though!

thanks for looking.  Smiley

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3  Orwell tank top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lizadilly on: June 11, 2007 08:40:07 PM
my friend jess threw a 1984-themed party for her 23rd birthday.  i made her this George Orwell tank top to go with the theme (the photo kinda sucks):

i used a cheap tank top, a clorox bleach gel pen (the chisled end -- it also has a blunt end), and a fabricmate marker for detail.

if you want to try, be sure to put something between the layers of shirt so the bleach doesn't bleed through, and let it set for 5 - 15 minutes depending on the darkness of your material and how much you want it to fade.  then rinse it out carefully and let the shirt dry before using the fabricmate on it.  the marker's ink will dye the fabric permanently after it sets for 24 hours.

some more pix of the procedure here: http://everythingatonce.wordpress.com/2007/06/11/orwell-tank/

have fun & thank you!
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4  elaborate cable hat: v1.0 with PATT in Knitting: Completed Projects by lizadilly on: June 09, 2007 12:21:51 AM
A few weeks ago, I posted about one of David Beckham's knit hats (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=172850.0).  I decided to try drafting my own pattern, and this is what came of the first attempt:

I need to enlarge the gauge to achieve the slouchiness and maybe fill in more cabling (cramped fingers -- arrrg!), but I think I found the right yarn, so I'm excited.  It's also the first pattern I've ever tried to write out.  I got a little lazy keeping track of it all, especially because at the end I went back and redid it so it wouldn't come to such a point. 

Please don't be shy with suggestions about either the pattern so far, or how to achieve the look more effectively.  You can also reach me check my blog entry for others' tips: http://everythingatonce.wordpress.com/2007/06/08/slouched-cable-hat-v10/. Thank youuuu!

    * Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky yarn in Wheat
    * Sz 9 (5.25mm) circular needles and DPN
    * Embroidery needle


    * Elaborate Cable Over (ECO): Worked on 9 st. Move 6 st onto DPN and hold in front. K3 st on left needle. Return 4th, 5th, and 6th st from DPN onto left needle, move DPN to back, k3 from left needle, and k last 3.
    * Elaborate Cable Under (ECU): Worked on 9 st. Move 6 st onto DPN and hold in back. K3 st on left needle. Return 4th, 5th, and 6th st from DPN onto left needle, move DPN to front, k3 from left needle, and k last 3.]


C/O 72 st
*p3 k3 rep from * to end of row. Place stitch marker and join in the round.
Cont with 33 ribbing for 3″, or appx distance between eyebrow and hairline.
*Inc 1 (with invisible purl), p3, inc 1(p), k3 rep from * to end of row.
*p13 k9 rep from * to end of row. Rep another row.
+*p13 ECO rep from * to end of row.
*p13 k9 rep from * to end of row. Rep 6 rows.
Rep from + until cabled piece measures 7″ (~10″ total)
*Dec 1 (p2tog), Cont in patt 17 st. Rep from * to end of row.
*Dec 1 (p2tog), Cont in patt 16 st. Rep from * to end of row.
*Dec 1 (p2tog), Cont in patt 15 st. Rep from * to end of row.
Cont reducing in this way until 20 st (all k) remain
In line with existing cables, twist simple cables as follows: place 3 st on DPN and hold in back. k2. Move sts from DPN back to left needle. k1, k2tog.
Cut working yarn and draw through remaining 16 st, pulling into WS.
Weave in loose ends and block as desired.

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5  broken rib shell with PATTERN LINK in Knitting: Completed Projects by lizadilly on: May 28, 2007 05:00:57 PM
i just finished this free pattern from straw.com:


This is the extra-small size (options are XS - L).  It knits up as a front and back piece joined in the round at the neck and arms and seemed at shoulders and sides, so nothing fancy.  What I really liked about this pattern is that the alternation of long and short ribs really helps you keep track of how many rows you've knit, so matching the length of the front & back pieces involves zero guesswork!

Tip:  don't use cheap yarn like I did.  

nothing too complex -- i recommend it!

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6  quick t-shirt upholstery in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lizadilly on: February 20, 2007 11:15:07 AM
stain on boring ikea chair + compulsive thrift store purchase = THE KIP CHAIR!

do it!  have fun!

tips n pix:
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7  origami christmas lights in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lizadilly on: February 11, 2007 09:34:36 PM

this is kind of reconstructed, because my friends and i made these out of old magazines and other junk mail.  they will totally transform an ordinary room.

they're simple to do -- just follow the instructions for origami balloons and push the individual lights through the holes.  they stay on like little shades.


have fun!!
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8  tape-on-tape ipod case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lizadilly on: January 22, 2007 03:05:20 PM
this isn't technically a purse/bag/wallet, but i hope it belongs here!

i made a case for my ipod nano using contact paper, electrical tape, hot glue, and clear plastic laminate, which you can get for free at kinkos, or any place that has lamination machines.  just grab some laminated plastic trimmings from their recycling bin.  it is the perfect composition to protect your screen and control wheel while allowing you to see and use them!

i wrote up a whole tut (even tho it's really simple), but i think i'm going to develop an even easier and user-friendly design.  i'm sure you can figure something out on your own!  the only tricky parts are matching the window cut outs and adding the loop on the back for a belt/arm band.  it's really sturdy, and actually cuter "in person."

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9  edward murrow portrait in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lizadilly on: January 18, 2007 01:06:40 PM
i used acrylic photo transfer, scrapbooking embellishments, a glue gun, photoshop, tempera and acrylic paint to make this portrait of edward r. murrow for my journalist boyfriend.  it was my first time doing the transfer, and i couldn't get all the paper pills off, as you can probably see.  still, it was fun to do, and i think next time will be way better!

if you haven't done it yet and you want to learn from my mistakes first, you're welcome to check out my suggestions, along with bigger pix, at this more detailed entry: http://everythingatonce.wordpress.com/2007/01/18/murrow-portrait/

PS: in case you can't see, the 3D letters spell out "F I G H T B A C K"

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10  tea bag tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lizadilly on: January 15, 2007 08:14:09 PM
my friend katie is obsessed with tea, so for her upcoming birthday, i sewed her a little wallet just for tea bags.  it has four pockets, a snap closure, contrast lining, and a personalized, iron-transfer graphic.

i'm going to try again, making a few improvements (sewing execution, ahem) and cranking out more.  it's a great  project for scrap fabric, too, if anyone wants to try.

will add a tut to the blog entry(http://everythingatonce.wordpress.com/2007/01/15/k-tea-tote/) when i get a chance.

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