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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Design help: Ferdinando Sarmi copy on: November 26, 2007 04:18:00 PM
I am in LOVE with this dress, but I only have this pic to work from:


Anyone have a clue about the construction going on here, or key style adjectives I could search for for hints?  Anyone seen a pattern remotely like this?

2  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Aran Sweater on: October 25, 2007 11:39:18 AM
I just got back from Ireland and my inner-knitter is demanding some action.  Anyone interested in joining me in this pattern?


I've done sweaters before, but this is a whole new level for me and I don't want to go it alone!


3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vintage butterick 6582 dress 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

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Orwell tank top 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!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / elaborate cable hat: v1.0 with PATT 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.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / broken rib shell with PATTERN LINK 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!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Beckham hat? on: May 27, 2007 01:41:39 PM
My boyfriend's hair is getting really long and curly, and I said I'd knit/crochet him a slouch beanie or a rasta tam a la David Beckham's to keep it under control.  I'm having a hard time finding a pattern that isn't too close-fitting or too huge (ie, made for massive dreads). 

Does anyone have any suggestions?
*image removed for copyright concerns.  See THIS LINK for photo slideshow.

Thank you!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / help with my ugly fluorescent lights! on: February 21, 2007 09:11:02 PM
my new apartment has fluorescent overhead lights in the kitchen.  they cast an awful tone on the white walls, which negates any effort to decorate it nicely.  worse, the kitchen opens into the dining/living room, which is all lit by incandescent lights, and the contrast is harsh.

does anyone have any tips on mellowing out or disguising this situation?  i've gotten nowhere with google.

thanks so much!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / quick t-shirt upholstery 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:
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / origami christmas lights 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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