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1  Un-sex-kitten-ified C.C. (Code Geass) Red Lolita Costume in Halloween Costumes by jewells68 on: November 07, 2011 04:35:44 PM

My 14yo daughter's favorite anime is Code Geass, and this year she wanted to be C.C. for Halloween and also for an upcoming anime con here. When I googled images of the outfit she wanted, my jaw DROPPED. Um. NO. WAY. (My reference picture here is quite tame to what I actually found online).

Having made a boned corset bodice for an outfit previously, I did NOT want to go that route this time, as I was in a bit of a time crunch. So I bought everything (white oversized peasant blouse, black dance leggings, red suit) at the thrift store and reconned it, except for the tiny tophat and the green wig (bought new and modified), and the black bows, which were made from scratch with black cotton I had in my stash (she's wearing her own shoes).

The red bodice and overskirt were originally a red Sasson ladies' two-piece suit with a mandarin collar that I found at Thrifttown. After removing the mandarin collar, I opened up the bottom seam, inserted lace I had on hand, and hand-sewed it and added a velcro closure to make her little lace choker. I cut the heck out of that suit, removed the lining, sewed the front together and opened the back center seam, adding a zipper back center. I cut a piece off one of my husbands old black tees to make the rectangle for the front. The overskirt was just the bottom of the original skirt cut off below the zipper. I ripped out the original center seam, stitched down the folded over hem, hemmed the top and added underwear elastic inside to gather and make the elastic waist. It was then sewn to the white underskirt, which was actually just the bottom half of a white peasant skirt from Goodwill. I whacked off the top half (keeping the original bottom hem, folded over the top to make a casing and pulled through FOE to make a stretchy waist.

Black & White leggings: Not about to let her leave the house in thigh highs I found dancer's leggings at goodwill, marked them where I wanted the white anklethingies, spats, whatever to begin, and cut them off at that spot. I then cut a couple of trapezoids from another of hubby's tees (white this time), sewed up the side seam, the sewed them to the leggings.

White & black blouse (actually supposed to be a white blouse with black armbands over it, but I made it one piece):The white peasant blouse was also from goodwill. I whacked off the sleeves just above the button cuffs to have them be nice and puffy. Sewed on a 6" segment from what I cut off the black leggings, pinned them to the sleeves, gathering the white sleeve as I pinned, then sewed them together. Then I cut the long sleeves off a long-sleeved white tee, cut off the wrist band as well, and sewed the narrower end to the black armband, leaving the wider part of the white sleeve at the wrist to give the appearance of a bell sleeve.

Black Bows: Big black bow is basically a big rectangle of black cotton (with iron-in interfacing) sewed pillow-case style, then turned right side out and topstitched at the open end. The "knot" is actually a small rectangle of black cotton sewn into a little tube. I pulled the big rectangle through the tube and then just spread it out to look like a big bow. Another long black tube folded over at the center became the long "ties" of the bow, which I handsewed to the back of the big bow, making sure to get it through the little tube at the same time, so it held all of it together into one plece. Small black bow at neckline is actually another tube sewn of black cotton, tied into an actual bow and safety pinned on. The big bow was pinned on the back after zipping her up.

Green hair: I bought this wig from amazon: http://www.costumecraze.com/WIG73.html and fortunately it came with the bats in a little envelope for you to attach on your own, so I didn't have to do anything with the wig other than remove the beads from the braids in the front.

Tiny top hat: I bought a black one at Hobby Lobby in the doll section, and hot glued some of the fabric I cut off the suit so that it matched. I then used a scrap of black bias binding for the "ribbon" around the hat, and made a bow out of the same stuff and glued it on. I then used cut two small pieces of black FOE, hot glued the end of each to the hat so that she had a stretchy band to tie it on with, and just tied a bow under her chin.

I think that pretty much covers everything. After getting dressed her dad asked who she was, and after she told him he looked up pictures online, and then thanked me for "un-sex-kitten-ifiying" her outfit. Hence the name of my post. Wink
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2  Re: Baby Blanket in Knitalongs by jewells68 on: March 28, 2009 09:08:15 PM
I'm working on a pinwheel blanket for a co-worker and his wife's first baby. The pattern can be found here: http://www.knitlist.com/00gift/round-baby-blanket.htm . It's pretty easy, so I got kinda bored and started some socks, but I really need to work on it so I'll join in here for hopefully some inspiration. Here's where it is so far. I hope the baby's not due anytime soon...

I also just learned a long-time co-worker is going to be a grandmother for the first time, and that baby is due in winter, so if you have any suggestions for another pattern to try, maybe something a little more complicated, let me know and I'll check it out. No too complicated, though, but I have plenty of time right now, so I'm checking out as many patterns as I can at the moment while I work on other things...
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3  Re: The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan (patt. incl.) in Knitalongs by jewells68 on: June 11, 2008 07:43:33 PM
Ok, so no one else is posting on this thread anymore, I apparently have a great skill for driving away everyone on every thread I join.   Wink

Anyway I thought I'd post a pic of how far I'd gotten after less than 3 full weeks of knitting...

I made the L, and decided to go with a single color, because horizontal stripes are NOT my friends. I am thinking this will fit pretty loosely, and because it's acrylic won't shrink. I'll know better when it's completely off the needles, but I'm thinking I did too many armhole increases, the armholes are quite huge! Better too big than too small, right? I mean I can always take it in if I have to...
I've only done one other sweater, the Pretty in Pink Tank Knitalong here on Craftster, so this is my first top-down, and I really liked the process so far.

I need advice though, I'm thinking of going ahead and starting the ribbing now even though I'm nowhere near the bottom yet, because it will make it pull in more and look more fitted.
What do you think? Bad Idea? Good idea? Not sure I'm ready to tackle waist-shaping yet...
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4  Re: pretty in pink tank KAL - FINISHED, Whew! (a little pic heavy) in Knitalongs by jewells68 on: May 18, 2008 07:22:50 PM
Ok so I finished my tank today.

My 11yo dd is modeling. ALthough the sweater does actually fit me, it just looks wonky on me, so I'm going to let the model have it. However, she's obviously not a 40" chest, and the back is awfully low on her.

So I decided to make an additional strap exactly the same as called for in the pattern, only shorter, and put it across the back to keep the straps from falling off her.

So, this was a very easy knit, but I have some issues. I chose the M (40-42" bust). I think I made the straps too long, even on me they are so low a bra would show, and my girls need a bra, no question about that. The size I knit called for 11" straps. Those were too short, so I kept knitting to 13". Apparently that was too long. Also, the pattern didn't really give any instructions on attaching the straps, so I guessed, and I think I should have moved them a little more toward the middle of the back. Also, the bind offs were all in knit stitch. While I think that works for the front, and makes for a very nice edge there, I think it would fit better if you bind off the back ribbing in the actual ribbing stitch. It would give a little more. In addition, I would like the straps to be a little wider. Oh, and when you start working on the straps, the count the pattern gives for the bindoffs to start the strap sections is off, at least for this size anyway. I  followed it exactly because, being my first sweater, I though I should trust in the pattern, but you end up with the straps not matching up symmetrically over the ribbing.

So if I make another for myself, I would pick the same size, but would make some alterations. I would increase a couple of times on each side when you start the stockinette area on the front, I would move the straps in from the side more toward the middle and would make them a tad wider. The cast on amount was perfect for the ribbed body however. Oh, and I would try to make the straps the right length. I still may shorten them for my dd, but the cross strap I added helps tremendously. I would take them in until I wash it however as it may shrink a bit.

All in all, I am pleased with the end result, even if I don't get to wear it myself. And now I can finally say I knit my first sweater. Now I just have to decide what to knit next!

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5  Re: pretty in pink tank KAL in Knitalongs by jewells68 on: May 04, 2008 08:23:08 PM
I cast on exactly a week ago today and just posted a WIP photo on my blog: http://jewells68.livejournal.com/ .

I am loving how soft this yarn is and how it is knitting up. I'm right at about 8-9 inches I think, maybe a little more, I just eyeballed it. It looks really narrow, but the ribbing has some major give, so I'm confident it will fit me, if not it will go to my 11yo daughterm who is a couple of adult dress sizes smaller than I am. So far though I'm loving how this is turning out.

Mooshie, when do we get to see your finished pics?? How's everyone else doing on theirs?
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