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11  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Imperfect but Loved! [hat] on: November 18, 2009 12:56:21 PM
I just made my first crocheted anything, ever, and it is a hat!  I am so excited with the results!

I just made it up as I went along and I know it's probably not that thrilling to you friends out there who actually know what they're doing, but I am so thrilled to have made something at all.  This opens up a whole new world for me...  Grin  Please let me know what you think, good or bad, or offer advice because like I said I'm a COMPLETE beginner.

Top of Hat

Happy Hat-maker

P.S. Do you think it's okay to wear in public?  I think I'm going to...
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / My machine is eating my fabric on: July 08, 2009 05:49:21 PM
My machine is eating my fabric.  I don't really know any simpler way to put it.  This is a problem I have had various times on two different machines, mostly while [attempting] sewing on knits.  It happens toward the beginning of a seam, and the fabric is pulled down through the plate under the presser foot until I have to wrestle and wrangle to get it back out of the machine, by which time I have usually stretched the fabric out weirdly and broken some threads.  I'm not really a beginner, but I can't seem to resolve this issue and it's put the halt on a few different projects not to mention ruining my momentum. 

Any help, even guesses to what I could do, will be MUCH appreciated!  Tongue

- Allie
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Looking for Boston Bruins fabric on: December 15, 2008 09:09:31 PM
Hey, does anyone know where I could find Boston Bruins fabric? (I don't live anywhere near Boston in case you wonder).  Thanks for any help.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sweatshirt Fleece?! on: December 11, 2008 08:35:18 AM
I'm trying to make someone a hoodie for Christmas, but I can't find any patterned or striped sweatshirt fleece in stores or online or anywhere!  I know this stuff exists, but it's hiding from me.  Do you know of any stores or websites where it can be found?  Thank you sooo much in advance for your help!   Smiley
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Sweetest Day! on: October 13, 2008 02:13:58 PM
(Note: This is really a FALL holiday, but it's unrelated to Halloween and months from Valentine's Day so I didn't know where else to put it.  Someone with power, feel free to relocate my post.)

Hello all.  Sweetest Day is coming fast, and I'm wondering what others are crafting for the loved ones in their lives.  I'm just planning to do something for my boyfriend - I've been trying to decide on a cute way to arrange 3 Muskeeters and other little 'sweets' he likes into a nice little package.  Does anyone know if most Chinese restaurants will give you a free takeout box?  I think that would be a fun starting point.

What's everyone else making or giving?
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Need Cookie Recipes with Nutrition Info on: July 08, 2008 08:59:35 AM
Hey all.  My boyfriend is away from me this summer, and I'm sending him some care packages (with cookies!!) but the food I make for him needs to be accompanied by nutrition facts as in number of carbs, etc.  Most of the trusty recipes I have are of the passed-down-through-generations variety, and have no nutrition info.  I was hoping you guys could share any good cookie recipes you like, that you have some info on.  Really even a good web source for recipes with nutrition facts would help.  Thanks so much!  Smiley
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / LDR / Care Package Ideas on: June 02, 2008 09:40:58 AM
My relationship will be going long-distance in a couple of weeks, for at least the next few months.  I'm trying to gather ideas for fun ways to stay in touch, and things to mail him.  It's not a holiday or anniversary so I'm not looking for anything hugely elaborate or expensive, just sweet and fun!

So far, I have thought of...
- Cookies and brownies
- Pillowcases with his favorite movie characters (think Iron Man, Transformers... haha)
- A framed photo of us
- Letters

Please share your ideas!  Smiley
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The ink is black, the page is white. on: May 11, 2008 04:52:27 PM
Here are a couple of pieces I made recently.

Black Dress: Supersoft, thick black knit fabric.  My own design.  I just realized all my great mirror shots cut out the skirt, so... it hits about mid-knee, a little higher with a belt.

I wanted a "little black dress" that was comfy and modest, but definitely still pretty.  I got what I wanted and it fits perrrfectly.  Love it, but what do you think?  Wink 

I originally designed it to wear just plain, like so...

I love how it drapes and how the ruffles turned out.

I also discovered that I can wear it other ways with this belt I have.  This way makes me think of a formal luncheon or something.  I never go to formal luncheons, and will probably never wear it like this.

But I DO like it this way, with the belt low-slung, more fun, kinda.  What do you think?  Which way do you like it? (if you do like it, haha)

White Top: Semi-sheer cotton.  The sleeves tie into little bows, but I couldn't tie them myself.  Please use your imagination.  Smiley  Oh, it started as a BBW pattern, but I ended up doing quite a bit of modification.  I'll do a bit more before I make it again, which I plan to.  I like the style for spring and summer.

Opinions and questions are great!  Thanks for looking!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / All Grown Up! (Plaid Skirt --> Plaid Top) on: December 31, 2007 03:15:20 PM
I'm so excited about this!  I started with a poly-rayon skirt I still had from middle school, 6 or 7 years ago.



AFTER (BACK... I have it gaped open so you can see it shuts with a zipper):

And here it is, on me.  I was super excited!  Smiley

Thanks for looking!  Please comment  Smiley  aaaand, Happy NYE!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stripes and Lace on: December 29, 2007 04:16:26 PM
This started out as something way different, but one big mistake and a fabric shortage later, I kind of like the way it turned out.

Modeled by carpet:

On me... couldn't get a good shot, but it shows the black lace and tiny pleats a little better:

Comments, good or bad?  Smiley
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