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1  California / California: Central / Re: SF Bay Area, Anybody?! on: February 01, 2006 10:51:37 AM
Thanks, low_budget_diva!  I'll have to check out Alameda.
2  California / California: Central / Re: SF Bay Area, Anybody?! on: January 31, 2006 07:42:44 PM
Wonderful thrift store shopping in Alameda?  Do tell!  I don't even have half a clue where the place is, but now I'm going to have to investigate....
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Asian Inspired Outfit on: January 20, 2006 06:13:08 PM
Cute as a button, great job!
4  California / California: Central / Re: SF Bay Area, Anybody?! on: January 11, 2006 09:04:51 AM
What are you trying to say, that it's rainier there?  Yeah, it is, but I was used to it :-)
I like it here, but I must say that the town doesn't seem to have as much DIY, indie-crafty spirit as Portland.  Maybe it's just because the hipster population isn't as ridiculously overgrown here.  Or maybe I just haven't met the right crowd.

So, to sum up: I love Portland, and so far I like SF a lot, but for different reasons.
5  California / California: Central / Re: SF Bay Area, Anybody?! on: January 09, 2006 11:26:24 PM
I'm a Bay Area crafter, just moved down here a couple of months ago from Portland, OR.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: T-shirt to hoodie with Tutorial (tons of pictures) on: August 04, 2005 11:00:45 PM
Thanks, everyone.  I'd love to see the finished product if anyone uses this tutorial!

i love you. end of story <3  Kiss
I love you, too :-)

argh.... i really want to make this but i don't have a hoodie i can pattern it after... where do you guys find your hoodies? (i only have one and it's really wonky with the stitches.... i don't like it much. Sad ) i've tried searching for it online but only heavyweight sweaters come up.
If you don't have a hoodie, you could easily use any long-sleeved shirt to pattern the sleeves after, and for the hood you can use this pattern:
This was just a quick Paint Shop trace job from the photo of the pattern that I used for my hood, so you'll probably have to play around with resizing it to get it to print out the proper size on your printer.  When you cut it out you'll probably also want to smooth out the lines where it's a little bit wavy from my poor hand-eye coordination.
Hope that helps!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / cabled cropped sweater in Rebecca 29? on: July 27, 2005 04:45:41 PM
So I want into a local yarn store last week and they had the loveliest cabled cropped sweater that someone had knitted up, but when I inquired about the pattern they told me that it was from the last issue of Rebecca, which they were sold out of.  Since then, I've checked a couple of other yarn stores and bookstores to look for the magazine so that I can check out the pattern to see how difficult it looks and how much yarn it'll take, but it seems to be unavailable in my area.  I could buy it online, but I'd like to check out the magazine first to see if the pattern is actually there, and if so, whether it'll take a million dollars worth of yarn to make.

If anyone has the spring/summer issue of Rebecca, would you be so kind as to check it for the pattern I described?  The girl at the store said that she thought it used a yarn called "Samoa," if that helps.  If you could tell me how many skeins of yarn it takes and the difficulty level, I would greatly appreciate it!

And yes, I did check the Rebecca website, and while it had pictures of some of the projects, the only sweater that looked like it might be the one I'm talking about was too far away in the picture to determine if it's the right one. 


8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: T-shirt to hoodie with Tutorial (tons of pictures) on: June 28, 2005 12:50:43 PM
;DI love it and it looks soooo profesional! Where did you get the sleeve pattern from though? Huh

I made the sleeve pattern from a hoodie I already owned, but really, you could make one from any long-sleeved tee or top that fits you well.  Just lay the sleeve flat with the non-seam edge on the fold of your newspaper/pattern paper, trace around it, add half an inch or so for seam allowances, and cut it out. You should end up with a piece that looks like my sleeve pattern. Like I said in the tutorial, make sure that the armhole of your pattern fits the armhole of your t-shirt--you may need to make some slight adjustments if it doesn't. 

I love your hoodie!!!

Have to tell you - when I saw the shirt you used, I laughed to myself 'cuz my two sons had those shirts in cub scouts!  As you can tell, the iron-on pawprints did NOT stay on well at all and they were a major pain in the butt!  The organization changed the shirts this past year - I'm sure there are still plenty floating around in thrift stores though for anyone wanting to find one!  Actually, I'd better go check my sons' closets to see if I happened to save theirs . . . .

Again, great job!!! Grin
Thanks, Bee Crafty.
Hah, I think that there are tons of these shirts in thriftstores, just waiting for the proper modifications.  This is actually the second one I've had, which I got after my much-larger busted little sister stole my first one and stretched it out.  Grrr, she won't be getting her paws on this one.  And yeah, I noticed that the pawprints were very poorly attached and there's discoloration where they used to be.  I'm considering using acrylic paint plus fabric medium to paint new prints over the ghosts of the old ones, but I haven't decided whether to do it or not. 

Goshness! That is WICKED COOL ill have to try that! Grin Don'y know how good itll turn out though, thanks a million and more for the tute ur looks very cute and u look cute in it! do u think i can make a 3 yo one? it would be the same just a different size right? Huh

Are you asking whether you could make one for a three year old kid?  I don't see why not.  I haven't sewn for kids, but I'd do it exactly the same way except probably not add a drawstring because of the choking hazard. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: T-shirt to hoodie with Tutorial (tons of pictures) on: June 20, 2005 02:17:18 PM
that's really hot. dont take this the wrong way, but you look so cute in it!
Aw, thanks, I don't think there is a wrong way to take that.

Many thanks for the GREAT tut- and, as one can never have too many hoodies when one works in a building where when it's 95 degrees outside, the air conditioner inside is set to "arctic chill"
I have the same problem with the damn air conditioning!  Why can't it be set to a nice happy medium?

i so wish i could do that. i need to learn to do that so bad. gotta love hoodies. ok i really love hoodies
You could learn to do it--let your love of hoodies guide you!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: T-shirt to hoodie with Tutorial (tons of pictures) on: June 14, 2005 10:34:14 PM
Thanks guys, glad you like it. I'd be happy if someone was able to follow these directions to make their own, so do let me know if you try it!

wow. that is just so sweet. holy crap. i need to do that. *sigh* now i'm going to fail and make a poor immitation. lol
That's not the right attitude! Come on, think positive--you can do it!

yes, well, on that note i've never sewn anything before...lol

Well, okay, then I guess maybe you might want to start with something a little more simple and work your way up to this project :-)
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