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1  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. 


2  Oregon / Oregon: Northwest / Summer craft fairs! on: June 13, 2005 12:27:07 PM
Anyone know of any craft fairs/bazaars happening this summer in Portland?  I'd really like to participate in one (or more), but I never seem to hear about them ahead of time. 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-shirt to hoodie with Tutorial (pic links broken) on: June 12, 2005 08:26:42 PM
I haven't posted in here in quite a while, so hello again.
So the other night I was bored and I started going through my stash of fabric and reconstructable clothes in the hopes of finding a project.  I stumbled across a couple of thriftstore finds: a little boys' cub scout shirt and this stretchy knit fabric that matches perfectly (it says "hold that tiger"), and inspiration struck. I even documented the process for posterity with this tutorial, because I haven't seen tutorials for this project.

1.  Start with a well-fitting t-shirt (or start with one that is too big and re-size it, but that's been covered in many other tutorials), a couple of yards of t-shirt/knit fabric, and a separating zipper long enough for the front of your shirt. Alternatively, you could use a long-sleeved t-shirt for the extra fabric. You'll also probably want a hoodie on hand to use to make your patterns for the sleeves and hood.
2.  Using a seam ripper, carefully remove the sleeves from your t-shirt.

3. Lay your already-existing hoodie sleeves flat on a piece of newspaper or pattern paper and trace around the sleeves to make your pattern.  Make sure that the sleeve opening size of your pattern is the same as the sleeve opening size of the t-shirt from which you just removed the sleeves.  Don't forget to add a little bit of room for the seam allowances!
*Note: I got all fancy and added ribbed cuffs to the bottom of my sleeves, so I made the sleeves shorter than I otherwise would've and didn't hem the ends.  If you're not adding ribbed cuffs be sure to make your sleeves long enough and hem the ends before you sew them into a tube.  If you are, you can add them at any point, and if you're like me and this is your first time doing them, this link http://www.sewnews.com/library/sewnews/qa/aaqa0501a.htm  is very helpful*


4.  Lay your sleeve pattern flat on a folded piece of fabric and cut out your sleeves.  Mine ended up looking like this:

5. Fold each sleeve in half lengthwise and sew up the arm seam, creating a tube.  Then pin your sleeve tubes to the t-shirt's sleeve openings and sew.
You could stop here and have a long-sleeved tee, but continue on to add a zipper and a hood.

6. If you're anal like me, take a ruler and measuring tape and chalk and mark halfway down the middle of your shirt, then cut up that line.  Or just eye it, if you're good.


7.  Put in your zipper.  I am not going to give instructions on this because I proved myself completely incompetent at installing a separating zipper, even though I've put in many zippers before.  
*Optional step: Before putting in the zipper, realize that the blue one (in the first picture) that you so-conveniently already had is not, in fact, a separating zipper, but a regular zipper.  Realize that all of the fabric stores will be closed at this hour, so get annoyed and give up for the night and go buy a separating zipper the next day.*
My boyfriend thinks I should've stopped here and not added the hood, but I think it's much cuter with the hood, and if you agree, continue on....

8. My hood is lined so that you can't see the wrong side of the fabric at all, because I think it looks nicer this way.  To make a lined/reversible hood, take your already-existing hoodie and lay it flat and trace around it to create a pattern, or just enlarge and use mine:

9. You're going to need to cut out 4 pieces of fabric from the pattern you just created above.  On your folded fabric, cut this piece out twice.

10. Sew along the top and back edge of each pair of hood pieces, creating two hoods.
Wrong side:
Right side:

11. This may be a bit confusing, but I'm trying to make it as clear as possible, so bear with me.  Right sides together, place one hood inside the other and sew along the front edge, like so:
It should look like this after you turn it rightside out:

12. *Note: If you want to have a drawstring in your hood, add buttonholes or grommets on the sides of the top hood fabric layer before you continue with this next step, and when you stitch the next seam, start about an inch from the front to leave room for channel for the drawstring. Add an additional seam around the front of the hood to create the drawstring channel, and thread your string through the holes.*
Now take the hood, and from the outside, stitch in the top seam from front to back, as represented by the black line.

13. Finally, take your hood and sew it to the collar of your shirt.  You may want to remove the shirt's already-existing ribbed collar, if it has one, before you attach the hood, but I didn't.
Yes, I accidentally sewed over the tag so it was all askew, but I took out the stitches and fixed it before proceeding.

*To finish, I ironed the preceeding seam towards the bottom of the shirt, and then from the right side, I stitched in the ditch of the ribbed collar-to-shirt seam to hold down the seam I'd just made.*

14.  Admire your creation, and show it off for the admiration of your friends, family, acquaintances, cats, random strangers, etc.

This is my first try at a tutorial, so let me know if anything is unclear or if you have any questions!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Good-bye Safeway, hello birdie grocery bag on: April 05, 2005 10:47:30 PM
I had this canvas grocery bag that I got for free from a garage sale, and it had been lying around my apartment forever, just waiting for the proper modifications.  This weekend I finally made it to <a href="http://www.scrapaction.org/">SCRAP</a>, where I found this weird fabric for around 25 cents.  Much cutting and applique ensued.


Obviously it's not perfect, but this was my first time doing such a thing, and the fuck-ups are part of the charm, right?  Right. I'm hoping that the fact that it's no longer covered in corporate advertisements will help me remember to actually bring it when I go grocery shopping.

Sometimes cats get too curious and must be taught a lesson.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Delicious little hotdog...cat? on: January 19, 2005 01:03:54 PM
This is my boyfriend's kitten, Delicious (that was the only alternative to the first name he picked out, "Ugly").  He's an art student, and for a project, he wanted to put her in a food costume, at which point we both thought of a hotdog, and I remembered seeing this thread awhile ago:

So with a few modifications, we made her costume. 

I added batting to the inside of the pieces to make them puffy, but this decreased the costume's coverage, so if I were doing it again I'd make the individual pieces larger.  And of course, we topped it off with the pickle hat. 

She looks more hot-doggerly when she's walking around and not squishing the costume, but she looked so sad that I didn't want to further break her spirit by making her get up.  Actually, I don't think she minded that much; she's a very permissive cat.  She hasn't tried to take her revenge...yet.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ruffly pillowcase skirt and matching purse on: June 15, 2004 12:49:51 PM
Hi, I've been enjoying this board from afar for awhile now, but I just finally registered today and this is my first post here.  I felt compelled to show off one of my latest projects, a lovely little pillowcase skirt.  Having made your typical sack-with-a-drawstring type pillowcase skirts before, I got a bit more ambitious with this one and added a zipper, some lace, and a ruffle.  Except for the thread, every bit of this skirt is thrifted: 

Yeah, I know it's short, but well, that's how I like it.

It was an extra large pillowcase, so I had enough fabric left over to make a matching purse.  The outside is a thrifted sweater that I felted:

Perhaps I would be better off posting this question on the purse board, but does anyone have any tips for putting a zipper in a lined purse?  This is the first time I've done it, and I had a difficult time with it.

Thanks for your help!
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