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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / It's getting cold in Canberra...novice knitter seeks knowledge! :P on: April 09, 2009 09:45:26 PM
Like the alliterative title?

Ok...I'm not a brilliant knitter, I won't lie. But I have knitted socks..I know perl and plain, I know how to knit cables, how to decrease, slip and pick up stitches...I'm also reasonably patient. However, I am not super brilliant at knitting patterns so I need to get better at that..

And since it's beginning to become rather chilly here in Australia, I am seeking advice from the knitting crowd for...

Is there a pattern for a jumper (sweater) or a cardigan that isn't really hard..OR totally hokey? Is there anything you can recommend?

PS I'm female and 17 and fairly slight. 

Any advice you can give will be a great help Cheesy
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Over The Top pseudo Victorian iron grey dress on: March 31, 2009 03:40:03 AM
Ok..well..I had this dress in my head for two years or something.
That was a drawing I did.
Um..so I got some drill on sale (5 m of it at something like..$2.50 a metre?) sweetness! I procrastinated about making it cause I wasn't sure I could, but when it got down to it the construction was really basic.
Ok..well..I don't have any super good proper photos of it. So I'll just show you a bunch so you get a general impression of the dress.

Yes I realise the shoes don't suit..I can't actually wear a lot of shoes without my feet being chewed up like a rawhide bone being fed to a dog. Even these ones hurt.
The stats: um..it has a pintucked yoke with piping and a lace collar piece, and it's a panel dress with a back zipper, princess seams and a full skirt of around 3 metres. I'm wearing 4 petticoats. It's got a pleated trim, ridiculously huge puff sleeves..and.erm..I didn't iron it.

I made up the pattern myself if you couldn't tell Tongue and it's longer than I originally intended cause I used the whole width of the bolt of fabric..which was about 1 metre.
More photos..yay!

If you're wondering about the weird pictures of me with all the assorted detritus/mini piano etc..well..it's because my friend and I decided that we were going to take strange looking objects from my house and I would pose with them and photos would be taken. Then I decided to play the tiny piano..then I decided to busk cause we wanted money for an icecream..um..well..OK..the piano is half-broken and I haven't played for four years so my playing was hilariously terrible..but I think the weird weird combo of my green hair, archaic dress and tiny piano drew the crowds and motivated them to give us $13.95..not bad for a little more than half an hour!

I do have a video which will give you a general impression of the terrible music I was playing, and the whole "atmosphere"

I hope you enjoy this Tongue
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I'm that scary yellow clown (bubble skirt and harlequin shirt alert!) on: March 11, 2009 01:37:14 PM

Well...I was going to be a big lazy person and copy this over from Threadbanger but the picture links don't copy so I would have had to redo the post anyways.

I love yellow. Since I can wear yellow, and not many people can, I figure I may as well take advantage of that, and wear yellow.

So. I had a whole bunch of yellow satin and I made a pintucked, piped bubble skirt with pockets.

(yes for some reason I look like noel fielding in that photo..wtf?)
And I also had a whole bunch of t shirt scraps so I sorted out the primary coloured ones, cut them into squares and sewed harlequin out of them. I used the harlequin fabric and some pieces of a reconned blue top to pair with a terrible terrible failed recon tank top I'd made when I was a much worse sewer.

The green around my waist is silk I hand dyed with food dyes.

(I'm well aware my posture is horrible...I do have scoliosis so that explains it a bit)
none of my things were done with patterns.
Only problem is where can one even wear stuff like this?
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My silver and yellow ruched formal dress WITH NECKTIES (very very pic heavy) on: February 01, 2009 06:14:48 PM
Ok so I decided that I was going to make my formal dress for yr 12 formal (last year.) I was as sick as a dog when we went to buy my dress for yr 10 formal and so we got the first one that fitted and looked good - one that was a) black and black doesn't suit me, and b) some other girl had the same dress.
So..being a girl with new found sewing genius *coughcough* I've been sewing since around...may 2007? I said that I was going to make my formal dress. Well..originally I was going to go in drag and make a waistcoat out of ties and wear that but I knew my school would a) freak out and b) it would have been super hot.
First I drew a sketch.

I originally wanted to have heaps of petticoats underneath but I decided it looked better without in the end. I'd collected a whole bunch of ties for my original plans of tie waistcoat, and they were all in blue colours so I used those for the bottom. Now...unfortunately..the only fabric I had was this really gorgeous buttery yellow cotton satin...which looked horrible with the blue..and so I would have to buy more. LUCKILY in the remnant bin there was heaps of grey satin..and it was a fairly heavy not super shiny and disgusting fabric, it looked tasteful..so I got it, tried to tint it bluish (which didn't really work but oh well) and used that. I originally wanted silk (cause I had  bit of blue silk that I could use) but they didn't have any silk in nice colours. Gah.
First I made a muslin out of a sheet (the dress was originally going to be about this colour):

HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM..the dress makes me look like I'm as flat as a 12 yr old..this wasn't going to work. I had to get a STRAPLESS BRA. So of course I had to put off making the dress until I could get that bra. The ruching of the waistband also really sucked so I had to work something else out. This was all trial and error, people..I didn't use a pattern.
FINALLY I got the dress done around a week or so before the formal. It was fully lined (badly..wow, I hate lining things) and I'd had to unpick the zipper like..a zillion times so the bottom of it looked pretty wonky..so I had to make a bow out of a spare tie and pin it on there. In the end, I was really pleased how it turned out.

sorry about the washedoutness...the colours are fairly accurate though.
I've got hair extensions in my hair and I'm wearing high heels (ouch) as well as makeup (more ouch)

the back
and me at the formal.
Phew..it was so hard. I did, however, get a lot of compliments, my dress was the only one like it (I should have done a more out there one, this one's a bit conventional but oh well..) AND the best thing was..the dress only cost like $30..the fabric was out of the remnant bin (lining and all the grey stuff) and I got the yellow fabric for $5 for like...two metres by two metres. Really great buy Smiley I made the rest into a skirt which I will post later. The ties were all around $2 each..Ok that bumps up the price but I had bought them over a long period of time.
It wasn't very easy fabric to sew..it kept doing crazy things like puckering and shredding. But that's around it then.

(I didn't use any patterns..but I'm not really good at sewing dresses that fit well so as well as all the tweaking and fitting that I had to do, I used these tutes.
Tie ruffles: http://www.flickr.com/photos/outsapop/2051985019/in/set-72157603253925298/ (note, if your ties are polyester..be VERY careful when ironing them! I burnt the grey one!)
Adjustable ruched skirt: http://community.livejournal.com/steamfashion/791377.html (mine might have looked better with an underskirt but it would have a) been too hot and b) been too much effort)
Ruched sweetheart neckline: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/1153 (I also used princess seams to fit the bust, which has to be my favourite fitting technique ever. Princess seams are SO much nicer than darts!)

I hope you enjoy
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Amazing 1970s vintage psychedelic handsewn shoulder length green swirly gloves! on: January 18, 2009 04:33:05 AM
Yeah. Title says it..really..
I found some AMAZING f***ing fabric at the disaster relief thrift store for $1 and said YES YES YES! It was this spandex sort of fabric..not very much of it...perhaps 80 by 60 cm or something? Maybe less?
It sat there in my cupboard for ages and suddenly I realised I needed to make amazing gloves from it.

They're handsewn, and the pattern i made from a pair of wrist length leather gloves I have (Although since they were leather, they had a lot more gussets..I left the gussets out of these cause it's a devastatingly stretchy fabric) the machine probably would have gone crazy and eaten this fabric so I had to do it by hand.

so yeah..that's about it. They're pretty damned useless..but I think I needed something this crazy in my wardrobe.. I love them.
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / These are..erm..an acquired taste, literally. on: January 08, 2009 11:18:29 PM
Chip butty and smalahove!

Enjoy it while it's warm!

Food colouring, inktense pencils and black pen Smiley
27  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine is being all evil and scrunching/pulling my fabric! on: October 16, 2008 10:00:31 PM
Help meeee
recently whenever I sew ANY kind of stitch on my mother's bernina Special 1000 it does this..
the top thread for some reason stays pretty much straight, as if it refuses to go into stitches, meaning the back thread has to do all the work with forcing it into stitch shapes.

the back thread goes all loose and bobbly, and crunches the fabric, as well as pulling threads out of the fabric.
I can't sew like this...it ruins the fabric and the stitching has practically NO structural stability if the top thread is too tight and the bottom too loose! Everything is set to the optimum tensions etc for straight stitch (I double checked in the book)
what is going wroooooong....
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Formal dress - help me improve the bodice! on: October 16, 2008 09:56:17 PM
Ok..well I want my formal dress to look something like this:

I have a raw silk like this which will only be enough for the top part of the bodice.

the rest of the dress will have to be made out of satin/sik in some other contrasting colour. I was thinking of making the middle waistband out of zippers instead of cloth but anyway...

so I made a muslin out of a polycotton sheet. I am very happy with how the skirt turned out

but as you can see, the front makes me look flat! And the side zipper is pretty awful (I'm thinking that I will have to sacrifice invisibility for comfort when I make the actual dress.)
I used this tutorial to make the bust:
But I don't know..maybe because sheets don't have much structural stability? It stays up OK (although if I'm moving around a lot it might slip.....) FYI I'm around b up top so I won't need a lot of support. Is there any way to do the bust so it doesn't flatten me out so much? I know the silk will be stiffer and thicker for one thing.
(oh and the pleated middle thing didn't work so well...how would you suggest doing a gathered waistband?)
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Holepunch + free music mag = sphynx! (and a huge amount of lost time!) on: October 16, 2008 02:14:38 PM
Oh god this took me forever...

It's a4 size. Had to use up the last page of my sketchbook and wanted to do so in an interesting way.
30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Stupid knitter needs help with difficult sock pattern! on: October 15, 2008 03:35:25 AM
Well..er..yes, I have knitted socks once before using Silver's sock classes which have excellent step by steps with photos and all. Then I (possibly overambitiously) decided I'd try the extra tall socks found here:

OK..well, I got the first bit about the casting on and knitting 15 rows of k1p1 ribbing..which is what I am doing right now, but when I look at the next bit, my head starts spinning.

"Work in stockinette st for 92 rounds.
Set-up Rnd: K22, place marker, k46, place marker, k22.
Shaping Rnd: K to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog, k to second marker, slip marker, k2tog, k to end of round.
[Work 3 rnds even. Work Shaping Round.] 3 times. 82 sts rem. (Rnd 106 just worked.)
Work 38 rnds even. (Round 144 just worked.)
[Work Shaping Rnd. Work 1 round even.] 13 times. 56 sts rem. (Rnd 170 just worked.)
Work Shaping Rnd once more. 54 sts rem.
Work 68 rounds even. (Rnd 239 just worked.)"

Ok...so, what exactly are stitch markers?
and when it says work in stockinette for 92 rounds, does it mean I do that BEFORE I start trying to follow all the instructions below or are they the instructions for the 92 rounds? And when it says k22 it means k22 stitches doesn't it, rather than 22 rounds? My head is spinning....
Has anyone knitted this pattern before or one like it? It would be great if  you could help...I like knitting but knitting patterns are so mean!
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