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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Giant Coppertone Andy Warhol shirt into cute summer dress? on: June 20, 2008 07:44:21 PM
Ha, wow, that is enormous. If I were you, I'd modify the neckline to maybe make the image less awkwardly placed on the final product. You could cut a raw-edged boatneck sort of thing onto it. I've done that with a few tshirts, and I've found it very flattering as it allows the fabric to drape across the chest nicely, freed of the tight tshirt neck and sometimes it does this 80's slip off the shoulder thing. Doing that would bring the neckline closer to the image make it better placed perhaps. Good luck!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help finding a pattern for a Swedish-like dress? on: June 20, 2008 07:38:25 PM
Does anyone know any patterns for dresses, blouses, tunics, or shirts that have a band collar and a button front like the one in this picture of Jens Lekman's bandmate? The sleeve and dress lengths in the pattern are irrelevant, as I can modify them. The collar is most important part at this point.

I can't really think of any other way to describe the dress than as "Swedish" because the girl wearing it is a Swede. It would be very helpful if anyone could help to identify the style and parts of the dress in technical terms. Like, is it a frock or a smock or a tunic? I really have no idea.

Thank you so much!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Good beginner Italian meal? on: April 02, 2007 02:43:04 PM
This unnamed pasta dish that came about when I got sick of eating pasta with tomato sauce every night for dinner:
Sautee half an onion with enough olive oil to coat the pan. Cook over medium heat until soft. Add a minced garlic clove, a half teaspoon of sugar, and lower the heat. Cook until onions are caramelized but not burnt. Add a dash of chili flakes (optional), salt, pepper, and a couple handfuls of spinach leaves. Cook briefly until leaves are wilted. Toss with pasta of choice, top with shredded cheese.

It's also really delicious to sprinkle thin palm-sized circles of Parmesan cheese (using a cookie cutter as a guide helps this, as the thickness of cheese should be uniform across the circle to avoid edge-burning) on a Pam-sprayed baking sheet and bake for a few minutes, carefully monitored, at 350. They should bake into crispy little cheese wafers that you can top with tomato drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

For dessert, cannolis can be created easily with store-bought shells and a half and half mixture of mascarpone cheese and ricotta cheese with powdered sugar added until sweet. Stir in drained, chopped maraschino cherries and chocolate chips or shaved chocolate. Beat well and let mixture sit for an hour before spooning into shells.
4  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Short n' Sweet along! on: March 05, 2007 01:42:34 PM
Okay guys, here's the final product. I have yet to make it into a dress, but  if I get around to it, I'll just do the skirt in the round, joining the two front panels (mainly because those buttons were overpriced and I don't want them to line the entire front). First I have to tick through a loooong list of gifts before graduation season, haha.

5  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Short n' Sweet along! on: March 03, 2007 04:16:50 PM
That helps a lot, thank you!
I think the problem was a combination of tight crocheting and gauge inexperience, but I finally figured it out. I'm sorry I didn't have any WIP pics, but I ripped them all back out of anger and an obsession with saving yarn. After working all day, I'm almost done with it and should have pics soon, BUT I am considered making a dress out of it with big buttons and a red jersey lining. I have enough yarn and I've been on a hunt for a crochet dress pattern, so I might just alter this one.
Has anyone modified this pattern for a dress, and how should I increase around the hips? The same way as it calls for around the "collar" area, or should I try some other way, for a better shape?
6  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Short n' Sweet along! on: March 02, 2007 07:39:01 PM
I have tried and given up twice on this pattern and I'm in the midst of a third attempt right now. I'm using an I hook (because H created a teeny tiny garment) and Bernat Satin yarn and it's STILL looking way too small for me. The measurements that it should work up to for a size small are ample for me, so there is gauge issue here.
Does anyone have any tips? Is the yarn the pattern recommends thicker than Bernat Satin? I've ripped back this damn thing so many times, can you guys help me?
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: a smorgasbord of amigurumi goodness--lots of pictures on: February 19, 2007 07:47:12 PM
My mind is blown with how adorable all of that is.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Big, chunky, graphic scarf on: February 19, 2007 04:07:39 PM
This is a birthday present for a friend that I made this long weekend. I called her up halfway through and asked her for a shape, symbol, or word that she liked. She texted me the next day and said "whirlpool is a pretty cool word." And so here it is. It is absolutely giant and I hope it's not too monstrous for everyday wear.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Kittybonnet - a hat for a cat! (woo first post) on: February 19, 2007 03:48:54 PM
Haha, that is adorable! I admire you for going through and actually putting that hat on a cat, which seems like a dangerous task.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Just in time for Mardi Gras on: February 19, 2007 09:16:52 AM
So cute and creative.  I bet you will be the only one with a yarn mask.  I bet its nice and comfortable too.
It is. It also doesn't get glitter in my eyes!
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