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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Spring top (but no sign of Spring!) on: March 23, 2013 04:15:35 PM
I've been a bit lazy about knitting recently and have only run up a few scarves over the last year or so.  I decided to stop being lazy and try something a little more challenging (but not too difficult - I needed to find my knitting mojo first!).  So here's my top for Spring, I can't wait for the weather to cheer up a little bit so I can wear it.  The pattern is called Joan from Let's Knit magazine 63 Feb 2013.

I've just realised how wonky my boobs look in that first photo! Huh  They don't usually look like that!  At least I don't think they do lol...  Undecided

Thanks for looking, any comments welcome  Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First patternless dress and first embroidery! (pic heavy) on: June 04, 2009 04:47:25 AM
I had this cheap fabric hanging around for ages and I couldn't figure out why the hell i'd bought it cos there was nothing I wanted to do with it  Roll Eyes so I thought it would be good to just mess about with it and try a dress without a pattern cos it wouldn't matter if I stuffed it up.  I totally love how it turned out in the end and I even like the fabric now  Smiley I feel like a medieval wench in it - I think I was chanelling some medieval babe who used to live in my cottage  Grin

Here it is....

I embroidered some flowers on fairly randomly as I thought it needed a splash of colour

I like it with a top underneath to cover the girls up a little bit!  honestly though they're not usually popping out of it quite so much - thanks PMT!

Here it is a few months ago before i'd put the embroidery on, with some brooches I made instead

and even further back in time when it was just pinned to Sally.  I had been planning a pocket on the front but I changed my mind

and some close ups of the embroidery flowers (its the first time i've ever embroidered so they probably look a bit rubbish!)

Sorry for the overload of pics - as you can tell i'm quite proud of this one!
thanks for looking folks  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Asian style dress - New Look 6203 - many pics! on: June 04, 2009 04:27:57 AM
I made this just in time to completely miss winter and now its far too hot to wear it  Cheesy  Its made with some material I bought in India back in January (it was actually a throw) and its lovely and comfy as the material has a little bit of stretch in it and is very soft.  I used New Look 6203 but made it quite a bit longer to turn it into a dress and I also fitted it to my body and put a zip in down the side rather than leaving it wide with ties at the back if that makes sense!  I think it has a bit of 60s retro kind of feel with the boots which is how i'll probably wear it.  anyways here it is...


back - made with the border of the throw.  It was sooo hard to get all the pattern pieces to fit nicely on the throw and not end up with upside done elephants!

side view - I had totally intended to show the side with the zip but apparently i'm stupid  Undecided

Scuse the bad hair/face, i'd literally just got up!

and a close of the top to show the collar and fastenings

thanks for looking guys - any comments much appreciated!  Wink

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summery Dress for my trip to India! on: January 24, 2009 03:09:49 AM
Well we'd booked to go to India in March this year and then at the last minute we had to change it to early January due to hospital appointments - argh panic, no time to make anything!  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes  Well I did just manage to whip this up while I was supposed to be packing!  It isn't perfect due to me rushing it a bit - it sits right on the knee and should have been maybe an inch or so shorter to be a bit more flattering and also the straps stretched a little bit so I should have gone with my original plan to just tie them behind my neck as a halter - instead I listened to hubby who said they were better stitched down as proper straps!  Oh well, I have PLENTY of time before our English summer arrives to make any changes...

Had a fab time in India by the way - what an amazing country!  Will be going again for sure.  My next challenge is to decide what to do with the heaps and heaps of fabric I bought while I was there!  Grin ...

Without further ado... 

here is it is on my dressform (Sally) just before we went:

and on me in India (with the obligatory bottle of water - it was VERY hot!)

and posing by the Christmas tree!

Thanks for looking guys  Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute pinafore dress I love thee! New Look 6826. on: November 30, 2008 04:55:20 AM
Here is my first 'sensible' item of clothing that I may be able to wear to work...  It's made with black corduroy and goes fab over thick tights and with boots.  I used New Look 6826, it was a pretty easy pattern but I had to take it in quite a lot as it was HUGE on the top - maybe I would have worked for someone blessed with a more generous chest than I!  I'm not entirely convinced about the pleats at the front as from some angles they make you look a bit pregnant - I may remove them if I use the pattern again.  I also shortened it a little as i've been going to the gym and am finally getting a little happier with my previously tree trunk thighs hehe  Grin


the back...  think it needs a hook thingy for the little gap at the top but I don't know if I can be bothered!

and teamed with a little felt brooch I made to look like an apple tree - its too far away to see though!

I have to also mention the necklace which is one of my favourite things.  My hubby bought it for my birthday last year - its a genuine art deco piece from the 1920s and I just adore it!  What a fab hubby I have!

Thanks for looking chaps  Wink
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Perfect gift for a gay friend! on: August 23, 2008 04:19:22 AM
Okay, so I know a cushion isn't the hardest thing in the world to make but still I was very proud of this little gift!  Its Alexander Henry fabric that as soon as he saw it my husband was like oh my god you have to make a present for Chris (our gay friend) with that!  and it just happened to be his birthday last week, so the (not so) big gay cushion was born  Grin

The button-up side - sorry for the blurriness

Thanks for looking.

p.s. I forgot to say that he loved it!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Alexander Henry Fabric = my new favourite dress! on: August 23, 2008 03:33:14 AM
After much indecision because I didn't want to ruin the fabric I finally plumped for Simplicity 3833 and i'm really chuffed with how it came out.  Seriously I love it  Grin.  I've coveted the fabric for ages and finally took the plunge and bought some.  I changed the ties at the back a bit because i wanted to actually tie them rather then just hold them together with a button.  Also I think it came up a bit high and gapey at the back of the neck and i'm annoyed about that cos i've made this pattern before and it happened then too and i completely forgot to make an adjustment this time around - doh!  I think it could be dressed up more for the evening but we were camping last week (in the rain) and make-up, nice hair etc just wasn't going to happen!  yada yada here's the dress... 

with cardy to keep me warm!

close up of fabric

and totally unecessary extra pic cos I wanted to show off my car  Smiley

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Stripy baby dress of love on: August 23, 2008 02:07:26 AM
I made this for my niece and its the first time i've made anything so little (she's only a month old).  I was really pleased with how it turned out, I wish i'd took a pic of the inside because it was so neat and professional looking.  Next time i'd definitely made this reversible because its lined and the inside is just as tidy as the outside.  I used a pattern but I can't remember what one it was now...  Sadly I don't have any pics of her in it yet, my brother has promised to send me some so hopefully i'll be able to post one soon.

Anyways, here it is.  I had the iron-on LOVE applique in my stash and wasn't even planning to use it on this but once I'd made the dress it was just perfect not to use.

It kind of wraps around and does up over the shoulders like this (taken before I'd put the LOVE applique on)

I also made a little rabbit toy for her which has a matching dress.

Any comments/advice welcome  Smiley
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Vintage Rabbit (aka Jaja Binks!) - 1st ever toy on: August 23, 2008 01:50:17 AM
I made this following a pattern from a book called Home Made Vintage by Christina Strutt.  Its the first time I've made anything like this (I usually do clothes) but since it was my niece's "Welcome To The World" Party I thought that was the perfect excuse to give it a go!  It was pretty easy but I underestimated the time it would take for stuffing and also how much hand sewing would be involved.  My brother and sister in law loved it (Lola is only a month old but i'm sure she gurgled her approval!) and then my brother decided it looked like Jaja Binks and he's so right!  haha I hope she turns into a Star Wars fan  Cheesy 
Without further ado here is the finished article...

and a few pics of the stages - sitting on my dressing table with her arms and legs just pinned on and ahem nude - how undignified!

Still nude, i think she's had a sneaky drink of my wine while i'm making her clothes...

Finally she has a dress on!

and the final ensemble


and finally here she is with the matching dress I made for Lola, its a wrap around dress, I can't remember the pattern at the minute.  I'll post better pics of the dress in the clothing section.

Hope you like - sorry for all the pics, i got over excited!  Sadly I don't have any pics of Lola wearing dress/with toy, i'm waiting for my bro to eventually send me some.

Comments much appreciated!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Possibly stupid question about bulbs... on: May 18, 2008 01:54:13 AM
Last autumn I planted loads of daffodil and tulip bulbs in pots out in my garden.  They flowered beautifully but now of course are all dead so I need to take them out of the containers so I can make use of the containers for other things.  So my stupid question is... what do I do with the bulbs?  If I keep them will I be able to plant them again for next spring?  Or is that it for the little fellas?

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