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1  Help with cabled brioche scarf in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by milliebug on: January 02, 2008 02:43:14 PM
The scarf I'm making looks like this:

but is supposed to look like this:

Sorry my pic is a little blurry, but basically the cabled bits are not attached to each other, very spread apart.
This is the pattern.
Now, it's my first try at brioche. Is there something I'm missing? Like, does every row I knit really count as 2 rows or something? Sorry to be giving so little info as I ask for help, but I'm really at a loss. Thanks!!
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2  Curled bound-off edge :( in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by milliebug on: November 12, 2007 06:20:24 PM
I'm making convertible mittens, with just a bound-off edge inside, instead of partial fingers. Unfortunately, that bound-off edge is curling, like so:

I shoulda thought of this and done a little rib before binding off. Any way to fix it from here without unraveling and adding that ribbing?
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3  My first sweater! in Knitting: Completed Projects by milliebug on: November 09, 2007 02:28:09 PM
It's EZ's Seamless Hybrid Sweater, made for my husband:

and I knit a mushy little secret message in the hem:

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4  Re: I love GIANT Michael's shirts! 1 shirt and 2 dresses + 2 Tutorials on p2 in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by milliebug on: August 20, 2007 11:29:51 AM
Ooh, sewbettie, that's cute.

I'll throw mine in here too:

Not very good pictures, but you get the idea. Thanks again to mouse123 for the tutorial.
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5  Re: Pillowcase ---> babydoll nightgown in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by milliebug on: July 24, 2007 03:24:24 PM
Well, the back is exactly like the front, except the straps are set a bit narrower. Sorry I don't have a picture.

Here's the tutorial! Hope I make sense here:
Materials: 2 Pillowcases, trim if desired

1. Undo the 2 seams of each pillowcase (bottom and side), and open them so that they are rectangles.

2. Lay the pillowcases on top of each other. The folded over seamed edge (opening when you put a pillow in) is now the "top" of the nightgown.

3. Trim the sides, making a trapezoid. The basic measurements for mine were 17.5" at the top, gradually increasing to 27.5" at the bottom. I'm a 34" bust and 36" hips, so increase or decrease yours as needed.

4. I put it on and pinned it to my body. The measurements I ended up with more specifically:
   -from the top to about 4" down from there, the measurement across was 17.5", then the increase began.
   -By 14" down it was 22" wide.
   -At the bottom, it was 27.5" wide.

5. Lay the pillowcase pieces wrong sides together, and pin and sew up the side seams, with a 5/8" seam allowance.

6. Press the seams open.

7. Hem. I did 1/4" pressed in, then 1/2" hem, for 3/4" total.

8. Pin and sew the trim over the pre-existing seam of the pillowcase, now right about the middle of the bustline.

9. Make the straps with the material you cut off of the sides. Mine were 17" long (again, adjust as needed) and 1.5" wide.

10. Fold the strip of material in half lengthwise, and sew a 1/4" seam. Turn right side out.

11. Sew trim over strap.

12. With the bottom ends of the strap folded under, pin inside the nightgown on top, and sew. In the front, mine were 3.75" from each side, and 5" from each side in the back.

13. Et voila!
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6  Pillowcase ---> babydoll nightgown *Now with tutorial! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by milliebug on: July 23, 2007 06:45:28 PM
This was a practice project before I cut up an embroidered set of pillowcases I don't use but really like...but I'm liking using the nightgown- it's very comfy! I took a plain pink set of pillowcases, shaped a bit, and added the lace trim. I sorta wanted to play up the pillowcase-ness of the thing.

If anyone is interested in a tutorial, let me know. It was pretty simple, and most of you sewers can probably figure it out (and do me one better!) but I know I for one have a hard time visualizing steps to a process- I took photos and notes so I'd have a little help for myself when I try the next one!
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7  Re: Brocade Grab Bag\Wristlet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by milliebug on: July 22, 2007 07:12:07 AM
I made some! Here's one. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

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8  Maternity wedding dress to fabulous party frock - and purses! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by milliebug on: July 21, 2007 09:23:59 AM
This was completed awhile back, in April, as you can tell from the cherry blossoms in the "after" picture, but I just located a "before" picture, so here we are.

My friends bought me this maternity wedding dress at some clearance outlet as a joke before my wedding. Here's one of them modeling, with the aid of a pillow:

I loved the fabric (silk dupioni) and neckline so much that I considered having it altered and actually wearing it for my wedding. In the end, I decided against it. But I dyed it and altered it to wear to one of their weddings, exactly one year after mine:

The fabric lost some of its sheen in the dyeing process, but I was still pretty happy with the results!

edited to add:
I can't believe I forgot to add this! I used the fabric cut from the bottom of the dress, and a shawl that came with it, to make purses for those friends. Here's one:

Many thanks to stacysews for her tutorial!
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