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11  One piece shrug from Family Circle Easy Knitting in Knitting: Completed Projects by haykyn on: April 04, 2005 07:53:24 PM
I made this shrug (#8) from the spring/summer 2005 issue of Family Circle Easy Knitting.  I used some Berrocco Glace I had laying around, but the pattern called for Caron Jewel Box, so my gauge was very different.  I had to adjust accordingly.  It didn't take too long to figure out the difference.  It was really easy to do.  Its knit in one piece from the edge of one sleeve to the edge of the other.  It has five rows of stockinette and then five rows of reverse stockinetter - very easy.  The pattern shows up much more in real life and looks like thick ribbing.  MInimal finishing - my favorite!  This issue had lots of great shrugs and capelets in it.

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12  Long Sleeve Sweater to Short Sleeve Sweater - tutorial in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by haykyn on: March 14, 2005 09:21:38 AM
Another piece I was going to give away but decided to fool around with first.  This was just an inexpensive wool seater from old navy.  Thought I'd adapt it for spring.

First, I cut about an inch (or more) above the rib cuff and at about the elbow

Pin the cuff, inside out, to the RIGHT side of the cut sleeve.  Match up the cut ends.

Sew seam right at the edge of the rib cuff, leaving about an inch (or more) of seam allowance.  Sew next to straight stitch with a zig zag stitch.  Trim seam allowance, cutting close to zig zag stitch.  Finish with bias binding, with a zig zag stitch, to keep the sweater from unraveling.

Turn seam up towards shoulder.


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13  Shrug from old shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by haykyn on: March 11, 2005 05:35:52 PM
Here's my shrug.  I made mine to go above my chest.  This is an old shirt that I never wore, so I thought before giving it away, I'd try this shrug thing once on an old cast off.  Smiley  I used single fold bias tape to finish the piece.  I'm pretty sure I saw the instructions on the tshirt surgery community on LiveJournal.

I tried to darken the flash... Hope it doesn't distort the photos too much.
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14  decorated sweater with lace in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by haykyn on: March 09, 2005 05:44:22 AM
Hope I have this in the right board.  I was going to give this sweater to goodwill because I never wear it.  But then I found this lace for 35 cents a yd at my local fabric store.  I loved the color, so I bought a bunch and hand sewed it on my sweater.  I also added this wire patch I had bought a few months ago.  Just trying to spice it up a little.  I can't decide if it looks like I'm the hall monitor or Ms. America with a little junk in her trunk.  Wink  Either way, I like it.



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15  8th Avenue Skirt by The Sewing Workshop in Sewing Pattern Reviews by haykyn on: March 07, 2005 07:49:11 AM
I was really dissappointed with this pattern.  I think mainly because it was just not suited for my body type (i.e.  - curvy - lots of hip and butt to go around).  I double checked the pattern size and ease and I did use the correct size, but it just hugs entirely too much.  With alot of alterations before hand, I could have made this work.  But you kinda hope when you pay $20 for a pattern that you won't have to redesign the whole thing.  This would be much better suited for someone who is very narrow on the bottom.  It is a very cute pattern, and I was really hoping it would work.  Oh well.  Maybe someone else will have some luck with it.

The photo isn't showing all the detail, but rest assured, it really does look wrapped.

Link to pattern:
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16  Re: Favorite Things Pattern Designs "Cute Skirts" :D in Sewing Pattern Reviews by haykyn on: March 07, 2005 07:34:55 AM
I made two more and thought I'd post them so you could see them in different colors.  This skirt seems to work best with patterns w/out nap.

In yellow:

In black and green:
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17  Purrfection's Modern Poet Blouse in Sewing Pattern Reviews by haykyn on: February 21, 2005 03:31:13 PM
This pattern came out well.  The sleeves were SUPER easy to put on - You sew the to the shoulders first and THEN sew the seam to the sides and the sleeves.  I might try that on my next project with sleeves.  It came out well.  I probably should have done the next size up because its tight at the chest and the velcro I added (for modesty) is straining.  Oh well.  I chose this view because it has a more asian feel, but there were other options that were more like a traditional blouse.

Link to pattern:  http://www.thesewingplace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1711
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18  Re: that seventies poncho in Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller by haykyn on: February 14, 2005 07:48:22 AM
I just finished this poncho today.  I used really cheap yarn though... mostly homespun, so it came out  larger.  It took forever, but my 13 yo niece LOVES it.  I did it in blues and greens instead.  I'll post a picture later today.

edit:  here's the finished product.  I used mostly homespun yarn on #10 needles and a cheap yarn from red heart.  I also changed the number of rounds per color because I used one less color.  It took about four months for me to do.  A very late x-mas present.  Thankfully, my niece is understanding.  Smiley
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19  Favorite Things Pattern Designs "Cute Skirts" :D in Sewing Pattern Reviews by haykyn on: February 07, 2005 08:01:53 AM
Cute Skirts (no pattern number) is a wonderful pattern.  It took me an hour to sew from start to finish.  The instructions were clear and concise.  And best of all it fits like a dream.  It has 8 panels, FLAT front waist and elastic in the back.  Its flatering AND comfy.  It also has an option of a ruffle at the bottom or gores.  I have a feeling I'll have ten of these by the end of the summer.  I'm already planning on going out for more fabric.  They have a similiar pants patter, and I'll be making that too, since the skirt was so great.  Buy this pattern!



Link to skirt pattern: 

Link to similiar pants pattern (I'll post a review when I make the pants, but so far, I haven't even gotten fabric for it yet):
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20  Re: New Look 6483 Sleeveless top - great wadrobe piece in Sewing Pattern Reviews by haykyn on: February 07, 2005 07:48:10 AM
What does the back look like? It's cute too. Cheesy

Here's the back:

and closeup of the closure:
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