general adventures in craftiness

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Button It Up

These are some covered buttons I made for the Kasia skirt pattern that I started sewing up this weekend. They are much larger than the pattern calls for, about one and one-eighth inch wide. I think they'll look nice against the grey fabric of the skirt, providing little pops of color. Speaking of buttons, don't forget to head to Bolt on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. where Susan Beal, author of Button It Up, will be on hand to do a couple of crafty projects: button magnets and pushpins. There will also be other crafty surprises.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sneak Preview

Aside from having a couple of ends to weave in, I finished the seaming of the minidress late last night. I have to sew the four diamond-shaped buttons to the placket and then the smaller round buttons on the sleeves, where they hold down pleats. I haven't actually tried the dress on yet, so I'm not sure if that pleat is necessary. The neck gets a row of single crochet edging and that will be quick and easy. I love how the skirt falls and drapes. Photos of me wearing the dress to be posted soon!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Do Over

So, I've decided to buy more fabric to match the fronts and backs of the retro dress. I want to take the time to make this dress look good! Plus, with my other mishap in matching patterned fabric, I don't think I could stand to have this project turn out that way too. My local fabric store was out of the Prints Charming Raindrop print, but luckily I found it online at eQuilter. Hopefully, it should arrive by the end of this week. I also knit the button placket on the minidress last night. Now it's time for seaming, which I really like. Maybe because it's a signal that I almost have a new garment ready to wear. Today's lunch break will be spent searching for the perfect buttons.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Shoulder Pads, Buttons, and Yarn, Oh My

After modeling my jacket in class, the other students and our teacher checked the fit and pinned in the side back seams to be taken in another quarter inch, which I did when I got home. I got my buttonholes and buttons finished in class. I decided to cover my own buttons and I really like how they make the jacket look polished. I never thought I would add shoulder pads, but they really help with the pouf of the pleated sleeves. I covered them with the lining fabric, so they wouldn't stand out so much. Once I tack those shoulder pads in, this project is officially done!

I finally got my KnitPicks yarn yesterday too. The color is much different in person than it appears on the website. It's much more turquoisey-green. I think I like it enough to keep it. At least I Could wear what I knit with the jacket since it matches the lining! Ha!

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