Showing posts with label patterns. Show all posts
Showing posts with label patterns. Show all posts

Friday, December 12, 2014

Favorite Things Friday || Girls in White Dresses

This is going to have to be short today because I just cast on a Christmas project and I am such a slow knitter.

In Monday's post I said that I used Edelweiss Pattern's Liesl's Party Dress patter to make my wedding dress. I did not add the lower sleeve puff and I lengthened the skirt. I went to a seamstress to have it fitted because I only started using a machine a few years ago and am just not confident enough to make any important alterations yet.  I had some pictures on a camera card of constructing the entire dress but I can't seem to find them right now! 

This is the full dress before I put in the zipper and without the pearl bead sash. It was so much fun to sew and to see the whole thing come together. I had just guessed at the amount of fabric I would need to lengthen the skirt and I was so surprised when I ended up having the perfect amount with enough scraps left over to make a ring bearer pillow! 


This is just before walking down the aisle. I was trying to pin a broken pendant with an edelweiss flower to my bouquet when my mother snapped this picture. My veil is home sewn as well. Just a couple yards of 108 inch wide tulle and about 8 yards of satin ribbon. My mother in law gave me some pretty silver and pearl combs that I used to hold the veil in my hair. The metal combs didn't hold securely enough to make me feel like the veil wouldn't fall off, so I also ended up using the plastic comb from my mother's wedding veil that she had worn 30 years earlier when she got married at the same church.


I really need to thank Katrina of Edelweiss Patterns who made this beautiful dress pattern (And perhaps even Dorothy Jeakins, the Sound of Music costume designer.) ;) Cheryl, the seamstress who fitted and hemmed my dress was so sweet and full of lots of encouragement and tips for my future sewing!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shawls, Shells, and a Makeover Without Makeup

Within the past week I actually finished two projects! Small projects, yes, but it feels so good to actually be able to finish not one, but two things before I am totally burnt out and bored with what I'm working on. Both Items are (belated) birthday gifts for my friend and I'm going to post pictures. 

First to take up some space, so that maybe she won't peek, I'll share with you a book I've started reading. "How to Sell Your Crafts Online." I'm on chapter three and so far I have found it extremely helpful!! It focuses on setting up a nice looking Etsy shop and gives tips on what will generate traffic. It also talks about how to utilize other social media to your best advantage but I haven't gotten that far yet. My Etsy Shop will be undergoing a little makeover for about the next month, so you may notices slight difference when you visit for the next four weeks. Although, I think I've probably already made some of the biggest and most noticeable changes. Mainly just adding a banner (which I added here on the blog as well, at the moment.) and a brief shop announcement. Please, check it out and let me know what you think so far!


Alright, here are the birthday presents:
The shawl hopefully looks familiar from last week's post. I finished it! I had one entire day off last week and spent it crocheting and having a classic movie mini marathon.
I know I've mentioned it before but I LOVE  the color of this yarn! Caron Simply Soft: Pagoda. 


And this second project was a spur of the moment thing. I had absolutely no idea what she wanted this year! Usually I have at least a rough idea. Then everything sort of fell together. A page I follow on Facebook (can't remember which!) posted a link to Lion Brand's Solid Shell Crochet Jewelry Frame. I remembered that my friend kept her earrings hung over the edge of a small jar, so I think she'll like this. I have to say, I was pretty thrilled when I posted a picture of it in progress on Instagram and Lion Brand liked and commented on my picture! That certainly made my day!



Hello and thank you to those of you who have just started following. That makes my day too! :)
*Edit: I have changed a little more than just adding the banner to the blog now!!! ;) 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peter Pan Collar and Lace Edging Crochet Patterns

--If you find errors in either pattern, please leave a comment so I can make the necessary corrections! Thank you!--


PETER PAN COLLAR



Notions:
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread size 3
Hook size F/5-3.75mm 
Yarn needle
Button (optional, coller can also be made with tie closure)
[I stitch very tightly, you may find it necessary to use a smaller hook. However this whole project is fairly flexible and you can use different yarn weights and hook sizes as long as you size the collar around your neck as you go.]

Special stitches:
v stitch: v-st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch.
shell stitch: shell (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in same stitch/ chain space (ch sp)

Notes: "dc in next dc" in rnds 3 - 5 refers to the one dc between each v and shell stitch, not the dcs that are part of those stitches.

To begin: ch 79 [You can ch any multiple of 3 plus 1 ch to create the size of your preference.]

Row 1: [for tie closure] sc in each ch across.

Row 1: [for button closure] sc in 9th ch from hook and in each ch across. (70 sc)

[first sc can go in any multiple of 3 away from hook, depending on size of button. Remember, the larger to button hole, the more chs you will need to begin to fit the collar comfortably.]

Row 2: ch 3 [counts as 1dc] turn, *sk next sc, v-st in next sc, sk next st, dc in next sc* repeat from * to * end row with dc in second to last sc. (17 v-st, 18 dc)

Row 3: ch 3, turn, shell in ch sp of first v-st, dc in next dc of previous row, *shell in next ch sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * end with dc in last dc of row 2.

Row 4: ch 3, turn, *(3dc, ch1 3dc) in next ch 1 sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * ending with dc in last dc of row 3.

Row 5: ch 3, turn, *6 dc in next ch sp, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * end with dc in last dc of rnd 4. Fasten off.

Button Closure: sew button onto top corner of collar without button hole with thread or yarn scrap.

Tie Closure: ch 80, sl st through each sc of rnd 1, ch 80. Fasten off. Weave in ends.


CROCHET LACE EDGING



Notions:
Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread 
Size 8/1.5mm
Yarn needle

Notes: Unsure what size crochet I used, it was veeeery thin, but you could use whatever size you think looks nice. The thread just needs to be thing enough and your fabric loosely enough knitted or woven that you can get the crochet hook through with ease.

To begin: 
Join thread to item with sl st.

Rnd 1: ch 4, sl st 3/8 inch into fabric. Rep around without pulling on previous sl sts. Join with sl st in first sl st.

Rnd 2: sl st  in first ch 4 space, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch sp)  tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1 in ch 4 sp. *In next ch 4 sp dc, ch 1, tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1. Rep from * around. Sl st in third ch of ch 3.

Rnd 3: (sl st in next 3 ch sps, ch 2, dc, tr, dc, hdc, (scallop)) rep around until last 3 ch sps. Sl st in next 2 ch sp.

Rnd 4: sl st in first 2 st of scallop, *sc in tr of scallop, ch 4, rep from * around, sl st in first sc.

Rnd 5: sl st into first 4 ch sp, * 2 sc, ch 4, 2 sc in same sc* rep from * to * in each ch 4 sp around. Sl st in first sc.

Rnd 6: sl st in next sc an in ch 4 loop, *ch 3, sl st in ch 4 loop, rep from * around. Sl st in first ch 4 loop.

Rnd 7: ch 4,* in ch 3 (sp tr, dc, hdc) sc in ch 4 loop, in next ch 3 sp (hdc, dc, tr) tr in next ch 4 loop. Rep from * around. Sl st in top of ch 4. 
Fasten off, weave in ends.


Friday, September 6, 2013

New Job!

No, my Etsy shop is not a full time endeavor yet, but here's an exciting update... I just got a job at JoAnn Fabrics! I am beyond excited to FINALLY be working at a craft store! (Not to mention the fact that I think there's an employee discount!) Pardon the overuse of exclamation points in this post but I am excited! Have I mentioned that yet?!

I've been into crafting, multiple types of crafting, for a long time. It's always the first hobby I mention when I'm asked. I guess that sounded good answer to that question at the job interview. Haha! 

There was one time, when I was working at a grocery store, that I was admiring a lady's scarf and I asked her if she crocheted it. She said yes and I told her is was beautiful and asked what the stitch was because I'd never seen it before. We continued to chat ask I rang up her groceries. I told her to have a nice day and that was that. About a week later she came through my line again, only with the literally hundreds of faces I saw everyday, I didn't recognize her. This time as I was scanning her items she pulled the pattern for the scarf out of her purse and handed it to me! That just made my day. I haven't made the scarf yet for two reasons; 1. I want to have the right yarn so it turns out the right way. (Lots of projects I use what I have on hand that seems comparable and the result after all the effort are not always nice.) 2. That customer's scarf was just soooooo pretty, it's kind of daunting to take on the project myself after seeing someone else's results in person.

Anyway, I'm very excited to be starting work at a craft store. Hopefully I'll learn lots of new things from customers there and maybe gain some more crafting skills. I can't wait to start!  I have never felt that way about a job before! I'm so excited! Okay. I won't say that anymore! Thanks for reading! :)