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Monday, April 6, 2015

Bra / Halter Top From Left Over Jean Legs

I had a pair of jeans that were ripped in the front, and I was a little to violent with them which resulted in giant hole. So of course I made myself a nice pair of cut off shorts. I didn't feel like throwing away leg tubes so I thought of making some sort of top with them. This is the final Product:

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I made the pattern myself, getting ideas from the web and using a bra as a basis. As you can tell I kinda have big boobs so the regular triangle doesn't look too good on me. Below is a picture of the shapes that I used. The straps go around my  neck. I actually sewed everything by hand since I don't have my sewing machine here but it didn't take too long, just a little sub par quality. Since this is following a bra pattern the bottom piece fit tightly, this means that you have to have some sort of opening at the back. What I did was to use elastic I had lying around, a little tight when pitting it on but it works.

I actually made everything twice, once with a cheap cloth I had lying around to get the measurements right, then with the jeans.



For the bottom piece, I traced one of my bras on a piece of paper and made sure that it fit with the cup I was making. I had to extend it a little further (you can see the notch in the picture,

 

Overall I think it was a pretty good use of a pair of jean legs that were going to be tossed. I can see a lot of possibilities with this pattern or even this top. You could alter it into a longer shirt, add some clasps or a zipper. It could even be decorated like those bras people wear to dance concerts. Endless possibilities.

I'm going to try to see how well other types of fabrics work with this pattern, 

~Fifi 


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Crochet Circle Skirt

I finished this a while ago but never got around to posting it. I found the diagram through pintrest (here) and really wanted to make one. I made it with smaller thread and has anticipated make 2 tiers but made just one can called it a mini skirt.
I changed the last couple of rows because when I followed the chart it got all bunched up and looked really bad. Here I will show you what I changed, how I added the waist, and how I sewed the underskirt.




Materials I used
-Cotton Thread Size 10
-Steel Hook Size 2

I want to point out that you can/should (it's pretty short) make the skirt longer by adding more of the beginning rows (1,2 and 3).

When I got to this point: (ignore the ruler, this test bit was made with a smaller hook)
I began to dc 5 into every dc as well as in the spaces at the top of the pineapple. There are no chains between the 5dc.

For the second round, slip stitch until at the top of one of the shells, then 5dc again. The tricky part here, which makes a bobble, is where you put the 5 dc. It is in the space between the the last stitches, picking up at vertical bar as shown below. You go into one stitch and then come out of another. This was my last row but I guess you can make another shell/bobble row using the same method.

To attache the waist (I don't have any pictures but it's pretty simple)  just dc into the bottom/middle of the circle you just made. Mine came out a little big so I didn't dc in every stitch.

I made it so that one side (the back) was longer than the other to accommodate my butt. How I did this was to find the middle of the dc row that I had just made, and sc on half, increase with 1 hdc, and dc the other half. I did this on every other row so it was like this:

Beginning row all dc
sc half, increase with hdc, dc the other half, decrease with hdc, join
Dc all around
sc half, increase with hdc, dc the other half, decrease with hdc, join

And so on...
I did this until I thought it was good and then just dc the rest of the way around.

To  make the skirt it's just a simple circle skirt. I made it start from the bottom of the waist band. I ended up using about a centimeter for hemming because it was easier to make a small hem with the round shape. I cut more off than what you can see in the picture but it is better to have extra than not enough.
I used this tutorial to sew the hemmed circle skirt to the crochet skirt.

Final comments, the waist is slightly see through so I might have made it with sc instead but then it would not have been as stretchy, so that is really up to however wants to make it. Would have made it a little longer if I had know I was just making one tier. Other than that I really like how it came out and I have gotten lots of compliments whenever I wear it out.

Any questions? Just ask!

~Fifi

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Crochet or Knit Rectangle Sweater/Shrug

I have seen some pictures of a cute sweater that crosses over in the front. This is very simple and can be made in a weekend, using any size or type of yarn, it's just a rectangle. The 9 inches comes from taking half of the length from the bottom of the neck to the hip (or wherever you want it to end).

Monday, July 8, 2013

Crochet Moccasins/Loafers

I wanted to make a pair of shoes and found this pattern on ravelry, made it once and then went back a made it again with some modifications.




I used a size F hook
The yarn I used was cotton, Red Heart, not sure exactly of the name, 2 skeins 

This is smaller than what the pattern asks for so:
-add 1 ch to the staring row of the sole
-Sc 8 rows along the side 
Here are the modifications I made
-Make the flap longer (start with 1 less ch than in the pattern, also no back look only row, about 20 rows total)
-Make a row of sc around the flap before attaching it, looks neater
- increase rows on the heel, as show. 5 stitches on each side (double the picture)
-Decrease the st so that it is sloped at the heel
-> Each row sc2tog at the end of the hill, more or less if necessary
-Along the top, for a braid/ribbon, sc, skip1 chain1, sc. Thread a cord through this

To join the top to the sides, it becomes easier with the sc on the flap
Just line them up right sides out and sew in and out like in the diagram
I start at the middle and leave a long thread to go back and do the other side, that way I know that it is centered.
Eventually I want to make a sole (same pattern) out of either twine or plastic and sew it on so that I can wear them outside and not just around the house.
~Fifi

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Overview - Small Antler, from knitting to crochet

For the person on reddit asking for help I took a couple pictures of something I worked up to look like the antlers in your pattern.
I made this with the only yarn/needle I have right now (on vacation)  so I would definitely use smaller yarn and hook but the concept is the same 
Start of the with a chain in the round
 Build up, in rows not spiral. Here I decreased 2 times on the middle row. If you are making it with smaller yarn/hook then you will want to decrease more often.
 When you get to where you want the first antler to start then do not finish  all the row (I skipped 2 st) and turn to crochet. Do this until it is as tall as you want (I did 2 rows). Again, if smaller yarn, more stitches.
 When you get to where you want it to be, chain and join. So in my case ch 2.
NOTE: the difference between the last picture and this one is only the ch 2
 Decrease as you want, and repeat the hole-making procedure.
Decrease until you have only a few st left and pull through them and fasten off
(My yarn is was too thick and hook to small to do this right but with smaller yarn this would look more pointy)

 Cast on around the holes (you can take this as an opportunity to decrease as well if you want. I started working in a spiral because why not
 Single stitch around, decreasing when you want, again make the tip as small as possible.
I didn't do the 2nd one because it is literally the same proccess.

Hope this helps
~Fifi

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Little Filet Crochet Bag/Pouch

It was a co-workers birthday so I decided I wanted to make a litle bag for her. Initially I wanted to go with Victorian-esque vintage look but I could not find any nice patterns,  So I decided to go with her love of cats instead.
In this post I will give the pattern for the pouch as well as how to sew the lining inside.
Here is what it looks like:

 

 I worked this in simple filet crochet, if you don't know what that is this is a good source, it is working in little squares which you can choose to fill in or not.
What you need:
Size 10 thread
Size 2 steel crochet hook
Needle and Thread
Fabric (I used muslin) 
No embellish knit, i replaced the cords with a braid 

I made the pouch 14 squares long and 18 high.
I started from the top of the picture side and continued to make the back side at the same time (ended with 14x36)

Here is the cat I used, I get it from somewhere online but I could not find it again so I recreated it

I had no idea how to do the triangles so I don't know if this is the proper way, but I crocheted 4 dc into one st, like this:

When I had finished the rectangle I did not cut off the end but just folded it in half and started joining it from the top.
To join: sc 2 in gap (chain/dc) , 1 sc in the row.

After the round of sc's, go back with the shell stitch, dc5 in one st, skip 2, sc, skip2, 5dc...
It was off by maybe 2 stitches so I shortened 2 skip2 spaces into skip1, only do this if necesarry   

Once this is done go in with single a row of single crochet (2 in space, 1 in dc) , ignoring the shells
2 rows of dc 
1 row in filet, with every other one filled
2 more dc rows
Shell stitch up top
Fasten off.

BLOCK
Pin it down (I used a pillow) while stretching it at the same time, take an iron and put it on the highest steam setting, go over it with the steam, you don't actually have to iron it down


To  make the inside:

Measure out what size you want it to be, add a half inch on every side that you are going to have a seam 

Sew 2 rectangle together (use one big one and fold in half if you can so you only have to sew 2 side. Leave about enough space at the top to make another seam. Make 2.
To sew them together so that there are no visible seams you want to have the right sides together on the inside (Turn 1 right side out and put it inside the other)
Sew the top seam together, but make sure to leave a hole so that you can turn it right side out. 
Once you have turned it, sew up the hole left over, it should look like this:
Iron it down, so that it looks presses and more professional.

To sew it in I used the method from this tutorial, using the 1st sc row at the top  

I ended up going with braids, not the i-cord seen in the picture, but you can use anything ribbon etc. 
Weave in a cord so that it hang out of one side, do to the same with the opposite side, this way when you pull on both sides it closed up nicely,

Final Notes:
-You can use any design, just get a piece of graph paper and  play around
-I should have used more contrasting thread and fabric combination to see the picture a little better
-I would have made it a little bigger, this in only good for maybe a cell phone and a small wallet
-I'm going to add a strap so that it becomes an over the shoulder purse 

Hope this was helpful
~Fifi