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Blue

July 28, 2014

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Long lost photos of the blue silk dress with hairpin lace, silk jacket with embroidery, covered button and bound button-hole, cotton sateen dress from the cover of La Mia Boutique.

Little Foxy

October 31, 2013

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Dress Pattern: http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/3203889/post232411256/

Hat pattern: http://goodknits.com/blog/2013/10/01/crochet-sly-fox-hat/

Yarn: Elann Lara

Needle: 2.5mm

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I wanted Sonia to have a foxy dress for autumn, she likes her Ikea stuffed foxes and says Vulpea all the time.

I followed the basic pattern in the link, but couldn’t read it in Russian, so I followed the schemas and approximated the number of repeats and increases.

It is not made in the round, I turned in the center back, leaving an opening for about 15cm. When the dress was done, I crochet again along the neckline, adding the picots and the button holes in the back opening. it has 3 sewn on flat buttons.

I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but almost everything in crochet can be fixed with steam! shhh!

The applied fox is a simple crochet circle, with ears and an elongated nose.

The eyes and nose are embroidered over using a big needle with crochet thread number 10, in brown, black and a dot of white.

It is sewn on with needle and regular sewing thread as a pocket, from upper ear corner, around the bottom nose, and up to the other ear corner, leaving the top part open for the pocket.

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How to crochet the ears on the applied fox head:

Crochet 5 single crochet stitches.

Slip stitch into the second stitch from hook

Single crochet into the next stitch.

Half double crochet into the next stitch

Double crochet into the next stitch

Treble crochet into the next stitch

Skip 5 stitches from the circle and slip stitch in the next crochet.

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This will create the basic triangle shape of the ear. Repeat for the second ear… I approximated the distances.

I also crochet the foxy hat to go with the dress, and Sonia admires herself in the mirror repeating the word Vulpea (Fox) when wearing it.

Happy Halloween!!!

Sonia

April 15, 2013

The Bishop dress with machine smocking and decorative stitching.

PES for Traditional Romanian Cross-stitch Designs for Machine Embroidery

April 3, 2013

Follow the link and you’ll find a free archive of PES files containing cross-stitch designs of traditional Romanian designs as they are used on our blouses.

http://mestesugariromani.ro/mestesuguri-traditionale-romanesti/attachment/motive-traditionale-broderie-computerizata

here are just a few:

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There is also a guide on how to cut the blouses:

http://mestesugariromani.ro/mestesuguri-traditionale-romanesti/attachment/ghid-introductiv-in-croit-si-brodat-camasa-traditionala-romaneasca

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If anyone ever gets the chance to use them, I would really like to see.

I hope to find the time to use them myself.

 

 

Bishop Dress

March 30, 2013

A dress for Sonia.

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I’ve taken inspiration from the Romanian folks wear, the traditional stitches and colors found on blouses.

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The pattern is a little smoked dress, also known as a bishop dress.

I debated doing the hand embroidery and smocking…vs machine made…this time, the machine won.

For anyone with a great embroidery machine, here are some more designs I wanted to try…could no longer launch my Windows virtual machines, where the PED Basic was installed…oh well will have to re-do it one day.

Pattern: Burda

Fabric: white poplin

Fabric stabilizer: starch spray

Thread: regular sewing thread for the embroidery, no shiny stuff

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35 Weeks Since September

April 29, 2012

and I’m 35 weeks pregnant, yes it will be a girl.

Pattern: Little White Dress – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-white-dress

Gray and blue yarns: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/naturallycaroncom-spa

Purple yarn: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/bernat-handicrafter-cotton-baby-solid

Pink yarn: …

Wool

May 18, 2011

A winter project, but I am behind on posting…

Yarn: Fisherman’s wool brown

2.5 skeins = 1162.5 yards (1063.0m)
Hook: 4.5 mm

Pattern: Big Bow Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Winter 2008, size small

Buttons: coconut shells from JoAnns

There is a lot of crochet to be done for this pattern and very very repetitive, so you should be a quick crocheter to attempt it.

Crocheting through the back loops only creates a body hugging fabric, very elastic.

I did have to alter the pattern a lot with the yarn I used. Here are my notes from Ravelry:

lengthened front and back by 10 stitches.
Lengthened sleeves.
Left side: added more rows, should have made the collar too on the left.
Made smaller buttonholes.

I added length to the sleeves and bodice, and added many more rows plus additional bands of single crochet to the left and right front pieces so that they overlap in order to button them up, creating sort of a border after the buttonholes.

I also gave up on the big heavy bow and crocheted a high neck instead, simply find it more practical and less heavy.

Silk

May 18, 2011

Silk and wool keep you cool. They are all natural fibers, renewable, fast drying, moisture wicking. I enjoy sewing and wearing silk for summer, nothing compares to it, feels so airy and almost naked like. People worry about washing it, or are afraid of it thinking that it can only be dry cleaned. I prewash my fabric before cutting, so it handles great even after it is sewn together, a quick hand wash with hand soap and line dry does the trick. It is amazing how fast it dries. A great source for silk is online at the fashion fabrics club, really good deals.

Fabric: hammered silk charmeuse

Pattern: Burda 06/2009 model 123 with the 122 sleeves and no frills.

The blouse in the magazine has some great sewn beads around the collar and along the frills, but I could not get the frills to be as delicate. The pom poms are made out of fabric strips, wrapped around two round pieces of cardboard with a hole in the center, then cut in between the cardboard pieces and tied together through the center. I’m not going to write another tutorial for this, there are plenty online. Here is my favorite: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-make-pom-poms.html Awesome blog by the way, the techknitting.

This magazine does have some other great patterns that I keep on my list of things to sew, like the 128 dress

the 102 top that I have sewn and love, that would look just as good as the 101 dress.

108 is also pretty nice as a top or a dress and I just have to match it with the right fabric.

113 is also on the list from a jersey I got a while back in Israel.

Plus, it has a shirt dress, from the cover and many great plus sizes patterns. Great Issue!

Do you sew from “old” magazines? I think Burda patterns are too classic to go out of style and use old issues all the time.

Before and After

March 25, 2011

Before and After

Slow knitting with the Ultimate Bond Machine

White Knit Vest, originally uploaded by fmirela.

This used to be the white pullover from Burda Magazine that turned too small after washing.

It was unraveled and re-knit based on a Romanian pattern from Lucru de Mana magazine.

This is the first time for me to knit lace patterns by hand, and I struggled with my combination knitting skills…with right and left decreases. of course.

I got it now and hope to never forget, is it like riding the bicycle?

Martisoare 2011

February 21, 2011

March is coming…read here about a Romanian tradition that celebrates the coming of spring.

Me and my friend Oana made these charms.

Materials: FIMO and Sculpey clay, natural air dry clay, resin, acrylic paints, lots of cookie cutters, embroidery floss, crochet yarn, bails, paper and ink, tons of patience.

 

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