Archive for the 'Craft' Category
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.
here are just a few:
There is also a guide on how to cut the blouses:
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.
A dress for Sonia.
I’ve taken inspiration from the Romanian folks wear, the traditional stitches and colors found on blouses.
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.
Fabric: white poplin
Fabric stabilizer: starch spray
Thread: regular sewing thread for the embroidery, no shiny stuff
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
Pink yarn: …
A winter project, but I am behind on posting…
Yarn: Fisherman’s wool brown
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.
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 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
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?
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.
Blouse Fabric: Rayon Jersey
Blouse Pattern: Burda WOF Magazine 10/1998
The same pattern all over again… for the drape neckline top. I’ve also sewn this pattern recently in a jersey wool, green and the gray one awaits hems.
Skirt Fabric: Cotton poplin with cross grain stretch with floral pattern from JoAnns
Pattern: Burda WOF Magazine 02/2008
I simplified the skirt pattern by removing the waist bands. Nice pattern for a simple pencil skirt.
I added lace under the hem line and hand stitched the hem.
I also added a ribbon (folded over the raw edge) for the front and back facings.
I used an invisible zipper on the side.