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.
A sewing, knitting, felting and crochet blog by Mirela Popovici
Dress Pattern: http://www.liveinternet.ru/community/3203889/post232411256/
Yarn: Elann Lara
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.
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.
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.
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: …
My contribution to this book is the coat, the last one on the right (you have seem the details in a previous post).
I believe this book can be the start of a beautiful feminine wardrobe: it has dresses, skirts, blouses, coats and accessories, all in classic lasting style.
It is baby shower season around here…teddy bears, pink elephants and baby gators.
Sewing, crocheting, stuffing, cooking, and of course cakes and fondant decorations.
Some of the pattern links:
Teddy bears are made of marzipan (just mix almonds with powdered sugar and a bit of water). The teddy bear cake flavor is almonds with dark chocolate and cayenne pepper. It was a little hot, received very interesting comments related to the flavor – is it with alcohol?! is it amaretto? anyway, I’ll use less cayenne next time
Pink elephants are made out of home made fondant (melted marshmallows with powdered sugar and peppermint extract – tastes like bubble gum). The cake is made out of yogurt with heavy whipping cream, tart cherries with white chocolate and the cake batter was dark chocolate. The insides of the cake is with dots, as the cream fillings are layered concentric circles.
Green alligators are made out of Wilton fondant. The cake flavor was Kiwi Lime (kiwi and key lime peel and juice), yogurt and cream of course. The kiwi prevents gelatin from setting, so I will never mix kiwi fruit with any milk based product.
Till next time!
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.