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Poor nekkid Manny awaits some freshly sewn/remade clothes. Manny is also not quite my size. Evidently they don’t make these Uniquely You dress forms in pear shape :) I should make a spandex cover with some stuffing to match my rolls!


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  • Wardrobe Refashion Pledge

    I, akimbo, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle pre-loved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract.

    I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!



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  • Kinokuniya Haul

    Yummy Japanese crafty goodness. It would be interesting to learn Japanese and actually read these books, but the diagrams on how to make things are so well done that if you’ve sewn or whatever before, you could probably figure it out.

    Kinokuniya is a Japanese bookstore inside the Uwajimaya asian grocery store in Beaverton, OR. I was amazed at the number of bookshelves full of craft books. I could flip through the pictures all day!

    Click the picture for more photos

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  • Holiday Craft Roundup

    Here's my favorite holiday crafts found on the web this year.

    Paper Crafts



    • Crochet Snowflakes - These
      are not your Grandma's crochet! They look so light and elegant.


    Gift Wrapping

    Crafty Gift Ideas

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  • Amercian Girl Doll Outfit

    Doll Dress, Pinafore, and Bonnet

    From Vogue pattern 7564 View B.

    Outfit finished for my niece’s birthday, for her new pioneer American Girl doll. Dress and bonnet from cotton calico, pinafore from poly/cotton broadcloth. The lace on dress and bonnet was cheap lace on rolls, about 3 yards to a roll from Joanns.

    It was really hard to find tiny, skinny lace. I messed up the bottom ruffle on the pinafore, and ended up cutting it off and making a hem, so it is probably about 2 inches shorter than it was supposed to be. Fortunately it is not noticeable.

    The pattern:

    Vogue 7564;

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  • Simplicity Doll Pattern from 1958

    From Memaw’s stash. The middle view has been cut out and probably made for my mother. My niece’s American Girl doll is 18″ but I’m pretty sure they’re a lot fatter than the ones in the pattern. I’m getting an American Girl doll dress form off ebay this week. I’m thinking about copy one of these patterns and drafting it up. They aren’t as curvy or fashion-y as the dolls pictured.

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  • Spaceboy and Robot

    Spaceboy and Robot, originally uploaded by akimbogoround.

    Arrived this week from the Wee Wonderfuls store.

    I’m dreaming of robots!

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  • Jaywalkers in progress

    The infamous jaywalkers.
    Pattern by Grumperina from magknits magknits.com/Sept05/patterns/jaywalker.htm

    The color is a bit bright in this photo. Lorna’s Laces Shepard sock yarn from knit-purl www.knit-purl.com in Downtown Portland. The colorway is possibly "Tahoe", but I’ve lost the label. Great yarn.

    I lost the finished sock photo. Need to get a new picture and post my notes.

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  • Elizabethan Bodice

    More proof of my craziness. I finally got my Elizabethan bodice fabric cut out. I was freaking out about cutting into such expensive fabric, looks like the pattern matches ok. I figured out real quick after cutting one side out I could lay it upside down and match the embroidery to get a matching opposite side.

    Here’s the fabric. A wool embroidery on cotton fabric. From the Mill End Store in Beaverton, OR. Click to see more pictures.

    Embroidered Fabric

    The bodice will be piped in dark green cotton, the same color as the skirt will be. I should have enough fabric left for a hat of some nature. In depth review to follow the completion, which is for Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire in September. Pattern is from the Elizabethan Working Woman’s Wardobe by Margo Anderson. I’m not going for historical accuracy, so no harping! I just want to be pretty and cool (temperature wise).

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  • Irish Hiking Scarf

    Christmas 2005 gift for mom. 2.75 skeins of worsted weight Misti Alpaca from Knit-Purl. I don’t have the yarn wrapper in front of me, but I assume it is 4270 - Cornflower Blue. This stuff is amazingly drapey and soft.

    Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf. A great way to learn and practice cables!

    Irish Hiking Scarf

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