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1  Re: Kindle Case in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Honeythief on: May 27, 2012 07:21:13 PM
I saw this thread last night and just had to copy it. My case has robots on it, and my first attempt at piping. Also some mismatched thread, but let's say nothing about that  Wink
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2  Re: Best Place to put Gussets in Bodice of These Dresses? in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by Honeythief on: February 05, 2012 01:09:06 AM
As for the first one.. I asked somewhere else and was given this diagram.

Are you enlarging the pattern to the grey line on the left and right? If so, that will make the neckline wider and push the shoulder straps further apart, and enlarge the armholes. If that's what you want and need, great, but if not you'll constantly be shoving those straps back onto your shoulders and wondering why everybody can see your bra under your armpit!

In addition, if you add those darts to the side seam without adding length to the front pattern piece, you'll find that your front side seam is suddenly too short and won't match the back side seam. The new dart at the bottom of the front pattern piece will also make the waist smaller, so if you haven't compensated for that (by adding width somewhere else) the front will be too tight around your middle. Releasing the original gathers may give you enough space, but make sure to measure the finished seam line with the dart folded before you cut your fabric. Ask me how I know this is important  Wink

You need to do a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA) to make room for your boobs without making everything else hang like a sack. I'm busty too and I know what it's like to suddenly lose my waist because everything is cut for my widest part. An FBA will add room for your bust and tummy without enlarging the shoulders, armpits, neckline, or side seam length. Google FBA and learn how to do it properly -- you'll never look back. If you are not confident in finding the right option for you, head on over to Pattern Review and ask the folks there, as they are very helpful indeed. Here is a great thread of FBA resources for you to start with:
http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/9531

And yes, you should wear a properly fitting and supportive bra both while you're adjusting your pattern and while you wear your clothing. Don't wear a good bra to measure and then a poor bra to wear, or vice versa, because you'll be wasting your time doing proper adjustments and you won't be showing off your figure in its best light. Good luck!
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3  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Honeythief on: February 05, 2010 11:23:28 PM
My modern Singer Featherweight 118 (bought new in 2006) broke over the weekend when I asked it to top-stitch a cotton wallet, and I can't get a replacement part for the plastic bit that snapped. Not impressed with the durability of modern machinery Undecided

Anyway, I picked up a couple of machines over the last few days and am now sewing merrily once again. It'll take a lot more than four layers of cotton to break either of these babies.

Hand-cranked Singer 28 made in 1899:


Singer 201K (controlled by knee bar) made in 1950:


I've already used the 28 for a couple of small projects and I love it. Hand cranking is a lot easier than I expected, and I love that I can work wherever I like without needing an electric socket. As for the 201K, I think it would sew through canvas or leather without breaking its stride. I'm not planning a return to modern machinery any time soon.
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4  Yes, another Buttercup! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Honeythief on: April 24, 2009 09:02:54 PM
So I belatedly jumped on the Buttercup bandwagon. This is such a pretty little bag! I love the pleats, and how easily it all goes together. I'm sure I'll be making lots of these in future, as they are bound to go down very well with my friends and family. Here is my first attempt, in a bright summery print that makes me wish it wasn't winter here!
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5  Some teeny tiny wallets (image heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Honeythief on: April 20, 2009 12:42:32 AM
I've been making Teeny Tiny Wallets recently - they are so addictive! Hopefully I will manage to find homes for most of them at some point. The pattern is my own but is very simple so there are probably a million similar designs out there already.

Here is a selection that I think are worthy of showing off Wink







They all have a cash pocket and two credit card pockets inside, like this:

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6  My first long wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Honeythief on: March 14, 2009 10:17:45 PM
I tried out the long wallet tutorial for the first time, today. The end results are so great! I'm really delighted with this one.





I had some trouble understanding the tutorial (and the measurement on one of the pattern pieces is wrong, I think) but after one run-through where I made some mistakes, I was able to do it perfectly second time around. And the wallet is so sleek and slimline! I will definitely be using this pattern again Smiley
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7  Banana bag inspired by tutorials here in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Honeythief on: November 10, 2008 02:22:04 PM
For the last couple of weeks I have been avidly reading every bag tutorial I can find on this board, and I'm finally ready to show off something that I put together Smiley  Sorry that I can't reference individual tutorials, as I didn't bookmark them, but suffice it to say that I learned how to insert zips, add pockets, attach straps, and put the whole thing together, all thanks to the generosity of those people who took the time to write tutorials and put them here. Thank you!

Here is my banana bag in all its glory. I got the banana fabric online for NZ$4 and found some soft black fabric in a local shop for about NZ$2 - money well spent, I think Smiley


The finished bag is about 13" tall and 9" wide. The strap is 48" long.


I really love the banana fabric, but it was a bit much for the outside, so I used it for the button cover and loop.


Inside is a zip pocket. I made it a patch pocket rather than cutting into the lining, since I had never put in a zip in this manner before and was afraid of messing it up.


There are some pockets on the other side too, for my pens, MP3 player, and other junk.


Overall, I am really delighted with this bag. It is VERY roomy inside. If I was making it again, I'd make more of an effort to use matching thread (although I do like the black thread against the yellow), and I would use stiffer interfacing. But it only took me 3 hours from start to finish, and I am confident that I can do it faster next time.

I'm so glad that I found this site!
 
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