Ok mods, please let me know if I'm breaking any rules here. These bags are just the beginning of my first line of handmade purses. All the bags are themed around the city of London (not really the fabric or anything, more the names and style). I have never been to London but I did a lot of research on the internet so I hope everything is right!
Here are some pics from the "photoshoot"! (A friend from work with a really nice camera came over to take pictures with me ) We basically galavanted around the city until we found this cool abandoned looking factory (actually called The Factory) and an old Gothic style church to take pictures at. Now for the bags!
The Greenwich Oversized Tote - This bag was designed just to be a large hobo bag, good for carrying all sorts of items. My true desire is for it to be used with the matching insulated lunchbag for picnics and other summertime activities that may require frolicking in the countryside. Made with Amy Butler's Wallflower in Cherry, oatmeal colored linen and chocolate brown vinyl for the strap.
The Paddington Travel Bag - Perfect size to hold all the necessities on a weekend trip. I love houndstooth! The lining is pink with black polka dots! The bottom and straps are regular black canvas and the straps are filled with 5mm cording. There are 3 open pockets on the outside and a zipper pocket inside. I also added piping on the sides.
The Soho Handbag - I think this is a funky little handbag to carry around town. I just discovered purse handles! It really cuts a lot of time out of bag making! Both the exterior and lining are home dec canvas. I love the green paisley, the lining is just a plain matching green. There are two pockets on the inside for cell phone and keys too.
The West End Clutch - Ok I guess this is my name for any clutch, because these aren't the same style at all. The orange one is microsuede and I was trying a new gathering technique I read about in a book. The lining is gold dupioni silk and it closes with a magnetic snap. Fits perfectly in the hand, I love the size.
This herringbone fabric has a slight stretch and there are flecks of glitter in the fabric. The inside is black canvas and so is the decorative ruffle. I love the rhinestone button! The flap closes with a magnetic snap and it is slightly larger than the orange clutch. I couldn't resist making a matching hat for myself. The hat is Simplicity 2850.
Please let me know what you think everyone! Comments and constructive criticism are greatly appreciated.
So one day last April I decided that my new hobby would be furniture reupholstery. And so I sent out to the secondhand stores in my area to pick up my first project, thinking I'd get some awesome deal like I always read on here, like an armchair for $5 or something. Apparently I live in a pricier neighborhood than I thought because the cheapest armchair was at least $60. I settled for this ugly ottoman for $30. The cat ended up in all of my decent pictures of course.
Does this not just scream early 90's? I think it's the streaks of pale pink and blue. I think it would be perfectly at home in my neighbor's living room.
So this color scheme does not match my current living room and it had to go. I think it had been recovered before judging by all the staples. Which means someone actually chose this fabric...
This isn't even all of them! Once I got to the last layer (the top) I just sliced the fabric off with my X-Acto knife. I couldn't handle any more staples. It was actually really tough to get them out because I didn't have the right tools. Basically I used the edge of a paint scraper to loosen it enough to get my flathead screwdriver in, but it was a mini screwdriver and the end gave me a huge bruise on my palm. It took me the whole weekend just to get the old fabric off.
But I found this awesome polka dot fabric that perfectly matches my living room! And I love polka dots. Even the bf agreed to this. It's actually very dark brown, and the dots are sort of a dull lime green (don't ask me how that works). Here it is with the flash.
Without flash, with cat.
The cat has already discovered she can lay under it and be sneaky about attacking our ankles as we walk past.
So I definitely learned some lessons after this project. 1. Use the proper tools to remove staples. 2. Never choose a project with so much piping ever again. 3. If you measure, your seams will line up! 4. Don't finish it 3 months after you start, you won't remember how the pieces go together.
It took so long because I started it about 2 weeks before we moved so I had to stop to pack, then I was busy unpacking, then I didn't want to do the piping, then I didn't have the right size staples for my staple gun and I don't go to Home Depot on a regular basis. Even so I think it turned out pretty well.
When I went to Target.com to search for some inspiration for this bag, the style I wanted was under the category "satchels". I had figured it would be purses or handbags, but oh well, satchel it is. I saw this leather at Jo-Ann's for super cheap and have been too afraid to touch it for months. Finally I wanted a new bag so I just started cutting and this is what came out! Well, I did some measuring too.
The tie on the outside matches the lining. I don't have any photos of that because it's extremely embarrassing. I sort of constructed the bag backwards, it was hard to ease into the curves at the top because the leather stretched (I'm assuming this means it's not real...) and I ended up with the zipper gusset being too long. Well the obvious place to take it in was where the zipper meets the side of the bag, but the lining was already sewn in and got caught in the seam. So it looks kind of awkward and bunchy. But now I know for next time, and no one sees the lining anyways.
The cat couldn't resist being in half of my photos. Just more of a side view. The straps are filled with upholstery cording and this is my new FAVORITE kind of strap! Very sturdy. I saw it somewhere here on craftster, I don't remember who but it really is an awesome idea!
So, what do you think? I love leather/vinyl bags because that's all you see in the stores nowadays and they seem to look more professional. I thought adding buckles and everything but it seemed a bit daunting for my first time with leather though. No one at work believed I made it, which is a good sign I think. Please leave your comments, I would love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for looking!
Edit: closeup of material! i love the texture, it almost looks real. the color is more accurate in the first two photos.
This is a pattern by Amy Butler, the Cabo Halter. I really wanted to use the same fabric as the one in the photo on the pattern cover, but I couldn't find it at the store so I used this Joel Dewberry fabric that looks similar. The top was really simple to make and the fit is pretty true to what the pattern says.
I know the hem looks a little wonky but I promise it isn't! I think the pic below shows the colors and fit the best.
And a shot of the back. This zipper was the closest match I could find.
This is a top of my own design. This style is everywhere lately, and it's so comfy for summer. Knit fabrics were on sale at Jo-Ann's so I stocked up, and my aunt just gave me one of her old sergers so I was really eager to try it out. It doesn't really look as rectangular on me, but my dressform doesn't really have hips.
A shot of the back, elastic is the best thing ever. It makes the top fit perfectly and it doesn't fall down.
Out of all the "just wing-it" tops I've ever made, this is pretty much one of the only wearable ones. I measured A LOT and it actually took me two tries for the front, the first time I must have stretched the fabric as I measured because it came out a couple inches too short! It went very quick with the serger though.
So I actually wore both of these tops this weekend (blue today, cabo halter yesterday) and I got a few compliments on them! What do you think?
These weren't really intended to be seasonal but it just fits. I whipped up the nautical tote on July 4th because we decided to go to the Lake Erie Islands (specifically Kelley's Island and Put-in-Bay if you know what I'm talking about) the next day and I wanted a big bag to carry around everything like sunscreen, bug spray, etc. I was dying to use these canvas remnants I had gotten awhile ago. They ended up matching perfectly, and I found a sequin patch to use too!
This was also my first time using this type of closure, I forget what it's called. You slide the knob through the hole and turn it to keep it in place. While shopping for a swap I started to explore the far corners of Jo-Ann's and discovered a whole purse adornments section! There were all kinds of square rings, magnetic snaps, and other goodies so I stocked up on everything! I love this tote so much I've been using it as my regular purse. It's nice to carry around a big bag sometimes.
My fall corduroy handbag has special meaning to me. The corduroy is just some extras I had leftover from a skirt, but the plaid applique is from a box of scraps and vintage buttons from my great grandma, who passed away in 2002. She was always very poor living in W.Va. so every scrap of fabric was saved. This is leftover from a pair of pants she hemmed. I got some pretty old stuff but it's all really cool, so I'm excited to use it in my future projects! I have just enough leftover to make a matching wallet, and there's also some buttons I am thinking of adding. Here's one side, it doesn't really have a front or back I guess!
Closeup of the fabric, one side was already serged so I just zigzagged over the edges.
It's actually a very small bag, the strap doesn't go over my shoulder. Since there wasn't much room on the inside I put a pocket on the outside. The lining is just plain light blue broadcloth.
I hope you like my seasonal themed bags! Thanks for looking Comments appreciated!
I just started doing yoga since my work is offering an on-site class on Thursdays. (way to wait until the last minute!) Well of course I have to exercise in style so I made a bag for my mat. It's home decor fabric from Jo-Ann's, and I didn't get a shot of the lining but it's just some ugly white nylon with red and blue stripes. I think I got it because it was $1/yd. It was perfect for this bag because the mat just slides right over it without sticking.
There is a drawstring at the top, and the bottom is round. What a pain if you don't have a calculator, multiplying and dividing by pi by hand is no fun! It still only took less than an hour to make, even with the math and the slippery nylon lining.
Here's an action shot! Excuse my big pajama-shorts-clad butt, it's like 90 degrees here.
What do you think? I hope everyone likes it tomorrow at class! Thanks for looking
Ok I snapped some photos of my package from Bunnikins! I was just too excited when I opened it to grab my camera so I took some this morning Sorry some are sideways! I'm in a hurry...
First off was a candle with some amazing drawings of Snape (she didn't do them, although she gave credit in her letter and it is upstairs. If anyone wants to know I can post it later)
Next are some earrings shaped like potions bottles! You may be able to tell I am a huge Snape fan.
I also got a Snape t-shirt! She somehow guessed that I am also a Spongebob fan so I love the Snapeward character!
This mirror is already hanging up on my wall! I don't know where she found all these awesome collage items, I looked all over. And the color is really great by the way, even if it isn't pink!
And last but not least, a little bonus item! She made me my very own address labels! There was also one with her address on the outside of the package and when I saw it I was a little jealous, but when I opened the box it was the first thing I saw. I can't wait to use my very own Owl Post!
Thank you so much Bunnikins for the amazing package! I will be sending yours soon so I hope you like it as much as I like mine!
I've finally got photos of the amazing package that llisaredd sent me! I still haven't found my camera, but luckily I was the one who packed the bf's camera and was able to locate it quickly! (we just moved on Saturday).
Here are the items:
A gorgeous watercolor of orange daylilies, shown in its future resting spot on my kitchen wall!
A beautiful handpainted wood frame with a handwritten quote about blooming flowers!
Photos of flowers that I think are from her garden. I'm so jealous! These will rotate in the frame above. Shown left to right they are "Frilly pink tulip", "Lone yellow tulip amongst sea of red and yellow tulips", "Yello jonquil", and "Bradford Pear Bloom". I'm so glad she captioned them on the back, or else I'd have no idea what they were! There's also a pretty handmade keychain at the bottom of the picture.
Last but not least, my own little garden of flowery magnets, currently adorning my refrigerator. Sorry it's fuzzy, I'm not very skilled at using cameras that aren't mine. Sadly these make up the only garden I have, as the previous owners of my house only planted greenery and no flowers AT ALL. That will change soon enough! But for now I will enjoy the tiny plastic garden on my fridge.
That's it! I'm so happy to have had llisaredd as a swap partner!
I've never posted in this forum before but I recently came across these old pictures from my sophomore year (not too old I guess, only about 4 years) but I'd forgotten about most of the things we'd done with this room! My roommate and I had such a bland dorm room freshman year that we decided to go all out the next year. The result was sort of a funky hippieish chill place (mostly her style) with some weird little things thrown in (my ideas, and so not my style anymore). Hope you like!
This was her side of the room. We each had a tapestry hanging over our beds, this one is hers. The posters are also hers, I didn't mind Pink Floyd but I wasn't really a fan of Bob Marley. She sponge painted the shelf hanging above her desk. We tried to be resourceful with our decorating since we didn't have much to work with (only the school bookstore to get supplies) so we cut out stars from posterboard and hung them with thread and paperclips.
My side of the room! In case you couldn't tell my chosen color was purple. She got the tapestry for me at a music festival, her mom made the matching pillows (which I still have!) and the bedspread inspired my color theme. I wanted to have some sort of canopy around the bed, so we bought cheap sheer curtains at Wal-Mart and hung the rod from the ceiling. They were such a pain because apparently foam ceilings aren't designed to hold that much weight, but as long as you didn't touch them they stayed up!
Mallory's side. Her color is blue, with an accent color of black. She has a blue bedspread under the quilt, and the tapestry is blue, black and grey.
Our dresser in a rare moment of neatness. You can tell we just moved in. She painted the frame to match the shelf (that's us in the photo!) and we also glued stars to the cabinets and closets. The glue did NOT come off when we moved out and we got charged for it!
We also made our closets look like dressing rooms! This one is her side, I can't seem to find the pic of mine.
Want some cheap artwork? Buy a calendar and you instantly have 12 new pictures to hang up! These are just mounted on construction paper (also from the bookstore!).
This pic is my favorite, because it's of our ingenious TV stand. Freshman year we debunked our beds but couldn't find a place to store the extra legs, so we just put them on top to make faux four poster beds. It was pretty convenient as a coat rack, but it really wasn't ideal. So the next year we figured out that they fit perfectly behind my bed and were pretty sturdy when taped together. Perfect place to put the TV and it also provided some extra storage!
Now unfortunately I don't have a good pic of the best part. Sometime during the year one of her friends came over and upon walking in our room said "Whoa is this some kind of Magicland?" Well that did it, our room had been dubbed Magicland forevermore. So I cut out some posterboard letters by copying a cool font and we hung the sign next to our door. You can sort of see it here:
And a little bit here, along with my "dressing room" door. They aren't very good shots of me so I blocked it out.
Well I hope you guys liked our funky dorm room! We really had a blast living there and all of our friends were pretty impressed about the amount of effort we put in. Thanks for checking it out!
I just whipped this shirt up in a couple of hours. This is loosely based on McCall's 4872 View B. I added the yoke, ruffle sleeves instead of regular, and a band at the bottom.
The buttons were sort of a last minute addition from my stash, but I think they match well! The background is a chocolatey color and the apples are ivory. I wish I had a third button but I can't remember where they're from.
I'd like to wear this to work, but I have a feeling it might be too frilly. There's like 96% men at my work (a chemical plant) and I always get teased a little bit when I wear really girly things! I'll just wear it next weekend then.
Thanks for looking! I'm so excited about this top. It was inspired by the general style that Vivifromage uses in case it looks familiar. Comments are very welcome!