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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Spring/Summer Bag on: April 27, 2009 08:07:12 AM


I was in the market for a medium-sized brightly colored bag, so I decided to make one using McCall's M5599, style b. The bag is the perfect size and shape, in my opinion-- large enough to carry around books, lunch, and a small knitting project, but not enormous and bulky.

I like this fabric because it's summery and the neutral colors match with just about anything. On the inside, it has a silky chocolate brown lining with pockets.
I've been using the bag for a couple weeks now and I'm really happy with it so far.

I left out the interfacing-- which I never have and always forget to buy-- as well as the cardboard insert in the bottom. I'm still debating whether this was a good idea or not; although this makes the bag washable and allows it to be squished into a ball or folded into a small square, it probably would look better if it were more structured. I did double the material on the straps and the bottom for reinforcement.

Thanks for looking!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Indian Bride - Oh someday she will be ... on: August 25, 2008 06:58:44 AM
How adorable! Just last night I was looking at photos of my (Indian) girlfriend when she was that age-- her mother used to dress her up in similar outfits.  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first apron!! on: August 21, 2008 01:33:14 PM
I like it! I've been meaning to make an apron. As far as sewing patterns go, they rarely make any sense to me. I just use them to cut out the pieces and then use my intuition to piece them together.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skirt a la carte on: August 21, 2008 01:31:03 PM
I love the combination of fabrics you chose for the top-- the orange patterned fabric is beautiful and it looks so good against the pale blue.

Also, i love your hair!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: First Baby Outfit on: August 21, 2008 01:28:36 PM
You just did something that I've always talked about doing.  I know how to knit and sew and I always wanted to do that combination.  But alas, I am lazy and have never gotten around to it.  Excellent job and everything is beautiful!

Try it! I intentionally set my sights high on this project and surprised myself by not only completing all the pieces, but completing them on time. I did the sewing part in one weekend, and I haven't sewn from a pattern in YEARS. It was also the most complicated thing I've ever sewn but I didn't run into any major issues while doing it. The sweater took about two weeks, but I'm a slow knitter without a lot of free time to knit. I didn't think I'd have time for the bootees, but managed to squeeze them in the evening before the shower.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First Baby Outfit on: August 21, 2008 01:09:06 PM
My good friends from college are having a baby girl thats due in late October (possibly on my birthday, or Halloween!). The baby shower was last weekend, so I decided to make a little outfit for the baby.



For the sweater I used the Baby Shrug by Debbie Bliss pattern: http://www.allaboutyou.com/craft/Knitting-pattern-baby-shrug/v1 and Debbie Bliss cotton DK yarn.

My only complaint about this pattern is that it ran very big. I planned for this to be a summer outfit, so I followed the instructions for a 6-9 month baby, but it looks like the sweater would better fit a 5-year-old. Thankfully the parents are both very tall, so perhaps I can hope for a big baby.

The yarn, however, is absolutely fantastic. Light, soft, and breathable, it was a dream to work with and I got lots of compliments on the color.



Uncharacteristically of me, I used a pattern for the hat and romper (McCalls M5648). I was very happy with how these pieces came out; the hat was especially easy and cute.



The fabric has some history behind it, as it was used to decorate my room when I was a baby. My grandmother gave me the leftover material which there is quite a lot of when I decided to take up sewing. Isnt it adorable?



And finally the bootees, made from the very popular Saartjes Bootees pattern and more Debbie Bliss cotton. These were insanely fun to make and only took me a couple nights. I couldnt get a good picture of the buttons, but they have little ducks on them.



Here is everything all bundled up and ready to be delivered:



This was my first time making baby clothes, and I really enjoyed it. I love how tiny they are, and how fast they knit up, and its a great opportunity to use cute fabrics that no self-respecting adult would be caught dead in.

Thanks for looking!  Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Revamped $3 dress from resale shop. on: May 16, 2008 09:52:02 AM
I love what you did with this-- the green fabric is a nice choice. I'm always peeking into Old Navy (probably because it's next to A.C. Moore!) for cheap stuff to alter. They have a lot of great items on the sale racks but they're usually ill-fitting.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 1st shirt reconstruction--from stripes and apples to open backed... on: April 30, 2008 01:44:10 PM
I love what you did with these. I have a couple cheap shirts from Express that tie in the back like that, and they're my favorites.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Prom Dress... on: April 26, 2008 11:41:30 PM
I like this dress even more than the one that inspired you (though I liked that one a lot too). I love the ribbons you chose, and especially the way they shimmer in the nighttime shot.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Asymmetry and Extraneous Zippers on: April 25, 2008 09:44:25 AM
very cute ! I love using zippers in decorative ways .. great job

Thank you! I've seen your clothing on Craftster and I'm always wowed and inspired by what you come up with. You have a great eye for style, and the skill to carry out your design ideas. I'm a beginner but I hope I can sew as well as you someday!
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