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61  A couple of skirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 27, 2008 06:48:41 PM

I'm new to making clothing, at least for myself.  I got the book Sew what - Skirts for Christmas, and recently got around to trying my hand at making some for myself.  This first one was made from a remnant I got at Hancock's, so cost me all of about $4 plus the zipper. 

(ignore my oh-so-fashionable socks!)

This was my first effort, and I put in the zipper before trying it on, only to find out it was WAY too big, so I took in the side without the zipper . . . but didn't take the zipper out to take in that side, and didn't think of darts, so . . . it's a bit lumpy on the one side and the waist comes down lower on that side, too, but I think it's cute and wearable, so, for around $5-$6 total, not too bad!

And here is my second effort:

(I was playing with the photo editing on Flickr on this one . . . )

On this one, I remembered to try it on before putting in the zip, so I was able to take it in evenly on both sides.  Then it was still too big, so I put in a couple of small darts in the back.  Originally I had a bias tape waistband, but I found an embroidered ribbon I liked, so tacked that over the bias tape, and I like the look better. Grin

The only thing I don't really like about this one is that I didn't have a zipper that matched, so used a blue one . . . but I always wear longer sweaters and jackets with skirts, so it won't be seen too much.

Thanks for looking!  Any comments, critiques or helpful hints would be appreciated! Smiley
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62  A few more things I've made . . . in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 27, 2008 06:38:56 PM
Okay - here are some of the two-tone kleenex cozies that someone on here posted a tutorial for a while ago (a few weeks, maybe?).  Love the tute - very easy, and I love how they came out!  I made 5, but 2 have been claimed already . . .

I'll post a link to the tute if anyone is interested (I have to figure out who posted it first - I'm horrible about remembering such things!) Embarrassed

And here is a small zippered pouch that I made by varying the size a bit on the tutorial for Roly Nesters (again, I can try to find the link if anyone is interested).  I made this one just a bit bigger than the tutorial calls for for the smallest one (there are three sizes that are supposed to nest inside each other), and it is perfect to fit about 8 or 9 tampons in!  I tried the tampon-holder tute, but this works better for me!

Thanks for looking!  Any comments, critiques are welcome! Smiley
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63  Three new purses! (Pic heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: January 27, 2008 06:33:42 PM

I've been making a bunch of stuff, and only tonight got around to taking pics to post.  So here, not in any particular order . . .

Corduroy bag with floral lining from the tinyhappy tutorial

Inside of bag with pockets (also need to finish the hole in the lining . . . forgot about that until I saw the pic!) Embarrassed

Another tinyhappy bag:


Okay - now here's a bag I'm really happy about - just finished it today:

front view with view of side

back view:

Inside - a zippered pocket!! (my first) and embroidered straps (took a lot longer and a lot more thread than I thought it would):

Inside the pocket is patchwork, too! Grin

Okay - that's enough pics for one post.  I'm really happy about the patchwork one, as I just kind of winged it, and I think it came out okay.  I think I'd either make the angled side panels come closer together on the next one, or put the straps on each end . . . or maybe a zippered gusset instead of magnetic snaps??  Hmmm . . . still trying to figure it out.

Thanks for looking!
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64  Wallets and another purse . . . in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: December 23, 2007 11:39:20 AM
Now that I know how to post pics, here are some more of my recent creations!

Some small cash/card wallets from the happyfrog (I think) tutorial:



And another version of the black bag with blue brocade lining (a friend of my MIL apparently really liked it, so I made another one):

And a little wallet to go with it:

The wallet does have three slots - just that the taller two are made of the lining fabric - the brocade is a bit thick to use and doesn't iron well - it melts.

There - that's pretty much what I have left - everything else has already been wrapped and/or sent for presents!
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65  Re: First post with pics, if it works . . . in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: December 23, 2007 11:25:23 AM
Thanks again!

Okay - here is a couple pics of the earlier version of the clutch - as you can see, it's still a work in progress:

And open:

The final version has snaps instead of velcro, and doesn't have piping all around - just on the flap part.  I also made the underside of the flap (the pink part on this one) shorter in the final versions, so there's a bit more room for the snap to go.

Oh, and on this one I tried to square the bottom a bit to give some more room inside.  I didn't really like it that way as much, so the others are all flat.
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66  First post with pics, if it works . . . in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: December 23, 2007 09:08:41 AM
Okay - I have been very inspired by all of you talented Craftsters here, so I have been making bags and wallets like crazy recently.  Here are a few, just to see if I can post pics.  If it works, I'll have more photo posts to come!

So - here are some small clutches I made as Christmas gifts for several members of my hubby's family . . .

They all have contrasting lining and a little inside pocket, but I forgot to take photos of the inside before we sent them off.

Here is a bag I made for a friend:

And here's a little Christmas-y purse for one of my son's little friends from preschool.  (it has blck cat lining fabric - forgot to take pics of the lining . . . )

Okay - hope it works!

Any comments/critiques, etc are welcome!
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