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711  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cell Phone Holster - Now with Take 2 - img heavy on: August 01, 2008 12:19:38 PM
I know - it's not a purse, bag or wallet, but it does hold something, so I guess this is where it goes? I made this for my 9-year-old's cell phone, but even though I measured her phone, it ended up a bit to wide and short, and ended up fitting my phone instead. So, back to the drawing board for her phone.

I made it out felted wool for the holster and canvas strap for the belt loop thingy. I used a vintage embroidery pattern for the design. I did machine stitch the pieces together; the blanket stitching is decorative only. I wish it were more my style, but I doubt I'd ever use this.







And since the first didn't work for my girl, here is the second, slightly modified, and a perfect fit.







712  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - (CLOSED - Send by 8/25) on: August 01, 2008 04:18:23 AM
I have a hard time crafting when my hubby is home.  Tongue

I know what you mean! If I want to do any crafting when mine is at home, I have to find him a project first...
713  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - (CLOSED - Send by 8/25) on: July 31, 2008 09:39:06 AM
Mmmk - FINALLY have decided which pattern to use, so now I know how much fabric to buy when I head back to the store on Friday.

Anybody started the actual cutting/sewing yet?
714  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - (CLOSED - Send by 8/25) on: July 29, 2008 06:30:03 PM
So after reading that I'm assuming that having (and wearing) an apron will mean I'll actually clean my house.  Wink

I dunno. My sister made some adorable aprons for my girls. They wear them all the time. But their bedroom looks... well... disastrous. I don't think wearing aprons helped them at all.

At any rate, I have narrowed my pattern choice for my partner down to two. If I can't make up my mind, I may have to flip a coin.

Heads or tails, Aeon?

=)
715  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - (CLOSED - Send by 8/25) on: July 28, 2008 04:59:59 AM
Thank you, Elvissatx!

I think my partner will be quite fun to do for!
716  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ethical quandry: vintage pattern, to cut or not to cut? on: July 27, 2008 07:36:04 PM
Wow - this discussion is all over the place.

Personally, I have dozens of vintage patterns. For me, it's not about the monetary value (I got most of them for $1.00 each at an antique shop) - it's about having something I love. I own nothing I don't love, and I own nothing that I don't use. Otherwise, what's the point? You become a slave to your possessions.

That being said, if my vintage patterns have already been cut, I use them as is. If they have not, I trace them. I also have vintage embroidery transfers. Again, I trace them (with a heat transfer pencil) to preserve the original sheets, many of which are so fragile they would fall apart if I even tried to use them. I hope someday my  girls will love these patterns as much as I do, and then I will be able to pass them along to them.

Enjoy the patterns, whether you cut or not. =)
717  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - One Day Left To Join! (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/2 on: July 27, 2008 05:43:41 PM
You'd only have to make one apron every 1.53 days - that's totally doable. I mean... work would totally understand you taking a leave of absence over APRONS, right?! =)

And I'm sure we'll all be happy with our partners - I've been checking out everyone who is signed up and they are all incredibly talented. I feel lucky that this is my first swap!
718  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - One Day Left To Join! (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/2 on: July 27, 2008 05:22:32 PM
Hah! I actually thought, "Huh. 12:01 isn't so late. I get to sleep in tomorrow. I should stay up to check." And then I envisioned myself sitting at the computer clicking the refresh button repetitively until something changed...

And THEN I envisioned myself with red-rimmed eyes trying to get the right breakfast to the right kiddo in the morning, swishing with facial toner, and putting salt in my coffee. Because I just don't do mornings. Ever.
719  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first apron. on: July 27, 2008 02:34:22 PM
That's so cheerful looking! Your sewing looks great, especially for a first attempt!
720  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Vintage Apron Swap - One Day Left To Join! (Sign ups 7/13-7/27, Send by 8/2 on: July 27, 2008 02:05:33 PM
85%~ That is a wonderful website you gave for the fabric store. Do you know anyone who has used their online shopping feature?

Sorry, no. My mom has called them looking for things, and said they were huge helps on the phone, but she never actually made a purchase. One of the employees was telling me that lots of clothing stylists and interior designers use it, though. She was mentioning some celebrity names, which was interesting. The place is clean, and has phenomenal fabric, but it looks kinda junky with handwritten signs everywhere and old fixtures. Not upscale at all, but I guess that's how they keep the prices so low.
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