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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Journal clutch/cover - Keyka Lou pattern on: August 15, 2009 11:25:53 PM
Hi cathieb,

I too thought about adapting the pattern for the larger size Moleskine.  I haven't gotten around to doing anything about it yet, but these were my thoughts on how to approach it:  

1)  Measure the current pattern and determine the difference between the pattern pieces and the dimensions of the journal.  Then create my own pattern and apply the same difference for the larger size journal.  

-or-

2)  I could use this free tutorial to help me figure out how to create my own journal pattern:
http://sew-mad.blogspot.com/2008/02/triple-c.html

I can go do option #1 tomorrow and post the measurements for you.  Do I think it's worth the money to pay for a pattern where you have to do some additional work (determining and figuring out your own pattern piece)?  I don't really think so, especially if it's full price.  On sale, maybe.  What I do like about the pattern though are the numerous pictures that accompany the instructions.  The instructions and pictures are useful for making any kind of lined bag.  It would have been nice if other sizes were included.

I think it's not a bad idea to try option #2 first since it's free.

Please post pics if you make the journal clutch!  HTH  Smiley

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where is everyone? Are you all sewing your projects? What are you working on? on: July 24, 2009 10:37:21 PM
I'll share what I'm working on.  I'm taking a mini break right now from cutting out the fabric for this bag pattern (Vogue 8347):

http://images.patternreview.com/sewing/patterns/vogue/8347/8347.jpg.  My niece asked me to make the knot bag that's on the upper right corner of the picture.  So far it's looking kind of huge.  I should have told her about the free knot bag pattern that other craftsters haved used, but she bought this Vogue pattern awhile ago and has now asked me to sew it up for her.  We'll see how it goes.

Last night I finished sewing up two camera cozies.  One of them is going to a friend.  The other...well, I guess I can find a use for it.  I ended up making two just because I wanted to try different combinations of interfacings. 

I've been on a bag making mode for awhile now...wondering when I'll stop...I did start on a dress for DD a month ago but ran into some trouble with the instructions and have put it aside for now...
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Amy Butler Travel Bag - with little bears!! :D on: July 23, 2009 12:13:28 AM
You did a really nice job!  I too would love to make this bag, but haven't been feeling up to the challenge yet.  I also can't make up my mind as to what fabric to use...so many choices...

Your fabric choice is totally adorable  Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Journal clutch/cover - Keyka Lou pattern on: July 09, 2009 02:28:53 PM
Thanks everyone!

I made a second one, this time with heavy weight sew-in interfacing for the focus fabric and used batting for the lining.  I thought I'd like this clutch with some padding, but it didn't turn out to be true!  I didn't like the loft even though I did use pretty thin batting, plus it was hard for me to work with, causing me to struggle to get nice stitching.  I had a hard time sewing the curves of the flap with all that batting getting in the way.  Oh well...  Here are some pics for those who are interested in seeing a second version:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn213/maddmadd/sewing%20projects/IMG_1223.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/nn213/maddmadd/sewing%20projects/IMG_1209.jpg
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Journal clutch/cover - Keyka Lou pattern on: July 07, 2009 10:15:00 AM
Hi All,

I just finished sewing up a journal clutch/cover using Keyka Lou's pattern (she's on etsy, NAYY).

It was a quick and very satisfying project to make.  It fits the pocket sized Moleskine journal perfectly with a little room to spare on top to fit a pen.  There's something very pleasing about the Moleskine journal and to have a nice little cover just enhances it  Smiley.

I'm working on a second one right now and I would like to have some padding in it, so I might use some batting, or maybe wait to go buy some thicker fusible fleece.  I used a thin fusible fleece on the lining and a medium sew-in interfacing for the focus fabric.  I didn't quite get the feel that I wanted which is why I want to try some batting or heavier fleece next time.  Still love it though.  

I reviewed this pattern on http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=41241 if you're interested in knowing more.  





6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Here are some tips regarding pattern sizes, and adjustments on: June 27, 2009 09:24:15 PM
Thank you for sharing your tips, I think alot of us can benefit from your knowledge and experience!

Can I ask a dumb question?  Is a blend ruler the same as a French curve?  I have a French curve but haven't tried it yet.

TIA!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pleated Wristlet on: June 09, 2009 09:29:37 PM
I too really love your fabric selection.  Makes the bag sweet yet still sophisticated.  Who makes this fabric?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: grab bag purse on: May 31, 2009 09:10:29 AM
thanks for the link to the tutorial!  you did a nice job on your bag!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monk's Bag on: May 31, 2009 09:09:35 AM
cute bag!  thanks for the link to the tutorial.  now I'm interested in making one!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Amy Butler weekender bag on: May 08, 2009 10:39:17 AM
That's a great looking bag.  Nice craftsmanship!

I love seeing everybody's Weekender bags and you all do such a great job.  I wish I had the patience to make one of these, but I don't...

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