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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Funky Tank-ish Top With Swirly Hypno Pattern on: June 29, 2005 08:48:09 PM
I was perusing my wardrobe and noticed a definite lack of tops.  I have a well worn tank my grandmother made for my mom back in 1979 to wear under her suit jackets.  Grandma called them "shells" as opposed to tanks.  Anyway, I loved the cut and decided to replicate it so I dummied up a pattern and Wah- Lah!



Here is a close up of the fabric as well:



 What do you all think?
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Spring Skirt on: May 15, 2005 09:40:21 PM
I just finished this one today!



It's from Simplicity Pattern 7090.

The front has three panels and a slit.  Here's a couple of closer views.





I wish I could have captured the front panels a little better.  I'm really pleased with it though.  I hope to make a few more in this style if only I can find fabric as cool!

P.S. Slightly better pic of the front:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Brown Skirt With Pink Flowers on: April 30, 2005 06:21:34 PM
I have been working on this way too long (like about three weeks).  I decided today was the day to finish.



The skirt is a brown suedette material I found at JoAnns.  The flowers are made of pink polar fleece (which I learned will not pill the way felt does but has a similar look).  Here's a close up -



The button centers were an afterthought but it felt unfinished without them.  I had to do the flowers twice since my first attempt at stitching them on looked sloppy.  FYI Do not sew on four hours of sleep. 

So what do you think?  Was it worth the effort?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer Skirt for A Friend on: April 18, 2005 09:18:01 PM
My friend Judy just celebrated a birthday and I wanted to make her a pretty skirt to wear this summer.  Whereas I like really loud colors and flashy patterns, Judy likes warmer earthtones and traditional styles.  I thought the fabric below fit both our criteria.



Side view:


That's Judy modeling. 

A funny aside, Judy called me up and said she had found the perfect shirt to go with the skirt and when she came over to model the skirt for me, it turned out that she had purchased the exact same blouse I had purchased a few days earlier.  I guess our styles aren't that different after all.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bamboo Handle Bag on: April 03, 2005 08:38:45 PM
The last week has been all about getting this bag done.  It was one of those projects that took far longer then expected. 



The handles had been saved from an old bag that fell to pieces and when I saw the fabric I knew I had to put this together.

I used Butterick Pattern B4148 and then modified a bit at the top. 

So what do you think?


6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dot Skirt for Spring on: March 27, 2005 08:38:42 AM
I finally completed everything I needed to do for my graduate school applications/interview and I can get back to sewing and crafting -YAY! I'm dying to put together my Spring wardrobe.  Here's the first of my skirts for the season.

Side view:



Front view:



The skirt even matches my kitchen.  I had two issues though.  I put in a side zipper and at the bottom, it created a small gather.  It's not noticeable unless you look closely but any advice on how to put side zippers in more efficiently is greatly appreciated.

The second issue was more challenging.  Apparently I cut the lining a bit smaller than the skirt so when I attempted to attach the lining, I had an inch more skirt.  I wound up going back in and taking the skirt in at the waist.  It worked out fine but I'll remember to measure twice and cut one in the future.

So what do you think? 

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Tin Ceiling on: February 28, 2005 03:50:38 PM
My husband and I just finished installing a tin ceiling in our dining room (which we completed renovated from ugly wood paneling and yellow and brown linoleum).  I really dig it.
You don't see too many tin ceilings on the West Coast so this is sort of an homage to our Northeastern roots.
Here's a wider view.     
We need to get some art for the walls and a new table but at least it's liveable now.
I'm getting excited just thinking about the dinner parties.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Atomic Purse on: February 21, 2005 04:09:23 PM
I just completed this one.


The fabric is from Reprodepot.com and it had been my original intention to make curtains for my dining room with it but the blue clashed with the Robins Egg color on the walls.

Here is the interior


The flower on the front was a last minute addition.  It seemed to need something.  In retrospect, I think I should have done something with stars.

What do you think?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Polka Dot Handbag on: February 14, 2005 08:38:42 PM
So I purchased an Amy Butler pattern this weekend along with some fantastic fabric and made up this fun little bag.



It was fairly easy except I did get a bit confused with the handles and sewed them in between the lining and the bag the first time around.  Opps!  I opened it back up and fixed it with minimal damage.

I lined the bag with pink satin, which I think I'll avoid in the future.  It was really delicate and frayed quite a bit.  If anyone has any lining suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate them.   I'd also love to know about any other handbag patterns I should check out.  Next to shoes, handbags are my passion.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Funky Little Girls Jumper on: February 11, 2005 09:33:52 AM
Hi, first post for me.  I recently got a brand, spanking new sewing machine (after a decade of sewing with an antique) and was inspired to make a  jumper for my friends  little girl.  It's a bit Valentines themed - check out the satin and lace shoulder ties and the coloring.



I just adore the material and I have half a mind to go back and get some to make a skirt for myself. 

I hope to add a picture of Lil Miss T wearing the garment in the future!
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