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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tutorial: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket on: October 17, 2007 12:14:26 AM
I think I fixed the pictures, although it took forever). Thanks for being interested! I'm glad people have found the tutorial useful. Post pictures of your bags too!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial on: August 12, 2007 07:44:50 PM
Thanks! I can't wait to see pictures of the ones that other people make.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial on: August 10, 2007 06:05:11 PM
Thanks for the kind comments everyone! I haven't been on Craftster for a while - this place has grown! When I started making the skirt I grabbed the camera because I knew it would make an easy tutorial and someone else could benefit from it. Finding clothes that fit when you're pregnant sucks!

klum78, to answer your question, it stays up on me. The trick is to shape it to your body. Try it on before you topstitch it and make the panel smaller or larger accordingly. Also, since the backside of the skirt is fitted, it sits nicely on the butt and keeps it from falling down. 

I generally can't stand the feeling of a big tight panel that stretches across my midsection and lands practically under my boobs, so I like to wear it a little lower and have the option of pushing the fabric below the belly. If you want it tighter, you could feed some elastic through the t-shirt hem before you sew it to the skirt.

Here's another one I made when I was pregnant with my son 5 years ago:



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Super easy Maternity skirt tutorial on: August 10, 2007 12:00:42 PM
I only have 3 weeks left and I'm not about to go out and buy any more maternity clothes, but I really want something new and comfortable to wear so last night I whipped up a new skirt. I took pictures along the way so I could share the "pattern" with other prego crafters.

First, find a skirt you like in your pre-pregnancy size and a t-shirt that matches.



Then, cut out a space for your big 'ole belly. Take that piece and line it up with the hem of the T-shirt and cut around it about an inch extra. (Only cut one side of the shirt in case you mess up and need more.)



Now, pin your panel to your skirt making sure to line up your hem and waistband.  Sew.



Then sew a straight topstitch to finish it off and make it sturdy.



You can wear it two ways. I don't recommend going topless though. I added an anchor embellishment at the bottom with some leftover T-shirt material.



I like this style because it maintains the fit and look of a regular skirt, yet has a compartment for your belly. I hope this helps some other pregnant fashionista out there!

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2006 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: October 31, 2006 06:09:31 PM
My 4-year-old boy asked to be an "angry robot" and this is what I came up with:





6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Big pleated vintage/retro tote I made :) on: July 07, 2006 03:09:54 PM
Great bag! I loooove that fabric.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket TUTORIAL on: July 07, 2006 03:08:03 PM
Good point. Yes, the side panels should be 4 1/2 inches as well. I think I did 5 inches the first time I made one and then 4 1/2 inches the other times. You're right though, the measurements can be whatever you like, just make sure they match up with the pieces next to them!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket TUTORIAL on: July 04, 2006 05:38:03 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. I haven't visited this thread in a while so I'm late to answer your question jloveg, but the measurements for the cut out pieces are:

front and back of the bag - 13 inches across at the top, 17 at the bottom, 12 inches from top to bottom

Side panels - 3 inches across the top, 5 inches across the bottom,  12 inches from top to bottom
Pocket is about 10 inches wide, 8 inches long.

bottom of the bag is 4.5 inches by 17 inches.

The strap and flap sizes are up to you.

I thought I'd add pictures of some more bags that I made following this pattern. They were for a commission for a shop in NYC (Sweet Charity in the Park Slope area).





9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Diaper Bag with Elastic Pocket TUTORIAL on: January 16, 2006 02:12:03 AM
The outside fabric is reinforced with heavy Pellon interfacing, so it's sturdy. I've done other bags like this and reinforced the bottom with plastic placemats cut to fit.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Delia's-esque Purse -- done my way! on: January 05, 2006 04:31:35 PM
I like your purse better too. Cute fabric!
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