Okay, so capes seem to totally be in style this year. And, I really wanted one. So, I looked at every cape pattern I could find and decided I was in love with New Look 6007.
Obviously, I used the one in the big picture. I decided I didn't want to make the tie belt, so I'm on the hunt for a nice pleather belt to go with the cape. But, this belt is the belt I had laying around haha I'm still planning some minor alterations. Such as figuring out the best way to add pockets and redoing the hem because it's kinda sloppy since I didn't realize at first that it would be so visible.
The walmart closest to my house recently brought back fabric.. and with it? Simplicity's Sew Simple patterns which are only a dollar! I can always use a new light weight jacket or bolero to cover my shoulders, so I picked up Simplicity's Sew Sew Simple 1964 pattern. The fabric is also from walmart, surprisingly, since it's super cute and walmart fabrics are usually ugly. All in all, the pattern was in fact really easy to use.. although I did my own thing for a few elements of the jacket, I tend to stop reading directions after the second step. As I was putting it together I was afraid that my chest was going to turn out to be too big, but it worked out and fits really well.
Petticoat tutu for kids. I'm actually making two of these. Green and burgundy. Both are made from: tulle, satin, ribbon, and elastic. The process take a while because there are not a whole lot of shortcuts, but this one came out really cute.
Here is a purse I made. The fabrics are all thrifted. All the interfacing is left overs from other projects. So, the only new an for this project pieces were the magnetic snap, zipper, and the rings on the straps. The straps are multifunctional. They can be a shoulder strap or bookbag straps. There is a zipper pocket on the inside. Thanks for looking! More pictures and other info can be found on my blog: http://jordannhall.blogspot.com/2011/10/ruffle-bag.html
Okay, soooo. You're going to start with three pieces: Two piece of fabric and one piece of interfacing (or two, this really depends on your preference). I had sew-in interfacing laying around, so that's what I used. I made mine 7x4.5". I basted the three pieces together, like a sandwich. The fabric is right sides out with the interfacing in the middle. I put little black dashes to show you that I sewed them all together
Next, bias tape. I made a lot of these, but for most of them I used single fold, normal width bias tape. I pinned the bias tape on, rounding it on the corners. After it was pinned on, I cut the corner to the curve of the bias tape. Stitch the bias tape on, unpin, fold it over the end, sew again.
Finishing touches: The felt I sewed in is 3.5x2.25 - I folded the envelope in order to decide where to put it, but it sits about 2.5" from the side. The "male" snap is about .5" from its edge, the "female" snap is on the opposite side of the envelop, about 1.25" from its edge. I used a singer snap fastener kit, but hand sewing in regular snaps would be just fine! And we're done! Any questions??