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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 116 ENTRIES / Re: My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid on: November 10, 2016 09:14:42 AM
She IS adorable!  The costume turned out beautiful (LOVE the headpiece!) and I love the way she looks in red hair! 
Thanks! I keep telling my brother that she would be an adorable ginger, like her Auntie Wink  She's a very light strawberry blonde, if her hair does what mine did, it will get more strawberry as she gets older.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Damask Wars Dark Side Vanity Case - Swoon Olive on: November 08, 2016 04:17:23 PM
Olive looks challenging to sew, is she?  Is there a LIGHT side Damask?  This is really cool, I love your bags and purses. Smiley
She was a really easy sew for me.  I know she'd be easy for you to put together Wink  They did have a light side version in the same colorway but with silhouettes of Han and Leia and R2 I think?  I liked the way the bad guys looked better, so I went dark side Wink
3  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 116 ENTRIES / My Adorable Niece as Ariel the Mermaid on: November 05, 2016 08:45:14 PM
This year I did not make myself something new, well not entirely, but adorable little niece got something instead!  She dug through my fabric stash and found the mermaid scales and the purple fabric and excitedly announced "This is ARIEL fabric! Can I be Ariel for Halloween?".  I was going to make her Snow White at her original request, but she's a girl like her own aunt, constantly enlarging her costume list.  Since she picked out the fabrics from my stash, I couldn't say no.  She'll be 5 in January, soon I can teach her how to sew as well Cheesy 
Now, I couldn't just make a costume, a girl needs accessories too!  I made her a seashell tote bag to gather her Halloween candy in, and a coordinating hair flower with a starfish and Swarovski rhinestones (no plastic stones here, I busted out the good stuff for her!). My sister-in-law picked up a red wig for her to help finish off the look.  I was worried she wouldn't last with the wig, as I know how annoying they can be, and 4 year-olds aren't exactly up to dealing with annoying things for the sake of a costume lol.  She kept it on and loved it! 
I used Simplicity 8098 with some modifications. I turned the shells sideways on the bodice to mimic Ariel's, added a peplum to the bodice waist to hide her belly as she gets taller, and added tulle for the fin instead of fabric.  I had a 40 yard bolt laying around, I used about 2 yards for the fin. I drafted the tote bag pattern myself and made the shell applique on the front from a shiny blue spandex, pellon flex foam, and patience.  I used the applique stitch on my sewing machine to seal the edge of the shell, and then used a straight stitch (along the edge of the app stitch) to sew it to the bag front.





4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Damask Wars Barrel Purse - Swoon Blanche on: October 28, 2016 09:15:53 AM
I LOVE this Damask Wars fabric!  I want to make everything from it, it's such a perfect and simple design!  Since my birthday is in a little over a week, I decided to try and treat myself and made this bag.  I needed a simple black bag (and nerdy) in my wardrobe, and this fabric was the perfect answer.  I added silver glitter mirror canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies to make the fabric pop.  I can't wait to take it out this weekend and show it off!
https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1314914128548344








5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Damask Wars Dark Side Vanity Case - Swoon Olive on: October 26, 2016 07:03:30 PM
I'm in love with this fabric from Knitorious Fabrics (Damask Wars - Dark Side) and this Swoon pattern (Olive).  I've had Olive stashed away for a while now.  I kept pulling her out to make something and was never happy with my fabrics and put her away for another day.  Along came the Damask Wars fabric and I KNEW I finally had a reason to sew her up!  I made this the Heavy Woven Damask Wars, black kona cotton from Joann, and a grey cotton with silver stars from my stash (might be from Joann?).  The handle is made with silver Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies.
This pattern was a joy to sew, it was very easy to put together and cut.  I look forward to actually trying some other fabrics now that I know what it looks like.


The front features a slip pocket!




The handle is silver glitter vinyl with a cotton lining (I was low on vinyl).  The handle connectors are riveted to the gusset after being sewn securely.


I put my tag on the inside, as it just didn't work outside.  It would have covered Boba Fett's head on the back Sad
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wonder Woman Crossbody Purse - Swoon Rosie on: October 18, 2016 08:16:11 AM
If you are a member of Pattern Review (for at least the past 90 days or more) you can vote for my bag in their contest!
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=260&vote=21724
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag on: October 18, 2016 08:12:58 AM
can you please tell me where you got that fabric!!!!  I need need need some of it!
The fabrics are all from Joann Cheesy
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wonder Woman Crossbody Purse - Swoon Rosie on: October 06, 2016 03:31:55 PM
I've been pondering this one after making the Batgirl bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450016.0).  I made the Wonder Woman barrel bag, a wallet, and a tote bag, a crossbody only seemed a natural next direction Wink  

You can vote for my bag in the Pattern Review handbag contest! http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=260&vote=21724








The logo is Black HTV and Yellow HTV cut on my Silhouette.  They were then transferred to a scrap of the lining yellow fabric and interfaced with Pellon 808.  The entire thing was carefully handcut by me so that there was a tiny border of the yellow fabric (to sew through).  Even though the fabric was interfaced, I still used fray check on the edges to seal them.  It was then carefully stitched to the bag flap front (before sewing the flap together).


This is my proud moment.  The back of the flap is red cotton twill, and parts of the front are the blue stars.  The bobbin was red thread and the top thread was blue.  When I hit the glitter vinyl, I ended the blue thread, pulled it through to the back, tied it off, and switched to the red.  It was a bit more work, but totally makes this look much better.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag on: September 29, 2016 07:54:03 AM
Great stuff! Cheesy So swish. I want it. Maybe I need to buy a ukelele. Cheesy

OMG DO IT!  It's so much fun... and then you have an excuse to make a cute bag Wink
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag on: September 28, 2016 07:42:25 PM
Last week I got a Ukulele. I still have yet to name it, but it's purple and pretty and killing my fingers LOL I knew it needed a home of it's own, rather than living in the cardboard box from the manufacturer.

I set out to either draft a pattern, or find one, to make a case for it. I wasn't happy with the pre-made ones on Amazon, they just didn't speak to my personal tastes. It had to coordinate with my Uke, be geeky, and be a sturdy case - not a flimsy bag. I found a pattern by SusieDDesgins on Etsy that seemed like a good starting point for me.

A lot of modifications went into this to get it to be just the way I wanted, and I LOVE it <3 I added the backpack straps on the back, copied from the Swoon "Lucy" pattern (zipper on them converts to a single shoulder strap), piping was added to the outside edges (what a pain, but so pretty), and it was sewn with bound edges facing inside, and not showing on the outside (as the pattern called for). I also added Peltex Stabilizer to the front and back, as well as sturdy flex foam to the side gussets for padding and support.

Her pattern, as it is, is a great pattern.  I only modified it because it still wasn't exactly what I wanted in a bag.  Otherwise, it's a perfect pattern for a soprano Ukulele, and very easy to follow.  I'd suggest that you have some sort of prior bag making experience first though.  I would not try to tackle this if you are a beginner sewer.


It's so pretty and perfect for my new Ukulele Cheesy


The lining and handle and straps were made in music note fabric.  I figured it was only fitting.


The back straps were take from the Swoon "Lucy" backpack pattern. I then made small tabs that went over the raw edges of the top and bottoms of the straps to hide them.  There was no seam to sew them into, so they needed to be covered.


The zipper in the middle unzips to convert the strap from a shoulder strap to backpack straps.


I love this lime green zipper for the bottom!


The inside edges were raw, so they were covered in bias binding tape.  I would have preferred that the tape was lime green as well, but I didn't have enough, so I went with what I had, Navy.  It works.
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