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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wonder Woman - Swoon Blanche on: July 10, 2016 08:40:02 AM
Swoon updated their Blanche Barrel bag design, and I have to say, I love it so much more now.  It's always been a favorite pattern of mine, but now I can jazz it up even more with the added contrast panel on the front and back panels.  In the spirit of Independence Day, I had decided to make a Wonder Woman Blanche.  Unfortunately, rain cancelled all fireworks in our area, so she didn't get to go out and have fun that day.  Her contrast panels are a star print cotton, accented with a yellow piping.  I used a gold Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supplies for the handle connectors, handles, and WW logo on the front.  The red cotton I used for the body of the bag is thinner than the twill I usually use, so it wrinkled more so than normal when I turned the bag, and they won't come out Sad  Otherwise, I am so happy with her!


12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Long Tulle tutu style overskirt for my vow renewal dress on: June 27, 2016 03:01:50 PM
Thank you everyone!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon Harriet - Beer and Bacon Tote with insulated coozies built in on: June 16, 2016 07:29:42 PM
In between making things for my Etsy, I like to make things for me. At the end of June, I'll be going to the Fancy Food Show in NYC, this means I need a bag that can hold samples, as well as my regular purse items. I wanted it to be food related and spent about an hour in Joann staring at various options. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE beer and bacon. That is the story of how this beautiful bag was born.
The outside has Beer glasses with various brews, it's accented with a burgundy vinyl, and has Bacon peek-a-boo panels to expand it into a tote. Inside features a 9" zipper pocket lined in bacon fabric. There are also two insulated beer bottle coozies built right in! The outside has a slip pocket on the front, which is perfect for a small tablet or phone. This easily holds a 6 pack of beer (bottles or cans) and two special bottles. A full growler or two half growlers, and two special bottles. Two special bottles and a picnic lunch. A 10lb curious kitty, etc. It has many options for toting around your favorite brews and things.
Vinyl on the purse from MiKri World Craft Supplies, it's a new one called "Wine Not" and is backed with a black flocked/fleece fabric. It was SUPER easy to work with and the color is just gorgeous. There was enough on this roll (12" x 54") to make this bag. The bag is Swoon; Harriet, at 125% size.

4 Pack of Beer and a 64oz growler.  I'm bottle aging that 120 minute IPA, it came out briefly for a photo op and went right back into the cellar Wink

The purse design has expansion panels to make it bigger, that zip up.  I put the bacon fabric in here for a fun little pop Cheesy

I also added bacon fabric to the inner pocket lining hehe

64oz growler and two special bottles with room for more!

Complete with heavy duty purse feet... and a curious kitty (River Tam)

Looks like it holds a 10lb cat pretty easily too   Grin

This is my favorite part, the top stitching.  I stitched the vinyl in the coordinating burgundy thread, stopped at the top of the piece, pulled the threads to the back and tied them off.  I then started just above it in the cream colored thread to top stitch the beer fabric.  The threads were also pulled to the back and tied off to secure them.  I didn't want cream thread on the vinyl, and I didn't want burgundy on the fabric, so I had to improvise.  It was tedious, but so worth it for the final look.

There was not enough vinyl to make double sided vinyl handles, which is better actually.  I lined them in the bacon fabric, lining up the "EAT" and the Piggy to read all across the handle.  This makes the handle more flexible and softer on the skin.  I don't like it when vinyl sticks to my skin in the summer or in general.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Long Tulle tutu style overskirt for my vow renewal dress on: June 12, 2016 09:37:07 AM
My husband and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage this year.  Our actual anniversary was on May 28th.  We are having a vow renewal on June 25th, and taking all new photos (since we got jilted out of our originals).  I didn't want to wear my wedding dress again, as my tastes have changed, and I wanted something new.  I made my original wedding dress, but I just didn't have time to put something together for this.  I found a PERFECT dress, but it needed a little something extra, so I made a romantic long tulle tutu skirt to go over it.  

I sewed the skirt from scratch, so I wasn't sure if this went in reconstructed clothing, or this category.  The dress is now absolutely perfect.  It's original mint green silk chiffon skirt adds a hint of color under the off white tulle, so it doesn't look to much like a straight up wedding dress.  I sewed hooks and eyes to the dress and skirt to keep everything from shifting around.  I can then wear this skirt with other things if I ever wanted to as well.

Edited to add a photo from our photographer

The Tulle Skirt over the existing dress.

The Dress as is.

Wrangling 15 yards of two layer tulle... it will be a long time before I attempt that again.

15 yards gathered into 32" long.  That left room for the seam allowance.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars (Swoon Harriet) Purse with surprise features... on: March 16, 2016 06:46:48 PM
I think this may be my favorite purse I've made yet.  I used the Swoon Harriet, which I LOVE, and my Silhouette Cameo.  The Harriet pattern is super easy and I can make it without the instructions now.  I found this black Star Wars fabric at Joann, and once I saw the metallic gold print, I HAD to have it for a purse!  I cut everything out and was trying to figure out how to make the side expansion panels pop.  Plain black was boring.  While looking over the pieces, I was struck instantly with a solution...

Looks Innocent enough... Metallic print fabric, black twill accents, gold thread for top-stitching...

Until you lift the flap!  But wait, there's more!

Unzip the expansion panels and you get the opening crawl from "Star Wars; A New Hope"!

This one is going to a show with me this weekend, I'll be lucky if it makes it home lol
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Miss Maisie (Swoon) in my own fabric design - Star Wars Louis Vuitton inspired! on: March 16, 2016 06:25:17 PM
Thank you everyone!  This pattern was not hard, just finicky as you got to the end.  I LOVE piping, I try to add it to things where I can.  It is SO easy to work with once you get used to it.  I've made about 200 eye masks with it, so it's super easy now lol. 
This was my first time making my own piping, I had read up on it a few years ago, and it looked super easy.  It really was easy, just a little more time consuming.  The benefit is that I have perfectly matched piping for my projects now.  Some things I'll still use the packaged piping, as it's way easier when working in bulk and saves me tons of time.
The only thing I wish I'd done different was add purse feet, but I did not have antique gold on hand at the time.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Miss Maisie (Swoon) in my own fabric design - Star Wars Louis Vuitton inspired! on: March 02, 2016 08:19:36 PM
I'm in love with my fabric design.  It was something I came up with a few years ago and made a few bags out of.  This year I decided to bring it back and make more styles.  This Swoon Maisie style seemed the perfect shape for my fabric.  I've also made a Blanche in this fabric, and a Pearl in my multi color black.  I changed the handle connectors on the bag itself, from what the original pattern called for.  I wanted a simpler design.  I made my own piping from the faux suede I used on the handles, bottom, and handle connectors.  I left off the shoulder strap that the pattern called for, as I did not have enough faux suede to make that part.  I added an additional pocket to the other side of the bag as well.  The pattern only has one, but I LOVE pockets on purses.

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A bag for my Silhouette Cameo - Swoon Stella - Star Wars Stlyed! on: March 02, 2016 08:04:29 PM
I *adore* this bag! It's amazing, and I don't even have a Cameo to carry around with me. I might need one of these just for carrying around in general (or for my luggage for weekend cons).

I'm going to add this (and your TARDIS bag) to my Pinterest, if you don't mind.

This is just amazing.
By all means, yes!  Add away!  When I'm not carrying Vader (my Cameo) around, it will be my travel bag too.  All that work, it will play multiple rolls on my travels lol

Wowza! I'm definitely going to have to check out those patterns! Amazing!

How do you get anything done since I'm sure you're constantly getting stopped to ask about your bags! Wink
The funniest thing is, it's MEN that stop me the most!  They want to see it and can't believe it!  Then I usually get 2 different responses from them "Man, I wish I could get my significant other to carry a cool purse like that" or "Wow, how come men can't carry cool purses?!" I LOVE when they want to see it and how it's made!  That ends up in a business card in their hand lol

That is completely AWESOME! I love Swoon patterns - have only made one so far, but it was great, and I love the look of many others - will be trying a new one soon!

Great job - I love the geekiness! Smiley
Thanks!  Their patterns are so great, and so easy to follow.  I've done Harriet, Stella, Blanche, Maisie, Glenda, and Pearl so far.  Multiples of each pattern (except Stella).  Pearl is the  easiest so far, I've done 5 of those.  Maisie was a little bit of a challenge, but that was due to changing the pattern a bit and making my own trims.
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swoon Harriet - TARDIS purse - it really IS bigger on the inside! on: March 02, 2016 07:57:26 PM
That looks awesome, too! I haven't noticed the Harriet pattern  on the Swoon site - will have to look. You mentioned your other bag (the Star Wars one) took a lot of time and work - how was this one?

This one was not bad, about 5-6 hours of work for me.  The cutting and fusing of the interfacings takes the longest.  Directions were super easy to follow as well.  All of the Swoon patterns are amazing (from what I've tried so far).

Would it be horrible of me to say that this is truly truly stellar?


Seriously though, this is amazing. I feel like I live my life constantly searching for the perfect bag, but this one looks super close. It's fantastic.

THANK YOU!  I love this bag and might have to make one for myself, as this one just sold and will be on it's way to a new home!

That fabric is amazing! And so is your work. It looks store bought!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I was going for a clean look and take pride in my craftsmanship.  To hear it looks store bought is great!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A bag for my Silhouette Cameo - Swoon Stella - Star Wars Stlyed! on: February 29, 2016 05:57:19 PM
I'm getting more active at conventions and wanted to be able to offer my customers personalization on items during the show to pick up later on.  This means my Silhouette Cameo has to be able to come with, and be carried around safely (and in style!) with all it's accessories and supplies - that meant a LARGE bag, custom sized.  I love the Swoon patterns, and have made several already, so it was only natural that I wanted to stick with that line. They have the Stella pattern, which is a weekender bag style.  Lots of pockets, sturdy construction, and large.  Unfortunately, still not long enough for my needs.  The Cameo is about 22" long, Stella is only 18" long.  On the advice of a fellow crafter, I added to the folded edge of the pattern pieces by 3" (making each one 6" longer in total") and my bag was now the perfect size.  However, it was a LOT of fabric and stabalizers, and interfacing to cut and fuse.  I probably won't make this pattern again, as it took me 2 days to finish.  I had to walk away from it for an entire day in between.  It was still easy to follow the instructions, it was just a LOT of work.  The pattern was well written, well made, and turned out great.  It holds my cameo and it's parts perfectly, and is plenty sturdy and perfectly nerdy.

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