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1  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.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 1966 Batgirl Costume Inspired Purse - Swoon Rosie on: August 23, 2016 03:06:53 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this newest bag!  It was a commission for a friend who needed a purse to go with their Batgirl costume at Dragon Con.  We went back and forth and I was given creative freedom to create this.  Seeing as they already own 2 of my bag and several accessories, they knew something awesome was bound to happen.  This is the Swoon Rosie pattern and it was my first time making it.  The pattern looked perfect for what I needed, so I dove right in.  I had to create the bat from Pellon 808 backed yellow cotton fabric with HTV heat pressed on in gold and yellow.  That was then appliqued onto the front flap by hand cranking my machine.
I give you, the batgirl purse you didn't even know you needed or wanted!

https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1255685541137870







3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars Floral Wars Handbag and Wallet - Swoon Blanche and Pearl on: August 17, 2016 09:11:01 AM
I'm at it again with Swooning Cheesy  I just love these patterns and how much creativity you can have with fabrics and accents.  I used a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabrics in the limited run Floral Wars print.  I KNEW when I bought it, that this is what I was going to make with it.  It SCREAMS handbag to me!  Of course, I had to make a coordinating wallet as well Wink  This was fussy cutting hell for me.  I had to get all the panels to line up and show off a character (Vader, TK, BB8, and R2D2).  I didn't want to waste precious fabric (especially not at $20+/yd!) and only used the fabric on the fronts of the side panel pockets.  The lining and back part were all in a pretty swirly black I had in my stash.  This saved on my Floral Wars fabric, and I like how it makes the sides pop.  The long sides (front and back) are accented in Black Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supplies (AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!).  The handles are made with the black glitter canvas on the fronts, and lined in cotton for longer wearing and comfort.  I don't like when vinyl handles stick to my arms in the warmer months (ew).  There is also a long crossbody/shoulder strap made from all cotton, it is removable when not in use and can be stored in one of the small side pockets.
Purse and Wallet Album https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1217784854927939






Left and Right side pockets featuring a TK and BB8


Beautiful Black Glitter Mirror Canvas for accents Cheesy


Cotton backed handles for comfort and durability


Perfect fussy cutting for Vader's head on the front snap tab


The back has a TK and my tag Cheesy



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floral Wars Star Wars Lightsaber Skater Dress on: August 17, 2016 08:23:31 AM
I got this amazing swim knit fabric from Knitorious Fabrics in a limited run back in April as a pre order.  It arrived in June and I held on to it until I could figure out what to make with it.  I had bought a cotton woven as well and made a handbag and wallet set from that.  I knew I wanted a special dress for myself, something flirty and feminine and with a touch of nerd.  I picked the lightsaber print over the characters for my dress, as I wanted it to be subtle.  Unless you are staring at it and know Star Wars, the lightsabers don't jump out and scream HI I'M A HUGE NERD!!!  I scoured Pinterest for and google images for inspiration.  I liked the peek-a-boo lace accents I was seeing over and over again, and decided that was what I wanted.  I set out to draft my pattern and then created the dress Cheesy
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1217193791653712.1073741876.142393185800450&type=1&l=8f44a58f9d




Fabric and zippers, trying to choose a color was hard, as they all look good.


I used a teal knit I found in the remnant bin at Joann for a mockup, and it later became the lining fabric as well.


Happy with how the skirt was falling, I cut it out of the good fabric (SCARY since it was $20/yd and no longer available!).  I then mocked up the lace insert with a sweetheart neckline in the front.  The lace continues to the back as well.


I was happy with the bodice and the fit, so on to the good fabric again.  I was getting excited at this point, it was starting to look exactly as I had envisioned in my head Cheesy


Zipper choosing.  I was going to use the rose colored one, and in my tiredness (it was 1am at this point) I used the teal LOL  It still looks great though!


The finished back, sans hook and eye for the top


This bodice front is so pretty.  I edged the neckline in a cotton piping to help it keep it's shape over time, same with the arms.  I need to take it off the arms though and cut about an inch or so lower in the arm hole.  It was a little tight after wearing it for a while.


Don't mind my messy bedroom lol  The bodice and skirt are fully lined so that the fabric doesn't cling to me and show off my undergarments.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Marriott Carpet Print Men's Shirt - McCalls M7206 on: August 17, 2016 08:03:53 AM
So after seeing my Marriott Carpet dress ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449946.0 ), the hubby decided he wanted a coordinating shirt to wear along side me.  I scaled the print down for his shirt, as per his request.  He wanted to see as much of the print as possible on his shirt... well you can DEFINITELY see a lot of it!  You might get dizzy staring at it though LOL

The pattern M7206 is very straightforward.  I altered this to have a solid front instead of the 3 panels as the pattern calls for.  Otherwise, I made this from cutting to finish in about 3 hours.  My husband loves it, and says it fits better than some of his store bought ones.  I made this in a 40 size, but I cheated the side seams at 3/8" instead of the standard 5/8".  He needed that extra 1/2" for his beer loving belly  Roll Eyes  This was another case of only ordering 2 yards of fabric for this project, but needing 3 for fussy cutting.  Since I only had two, the pattern does not line up, and it bothers me, but he said he loves it all the same.  You have to look closely, but there are two pockets on he front of the shirt lol
https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Marriott Carpet Print Skater Dress on: August 17, 2016 07:54:45 AM
This could fall under costume or clothing, depending on how you look at it Cheesy .  I made this dress to wear to Dragon Con 2016, as this is the first year without the epic carpet.  If you have been there in the past, you KNOW that carpet well.  It sort of developed a cult following and mutated into it's own beast - complete with a parade entry, group photos, and a meeting of people who own bits of the original carpet.  A company called Volpin Props digitized the pattern into a PDF that you can download for free (to avoid making money off the original copyright).  I downloaded it and had Performance Knit printed on Spoonflower, so that I could make a dress.  I had already made 2 purses and a camera bag as a gift for friends, and I wanted something for me.
The dress pattern was drafted by me.  It's a simple circle skirt made to my waist, with a sweetheart neckline for the bodice.  The entire thing is also lined in a red knit.  I can't stand wearing skater dresses that aren't lined, you see everything through the fabric.
https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/


I accidentally cut the waist at 44" instead of 29"... so it's pleated , which worked out great as it looks super full like this.


I had fun laying out the fabric on the back panels, as I had precious little to work with after cutting the skirt.  I still got it to line up perfectly!  I used a yellow zipper here to mimic the yellow lines in the design.


I laid this bodice out so that the design would actually flow really well and give a figure flattering shape.  The carpet design isn't exactly everyday wear, so I waned it to look the best as I could with what I had to work with lol  That touch of red in the enter and on the shoulders is my favorite.
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Super Sunflower Dress "Flower Monster" on: August 12, 2016 01:26:57 PM
Dragon Con is a little over 2 weeks away!  I can't believe I actually finished a costume WELL BEFORE the day before I leave.  Typically I'm sewing/painting/sculpting etc the day before.  Sometimes I'm hand sewing in the car on the way down.  My friend is STILL finding red sequins from my Ruby slippers in her car 4 years later lol.
My friend proposed a group costume to myself an several other friends.  She has this fabulous dress that she made, covered in red roses.  We're going as a walking garden.  Everyone picked a flower they liked best, and I went with Sunflowers since they are my favorite.  Rather than cover my entire dress in sunflowers, I opted to go AS a sunflower.  I sketched out my idea and went from there.  I'm really happy that this pretty much looks like how I envisioned it to be.  My only mistake, getting a closed bottom zipper when I meant to grab a separating zipper.  I realized when it was too late and I had sewn and top stitched the zipper to the bodice *DOH*.

More photos can be seen here - https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1246626712043753

Edited to add photos of the completed costume and the entire group.



Just me


Our whole group


The bodice is pinned to the form, as I can not get it over the shoulders to put it on the form.  Luckily I bend and flex better than the form and can get it on myself with no problems.


My concept sketch.  Originally the skirt was going to have more of a romantic tutu look.  I ended up going with the platter style (sort of) as it showed off the petals better and looked more like a sunflower.  Otherwise it just looked like a oetal skirt and not like a flower at all.


The skirt is a full circle skirt that looks like a sunflower when splayed out on the ground.


This is what holds up the petal skirt.  I made a cage crinoline hoop thing using hoop steel that I had leftover from another project, and green grosgrain ribbon.  I made a long casing for the steel to thread through, by sewing a narrow seam along the edge of the doubled up ribbon. I didn't want the white hoop fabric showing, so I did this.  You then thread though how much you need, and sew it shut.  I made two hoops, the top is 70" circumference and the bottom is 120".  Each is joined by ribbon with about 6" between the waist elastic and the hoops themselves.


The petticoat is 40 yards of tulle made into 22 circles that are stacked on top of each other for super volume, but a smooth look.


To make the bolero, I covered my dress form in a plastic bag and wrapped it up in Duct tape.  I then drew on on the shape of the bolero and collar.  I cut the duct tape off the dress form, down the center back and cut out my pieces to use as a pattern.  This was then copied onto tracing paper and marks were made for cutting and joining of pieces.


The finished bolero.  It is fully lined and interfaced for structure.  The neck has boning from the edge to the nape, so that the collar stands up on it's own and isn't floppy. The sleeves are filled with tulle for the puff, whithout weighing it down.


The final touch is a little bee pin from my vintage jewelry collection  Grin
8  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!

https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1220171148022643










9  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.
10  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.
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