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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / OOPS, I did it again...[IMGS] on: March 31, 2007 03:59:42 PM
I modified my last, less than original, creation and came up with this. I made it a little bigger(its 9x10) and i just love this one! turquoise and brown go so well together and paisley almost always rocks...









whatcha think?

nikki




22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / absolute knock-off--Vera Bradley Style + Better Fabric and Mini-Tute!{IMGS} on: March 29, 2007 08:41:02 PM
I am always looking for inspiration and I keep seeing all these awsome V.B. purses, but with less than fabulous prints, in my opinion that is... Anyhoo, I was stalking her site this afternoon and found a really cute bag that in no way would I ever pay $48 for. So I got out some scraps, cause I always wreck the good stuff, and came up with this...and I thought the fabric was going to totally clash, but I actually love it. It's on the small side, only 8x9 inches, but its a complete and total rip-off of her design, with one exception, okay well two, fabric I like and the straps are a little longer, lol.

I call her Sharon, the illegitimate sister of Sherry


closer


side--so damned cute!!


the inside: which prolly isn't like a V.B., cause Iv'e never seen the inside of one


What sucks the most is my mom fell in love with it and was like "You should sell these!",  I was like, "uh Mom, I don't wanna go to jail.".  Oh well, I might could tweak it a bit and makeit my own, but I love the pattern the way it is....what do you guys think?

PS, two friends of mine that I assume don't want to see me behind bars for some copyright deal say that the lines of mine are different and its not a total rip-off.....I tink they are just being nice, afterall I really tried to make it like hers, lol  Help!

Nikki

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / i cant manage money, but thank god i can make purses...[IMG PHAT] on: March 27, 2007 05:21:19 PM
so i got myself in trouble with some $$ over the past week, (ebay is the devil!),and how can i get myself out of it? haha! make stuff out of the evil goods i received!

the other stuff is still in progress, but i couldn't wait to post these. I'm quite proud of the skulls  Grin

but first my intro to spring its about 9x12 with 9 inch long straps and a 4 inch bottom and is heavily interfaced:


inside with one wide pocket, one split pocket:


and onto the skulls!(this one is 12 inches high from bow to bottom, 15 inches wide when laid flat and the straps extend about 12 inches from top):


closer:


inside:


the purdy red bow, (to match the stitching, of course!):


and one last closeup--to show the different stitching around each skull:


there ya have them! whatcha think? think I can start bailing myself out of my mess? HAHA Cheesy

Nikki
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Piratey Stripey Goodness.....(name changed) [pics] on: March 06, 2007 02:21:59 PM
I was going through tutes last night and realized that I had the perfect fabric for the stripey skirt, and without further blathering....

front:


side view:


close-up of stitching along bottom edge:


It turned out to not be as flattering on me as I had hoped, so it will prolly make a debut on some website we all know one of these days. 


oh yeah and here's the link to the wonderful tute:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34064.0

oh yeah x2...that felt heart on my dressform....i was thinking about attaching it to the waistband....what do ya think?

modifid for more comments!!! I want input please  Grin

Nikki
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pattern Sizing Rant!!! @#$%&$#@!! on: February 26, 2007 08:43:17 AM
Ok, so who in the heck made up the sizing charts on the backs of patterns and does anyone actually fit into any of them??? I have had 3 failed attempts at making myself a shirt/dress that actually fits!! I am sick of ruining fabric and wasting time!

Now granted I have this lovely frumpy, lumpy body, but damn, you'd think I could make something work!  According to this dress size chart I am looking at right now, I am a size 8 in the bust, a size 18 in the waist( i am assuming, since this patterm stops at 30 inches-size 16-and my natural waist is 32 inches), and a size 12 in hips. Nothing critical whatsoever directed at BBW, but how does a 32 inch waist make a size 16+? I am not a big girl. I', 5 foot 2 and generally wear a size 9 jeans and fit most mediums in store bought shirts and dresses. Am I actually expected to cut each section based on those crazy measurments? I'd have to buy 2 sets of patterns to even do so and I really dont think the pieces would match up, being all over the chart like that.

I tried making what size I'd buy and the fit was horrible! I am a decent sewer and the addition of my serger was going to be my gateway into sewing clothes for sale, but if I cant get a decent fit for myself, who is to say I'd give anyone else a good fit? I don't want to make nor sell crap, so what do I do?  Just make a size six and pray that the perfect size 6, according to their measurements, buys it?  And how do I make stuff fit me??? Help!  Let me now I am not alone!!!

Nikki
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made a real shirt!!! Pics** on: February 20, 2007 05:34:53 PM
So silly me got a serger like 2 weeks ago and until last night had not taken it out of the box. I only took out the manual and was scared to death at the prospect of threading the d@nm thing.  HAHA on me! I decided to bite the bullet and do it last night...IT WAS PRE-THREADED!!

So I wipped out the pattern I'd been dying to try and here ya go!  And I love it and I have worn it all day...even though its a bit big and is puckered in the back. the thermal is a lot stretchier than the black jersey...oh well...things to remember for next time...oh yeah and the straps are from the cami underneath...the thermal is also a bit see through

front:


back:


another front:


and the ultra-cool serged sleeves--I am in love with my serger!! did i mention that??



What do you guys think? pretty good for a first try huh?  I also serged the bottom edges, but its white thread and you prolly couldnt see it anyhow....comments? criticism? i was thinking of making another one and reversing the fabrics and maybe doing some embroidery on the front....did I mention I love my serger?

Nikki
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my first zip-top lined tote--YAY!! on: February 12, 2007 12:48:44 PM
I had been trying to work an easier way out in my head for a while and I came up with this idea, which is actually a combination of tutes on here and after reading runnermom's latest post, I see she uses the same method..great mind think alike eh?  Wink Cheesy

Anyhoo, here it is in its John Deere glory--this is my LAST commercial print creation..i am so sick of them. no more i say!



the zipper


It came out pretty good I think...i took pics along the way, so if anyone is unclear about how to do it this way, I'd be happy to post a tute! 

Thanx for looking!

Nikki
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cute as a button...without an actual button..hmm on: February 01, 2007 08:30:15 PM
i saw this fabric in hancocks a few weeks ago and scooped some up and hadnt touched it until tonight. I got the custom order blahs again and decided to change it up a little and whipped up this little cutie.

front:


back:


inside:


keyring thingy:


comments welcome!

Nikki
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / just another skull bag on: January 29, 2007 09:37:41 AM
first of all, i hate this pattern. i have trouble with it everytime i make it, but the result is usually okay. in this case its all wonky...but its skulls..so i love it!

close up on chair


full purse shot(please excuse the ever-so-tasteless baby bottle and lighter shot--the baby nor the lighter are mine, lol)


the boring, pockeless inside


its okay as is, but i feel like it needs something....i still havent sticthed the turning hole in the lining yet, so i may add some embroidery or something--oh yeah and a pocket! why would a purse pattern NOT come with pockets?..maybe a flower pin or something would spruce it up......the plain black is well..plain...what do you guys think?

Nikki
30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / the car accident jarred some sense into me...Eyeglasses Case + Tutorial on: January 25, 2007 01:48:46 PM
So they redid this intersection near my house. They added a turn lane. I liked it well enough until this morning around 7am. I got side-swiped by some idiot who didnt realize that my lane could turn too.  While sitting int he ER waiting to be seen I started thinking about this eyeglass case delima I got myself into. I agreed to make 10 of these for someone and have never made one before. I had posted to the questions board for an easy tute and didnt find quite what I was looking for. Well, all that waiting time gave me time to work out this idea and its great! 

Here we go:


cut 1 piece of fleece and your outer print to 8x9 inches and cut one piece of lightweight interfacing to 7x8 inches and one piece of the outer fabric 6x4 inches for the closure thingy


the pictures pretty much tell the story here, but in case anyone is in doubt: fold in one short end of the 6x4 piece and press. fold in the sides to meet in the middle and then fold in half completely and stitch all the way around. get some neato pre-glued velcro and stick in on the neat end,(the one you folded in), lining it up betwen your stitches. Yay, thats done.


now, iron on your interfacing to the outer print. center the closure thingy between the middle of one of the 8 inch edges and the seam allowance and baste in place (dont forget or it will be off center!) then sew the fleece and outer fabric together on that same 8 inch edge,(5/8 seam allowance).  open it up, and press the seam flat


now is the time to add a decorative stitch or just a basic stitch, whatever you want..( i took this pic before i realized that I left the closure thingy out--so imagine it there as in the other pictures where i went back and fixed it)


fold the whole thing in half lengthwise and sew the top edge together with a 5/8 inch seam allowance


sew the raw edge end of the outer print together now, using 5/8 inch seam allowance again. then turn the thing inside out, by pulling the fleece OVER the outer print.

the piece should like this at this point




this is the beautiful part, since you used fleece, and its going to be at the bottom of the case, no worries of leaving a hole and turning and hand sewing it up...sew the entire raw edge of fleece together and cut with pinking shears if you have them, regular sissors are okay.


turn it one last time, a lotion tube works great to poke out the corners!


get that other piece of that handy-dandy self-adhesive velcro and slap the sucker on where you want the closure to, umm...close.


There you go! If you have all of your materials together you can make one of these in about 20 minutes! 

I hope someone finds this useful. I am surely glad I thought of it for myself!

Nikki

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