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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grab Bag (1st FO in over a year!) on: February 24, 2009 11:35:48 AM
I wouldn't normally be so excited about a bag, but it's the first time I've used my sewing machine in over a year and this is this first thing I've made with it in that time!

The outer is printed cotton and the lining is a pre-quilted fabric.

I was surprised at just how much stuff I could fit in it;

I found the pattern via this blog

The sewing took me about 2.5 hours and the pattern was pretty detailed.  I felt some of the instructions were superfluous (machine basting, for example) but I just skipped those bits.

There are a few more photos in my gallery.  Thanks for looking!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Esme hat and Torbay cardigan (my designs) on: December 10, 2008 03:44:52 AM
I wanted to share a couple of my designs that have recently been published.

Esme is a two-in-one hat that can be worn as a beret or a cloche.  It's knit in a chunky yarn and makes for a quick knit.

Torbay is a neck-down yoke cardigan (in many sizes) knit in an aran-weight yarn.  It features simple cables down the front and garter stitch welts.  A contrast yarn used in the cast on and off provide a nice finish.

Both are in the Winter 2008 issue of The Inside Loop.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dotty nature travel tote shoulder bag on: March 30, 2007 01:03:10 PM
Actually made from an actual pattern!

The pattern is Burda from an old Zig Zag magazine.

I put in a front zip pocket using instructions from a sewing book and a patch pocket inside.

For more and nauseating details with many more pictures see this blog post.

Comments or questions?  Feel free to ask.  Thanks.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Dotty nature soft tote bag with coin purse - phew! on: March 19, 2007 07:58:17 AM
I made this set for the Traveller's swap and I was so proud I decided to show them off here.

It's a very simple square tote bag with the cut-out corners.  I made a tab so the bag would actually close.

I used a large wooden button to keep the theme with the fabric.

The coin/lipstick purse is detatchable from the main bag.  It's also very simple, but very effective.  The loop is made from white narrow ribbon and it's closed with a small beige zip.

I love the fabric so much, I'm in the process of making my self a shoulder bag!

So, waddaya think?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hot water bottle cover - on: March 08, 2007 12:13:11 PM
I made this for a swap I was in here and it was so sucessful, I decided to write up the pattern.

I used a chunky wool so it knitted up really quickly.

Pattern link:

I also included rough instructions for an Aran-weight yarn (not yet tested).

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pirate Fisherman's Hat - AVAST ME HEARTIES! on: January 31, 2007 05:07:06 AM

Self-designed mash-up between an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern (Maltese Fisherman's Hat) and the "We call them pirates" pattern from Hello Yarn.

For more details (all in pirate talk!) see this blog post dyedinthewool.wordpress.com/2007/01/31/fo-pirate-fishermans-hat/
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ASBO Chic: Burberry Hoodie (IRONIC!) on: January 07, 2007 01:31:56 PM
A brief history for those who don't know: an ASBO, a Chav, the Hoodie and Burberry.

And now enjoy my little creation:

Bad face day:

More photos here (on Flickr)

Simplicity 9513, view C (Pattern no longer available), fabric from Cheapfabrics.co.uk
Modifications: I cut a size smaller than that suggested by the pattern, to give a more fitted look (it has 6" of ease when finished, and that's a bit too much for my tastes).
I also altered view C from a pullover to a jacket by not cutting the front piece on the fold and adding a centimetre to each side.  I then created a facing and inserted a zip.

I really love it - it's warm and practical and it's the perfect birthday present to myself!  Grin
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Black/white checked tunic shirt - simplicity 4171 on: December 19, 2006 01:05:54 PM

Security pocket in the right side seam for travel pass, change, etc.

More details on this blog post.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Smock top stripey nightdress on: August 07, 2006 09:38:41 AM
I made this for my mum (because she asked - repeatedly!).

More pictures in my Flickr

I used this fantastic tutorial from robostrock.

The contrast panel in the band is becuase I made it too small - I decided to make a feature out of it!

Any questions or comments?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Princess Seam blouse/shirt - mega curvy! on: June 25, 2006 06:11:06 AM

I made some mega modifications to this and it really makes a difference!  Normally I get what I call the "trampoline" or "suspension bridge" effect with my shirts - that piece of fabric between my boobs get stretched really tightly!

Here's what I did to the side front piece -



I did make more changes once I'd started sewing up, but overall I'm quite pleased with it.

Click on the pictures to go to a larger view, and whilst you're at Flickr, there is a whole Photo Set with different views of the finished item.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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