So, today I was diagnosed with chicken pox (ack!) I never got it as a child, then my little one brought it home on her, so here I am. I have a rush handbag order that has to be done by Monday, as they're Valentine's Day presents. So, I feel up to sewing them, no problem, but I'm concerned about possibly spreading the virus to others - does anyone know if this is possible? I really don't want to infect my customer's grandkiddos!!
I have this pair of shoes that I've had for over ten years now (ack! I feel old!) and they're starting to show some wear. They're my absolute favorite shoes, and I need to repair them, Aerosole doesn't make them anymore. They look somewhat like the pic below (construction is close enough), and the part where the arrow is pointing is what's coming apart. I literally have holes under my toes and balls of my feet, and I want to repair/replace it somehow so I can keep wearing them.
Does anyone know how I can do this? Or maybe some resources online to find out how? I can't seem to find anything on this, and the rest of the shoes are good, just the insoles need to be helped. It's such a waste to throw them out, I can't bring myself to do that.
So, after several weeks of bags, bags and more bags, my machine told me (yes, they do talk!) it was time to make a fun bag just for us ( my machine and me) Heh, so I made myself a nice little simple knitting bag. It took about an hour and a half (would've been an hour, but I wasn't paying attention and had to rip some out), and was actually fun
So, I signed up for a swatch club (kickass, everyone should), and part of the swatches they sent me were huge upholstery swatches. PRETTY upholstery no less...so, since I've been doing other people's wants this weekend (or, it's horrid sewing for money ) I decided my last project would be just for me.
The shine from the flash on this last picture is a little decieving, that's solid green taffeta for the lining, it's a cool deep olive green. The dark portions of it are as close as my camera got to capturing the color
Pretty great for a couple of swatches that cost less than a penny apiece
Ok here's the deal - I have a purse that has a U shaped top. It's generally open, or has a snap closure. Now, I have customers asking to install zippers on these. I've done one, but it ends up lumpy and unprofessional looking. I'm slick with flat zippers, but the curving is killing me! Does anyone have suggestions for installation of such a creature?
Here's the style of purse:
the lovely square sides and whatnot get lost with the zipper, and it ends up looking really flat - like this:
This isn't a new design or anything, but it's a really fun set of fabrics that I just love, so I had to share!
The Whole SheBang:
Detail of the Swirly Goodness:
Details of my semi-okayness at D-Ring Application:
The Niftyness that is Purse Hiney:
My Favorite of All Fabrics Thusly Crafted With: the Interior:
Now, some of you might ask, since this Orangey Goodness is my favorite, why it's not the outside fabric. This purse was a custom purchase, and she requested the smaller swirlys for the outside, and I got to choose the interior. So, I had fun And I will use this fabric again...oh yes, yes indeedy I will....oh yes.
I was commissioned (sp?) to make this purse/giganto thing to be a switch out purse for a co-worker. She's already got one this size, and requested a second, so she can wash them, etc. I have to say, so much sweat, tears and frustration went into this, I'm ready to throw it across the room.. It's done, but I'm not happy with it (perfectionist, are we?). This was the first of several techniques, pockets, a zipper top, a sturdy bottom and less sturdy sides. I found out later, I went about adding the zipper the absolute hardest, most frustrating way that I could have. Next time, the tinafish way it is any feedback is greatly appreciated - I never want to make another bag like this in my life!!! Gah.
Front Pockets(the sideways design - this way it's not so hard on the eyes):
Interior Detail (this pocket gave me so much hell!!! ACK!):
This is my first attempt at trim...so why on EARTH would I try, say, flat ribbon trim?
Because that's too damned easy!! Okay okay, so this actually really intimidated me, but my bag just wasn't complete without it. So, Off I went, and it went perfect! I'm not going to post more pics, because I'm going to be selling this design, but this was the first run, and I'm SO happy!!! I'm going to change the handle a bit, and maybe, if I can get the hang of them, add a pocket, but it's so small, it's nice to only have one place to lose things in
I'm beginning to get a LOT of requests for fabric selections for the purses I make, and I have so many fabrics at home. I adore going out and getting new stuff, and since I've already seen all my fabric, I'm not as excited about it
I want to make some sort of a swatch book, so I can show people fabrics I have available. My thought was to just use index cards, with customer info on front (type of fabric and available styles), and on the back, purchasing info for me (store, item #, price, etc)
With all the fabrics I have (several hundred varieties, I'd estimate), this is going to get bulky FAST. Is there an easier/better way to do this? Every single fabric is going to have a "subject to availability" disclaimer on it, so I'm not too concerned about suddenly not having the fabric on hand (plus I live near several excellent stores that usually stock what I need).
This will need to be decently portable, I just can't seem to think of the best, most professional way to display the options.