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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3 New Purses! (Very Img Heavy!) on: January 03, 2006 09:27:10 AM
So (sew?) this weekend I had some free time, and an order to fill (YAY!), so here's what came of the two -

Kid's Simple Handbag #1 (for a 7 year old)







Kid's Simple Handbag #2 (for a 9 year odl)








Small Purse with Flap (just for me....for now! Smiley)






Comments, suggestions and constructive criticisms are all welcome! Smiley  On the kid's purses, the only thing that makes them for kids is the strap length.  I made it long enough to sling across thier chest, but on an adult it's too short to do that.  An adult could easily just use it as a shoulder bag, but since I specifically made these for kids, that's the name I decided to use for now Smiley

My small purse with flap turned out so much better than I had thought, but the strap isn't quite long enough, as this is one I wanted to sling across my chest.  It hits a little high, but because it's so small, it's light enough that it's not really an issue.  I'm very proud of the zipper, the only issue I had was that I sewed one side of the lining WAY too close, and now, the position that you see in the zipper picture, is where the zipper will stay.  The fabric is caught pretty well in there, and as it's a fairly lightweight cotton, I'm not about to just yank it out.  Any tips on getting it out would be welcomed!!   Huh

Thanks Smiley
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stripey Purse/First Order **Pics Should work now!** on: December 31, 2005 10:33:55 AM
I am SO happy!

I designed and made a purse last night, and I'm really proud of the way it turned out.  (I'll post pics later today)  I wasn't sure I could part with it, because it's my favorite so far.  So, I carried it to work with me, and I went over to visit a male friend of mine whose opinion is always honest.  He didn't say anything for a minute, and handed it back to me.  So here's where I think "uh oh..." Then he says "How much?"  I told him I wasn't sure, as I hadn't figured it out last night, I went right to bed.  "Come on, gimme a ball park" So, okay, "$20"  He turns around, and I'm thinking "here it comes"  that I'm charging too much for my crappy handiwork, etc.  He pulls out 2 $20's and orders two for his granddaughters!  On my way (skipping, of course) back to my desk, I stopped and excitedly told two of my other friends.  They were happy, then told me they want to see available fabrics so they can place thier orders!


ACK!  I'm making a sample catalog this weekend so that I can catch those orders! Smiley

Ok, I'll post pics tonight...I'm just so proud, I could burst!!!!


Okay, so now here's the pics.  I know most probably aren't interested, but I'm damned proud   Grin
*Taps fingers impatiently....awaiting pic upload.....*
Here's the front:


And, the front again:


The bottom, sort of squared, sort of rounded, turned out nice:


The interior, with my label  Grin


Nice shot of the side, I'm really happy with how this turned out - it's a little dark, but that's a D ring...


Here's a full shot (please ignore my hand) with my nice padded handle and all


Thanks for the feedback Smiley  I'm pretty doggoned happy right now! Smiley
33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / MY FIRST SALE/CUSTOM ORDER!!!!!!!!**Pics Should Work Now!!** on: December 30, 2005 09:54:52 AM
I am SO happy!

I designed and made a purse last night, and I'm really proud of the way it turned out.  (I'll post pics later today)  I wasn't sure I could part with it, because it's my favorite so far.  So, I carried it to work with me, and I went over to visit a male friend of mine whose opinion is always honest.  He didn't say anything for a minute, and handed it back to me.  So here's where I think "uh oh..." Then he says "How much?"  I told him I wasn't sure, as I hadn't figured it out last night, I went right to bed.  "Come on, gimme a ball park" So, okay, "$20"  He turns around, and I'm thinking "here it comes"  that I'm charging too much for my crappy handiwork, etc.  He pulls out 2 $20's and orders two for his granddaughters!  On my way (skipping, of course) back to my desk, I stopped and excitedly told two of my other friends.  They were happy, then told me they want to see available fabrics so they can place thier orders!


ACK!  I'm making a sample catalog this weekend so that I can catch those orders! Smiley

Ok, I'll post pics tonight...I'm just so proud, I could burst!!!!
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My version of the Sha-Sha Dream Bag on: December 13, 2005 10:59:37 PM
So, there's a tut posted here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54769.0 with the super cute, fun-ly named Sha Sha Dream Bag.

I fell in love with the bag, now I just need to tweak them a little and make them my own  Roll Eyes

Anywho, here's what I started with (sort of, didn't take pics until late into the process):
http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/ad5a.jpg?phAS8nDBMld30QoZ

The pinned strips will be loops to hold the rings of the handles.  I would have made my own, my darling husband gave me a GREAT idea to make sturdy ones myself, but this is time sensitive, as my co-worker's b-day is tomorrow.

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/3037.jpg?phoh8nDBw6usKu0k

Close up of soon-to-be-loops Smiley

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/a9b3.jpg?phoh8nDBeAgkyaYx

Pre-fab bamboo handles from Joann's...I like them, but really, that took most of the cost right there, $3.00 with my coupon!

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/5c22.jpg?phoh8nDBvKujCDst

My awkwardly sitting up lining is made of 100% cotton, so it's not sturdy on it's own Smiley  

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/39f3.jpg?phoh8nDBHOrdKLv4

The gorgeous brocade this purse features Smiley  Fortunately, I at least thought ahead enough to use heavy interfacing with this...it stands on its own! Cheesy

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/b0e1.jpg?phoh8nDB0BPwfKMC

The loverly bottom of the bag, with brads for feet.  it actually gives the bag a nice finished look, I really like this touch.  In the future, I will probably use actual feet, provided I can find them.

http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/d32a.jpg?phoh8nDBpscFdiUw

TADA!  The finished product, held aloft by my dear mother in law.  The lining is a yummy butter yellow, which I would never have thought to put with burgandy, but the embroidery has tons of yellow tones, and it really highlights the colors nicely.

As you eagle eyed folks might have noticed, I have a nice, awkward looking line of stitching around the top.  This is the one step in the tutorial I would change, as it leaves the stitching exposed, and a lip at the top of the purse.  My co-worker will be fine with it, and probably won't notice, but all future bags will be sewn together inside out, and turned to prevent this from happening again.  Normally I would rip this out and do so right now, but A)  it's 11pm and I get up way to freakin' early and B)  it's brocade, and really, ripping anything out of brocade is not only a pain in the pitoot, but a really bad, time-consuming, cursing-like-a-sailor-inducing phenomenon that's best to others than myself.

Please, let me know what you think!
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Repairing coat lining/upsizing - 40's coat on: November 10, 2005 09:15:58 AM
So, I have this FABULOUS coat from the 40's that I happened upon in a thrift store (how often does that happen?  I mean, really!) for freakin' $5!!  I've been wearing it off and on, but the lining needs some repair. 

It's a full length walking coat with a hood, made of a lovely deep purple wool, and feels like a silk lining.  It's probably a silk blend of some sort, it doesn't wrinkle like silk.  Anyway, the lining is coming apart at the armholes, and the pockets are just lined holes  Cheesy  I can fix the pockets fairly easily, but I'm noticing that the coat is slightly tight across the shoulders.  Since the coat is gored all the way to the neck, I'm hoping one of you more experience craftsters might be able to offer me some guidance.  I'm not sure what I could do to let it out a tad, but perhaps you all might have some suggestions?

Also, a little guidance for repairing the armhole lining would be great, I'm really not sure what to do there.  I just put my first sleeve together about two weeks ago!

Thanks for the kickass projects, inspirations and advice on here!!  Cool
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