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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / 50s A-Line Skirt on: June 04, 2006 09:59:12 PM
I posted this on the reg board and it disappeared really quickly.  Thought i'd try posting it here where people may find it useful.  I love these style of skirts that come just below the knee.  Got the fabric for really good price.

I felt like a 50s housewife wearing it, so i thought the vacuum and martini paired with it were a nice touch.  When i asked my boyfriend to take the pic, he made bad jokes about me not knowing how to even use the vacuum.  Ha ha, i explained that i am a modern housewife:  I have a job, like crafting, cooking, politics and not cleaning.  Anyways, here it is:

 

I lined the skirt and added three layers of lace that i got for 10 cents a meter.  It peeks out of the bottom of the skirt and when i sit you see the multiple layers of lace.

 

It ripples really cute in the back.  I used simplicity's 4591 pattern.  It has a zipper dowm the side with a hook and eye at the top.  I had a lot of problems with the sizing, which i rarely do with simplicity patterns.  I had to take it in 2 inches on both sides!!  It was an ego booster, but a pain nonetheless.

Feedback and questions appreciated!  Cheesy
2  CANADA / British Columbia / 60-80% Off at fabric store in Surrey!! on: May 19, 2006 02:45:17 AM
The fabricland on 152 st in surrey is closing down and everything is 60-80% Off!  The sale only goes until wed, May 24.  I went today and got $100 in fabric and notions for $32 bucks!!  They have lots of fabric and patterns... I recommend ppl check it out!!!

I hope U guys got a chance to check it out they closed last wednesday...  Fabricana has sales too and is open until the end of may i think, but their stuff sucks!!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50s Style Skirt <3 on: April 25, 2006 12:21:51 AM
Made this skirt the other day.  Have taken a break from making purses and have taken up making clothes like it's no one's business.  I love these style of skirts that come just below the knee.  Got the fabric for really good price (my favorite fabricland where my friend works lost it's lease - BOO!  But it means all of the fabric is 50-70% off - YAY!) 

I felt like a 50s housewife wearing it, so i thought the vacuum and martini paired were a nice touch.  When i asked my boyfriend to take the pic, he made bad jokes about me not knowing how to even use the vacuum.  Ha ha, i explained that i am a modern housewife:  I have a job, like crafting, cooking, politics and not cleaning.  Anyways, here it is:



I lined the skirt and added three layers of lace that i got for 10 cents a meter.  It peeks out of the bottom of the skirt and when i sit you see the multiple layers of lace.



It ripples really cute in the back.  I used simplicity's 4591 pattern.  It has a zipper dowm the side with a hook and eye at the top.  I had a lot of problems with the sizing, which i rarely do with simplicity patterns.  I had to take it in 2 inches on both sides!!  It was an ego booster, but a pain nonetheless.

Feedback and questions appreciated!  Cheesy
4  CANADA / British Columbia / Starting a Crafster group in NW on: April 13, 2006 07:41:37 PM
Hi everyone i have wanted to start up a sewing club at Douglas College In New Westminster with little success...

I have access to the space in the students union building so i figured that instead i could try online to gather a bunch of people who wanted to meet up, show some projects and hopefully be inspired by each other's ideas.  It's located one block from the skytrain and i think it's a halfway point for all the people in surrey and in vancouver

Let me know what you think and if any of you are interested  Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Stripey Tank Top on: April 09, 2006 01:57:57 PM
Someone posted a pic of a tank to that they made with this fabric from Fabricland, can't find the post but thanks whoever you are!!  I was inspired and rushed to go and get some, and bought the last couple of meters. I just used an old tank to that's too short for me as the pattern and added the length.



PS- The straps were a bitch to make, that's the only thing stopping me from making another right away
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Flirty summer skirt with slits **pics** on: April 09, 2006 01:16:42 PM
I'm a curvy girl and this skirt show off those sexy curves on anyone so i thought this was the place to post it.  I'm all about sharing ideas that make bigger girls feel more yummy.

I bought this fabric planning to make a pair of short pants with, but decided last minute that I should make a skirt out of it.  I have now come to the conclusion that it would have made ugly pants.  I used to have a skirt like this made out of denim, but i lent it to a friend and never saw it again. 

i just traced a shorter demin skirt that fits me perfectly, added the seam allowance and legnth, the slits and the kangaroo pocket.  This skirt makes almost anyone look really curvy and sexy, shows off your assets, and hides the problem areas.



Here's the front.  It's made out of this really raw rose patterned linen (it kinda looked hawaiian print until i looked closer).  It was a little stiff until i washed it a couple of times, now it's so soft and comfy!



The slits make your legs look really sexy without showing the chub on the inner thigh.  It flows really nicely when you walk and stops any chance of you showing people you skivies any time you sit down or lounge.  When you do slits on a skirt that's made of not so stretchy fabric make sure that you sew a little tab of fabric on the inside at the top of the slit to prevent it from getting any higher.  Shocked



The more fun part is the kangaroo pocket.  It's not so much practical, but it acts as a bit of a tummy tamer, I'm a freak for pockets and they add a bit more detail to your clothes.  Ignore the ugly colour in this pic... the other pics show the colour perfectly, i think the flash screwed this one up.

The waist is just a 1/2" elastic, but you can put a zipper up the side, add a drawstring.  I like the elastic because it's comfortable, and the skirt fits me so well that there is no fear of bulk from the elastic waistband.

Questions and feedback are appreciated! Cheesy
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purses are so easy to make!! NOW WITH HOBO BAG TUTORIAL!! on: March 01, 2006 11:32:46 AM
 Grin I just got a new sewing machine for Christmas, so i no longer need to beg to borrow a friends or my mom's.  I decided to start out making purses with fun fabrics.  I put a piece of rubber or crafters or needlepoint plastic in the bottom and interfacing on all of the fabric.  THe more sturdy and stiff i wanted the purse to be the more layers or interfacing i use (they can fuse to themselves in multiple layers).  Here are a few of them:


Donna bag - Made out of plaid wool and purple cotton lining


Hobo Bag - made this one out of lightweight purple denim...


the lining is so fun, just a black and white eiffel tower print Cheesy  the flower is just layers of white polkadot tuileon top of a purple flower cut out.  Instead of leaves, add some loops of ribbon at the bottom.


Jordy Bag - this one is just a sturdy denim with LOTS of interfacing (use the stuff for in the home decor section, it's stronger and cheaper than the stuff for clothing) and i cut out a dolphin shape and hand sewed it in.  the handles were really easy i just made a long tube of fabric, reversed it and fed it over a piece or cotton cord for the scrunch effect.  Sorry the picture is kida blurry, it's a lot brighter than it looks.


Jordy bag with front flap - This one is my favorite.  It's just a simple black cord purse with a front flap.  I lined the inside with a super pretty retro pink flower pattern.  I had to keep it for myself.  Wen i open it people freak out and ask where i got it, to which i proudly respond: I made it myself!

***HOBO BAG TUTORIAL***

Here is the tutorial for the purple bag as promised Cheesy
I used black stretchy denim and a retro butterfly print i got in the bargain center at Fabricland


Cut out 2 of these of both the lining and of the outside fabric (it'll look a little funny when you open it up). 

**EDIT**
It's hard to read but the Inner part of the strap by the fold is 11 1/2" fron the top of the strap to the point, the outer part is 12".  The main part of the bag by the fold is 8 1/2" the outer part is 8"**

Also cut a squarish piece of the lining, outer fabric and interfacing 8'' X 8 1/2'' for the bottom.


Then out of the interfacing cut out two pieces: 15 1/2'' X 8 1/2'' Iron these onto the wrong side of the outer fabric.  Iron the square piece of interfacing onto the wrong side of the outer fabric too.  Then sew up the sides of the two lining pieces right sides together, do the same for the outer fabric


Pin the lining fabric and the outer fabric along the top edge right sides together.  Sew along the top edge and pull the lining through keeping the wrong sides facing out.


Pin the bottom outer fabric piece to the bag.  (I found the middle of the shorter side and matched it up to the side seams and then pinned the rest of the way around).  Then sew it up and turn it right side out. Press seams flat with an iron and sew the handles together.


Pull the lining up and pin to the bottom lining piece, folding under 1/4''.  Sew very close to the edge to make sure the lining sits nicely in the purse.  You can add a fastener like Velcro, magnetic snaps, or like I did here, a button with a loop of fabric made out of the lining sewn onto the outside of the bag. 


You can add decorative stitching, pockets, appliqus, basically anything you want.  Personalizing bags make them more unique, allowing you to make the same bag several times and have each one turn out differently.  You shoud zig zag the seams... I didn't cuz i wanted to get this tutorial up soon like i promised.

This is my first tutorial, so feedback is appreciated!! Grin

Happy Sewing!!
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