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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Please Help - attaching shirt collar (Built by Wendy pattern) on: October 17, 2006 02:03:10 PM
I've been making the shirt from the Built by Wendy "Sew U" book. I've nearly finished but am having a huge problem attaching the collar.

I use the notches on the back shirt piece to match up where the collar stand should fit. Once the collar is in place it only reaches to the inner edge of each interfaced front section (where the buttons and buttonholes will go). So I have about 1.5" spare, exposed seam at each side of the collar.

I've looked at bought shirts and the collar stand seems to reach right round the top of the shirt, neatening the top of the interfaced front pieces, and providing the space for the top shirt button. So why doesn't mine fit?

I've checked and re-checked that I've cut all the pattern pieces in the right size. Is there something I'm missing? Any help or advice would be great.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cute As Anything Drawstring Backpack on: July 25, 2006 06:10:15 AM
I so loved this bag by EmilyinOrbit http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=103725.0
that I was inspired to make my own, but wanted to give it a personal touch.

Also I've been trying so hard to be good and only use what's in my stash, so this is what I came up with:

     

I straight line quilted all over the outside. The bag has cotton batting as an interlining. The construction took a bit of fiddling around with to be sure the batting didn't interfere with the drawstring closure.

Here's an interior shot:



It has a big interior patch pocket.

So, what do you guys think? Especially thoughts on the fabric combo would be great. I love feedback! Thanks in advance!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Retro Green Purse with Flowers and Birds in Love! on: July 06, 2006 02:16:58 PM
Both the fabrics for this purse were thrifted, but it's like they were made for each other! I love those greens!



The purse is lined with the same fabric that I used for the applique. It closes with a magnetic snap. Here's the inside view:


On the inside is one patch pocket, that I divided to give a cell phone sized pocket. There's a lil' applique heart on the pocket too.

I love comments and feedback, so tell me what you think!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 80's style wallet on: June 28, 2006 02:01:02 AM
I used the awesome tutorial for the "Super Cute Wallet" (its in the Ultimate Tutorial List) but changed the sizes a little, to make this wallet.



The images on the front and inside were put on using heat transfer paper. The wallet is made from a bright green cotton and I used a very heavy interfacing to keep the wallet stiff and sturdy.



I chose the colours and images to give an 80's vibe.
I made this wallet as a going away present for my favorite brother, who is moving to the other side of the world.  Cry

What do you think? I love comments!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two Polka Dot Purses: Toadstools and Flying Birds on: June 21, 2006 12:35:49 PM
I so love blue and brown together! I couldn't decide which fabric to have as outside and which inside, so I made two purses!

Here's the first:



The cool polka dot is on the lining, the inside of the strap and of course the appliqued toadstools. The button is just decorative, there's a magnetic snap under the flap, and one slash pocket inside.

And the next purse:



This one is lined in the plain blue, and has three flying birds appliqued on it. It's the same deal with the magnetic snap, but it has a patch pocket inside just so I could add more polka dots!

I love feedback - what do you think? Which one is your favorite?
6  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / US to UK English translation! Aaaaarrghhhh! on: June 11, 2006 01:27:30 PM
Ok, perhaps I'm just a numpty... or does anyone else have this problem? Suddenly in the middle of reading something on Craftster you realize one of the words means something different to what you think it does.

For example: (I think this is right) a zip-up purse is a zippered pouch; a handbag is a purse; I think a wallet is still a wallet(?)... oooh, and my personal favorite: scatter cushions are toss pillows! (yes, seriously!)  Cheesy

Has anyone else got any translation questions or answers, maybe we could pool our resources on this one. (Mostly I just don't want to embarrass myself on the other boards!)  Grin
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / what do YOU do with your scraps? on: June 06, 2006 01:44:18 PM
So, my fabric stash is getting out of control. I haven't bought much in a while, but find that I can't pass up any fabric that passes me by, so I have tonnes of other people's cast off clothing, tablecloths, bits of curtain off-cuts etc.

I want to try to work through my stash without getting anything new, just making the most of what I have. There are lots of different colours and patterns and annoyingly different tones of colour, so it's hard sometimes to put fabrics together.

Also I can't throw anything away unless it's about a millimeter square so I have tonnes of little scraps that must be useful for something.

So I'm throwing open a discussion - what do you do? Patchwork your tiny scraps together? Dye stuff to the same colour? make uber-cute teeny-tiny purses? Any inspirational ideas?
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ric-Rac Attack! Pillows / Cushions on: June 02, 2006 01:31:25 PM
I love this fabric soooo much, would love curtains in it! The original fabric is a printed ric-rac stripe which I cut and sewed to make into squares on the pillow fronts.



The backs are plain white, with a piece of "real" ric-rac detail, the buttons are covered with the same fabric:



What do you think? I love feedback!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The Bag that nearly drove me insane! on: June 01, 2006 01:05:48 PM
Everything went wrong making this bag - I was so in love with the lining fabric and so excited about using it, then had disaster after disaster (won't go into it - lots of looonng stories!).

Anyway, now it's finished... I think I hate it. Grrrrr. At the last minute I changed my mind about the height of the bag so made it shorter, so now the inside pockets are too high! Wanted a tapering A-line shape and I think it's not obvious enough, also think it's too thin and tall, there's something ugly in the proportions somewhere...

Here are pics, could you guys criticise? Tell me what's wrong with it.... thanks!

Bag outer, the button is decorative it closes with a magnetic snap fastener, and the applique is made from the lining fabric:



Inside pocket and beautiful lining fabric:



Other inside pockets, for sketchbook and pencil... see how stupidly high they are...



Here's an action shot, sorry about my jammies!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Botanical Bag! on: May 21, 2006 01:22:19 PM
I love the shape of this bag http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3105.0, so I made it a bit bigger, and with a longer handle, coz I prefer a "hands-free" type of bag. The fabric is Ikea, I love the bold print. Any comments and criticisms? please! Here's the action shot:



...and here's the inside, it has a slash pocket on one side, you can just see the pocket in this pic, it kinda blends in.



Hope you like it!
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