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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / little 40s girl, first needle sculpted doll (4 pics) on: May 12, 2007 01:23:17 AM
using the wonderful patterns in 'cloth dolls' by brenda brightmore, i've made this little lady, she's 11" small, and her dolly is 2 1/2".

she has little felt shoes, hard to see against her white sox, i know  Smiley

her hat and coat are made from felt


her dress is quilters cotton, and sewn onto her, as she's so small, she also has a waist petticoat and knickers, trimmed with lace.
her body is made from slightly stretchy windsor comfort, with button jointed arms, her nose, mouth and the corners of her eyes are needle sculpted and her features are painted, and i just realised she has no eyebrows!! her hair is mohair roving.
i hope you all like her, and i'd love it if you have any comments or critiques, shall i make another one? Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 5 tops and a skirt (5 pics) now with TUTE on: April 27, 2007 10:43:34 AM
the first ever clothes made with my new serger.

this is the first top i made, and i discovered that i can't really hem on the serger, so the rest are all finished with bands. the skirt is a veeery tight pencil, made from tweed so, thank goodness, it has a bit of give, but still i can't really sit down very well! very slimming though Wink
next try at the kimono style

i'm so lucky, i'm a school drama technician, and there are lots of rolls of jersey, which i'll never use for costumes, so i can use it for meeee Grin
this one is my least favourite, the fabric is really lycra-y and it clings too much, i like the pocket though.

this is my favourite, and i must make more!!

this last one is a bit of a pain, the sleeves fall down.

the top i copied is exactly the same cut, but i forgot that i always wrap the little ribbon loops (for holding it on the hanger) around my bra straps, so i guess i need to make loops  Wink
wow, i made a lot? but i think i see a trend, anyone who gets a serger seems to go mad making loads of tops they couldn't make before, now i just need to go back to work and get more supplies!
let me know what you think? be nice!!
and as long as you don't mind how long it takes me, (and don't want the blue one!) i could probably try and do tutorials.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 2 bags, one with BUGS! (lots of pics) on: April 27, 2007 10:27:07 AM
first up a fluffy pink girly bag, using the same frame i used for my first 2 bags

it's pink wool, with pink marabou feather trim and a pink satin bow on a brooch pin so i can move it if i want
the lining is pink taffeta, quilted with thin batting to give the wool shape without making it stiff.

next up BUGS!!

snail on one side, butterfly on the other

2 different bugs on the ends

and another one on the base

this is the first time i've used feet, and i put plastic canvas in the base to make it lovely and stiff.
the lining has tiny green flowers all over it

i put in a patch pocket with a flap with velcro closure, and a pleated phone pocket. it's not finished inside because i want to make the piping stiffer, so i will sew some plastic boning into the seam allowance of the lining to help the bag keep it's shape.
whew, long post, sorry! please tell me what you think? BUGS!!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / first ever quilt, for a baby girl, 2 pics on: April 25, 2007 03:39:31 PM
i've never made a quilt before, so thought i'd start out small, but didn't intend to be this small! i guess you'd call it a receiving blanket now?!

it's 22" square, made from 3 different prints, i had 2 6" squares of each colour, and an old white sheet and an old pink cotton dress! the traditional way of making a quilt? Wink

i didn't know what quilting pattern to use so just echo quilted (i think!) in the white squares, do you think i need to do anything in the boarder?
i wish i had made it bigger, so next one i make i think i'll use 2 colours instead of one, i have 6 squares each in blues, purples, yellows, greens, and creams to play with? if i'd thought of it before i would have used the plain pink for a row or two, it would help tie it in a bit more, as well as make the quilt bigger. maybe i should do that with the next one?
oops, sorry long post! i'm just so excited to finish it, and want to make the next one better!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / first post, 2 handbags on: April 24, 2007 06:01:48 AM
i've been sewing for aaaages, but these are the first bags i've made that i really like! i bought a yucky bag in the sale, just for the handle, then i
found this tutorial
http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2006/11/pleated_pouch_o.html
i altered it a bit, i wanted a bigger bag, one i can put all my stuff in, including the book i'm reading, so i made a bigger pattern and put a pleat in each of the 'corners', so it doesn't look as big as it is.
i made this bag first

it's made from a pink tweed, silk or cotton, i don't know which, and it's lined with pink gingham  Tongue
then, because the bag part is removable i made another one!

i used some green welsh tweed i found in my granny's drawers, and it's lined with an old pair of navy satin PJs!
both have corsages, the pink one is a fake flower sewn onto a safety pin, the other is some velvet made into a rosette with black beeds and buttons sewn on to make the centre of the 'flower'.
i've now made a bag using the mini duffle tutorial from the amazing tutorial list, and when i can find the camera i'll take photos and post!
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