TY for the nice words -- I'm thinking next one I'll "blend" the straps a little better (that was around about when I started ignoring the pattern) and add a closure -- magnetic maybe, or tab. Hmm, now I want to go make another one
and my husband's grandma saw it and really liked the tulip design, so she ordered another one from me for a birthday present for another family member. Only this time she wanted yellow, and smaller, and more like a purse than a tote bag. She's not on Craftster, so no chance of giving away the surprise
So here's the result -- photos aren't great since I didn't finish the bag until the sun had already gone down.
And a close up of the applique -- I used all different yellows, not so obvious here but more so on the actual bag. The white is cotton eyelet, my most favourite white fabric of all I freehanded the tulips and borrowed the big leaf from an old applique book I had lying around.
The lining is a cute cotton print I've had waiting for a home FOREVER -- how nice when fabric finally finds it's destiny!
I actually am quite pleased with the shape of the bag -- I started from a pattern this time (unusual) and abandoned it almost entirely halfway through (that's more normal for me LOL). But I think the shape basically turned out how the pattern was done.
Thank you for looking -- and keep your fingers crossed for me the b-day girl is happy!
I can't recommend a pattern. I always make my own so I don't know which ones are the best to buy but if you have never made a shirt before I recommend you check out David Page Coffin's book "Shirtmaking - Developing Skills for Fine Sewing". It gives clear instructions for making shirts that don't look home-made. I published a review on my website if you want to know more.
Just be careful - making shirts is addictive :-)
Oh goodie, another addiction! OK, I just ordered it on Chapters -- great website too BTW! I love Flamenco dancers, so much passion -- there used to be a Flamenco class beside my Irish dance class and we would regularly try to out-stomp each other. I always felt sorry for the people downstairs
Oh, I like KwikSew patterns! And no, they NEVER seem to go on sale I couldn't tell from reading the review of the Shirtmaking book if it included patterns or not so I'll wait until it gets here and then go buy one if I need to.
I'm hoping for a recommendation on a good pattern for making Mens dress shirts (need something in Boys sizes as well). It would be great if it wasn't crazy difficult, but shirts are one of those sewing projects that freak me out a little, so I'm keeping my expectations low on that score
So I've been applique'ing Celtic shtuff all over the place, bags mostly and some quilts, but I've been wanting a matching messenger bag, makeup bag and zippy pouch combo for a while now to take to dance comps. So this was my tester and for once, I'm totally in love with how it turned out the first time:
The new thing is the makeup bag -- I need a lot of zippy pockets for all the hairpins, elastics, makeup brushes, sock glue, safety pins blah blah blah. So this one has FOUR pockets -- three on the inside and one on the outside:
I just bought the clear vinyl thingy -- I hate sewing vinyl since I don't have one of those roller feet. I made the bias tape though, from the same fabric lining the messenger bag.
And a little zippy pouch so I can get to my lip gloss fast before going on stage finishes the trio.
Hope you like it! As always, comments and constructive criticisms highly appreciated!
Thats so funny because I just got "Serenity" in from Netflix and watched it for the first time this evening. I like the firefly series and wish they had more of it...that design on your bag is awesome!
I think I might make another of the Inara bags too actually -- the lining is that same purple and gold sari silk, and I've got just enough left to make another bag. I just really like how it turned out
So as some of you Browncoats may know, it's Can't Stop The Serenity season! For other folks, CSTS is a yearly event where Firefly/Serenity fans all over the globe show a screening of Joss Whedon's movie Serenity on (or near) his birthday.
The extra cool part (as if the one and only Whedon flick on a big screen wasn't cool enough) is that the proceeds from ticket sales go to Equality Now, a charity dedicated to ending violence and discrimination against women everywhere.
Anyhoo, I was contacted on Etsy by the Arizona Chapter via the Big Damn Crafters street team to possibly donate something for them to raffle off/sell as merch! So my biz partner and I put together the following goodies:
Inara Rockstar Messenger Bag: one of our usual designs but done in the kinds of fabrics and colours I think of when I picture Inara -- I haven't used 100% silk in a while, it was sort of nice to upgrade for a good cause here's the bag and a close-up of the embroidery:
Oh Grandpa! Kaylee Inspired Strawberry iPod cozies: The pictures are kind of wonky -- I guess my camera couldn't handle all the red? But we were pretty happy with how they came out
And we made strawberry hairties, which I know aren't bags, but I figured I put them here just for completeness LOL
Comments, criticisms, woot-woots directed at CSTS/Firefly in general all welcome! And if you're in the Arizona area (I am not, unfortunately) GO SEE THE SCREENING!