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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Dino Dress on: February 09, 2011 06:47:59 PM
That is amazing! Brilliant job, brilliant print Cheesy I want one!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Trippy skirt into cute mini dress! on: February 08, 2011 03:06:43 PM
That fabric is great Cheesy looks like the pattern was watercoloured or Prisma-markered! It looks great on you, too.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bomber Jacket iPad Sleeve on: February 07, 2011 03:12:21 PM
Awesome! I would say that sleeve is... the bomb!

*ba-dum-tissshhhh*
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Are you a fan? My bag is! on: February 07, 2011 05:26:05 AM
I really love the colors too, and it looks so well-constructed. If you aren't thrilled with it, try selling it on Ebay or Etsy or something! Somebody will adore it, and you could make quite a nice profit from it, and then get some fabric you like better and make a version for yourself Smiley
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Padded laptop bag + stars = w00t on: February 07, 2011 05:23:14 AM
Yes, it's great! That is part of why I wanted to do it Cheesy that and I just love this fabric. Thank you Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Some of my skating dresses..pic heavy on: February 07, 2011 05:12:31 AM
Those are absolutely beautiful! I love the light blue one best... Cinderella popped in my head as soon as I saw it.  Shocked
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: offspring t-shirt resize on: February 05, 2011 01:54:24 PM
That looks really good! I love long shirts like that. Does it tend to fall down off you? I would think with it being that long and precariously balanced on your shoulders, it might be hard to wear out... am I wrong?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old black pants to pencil skirt! on: February 05, 2011 12:44:11 PM
Thanks, Eliea! Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Padded laptop bag + stars = w00t on: February 04, 2011 05:53:29 PM
HI!
So, I recently got a new job, at which I was given a laptop to use. My old laptop bag was a little too small for everything I needed, plus rather blah, and I was tired of having to carry my purse and a laptop bag and juggle whatever else I had... so I decided to make a bag to fit it all!



This was the first big project I ever carefully planned out, went and selected fabric and batting for, and actually made purely from scratch--I'm usually a recon girl or make things out of scraps, duct tape, whatever. So I'm pretty excited.

The construction was pretty easy... I wish I'd taken some in-progress shots, but alas! I did not. Basically, I took a long piece of quilt batting, the correct width of the bag I wanted and twice the length. I "sandwiched" this between layers of this lovely fabric I found--blue with silver stars--and sewed around the edges, so I had kind of a thin pillow. Then, I folded it in half and sewed up each side, so the fold became the bottom of the bag.

I then turned it inside out and started on the outside pocket--it's two pieces, wrong side out first as I sewed along three sides, and then turned it inside out and did a zigzag stitch along the fourth side to be the top of the pocket. I left the inside corners at the bottom intentionally a little "squared off", and zigzag stitched it onto the bag:



sewing about 3/4 of the way up and then folding the top part down so it looks all nifty like that Smiley It actually was meant to be a cover over the pocket on which I was going to attach velcro, but I idiotically forgot that it didn't actually cover the pocket--that folded over part is not the "lid", the pocket is behind there xD  I think it looks nice anyway.

Then I wanted an inside pocket, and I just happened to have another fabric that was blue with stars (what can I say, I love it) that was a good size for making a contrasting pocket inside. Not enough fabric to make it lined, but it's worked well enough so far--I zigzag stitched this in as well:

(ignore the batting sticking out there on the left, I hadn't trimmed that yet Grin)


Then the handle! I took a long piece of the quilt batting, measured it to the right length I wanted, and made it about three inches wide. I then took the fabric and cut a strip about the same length, but more like 8 inches wide. I folded it around the batting, overlapping it slightly, and then carefully pinning and sewing more zigzag stitch straight down the middle of it. This was the hardest part to get right, but I think I managed okay. It's secure, and soft when I hold it Smiley



So here is my laptop in its new bag. There's plenty of room around it for me to put my small purse in it too when I run in to work, so when I go out to lunch I can just pull the purse out and go.

"Oh, thank you for making me a lovely soft warm place to sleep!"


I can also fit a water bottle or whatever in it, and then the CDs, external HDD, etc I need for work go in the inside pocket. My phone goes in the outside pocket along with anything else I might need to be able to grab in a hurry.



yay! Sorry for long post! I'm proud of it! (I did eventually trim the batting and excess fabric at the top, and I plan to get some bias tape for the edges, but I haven't found any I like yet...) Anyway, thanks for reading Cheesy
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Old black pants to pencil skirt! on: February 04, 2011 05:39:34 AM
Woah... I can haz link?  Shocked
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