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« on: April 25, 2007 09:48:53 AM »

Here's a couple mishaps I've had lately...

I make a lot of custom purses for people and a couple weeks ago a girl asked me to make a large purse with an inner pocket, and eyelets on the top with fabric threaded through. After finding the material she wanted, which was pretty expensive, I set to work. All was well until I got to the inner pocket. When I went to sew in the zipper, the slight stretchiness of the material messed it all up, so I decided to try a different pocket style.
Too bad I ran out of material, so I had to go back to the store and buy more fabric. I get home and try to attach the pocket via zig zag stitch... and it also didn't work out. So I give up on the whole pocket thing and tell the girl I'll take $5 off since I wasn't able to add the pocket. After putting the purse together, it was time to  make the holes for the eyelets. Of course, I didn't have a punch for the holes, so I improvised and used my seam ripper.
After getting the first hole done, I moved on to the second... then woopse, I ripped a hole over an inch long through 4 layers of fabric and two of thick interfacing!  For a while I thought I would have to do some weird appliqu or something, but alas! my dad had larger eyelets, a hole punch and helped me get all the eyelets in. Finally the  dang thing was done, so I email the girl and she's excited... until her mom takes away her money and won't let her buy any more purses! So after all that work and stress, I haven't even sold it yet! Here's a picture of the finished thing.

The next custom purse I made wasn't so dreadful, but I still had problems. A chick wanted a purse to have a skull & crossbones & bow appliqu and the wording "I'm a mother fucking princess" on the front. So after doing the applique, I used my not so good MS Paint skills to do the wording and print it out on iron on paper. Fortunately I cut out each word separately, because on the "I'm" I found out it wasn't going to work at all. The iron on looked really bad on the black fabric, and you couldn't see the wording at all. So I went to work using my nails to scrape off the iron on stuff until I couldn't take it anymore and cut off part of it and finished the purse up. I didn't get a picture of that purse, but here's a picture of one that it was based off of and has the same style/applique.


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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2007 10:35:29 AM »

To me they look fine, then again I have never made a purse/bag myself.

I think that first one looks really cool <3
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2007 10:39:49 AM »

The striped fabric is super cute. Sewing zippers on stretchy fabrics is a pain in the a**. I usually put interface or stabilizer on the back to prevent it from stretching.

And I totally hear you about making things that people don't even buy. Its the terror of making custom bags (which i also do). I once bought supplies to make a messanger bag, and the girl called me up an said she bought one instead. I was really pissed.

Other than that, I really like the striped one. I think the eyelets are a good touch : ) 

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007 10:44:11 PM »

I agree. Nice bags, but love the first one, too bad about not selling it to her. It is good to have a variety of styles. Sometimes all it takes is one look and a gal is hooked....
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2007 04:27:44 PM »

Is that a plush fabric on the second one?

Myself, I avoid zippers, saves me the trouble.  Here in Maine there is a chain of discount odd stuff resellers called Mardens, great places to hunt for stuff.  Wife and I found 22 inch zippers for 15 cents.  I think we got $6 worth.

They are all hers.

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2007 12:59:28 PM »

As patrick's wife and a zippered bag maker i just wanted to say that I love both bags.  I think the blue one came out nice.  I hate stretch material for bag making too.  I looooovvee. the skull with the bow.  I think it is so cute. 
and about the zippers, they are all mine until he wants something to have one.  then it's "hunny, can you do this for me?" hehe. 
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2007 05:30:13 PM »

i agree with everyone else, the bags/purse looks fine.  but of course im a beginner when it comes to sewing, teaching myself at the moment.
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2007 12:37:58 AM »

i one botched an iron on transfer to a t-shirt, and after an hour of picking off increasingly tiny bits of a lightning bolt, I discovered the magic solution:
Goo Gone.

I put it on, let it sit for a few minutes, pulled the remaining pieces off and then washed the t-shirt. Got it all off and didn't damage the shirt. Of course, it was a cotton/poly blend, so I guess you'd have to be working with an easily washable purse. But it saved me a whole lot of time.
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