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« on: March 22, 2009 03:24:06 PM »

Hey, all. I've had a busy weekend-I finally got around to finishing a new purse for me, and a wallet. Overall I'm pleased with both, but I could stand some concrit--and advice--especially on the wallet.

First up-Lots of Pockets. I saw a few of them here and thought they were cute. This was my mockup, and I'm glad I made it-it's too small for my taste. The shell is white corduroy from my stash; the lining is actually a former valance, also from my stash. No interfacing, and as you can see, the snap is misaligned so the tab is crooked.





But I liked it, so I made another. This one I expanded 3" in both directions. The black corduroy shell came from my stash; the lilies from Hancock's. I like lilies.  Smiley I used fusible fleece for interfacing, which worked really well, I thought. The only hitch is that one set of darts on the bottom don't line up. You'd have to turn it upside down to see it though, and if you do that I'm likely to take it back and whack you with it. Grin A neat detail is the cords on the tab go horizontally, while the body goes vertically. Completely unintentional on my part. Tongue





Then there's the wallet. Roll Eyes I used this tutorial (http://elily00.wordpress.com/tutorials/wallet/). I didn't have any problem following it, but I should have made a mockup of this too, with something simple like denim. What a PITA. I have no idea what the outer shell is; I got it Walmart and at the time, thought it was some sort of microfiber. It wasn't vinyl like I'm familiar with, that's for sure, but it was a pain to work with whatever it was.







This is where I could stand some advice. I didn't topstitch around it, and here's why:



See that pucker on the left edge? I sewed along the spine of the wallet and got that. I had the same problem in the basting stage; whatever the outer fabric was stuck to the presser foot. How do I prevent that? I'm afraid that if I topstitch around the edge, it'll end up puckered everywhere. I'd like to learn how to handle it-I've still got enough left for a simple ID holder.

All in all, not a bad first try. I learned a lot, it doesn't look too horrible, and I'll probably make another one.

edited because I can't spell today!
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009 04:36:53 PM »

both the purses are really cute, I like the fabric selection. Did you find a tutorial for the purse? I made the wallet a couple of weeks ago, my top stitching kind of got messed up around the corners because of the thickness.
A good tip i used for sewing on vinyl is putting scotch tape on the bottom of the presser foot, then it glides right thru.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009 04:47:39 AM »

The purse is Lots of Pockets from Kaykalou on etsy. (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22376932) I really like it, and now I'm eying one of the clutches for my aunt.

Thanks for the tip about the scotch tape-I'll have to give it a try!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009 02:16:34 PM »

I will have to try the scotch tape trick.  I usually just put tissue paper between the vinyl and my presser foot and sew, then I rip the tissue off when I am done.  I like your purse, it turned out cute.
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009 08:37:56 AM »

the lots of pockets bag looks so functional, and those front pockets look like the relaxed pockets on some cozy jeans.  love it!
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2009 03:57:57 PM »

I really like the black and lily combination. I like bright colors inside my purses too. Makes things easier to spot inside.
I'm familiar with that fabric from walmart. It's upholstery weight which makes it stiff. I use a teflon foot on my machine. Has made my life so much easier. It just glides over stuff rather than sticking. I bought one for each of my machines and wish I could get one for my serger, too.

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2009 04:05:10 PM »

ruthiedutton: Those front "jeans" pockets are the perfect place to put my keys-the tab sticks out so I can grab them, and they're not buried in the bottom of my purse.

Laura_J: Lilies are my favorite! If I could wear orange at all, I'd have bought a lot more than the 1/2 yard I got. Grin I'll definitely have to try a teflon foot!
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