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OurJuliet
« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2005 10:24:41 PM »

*standing o*  I love, love, love it!  Did you come across any mistakes in my tute that I need to amend?

Thanks so much for posting the pic...I'm adding a zipper next time, too (I just learned those suckers)!
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bkqueen
« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2005 06:55:19 PM »

just wanted to say thannnnk you! This was only my second or so time working seriously at a purse and it turned out beautifully!

one question, how does everyone get top stitching so straight?!!
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bkqueen
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2005 07:37:48 PM »

still wondering about topstitching.. i suck at it! Sad

but heres my completed one! i made the patch messy on purpose!(lol!)

the outside fabric is almost like cordery, but not.. its much softer, but very thick.. i found it in the trunk at my grandmothers house! lol but sadly this one is a gift, and I have fallen in love with the fabric and don't have any more!



the inside fabric(the eyes) is from Ghana(west Africa) the fabric there is so beautiful, but my favourite was "eye" fabric, so when I left to come home, my sister gave me about 6yards of it.. this bag is for an internet(email) friend who is going there with the peace corps.. wanted her to have a little bit of Africa to take with her..
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OurJuliet
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2005 08:07:27 PM »

Ohhhhh...I love it!  Fabulous fabric choices...now I want a corduroy one!  I just made my sister a brown drawstring cozy for her laptop...and there's enough left (I think)!  Whooo hooo!

As for the straight lines...I think the most important element is really good pressing before these stitches go in.  I actually take the time to pull the seam out as far as possible with a pair of tweezers before I iron because I'm convinced that it makes the difference in whether the edges will look professional or not.  I also use a tight, zig zag stitch for the edging, as it disguises small abnormalities since I don't have a topline machine.

Thanks for posting the pics..you've inspired me to make another one!
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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2005 09:08:33 PM »

Wow, lovely fabric - and what great history with it - I'm sure your friend will love it.

For the top-stitching I press really well and then use my presser foot or a guideline on my throat plate as a guide for the line. Hope that helps.

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« Reply #25 on: August 17, 2005 06:22:41 AM »

Have one of these in progress.  Came back to double check the directions... oh my memory fades so quickly.  Have drawn the top a bit different - but think it will do, and is the same general idea.  Also, See that Sew Pixie and bkqueen have already finished a couple of fine bags.  Hurrah!!

Sew Pixie-- glorious details!  The fabric sure compliments the critter.  Adorable!!

bkqueen-- what a great first effort.  Can see your attraction to the eye fabric.  The bulky fabric may have contributed to your bulky edge -- sometimes grading the seam (after sewing you go back and trim the seam allowences, making one seam allowance shorter than the other) and closer clipping in addition to the pressing can help a curved seam lay flat.

Today hope to get some decorative stitching done on the outside of mine.  And then am thinking of putting piping in the top edge-- have to think that through further. 

Thanks again Our Juliet - this a fun project.
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bkqueen
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2005 07:15:26 AM »

Thanks for the tips! I  think my problem is that I have such a hard time willin myself into followin directions exactly, because I loev to not do that(I'm a cook..lol) and I also have to make a "test" bag first..

The first one I made turned out awwwwwful! but the second is somewhat cool Smiley I'm trying to make a messener bag for school, but... *shrugs* kind of scared! haha
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« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2005 10:45:58 AM »

I  think my problem is that I have such a hard time willin myself into followin directions exactly, because I loev to not do that.........


ROTFLOL  we must be kin!!!!!   My "Our Juliet Swing bag" will be a varient because I figured just seeing hers and reading the directions once would suffice.-- but my recall was not exact. 

You are welcome for the tips.  Admit, I only give them when folks ask.  BTW, The grading and clipping are like leavening - leave it out and the end result will be different than with it.  Same as with cooks, lots of dressmakers vere from the original pattern and often toss the directions.  Welcome to the adventurous world.   Go for the messenger bag.  You can do it.
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« Reply #28 on: August 20, 2005 08:42:20 AM »

Thank you Our Juliet!!  

Here is another  swing bag made using your great tutorial.  The shape is not as good as yours- was winging it without pictures - your straight sides without the curve on the outside of handles looks better-- will change that next time.



the flowers are appliqued, then thread painted, the stripe is two ribbons layered and topstitched.



added pockets inside, so this one not reversible.  Interfaced it with flannel, so it is quite sturdy;  plan to use it as a book bag for library trips.

Thanks bunches.

P.S.  Have more photos with details at http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/tranquility_pastures/album?.dir=/5512
for anyone who wants more or closer look.  J
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OurJuliet
« Reply #29 on: August 20, 2005 09:48:49 PM »

Careful, Girls...you're going to turn me into a pattern-posting whore if you keep posting all these great bags you've made from my pattern!  It's SUCH fun to see the variations!!
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