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« on: August 09, 2005 06:41:45 AM »

I'm new to the world of making handbags and I really like the look of Amy Butler's bags.  Anyone try these patterns?  Am I getting in over my head for a first bag?  Any particular pattern I should try before others?  Can I possibly ask any more questions??? 

Thanks ahead of time for the help/advice!
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2005 10:26:12 AM »

I have several Amy Butler patterns and I taught myself to sew and read patterns and I didn't have any problems.  I made the Velma purse for the Blue Purse swap (only my fourth purse ever) and my partner loved it and wondered if I sold bags.  Anyway, didn't mean to toot my own horn there, it was just to say, if I did it you can too!

Next I want to try the nappy bag or madison...
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2005 10:28:18 AM »

Thanks so much, pleca!  That's what I wanted to know.  I'd feel really silly if I spent $13 on a pattern that made me feel like I was reading Chinese once I got it home.  I think I'll try it out.

Thanks again!!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2005 10:33:28 AM »

Well if you have any questions once you get started, feel free and ask me!  Maybe I will even have the pattern and can check it out for you.

One thing I have noticed, when I started sewing I was really paranoid about doing everything PERFECTLY, but the more I sew the more comfortable I feel "coloring out of the lines".  Especially when you are creating purses which don't have to *fit*.  Have fun, be creative and enjoy!

Here is my velma bag...

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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2005 10:55:42 AM »

Thanks again, Pleca.  Your bag is really cool.  That inspires me to go and get that pattern and get started.  Very cute!
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2005 10:59:43 AM »

Excellent!  I had a lot of fun making the purse. 

BTW, is your nic name in reference to the band Archers of Loaf?  I love them!
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2005 11:02:33 AM »

Yep!  God, I love them.  Are you a Crooked Fingers fan, too?
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2005 06:27:03 AM »

I never heard for crooked fingers, are they a spin off?

Did you end up buying a pattern??
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2005 06:31:03 AM »

I ordered three of Butler's patterns yesterday, and then the shopping bug came along and bit me on the ass, so I also bought 21 different fabrics from equilter.com (one yard of each print).  Yeah, I went a little crazy with the spending.  Anyway, I'm excited to try this out.  I probably won't get the patterns until next week, so I'll get started then.

Crooked Fingers is Eric Bachmann's (singer from Archers of Loaf) new (kinda) band.  They're really amazing.  Not as heavy as AOL and certainly not as peppy, but still good.  Think Springsteen with a little Tom Waits in there for good measure.  If you want to hear some of it, PM me and I'll burn you a CD.
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« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2005 06:40:20 AM »

21 yards in one pop!  You are a girl after my own heart, I too get a bit crazy with the stash building.  I've never bought from e-quilter, but you may have inspired me to check it out now. 

I may just PM you for that disk, I didn't realize that Eric had another band.  Oh, and feel free to PM me with any questions about the patterns mmmkay?
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