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Topic: Tare Panda Purse - Part II of Simplicity 4490 Sewalong  (Read 3129 times)
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« on: October 06, 2005 07:27:54 PM »

My attempt to sew pattern C from Simplicity 4490 was not a rousing success...mostly because I have a problem with following instructions  Sad  Oh, and I also used the wrong interfacing material Roll Eyes  Here's the link to what started this madness:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=53187.0

Sucker that I am, I was persuaded by Miss_michelle to try again.  This is my attempt on pattern D from Simplicity 4490!

I didn't have time to shop for fabric, but I did find this lovely thing in my fabric stash:



Basically, pattern D is a smaller version of pattern C.  Here's what I came up with:

 

I decided not to do the ribbon ties because I don't have the patience for ribbon ties.  What I did need, was a pocket for the little bits and pieces that get thrown in my purses:



Okay, I'm happier with my 2nd attempt, but the purse still needs a little tweaking before I can use it.  So here's a question for you (that is if you're still reading this!):

Since I decided not to do the ties, the middle portion of the purse tends to flop (even though I used the stiffest non-felt interfacing I could find).  Any suggestions on how to remedy this?!?


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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2005 07:59:56 PM »

Unless you use something REALLY stiff (like plastic canvas or something), you're going to have this problem because of the design of the purse.   I don't think that a ribbon tie would even help that much (if you're talking about a ribbon on each side of the purse to tie it closed).

Instead of having the top of the purse go straight across, you could make it curve down (like a semi-circle).  This will help.

Or put two handles, one on each side, instead of the one from end to end.  The single handle is basically pulling the two ends of the purse together, which makes the middle flop down.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2005 08:21:47 PM »

i can't help with the floppy-ness, but i LOVE the fabric! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2005 08:25:38 PM »

oh my oh my oh my. where did you get that fabric!? I'm in love with Tare Panda! Please let me know!
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2005 08:59:19 PM »

oh my oh my oh my. where did you get that fabric!? I'm in love with Tare Panda! Please let me know!


ME TOO! I MUST HAVE SOME!
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2005 10:30:46 PM »

seriously! I love tare panda.
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2005 08:49:26 AM »

Unless you use something REALLY stiff (like plastic canvas or something), you're going to have this problem because of the design of the purse.   I don't think that a ribbon tie would even help that much (if you're talking about a ribbon on each side of the purse to tie it closed).

Instead of having the top of the purse go straight across, you could make it curve down (like a semi-circle).  This will help.

Or put two handles, one on each side, instead of the one from end to end.  The single handle is basically pulling the two ends of the purse together, which makes the middle flop down.

Thanks for the input and suggestions Smiley  And yes, the pattern did call for ribbon ties on each side of the purse.  I guess it's reassuring to know that the floppiness is due to an inherent design flaw, not the omission of the ribbon ties!  I have made other purses (without using a pattern) with two handles as opposed to one and they work alright.  It was kinda late last night when I finished it, so I didn't think about using velcro.  That might work, no?     
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2005 09:30:22 AM »

jaami and hyena: I found the fabric on ebay ~ 1.5 years ago.  If I'm not mistaken, the item was shipped from the Philippines!  This is the first time I've used the fabric for any of my projects. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2005 09:43:14 AM »

OMG tarepanda fabric?Huh  O_O
That's incredible.  And the purse is cute, too. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2005 08:20:36 PM »

Unless you use something REALLY stiff (like plastic canvas or something), you're going to have this problem because of the design of the purse.   I don't think that a ribbon tie would even help that much (if you're talking about a ribbon on each side of the purse to tie it closed).

Instead of having the top of the purse go straight across, you could make it curve down (like a semi-circle).  This will help.

Or put two handles, one on each side, instead of the one from end to end.  The single handle is basically pulling the two ends of the purse together, which makes the middle flop down.

Thanks for the input and suggestions Smiley  And yes, the pattern did call for ribbon ties on each side of the purse.  I guess it's reassuring to know that the floppiness is due to an inherent design flaw, not the omission of the ribbon ties!  I have made other purses (without using a pattern) with two handles as opposed to one and they work alright.  It was kinda late last night when I finished it, so I didn't think about using velcro.  That might work, no?     

Velcro might help a little, but then you'll still have the flop, it will just be to one side or the other with both sides together instead of each side floppin open.  It really is a design flaw.  Store-bought purses that are designed like this are ultra-stiff.
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2005 10:19:38 PM »

That is a really lovely purse...well done.

To stop the bag flopping you could try putting some Rigiline (boning that you can sew through) around the top of the bag - stitch it down - before you turn the bag inside out.  Hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2005 06:56:04 AM »


Velcro might help a little, but then you'll still have the flop, it will just be to one side or the other with both sides together instead of each side floppin open.  It really is a design flaw.  Store-bought purses that are designed like this are ultra-stiff.


I guess I'm in a no-win situation then Sad  Perhaps I'll just have to make sure that I have a notebook in the purse at all times.  That should help the purse retain its shape Tongue   
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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2005 07:03:40 AM »

That is a really lovely purse...well done.

To stop the bag flopping you could try putting some Rigiline (boning that you can sew through) around the top of the bag - stitch it down - before you turn the bag inside out.  Hope that makes sense.

Thanks for the compliment and idea Smiley  I'm off to the shops this morning and I'll definitely look for nylon boning to experiment with!
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2005 02:22:59 PM »

thanks for the info

now i will search for days trying to find some. haha.
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