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1  Sunny baby quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by patellywells on: March 18, 2009 03:34:59 PM
This is my first professional-looking quilt!  I used the backing fabric as inspiration for the colors/design scheme.  Construction was fairly easy, once I pin-matched everything. This quilt is for my co-worker, whose baby, Olivia, is due in a month. I had a lot of fun making it, and I hope she likes it!

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2  Introducing the Sknizey Tote! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patellywells on: December 29, 2007 03:51:22 PM
This tote, which I created for my architect sister, takes its name from one of her college nicknames. 

I made it out of a canvas-like material and reinforced EVERYTHING.  She's going to use it for her computer and other heavy objects.


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3  Cute PJ pants from fitted sheet! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by patellywells on: September 17, 2007 09:38:33 PM
I made some pajama pants from a fitted sheet (from a double-sized mattress, I think).  The nifty part is I didn't have to worry about elastic in the waist because I cut the fabric so that the entire waist used the gathered part of the sheet.

Here's how I started:  I cut an approximation for my fabric, taking advantage of the gathered part of the sheet.

Then I traced an existing pair of pajama pants as a pattern, and I sewed the PJ pants together:

Then I wore them!

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4  Ribbon-like yarn sweater help in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by patellywells on: May 28, 2007 09:54:27 AM
hi, everyone,

I bought this yarn in Turkey last summer, and I want to make something cool from it.  I found a sweater pattern calling for "bulky weight ribbon-type yarn" in a book at the library ("24-Hour Knitting Projects" by Rita Weiss).  I started working on the sweater last night, but now I think it might be too bulky and stiff to look flattering. 

Any thoughts on this?  Is there a way to soften up the sweater once I've finished with it?  I don't really want to try something else--I've been looking for a suitable pattern for a year--but if someone thinks that's a good idea, I'm open to it.  I just want to make something I'll actually use!!

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5  Professional business suit help in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by patellywells on: May 07, 2007 11:20:59 AM
Hi, again,

I'm a law student working at a big law firm this summer and I need to wear suits every day.  I bought this lovely blazer for $1 at a thrift store.  It looks frumpy in the photo, but trust me, it's very modern-looking and quite flattering.  The jacket is somewhat long, and has slits up the side for movement.  There was no skirt for sale, and a quick search on EBay for the style number revealed nothing.

So, what are my options to make a complete-looking business suit? 

I was thinking I could somehow cut a little strip or shape from inside the lapel and make it into an "accent" on a black pencil skirt.  Or, I was also considering buying ribbon that closely matches the khaki color in the jacket.  I don't want to have a printed skirt because I think that might look tacky. 

Ideas would be appreciated!! Thanks, Craftster!!!
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6  Anthropologie sweater--doily help? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by patellywells on: May 06, 2007 08:27:19 PM
Hi, everyone,

I like this sweater from Anthropologie:


I was thinking of making an Anthropologie-inspired sweater using this doily:

Problem is, I'm not sure how one afixes a doily to a sweater or a skirt.  I was thinking of putting this on the back of a sweater--it's a pretty good size (a foot in diameter, I'd say).  Or does anyone have other ideas?  And should I handsew this doily?  And how will I pin it/keep it flat to put it on properly?  Any help is much appreciated!!!
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7  Laptop case from vintage fabric!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patellywells on: January 07, 2007 11:50:29 AM
I made this yesterday--it's really sturdy and fits my Toshiba laptop perfectly. I can't wait to take it to class tomorrow!!

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8  Lucky Brand velvet pants into purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by patellywells on: January 01, 2007 01:13:10 PM
These Lucky velvet pants were sooo cute--but a little too tight for me. So, I made them into this purse.

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9  German pillowcase into fun spring purse! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by patellywells on: January 01, 2007 01:09:00 PM
My sister and I bought this pillowcase at a thrift shop in Europe this summer. During the Christmas holidays, I *finally* had the time to make it into a fun purse.

The German pillowcase label was cool, so I carefully saved it and sewed it inside, designer-style...

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10  Summer purse from Indian fabric in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by patellywells on: July 25, 2006 09:53:11 AM
I made this purse the other day (again, by hand, since I'm away from my machine). I found a cool shop in Budapest that sells clothing by the kilo, and discovered this small print from India. I attached a lining and some straps...and voila! Should I take the flowers off? I thought they added an interesting twist, but looking at them now...maybe they are too much??

I will probably re-attach the straps once I return home and have matching thread and access to a sewing machine!

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