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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My beautious yoga mat bag on: July 12, 2007 01:40:53 PM
Here it is, a pretty simple yoga mat bag with a tie at the top and my very first attempt at freehand embroidery. It's a rectangle, bottom corners sewn across to make a 3-D bottom, top folded over to make a tube to run the tie through, Strap sewn into the side seam.

And it includes my oh-so-beautiful first attempt at freehand embroidery. Pattern is from a single-line quilting pattern book. (I'll look up the title if anyone is curious).

Here's the bag:

And here's a semi-closeup of the embroidery:

And here's a more close-up closeup. Note: I still need to run this through the wash machine to get rid of the markings for the embroidery pattern.

Yeah, now I'm more motivated to sign up for the next yoga classes at "Yoga Sanctuary" in beautiful downtown Menasha, metropolis central.

LOL on that last part...
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Free-hand embroidered "do-rag" on: July 12, 2007 01:06:09 PM
Ok, so I'm trying to grow my hair back out and it's in that awkward stage of not really short but not really long and always looking - well, icky.

And I had this pattern for making these cancer hats. And since I had, indeed, made a bunch and delivered them to the hospital already I could put my midwestern guilt aside and make one for myself.

And I've been wanting to learn more about freehand embroidery, and I'd bought this book about single-line quilting, and so...voil...my very own bad-hair-day do-rag (the name of which I despise).

U Like?

I still need to pick the little fuzzies off from the stabilizer. Next time it's the melt-when-it-gets-wet stuff for me!

Here's the back view, with the knot.

And here's me, in all my joyousness. And a front view of the project.

The pattern is one I've had for a couple of years. It's called the "Comfort Kerchief" and it's by Gaye Gilbert Kriegel. It's something I actually received in the mail after sending in a  minimal amount of money (REALLY minimal, like just enough that it covered the cost of the copy and the postage). It might even be online now as a pdf, but I don't know.

It's kinda funny because I had to make like 3 of them before I could really get  how the flat pattern becomes a 3-d article of clothing. Quite cool, actually. The only variation from the original pattern is that I didn't add any fleece inside to make it puffier, 'cause I got hair of my own and don't need it.

Now, if I only had a cute biker dude to take me out on his bike I'd be all set! LOL!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Adaption of a simple tank... w/photos on: July 02, 2007 09:38:10 PM
Well, this top started out as a simple, 2-piece (front & back), pull-on, non-bias cut, side-darted tank. Copy-o, prest-o, change-o and here we have it.

Changes made:
Empire line added
   Bust part made a little more snug (look, Ma! No bra!)
   2 layers + lining
   Top layer - side dart rotated to bottom, cut apart entire pice to spread it, & made gathers before sewing it to the lined backing (both of which retained the side dart & had no gathering)
Open in the back
Buttons w/little loopy things

**Please excuse the ugly "Mom Jeans"!! lol!!!**


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