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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Cutting 9 patch blocks on: October 29, 2012 11:48:31 AM
I want to make a baby quilt using a 9 patch pattern in a selection of purple fabrics with one grey block in the centre. Unfortunately all instructions for strip cutting is for just two colours forming a sort of flower pattern.  The design I want is more mixed random print squares with a grey centre.  I can't work out how to strip cut to achieve this pattern design. Can anyone help?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Messenger bag made from cargo pants. on: November 30, 2010 04:02:34 PM
I made this bag from a couple of pairs of old cargo pants.  It has a flap pocket and a pocket inside plus....lighter pockets on the straps!
It was heaps of fun to make.  Oh!  I just noticed that I took these pics before I sewed up the turning gap..Oops! Undecided
It's done now I promise.. Wink  anyway, what do you think?

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Winter Coloured Necktie Dress on: November 22, 2010 05:12:01 AM
This necktie halter dress was sewn in brown, green, russets and navy blue.
24 ties and one zip went into the making.  A few improvements have been made to the design since my last dress (see last topic)
The bustline is lower.  The neckline is two ties aranged into a bow, and the sash twists at the back and ties at the front.  
Ties have absolutly no give so getting it to cup the bust is a job and a half! Lucky im not so well endowed..lol
anyway...What do you think?

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My blue necktie halter dress on: November 04, 2010 09:40:33 PM
This dress was made with 22 ties and one invisible zip.  The ties are complete and intact.  Getting those neckties to cup the breast and not stick out like wings was more like a sculpting challenge, but it turned out well in the end. the shoulder straps are plaited and tied behind the neck while a decorative blue glass stone setting was added at the bust point.  What do you think?

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / deep deep cowl back halter? on: September 07, 2009 06:49:16 PM
I've interested in making a very deep cowl back, split halterneck. Im having trouble finding any instruction on the cowl back technique.  Is it as simple as adding an inset cowl?  I want it  to sit just below my waist at the back, sort of at the top of my bottom.  Does anyone know how to help with general instructions, advice or could direct me to a cowl back tutorial?
Thanks in advance.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blue Batik Shirt to Dress = smiles! on: September 05, 2009 12:47:58 AM
I was wandering around in the op shop the other day and I picked up a men's button up shirt. It was a dark blue cotton with lighter blue batik designs on the bottom and on the cuff.. Perhaps you have seen shirts like this before. I had a toddlers tutorial in mind like this one at Craftster. (geeze I love that website!!) But it sorta evolved into something else. When I got it home and looked at the beautiful designs on the shirt.. ..I got to thinking.. why not make a "Me" sized dress instead??
I wanted some special sleeves so I looked through all my patterns ( I have a suitcase weighing 25 kilos full of paper patterns) and found this 1970's pattern from Simplicity. those sleeves had the special touch I was looking for!
I unpicked the sleeves and realized that I was going to have to alter the sleeves a little to get them to fit so I made the cap a little lower. I gathered and pleated the sleeves (which I really enjoyed and they turned out great!!) I then adjusted the body of the shirt with a dress form and a few fittings so it fit my shape, and sewed the whole thing together!
Love Love Love it!!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / paging a spiral pocket coin purse.. anyone? on: February 28, 2009 06:17:56 PM

I used to see these beauties for sale at the Southbank (Brisbane Australia) markets when I was a child. I can't find a tutorial anywhere on the net..
Can anyone here work out how they are made?
Would love go at making one.
Here is a vid at you tube of it in action.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / loli gothic minus the fluff on: October 04, 2008 10:58:36 AM
I made this the other night.
I am yet to sew on red buttons..But i needed to blog it.. I couldn't wait.
Sorry about the photoshop effecct it's just so beautiful.
The dress has gathered capped sleaves with button closure and is gathered in the middle or the bodice.  It also has a 3 tiered skirt.  I love it! what do you reckon?

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / double pleated wonder on: August 05, 2008 03:57:36 AM
A new bag was created Sunday night. I designed the pattern myself..And I love it. This one makes me happy....I actually squealed and did a little dance when I realised it was finished. Doesn't it look professional? That's freaky.
The pattern was traced from a black and white mag. It is double pleated on both sides and now features a key clip, a mobile phone pocket and a pocket for your purse!!
I love the colours. Japanese fabric is SO luscious.
This bag is made (as you can see) with beautiful black patterned material and is lined with what looks like hand painted yellow fabric. Both materials are so joyous...I call this my Sun Bag. It's for those winter days when you are feeling a bit gloomy and need a bit of cheering up.
Anyway, here are some more pics. There are a few..lol

What you YOU think?

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wisteria Bag on: August 01, 2008 08:36:54 PM
I finished an incredible bag early this morning..
It's a self designed bag..The pattern was traced from a black and white mag.
This one I am REALLY proud of. In fact, I think it's the best one I have made yet by far.
It is (as you can see) made with a dark brown heavy cotton.
This has been beautifully printed with wisteria vines, blossoms, magnolias and grasses. I pleated it in the centre to give it a bit more space and matched the pattern in the centre almost exactly (don't ask me how that happened!)
The handles are long so the bag is worn like a messenger bag (over your head and on the other shoulder) and are of  of a simple design with a ribbon trim.
The inside is lined with  the same light blue.........

But wait for it guys...
Nestled inside, Featuring for the very first time.....A mobile phone pocket!!! and a hook for your keys so you don't have to dig!! (insert cheer here!!)
I love this bag and I'm feeling very accomplished.
Here are some photos.

Thanks for looking!
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