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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The first bag I ever made on: January 29, 2008 11:37:07 PM
Now I was finally able to make photos Smiley
The fabric is an Ex-kitchen-curtain from grandma (70s, I think) and quite lightweight (bit smoother than IKEA bomull).
Enjoy my "joke bag" (it was actually a joke, because I just wanted to try if I could make a bag and then everybody said they want one, too... well! You never know! ;-) )

Thanks for stopping by! Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My personal sewing breakthrough: light ros hoodie in jersey on: January 28, 2008 11:59:28 PM
My grandma gave me this really ugly (well, at least in my eyes) light rose Jersey she didn't need so I could learn sewing/improve my skills with it (everybody always gives me their ugly fabric and clothes for this reason, it's cool Smiley).

I had it laying around for two ys or so, then finally tickled myself into having a go at a hoodie dissection (I had a very old one with color sprinkles and one or two holes), I made a pattern from the old hoodie, copied it on the ros jersey and tried to sew it together without too many mistakes.

The miracle is: It actually worked!

(modeled by a friend)
Now I don't like the pattern too much so I won't reproduce it, I hate the fabric so I won't wear it, but all that doesn't matter to me. Since that hoodie I feel like the sewing machine is my friend, no longer an enemy I have to overcome. Yay!
Now I am just looking for some ugly and very cheap second hand hoodie but with a nice pattern to go for the next dissection and this time use some nice fabric... very optimistic!
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bags with no name [IMG obese] on: January 28, 2008 10:09:06 AM
I guess I'd call them nappybags, but then English isn't my mothertongue, so I'm a bit indecisive about the name. A friend of mine asked me to make her a simple little bag where she could carry 3 or 4 diapers plus a pack of wet wipes around. Mainly because the diapers would be well... carrying some crumbs with them after they were in her husbands bag. She wanted basically a bag to put in another bag, so no straps or any special features needed.

I whipped them up out of an old pair of jeans another friend gave to me for improving my sewing skills (I've got wonderful friends Smiley ) and the rest is obvious, I think. Smiley

Once I knew what to do, it took me only about 15 minutes per bag. I've made two more, but don't have my own camera, always depend on somebody to be around in the right minute ;-) so I just show the two I've had when the camera lady has been around Smiley

"Biene Maja", one of my early childhood heroines Smiley (is she known outside of Germany?)


backside, very simple:

and open:

Comments as well as suggestions for improvement are both very welcome!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 3rd selfmade bag: white with pink polka dots, done on: January 17, 2008 12:34:40 PM
Hey again Smiley
(bored by text? just scroll down for pics.  Wink )
about two weeks ago I completed another project and wanted to share it with you. I am aware that I am just a beginner and not very good at sewing. I keep learning through trial and error, though, and it's fun.

I made a bag from an old kitchen curtain of my grandmothers some months ago (don't have photos yet) and actually it's been a joke - it's an old curtain from the seventies, very hot-pinkish and all flowers and swirls and so on. I actually just wanted to try making a bag and used the material I had the least use for *g*
But sometimes in Berlin the least useful things seem to have something special about them which makes everybody want to have them (maybe I should open a store XD ).
So many friends asked me to make them a bag like that. I didn't, of course, because I've only just begun sewing and I'd like to improve my skills first rather than making bags for everyone which break everywhere after a weak or so and waste the material.

After that I found a nice material (yellow flowers on somethng I'd call "ivory" white), I went for the next bag. Measured something wrong, couldn't sew half of it by machine because of the mistake, well, it's still on the edge of my (biiiig Grin ) sewing table.

One of my friends married and she wanted a bag as her gift. Okay, I thought, this better be good. She was in love with the crazy material, too, but as many people were I decided to just add some of the material to the bag but make it of a pink polka dot material which has ALSO been a curtain before, in the flat of another friend who gave it to me  Cheesy

I tried using fusible interfacing for the first time (and loved it! I will rip up my first curtain bag again and add fusible interfacing because it's great!), sewed the sides by hand because I made a mistake again (grrrrmpf), added velcro and some cheap IKEA-bomull-lining and the old curtain in the handle and there it was: The bag which is probably still very bad, but the best I have ever made! ;-)
So don't you think I just HAVE to show off a bit? Smiley

Here are some pictures (guess where we took them *g* - oh and in case you guess correctly I promise you will NOT get any bags from me! ;-) )

1. Presented on pink:

2. The Inside
(next time I will put the lower velcro stripe as it is, but replace the one on the flap with two perpendicular stripes so that there's some range where to close the bag... erm excuse my English, I hope its ok... *insecure*)

3. Inside bottom
(I made the bottom with fusible thingy again and glued it to the lining, which is sewn to the outside material, so it won't shift around)

4. Another friend (not the one that married) and her baby modeling the bag ;-)
(remind me to make the strap longer next time... *sigh*)

I hope I didn't bore you Smiley
25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Gouache Painting and Sepia Drawing on: September 30, 2007 06:33:46 AM
I've got one gouache painting and one sepia drawing to show... made them last year after a very long time of not touching anything like a brush or pencil... (and haven't since then, unfortunately, at least no brush)
first, gouache:
(on the left there is a bible verse, but since it's in German, I cut it off, it says what Jesus said to mary magdalene, I think: "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?")

second, sepia:
(another bible verse in the left part, ruth saying to noomi "wherever you go, i will go")

(I made better faces before *blushes a bit*)
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / recon from old black jeans and cotton/linen mix fabric? on: July 31, 2007 11:16:26 AM
(I hope my English is ok, not being my mothertongue... I apologize in advance if I write things wrong or use weird grammar...)

Hi guys,
i've tried to make some pics with my phone cam, but it didn't work out...
So I'll try to explain.
I cut off an old black (well, rather grey, in between) stretchy jeans some inches below the zipper, in a straight line and above the place where the seams start getting complicated, if you know what I mean...

And I shortened my curtain and have got about 1 metre of lovely flower fabric (IKEA  Grin).
I'd love to combine those, as I am a beginner and don't trust in making the top part of a complete new skirt myself and the jeans fits very well.
Now I just don't know what to do with it, I wouldn't even know what to search for to get some pics or even tuts to inspire me.

I want the skirt to be about knee length, maybe a bit longer. But I can't even decide whether I want it slim fit or rather bulgy (I am not sure whether that's the correct adjective, but I think you'll know what I mean anyway...) and if I met the decision, how to do it.
I really don't want to get on your nerves, but maybe someone here knows what I am talking about and has a nice tute (or pics from skirts like that, so that I can make out the howto myself...) for me...
I really love it here, you guys inspire me a lot Smiley
Love from Berlin,
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