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41  Modern camo skirt to purse -- does it need something? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Deeder on: May 13, 2009 08:31:27 PM
I picked a skirt up at a yard sale when I was home visiting the 'rents over Easter because I knew the print would look great as a purse. Sorry, I forgot to take pics of the skirt before I chopped it apart, but it was just a basic, mid-calf length skirt.

Here's what I got:

The strap, magnetic snap, and the inside pocket came from two old purses. This first picture is the truest to the colors

The inside is lined with the facing/lining that was with the skirt. It was super easy to put together ... I just sketched out an idea and went with it.

I love magnetic snaps, especially when I don't have to buy them ...

So I kind of think it needs something else -- some kind of detail, like an outside pocket ... I was thinking maybe a solid brown. But my DH and a co-worker both think that would take away from the print.

What do you guys think? C + C welcomed and appreciated!!!
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42  "Zipper-dee-doo-dah" bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Deeder on: April 28, 2009 06:41:37 AM
So a couple of years ago my mother unknowingly gifted me a shoebox full of zippers. Yup, that means I stole it. It's okay ... she never noticed.

I don't know why I wanted a box of zippers, and it sat in my craft rooms (I've moved several times since I got it). So a couple of months ago I decided to make this zipper-covered messenger bag.

This thing was a monster to stitch. I think I broke three needles, four if you include the twin needle I was trying out.

All of the zippers open, but only two are pockets. They are kind of secret pockets, since you can't tell where they are. All the other zippers have a different fabric behind it.

The inside is completely padded and there's a divider in the middle. The strap is some webbing I got from the local general store (Yup, in Alabama we've still got general stores. This place has the coolest vintage notions and awesome upholstery fabric). The hardware comes from a messenger bag I found at the Salvation Army for a buck.

I was going to sell this one, then I used it and wanted to keep it. Then I showed it to my sister in NYC over google video last night, and she reminded me she reminded me she has a birthday coming up ... so I guess it's getting shipped off. That's okay, though, 'cause I've still got half a box of zippers and I've been collecting more.

C + C welcomed!!!

A close up of some of the zippers and strap

The whole bag

Zippers and one of the secret pockets

Open zippers and the other secret pocket. Each zipper has a different fabric behind it.

The inside. It's big enough to hold my ledger, macbook and a couple notebooks.

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43  The jacket that almost never was ... img heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Deeder on: November 06, 2008 08:59:11 PM
So I've been working on this jacket for more than a month now. It turns out that sewing velvet is quite the b***h -- it slides and kind of crunches down in every direction. Only too late did I find out I should have used (well, bought) a walking or roller foot.

It turns out that sewing poly satin to velvet is even b***hier. But I persevered, and now have a great jackets. I'd love to take credit for the pattern, but alas, it's a Vogue one that I picked up online -- V1042, but I did make some changes, especially with the cuffs.

By the way, I picked up the black fabrics (the velvet and the other) at a yard sale for $5. The green poly satin (the lining) I bought a couple years ago for a dress that never was. The buttons are self-covered, and the rosettes and ruffles on the cuffs are self-fabric.

There aren't any noticeable mistakes, but I put the sleeves on the wrong arms (the  slits in the cuffs are supposed to face backwards), so they fit a little weird, but not too bad.

So here it is in all its glory:

The lining and velvet facing:

The full lining:

The lapel and rosettes:

The velvet cuffs:

The buttons:

If you can't tell, I'm really proud of this one ... but I don't think I'll ever work with velvet again. C&C always welcome and appreciated.

Also, I'll be posting some action shots soon. I'm working on a full outfit, and hopefully it'll be done by this weekend!
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44  Wild wild western shirt ... well, it will be in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Deeder on: October 06, 2008 05:53:09 AM
So the DH is always asking when I'm going to make him something, so I finally whipped him up a western shirt. I used a pattern (western shirts are nothing but confusing) and I messed up a couple of times, but I think all the mistakes are hidden on the inside.

He wanted me to embroider a cow skull (he calls his music Cowpunk) on the back yoke, but my embroidery skills are nonexistent. I might try and screenprint it on there tho. You can barely see a chalk outline of the skull on the back. I really want to add some studs and rhinestones (Conway Twitty or Unknown Hinson style), but he's a little wary of that.

Excuse the plaid pajamas, but it was Sunday. It's a day pjs are made for. Also, sorry the pics are blurry -- they looked fine on the camera. But on a good note, I've finally posted enough that I don't have to link the photos!

Using piping (for the first time) wasn't as complicated as I thought I might be, although I skipped it on the collar.

Cute plaid cowpunk butt! If you look in the right corner, you can see part of an antique Singer sewing machine table (c. 1908) that I made into my desk. Got it at a yard sale for $50.

He's got a show on Wednesday with the Koffin Kats (Detroit psychobilly), so I'll add some action shots if I get some. Oh yeah, if you want to check out the band: www.myspace.com/mcphersonstruts

Any comments, suggestions, etc. are very much appreciated!!!
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45  Ruffle skirt recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Deeder on: September 09, 2008 09:06:59 PM
I found this gem at the Salvation Army thrift store ... sorry it's not a very good "before" pic:

I'm always in desperate need of business-y work clothes, so I cut it up, added some ruffles and came up with this:

This is my first successful (as in I can wear it out in public) pattern-less creation. The plaid is some old fabric I "borrowed" from my mom a couple of years ago. I think I'll use what's left to make a couple of flower pins to go with it.
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46  Pretty in pink -- an ugly shirt to a work shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Deeder on: September 02, 2008 07:08:49 PM
I'm a longtime lurker, and I want to say thanks to everyone on here. You've all inspired me to get my butt back in the craft room and get to work!

I have to dress business/casual for work, but I refuse to buy new clothes. Here's a $3 shirt I picked up at Salvation Army.

The old shirt:

I loved the fabric, so I turned it into a pretty pink camisole I can wear alone (during the hot Alabama summers) and under a jacket or sweater in the winter.  

The front:
The back:

This is a slightly modified Simplicity Threads collection pattern 4500. What was the front of the old shirt is the back of the new one. I switched out the pink buttons for some ones I recycled of a decorative pillow (and there's still about 100 buttons left on the pillow ... for a later project, I believe).

There are a couple of mistakes, mainly that my buttons are crooked. I'm the worst button sewer ever. Only a couple of them are working buttons ... there's no way I'd make the DH button me up that much in the morning.

Any comments/suggestions welcome!
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