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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My nearly amazing wallet on: March 08, 2010 10:16:27 AM
I found a wallet picture on the internet that I fell in love with the design of. I searched and searched for a pattern similar and couldn't find one. So I figured I could try winging it. This is the third try, I still have some dimensional tweaking to do - but it's coming out great and I'm loving my new wallet. I'm really excited to make another one with my tweaks in place.

The outside is crypton suede and the inside is some cotton I'd purchased for my son's wallet (hahaha isn't it adorable!?!).

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler "In Stitches" Clutch with many revisions :-D on: February 01, 2010 03:20:33 PM
This purse thing is slightly addicting!

I made this one using a pattern for a clutch in Amy Butler's In Stitches book. I'm not a clutch fan and I adore pockets. So this was my first adventure into adding zippered pockets - oh and slash pockets too!

As you can see, this purse probably should've stayed being a clutch or else someone with more experience should've designed the straps - they're HUGE, but I like them...just on something else  

A 'not very good' picture of the magnetic snap closure (the pattern called for Velcro, I don't like Velcro - but magnets are fun!).

Back zippered pocket, which is also HUGE, not part of the original pattern and should accompany whatever purse the straps would feel more at home on.

A slightly different picture of the front, showing a bit more of the slash pockets that oddly came out too small - and were not part of the original pattern.

Inside of purse. The swivel clip also wasn't part of the original pattern, I love those things. My favorite purse has one and I hook my keys to it - so handy, so I had to have one in this purse.

A close-up of the inside zippered pocket (also not part of the pattern) that came out entirely too long - hahaha I don't know what I was thinking, but I made the pocket the same length as the purse. Makes it a bit of a chore to get the end of the zipper.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / M5599 View D on: January 19, 2010 02:05:02 PM
 Grin Grin Grin
I made a purse! I've had this pattern laying around for a long time now and finally decided to do something with it! I haven't sewn anything in over a year (too much going on in personal life) now I've got the bug again!






Sorry the pictures aren't very good - I took them with my phone  Tongue
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Frayed denim wrap skirt on: March 23, 2008 03:08:00 PM
I'm teaching myself to sew since my wonderful hubby bought me a sewing machine for Christmas!  I bought the book Sew What Skirts but ended up putting it on the shelf for about a month since I didn't quite understand it yet.  I made a few things using patterns so I could become somewhat familiar with making something and how they are supposed to go together.  Then I bought 5 yards of denim (I'm still not sure what possesed me into buying so much) and I pulled my book off the shelf and this is what I made!

It's the frayed wrap skirt they have in there.  I decided I didn't like the idea of snap tape and found some wonderful brass sun buttons and used those instead.  Unfortunately I don't have a very good picture of those and I tried getting a close-up with my awful camera to no avail.

I hope you like it, I do, it's pretty comfy and I'm pretty proud of myself!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Split Skirt? on: February 12, 2008 03:16:17 PM
I love split skirts, I have not found a pattern for one.  But I got to thinking that it shouldn't be too hard to adjust a pattern for a pair of pants.  My question would be - do you start to flare out at the waist or the hip (or someplace entirely different)?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / 2 firsts for me! A skirt and a pair of lounge pants! on: January 20, 2008 05:05:50 PM
I'm totally new to this sewing thing.  Ever since I was 14 and figured out my curves were not how storebought clothing was made.  I have a memory block of most of my childhood up until I was about 12 or 13 - I do remember my grandmother sewed, and working with my sewing machine (that my wonderful husband bought me for Christmas) things seem to be very familiar to me.  If I have sewed before, I haven't since I was around 8 or so, but I've been noticing if nothing else my seems are entirely too straight to have just started sewing.  So in a way, I'm teaching myself how to sew, whether I've sewed before will be a mystery for me since no one is around anymore to ask.

Without further ado - let me introduce you to my new skirt:



The hem

I did design the pattern for the skirt, in doing so I learned a whole lot!  It took me what seems like forever to make the skirt - but I'm thrilled I did it the way I did.

The pants are from a Simplicity pattern - one of the It's So Easy or something like that.



Yep, I know it's silly - but I'm thrilled!

Thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Out of proportion measurements - question on patterns on: January 15, 2008 01:09:46 PM
EEEEK this is my first post, I've been reading and reading for the past few days and WOW!  What a place this is!!

I'm also new to sewing, I've been trying to figure it out as I go.  I'm starting to wonder however if my grandmother might've taught me some things about sewing since some things seem very familiar to me and I can oddly hem straight.

I made my first skirt the other day...well I guess it's not finished.  If I was about 6" taller and weighed at least 50 more pounds then the skirt would be finished.  So I'm in the process of fixing it.

I very much want to learn to make my own patterns, the skirt was out of my head so there's hope (I think).  But for right now I'm thinking patterns is a good way to go.  I found a pattern I like "Simplicity 3769", I'm wondering if I can make the waist smaller.

My measurements are a generous 50x41.5x52, I'm almost 5' 8", I have an extremely short waist - I think there's maybe an inch between the very bottom of my rib cage and my waist, then maybe an inch and a half between my waist and the top of my hip bones.  I also wear a 42DD.

According to the pattern my bust is in a size 28, and my waist is in a size 26 - both of which come on one pattern.  So I'm hoping I can cut it correctly in my bust, then angle the cut to the size 26 and go from there.

What would you suggest?

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