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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Marlo Bloom Handbag on: November 04, 2008 01:35:38 PM
It's been a while since I've posted. I'm still sewing (and definitely still lurking all the time), but I don't seem to have time to sew anything for myself.

I have been stalking Heather Bailey's blog and her website. She has some new patterns out, and once I saw the Marlo Bloom pattern, I had to have it! Here's a link to her website where you can see/buy the pattern: http://www.heatherbaileystore.com/product-p/sp004-mb.htm

This pattern, for those who are interested in such things, was very clear and the instructions were easy to follow, which is NOT to say that this bag was easy. The handles...oh my. But somehow, I made it through that tedious part. Everything else was fine until the very end, when the instructions said to gather the top part of the bag. Mind you, the bag was an outer layer of cotton, plus a cotton lining with fusible fleece interfacing. Every time I tried to pull the bobbin thread, it just snapped after gathering about an inch. Eventually, I just gave up and pleated both sides. It still looks about right, I think.

Some things I did differently than the pattern: (1) I put a regular magnetic clasp in the handles, not the kind of magnets that Heather suggests. So my bag isn't reversible. (2) I used non-fusible heavyweight interfacing on the handles and then used Heat 'n Bond to attach the fabric to the front and around to the back of each piece. (3) I pleated the sides of the bag, as I explained earlier.

Ok. Sorry for the novel. Here are the pictures!

I forgot to take a picture of the lining. It's white with black polka dots and there are no pockets (I was too impatient!)

Comments and criticism welcome. Thanks for looking!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / McCall's 9965 Kids' Chair on: September 20, 2008 09:01:24 PM
I really want to make this chair for the kids in my family for Christmas. http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M9665.htm??tab=home_decorating&page=5

But the problem is that the pattern calls for some weird-sized pillow forms. I REALLY don't want to have to make the pillows myself. Has anyone ever made these chairs before? Does anyone know where I can find the right pillow forms?

Thanks for your help!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hot Patterns on: September 11, 2008 07:09:57 PM
Has anyone ever tried any of the Hot Patterns? (www.hotpatterns.com) They look really cute to me! Some of them say that they are for the advanced beginner (I think that's me), but I wanted some confirmation from someone who's been there. And I want to know how the measurements compare with actual fit.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zip-top Houndstooth Purse on: September 08, 2008 06:23:10 PM
I've been scared of zippers for a long time. But once I saw this tutorial, I thought maybe, just maybe I could do it. So I did! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=263673.0 Thanks, Alliemac!

I bought the fabric at Joann. It's the 45" home dec stuff and the lining and handles are black twill. The purse is about 11" wide at the top and about 10" high and 3 1/2" deep. The outer fabric is interfaced with fusible fleece (my fav!) On the inside, I put one big pocket for my cell phone so it is easily accessible. And I also did 3 pen/pencil pockets. The applique is a scrap piece of some basic pink cotton that I also got at Joann on sale for $1.99/yd.

Anyway, I hope you like it! I'm soooo proud. :-D

I'm not sure why it looks so wonky in the pic. It's not.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Red, White and Black Stripwork Skirt with Tee on: July 12, 2008 02:00:47 PM
I feel like I haven't posted in a while. It's not because I haven't been sewing!

Anyway, this is my second attempt at a stripwork skirt. The first one I made for my niece for her birthday. It was pink and green...so cute. But I wasn't thinking and sent it off without taking a single pic. Even when she came to visit me, I couldn't manage to get a pic of her wearing it. Oh well, this one is much better anyway! I think the colors look so back-to-school like!

Comments and criticism welcome. Thanks for looking!

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink and Green Diaper Bag on: June 26, 2008 04:17:41 PM
I saw this tute by kokoleo a LONG time back. 
And I've been wanting to make it, but I don't have any kids myself. If you don't have kids, then you don't need a diaper bag! So I was waiting and waiting for someone, anyone to get pregnant. Finally my friend did! Yay! I made this and a personalized minky blanket for her.

EDIT: I don't know if people are actually interested, but I forgot to include construction-type details. For the outer fabric, I used fusible fleece (my favorite!!). And on the lining fabric, I used a light-weight interfacing. I also sewed in a piece of plastic canvas on the bottom, which made it a serious PITA to work with. But it was so worth it. The bag stands up really nicely on its own, and the bottom doesn't sag! Success!

The colors look really bright in the pictures. They're really not, well not AS bright!  Wink
me holding the bag

one of the elastic pockets on the sides

the pacifier holder

the inside with one big pocket and the pacifier holder

Next up, one of these for my sister, who is not even pregnant yet!
Thanks for looking!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Shirred Skirt on: May 18, 2008 01:40:01 PM
A few weekends ago, I made a top (McCall's 5586) that was really cute on the hanger, but just didn't fit right. It was too tight at the top and then made me look pregnant around the middle. This is it: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=244108.msg2696934#msg2696934
I knew I would never wear it. But I was in LOVE with the fabric. It's Alexander Henry and I couldn't let it go!

So I made a skirt. I just cut off the top part of the shirt. Then I shirred it. I had to add a black band to the bottom because it was a little short for me. I don't like skirts that are above my knee. Anyway, I think this is a much better use of material!

A little blurry, but here's the shirring...and a wee tummy shot. You're welcome!  Wink

Thanks for looking! Comments and/or criticisms are welcome, of course.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Card Slots are giving me fits! on: May 17, 2008 02:29:20 PM
I was trying to make a wallet using this tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224222.0

BUT, once I got to the card slot part, I just couldn't figure it out. I don't know what I was doing wrong. But it just wasn't working. Is there anyone who can explain it to me?

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Asia-ish/Hawaiian-ish Tote on: May 12, 2008 04:58:21 PM
I know, I know. Three purses in three days...nuts. And I'm supposed to be sick today. Anyway, this one is just like the mother's day patchy tote that I made yesterday. (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=245459.0) Except this doesn't have patches. Instead, this one is Alexander Henry fabric. And I think it looks Asian/Hawaiian, but way cool.

Hope you like it!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mother's Day Patchy Tote on: May 11, 2008 07:06:47 PM
I've been obsessed with patches lately. But I think, really, this is the last patchy item for a long time.

This tote is for my mom for Mother's Day. Her favorite colors are "fuchsia" and black. She really means hot pink. But she's sorta conservative, so I knew I couldn't do some hip, modern print. So I went to Joann and found this pack of fat quarters and they were perfect.

Other info:
about 11" wide, 11" high, and 4" deep
black lining with 2 pockets, one on each side
fusible fleece on the inside
plastic canvas in the bottom

So how'd I do?

Thanks for looking

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