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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / green leaf bag on: May 24, 2009 11:49:07 PM
This afternoon I finished the second bag for my school project. (Link to first,https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304722.0

Its made from some gorgeous pastel green gaberdine I found at the op-shop. I love the pin tucks in the centre of the bag. It was the first time I've made them, they were easier than I thought they would be.

Close up of embroidery. I think it turned out well. I used crochet cotton and it kept breaking, very frustrating. (I didn't have any embroidery thread) I added the bows because it just *needed* something extra.

I'm really proud of this flower. It was very simple to crochet and it's so cute.
52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purple pleated handbag on: May 12, 2009 04:20:33 PM
For school I'm doing a project where I'm designing and making fabric bags out of recycled materials. I have to make five. Here's my first: 

The pruple material is a lovely heavy-ish shot silk/satin synthetic type thing, I found it at the op-shop so I don't know exactly what it is. The reverse side is turquoise and in the light it shines with turquoise too. The buttons are from an old sewing basket my dad found at a market. It was filled with lots of old cotton thread, the kinds on the wooden reels, and micellaneous notions. The fabric flowers I made from fabric I already had.

I forgot to take a close-up of the button on the flap (which isn't second hand or anything) . But it matches so well its not even funny.  Tongue
53  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dr. Annie and birthday crown (Lots of photos) on: May 06, 2009 10:04:35 PM
My best friend is turning eighteen on Sunday, and I wanted to give her a memorable and meaningful present. So I made her a doll and a crown. I'm very proud of both of them.

This is Dr. Annie. Recently my brother and I got sick, so Annie made us a surprise. It was a box full of goodies, paper dolls of ourselves with many outfits, as well as other silly things. With it came a story about how the "surprise box of fun" came into existance. With Annie (my friend) as a doctor. So I thought, "Hmm, I'll make Dr Annie doll!"

It took me roughly three weeks to make, and I sort of made it up as I went along. I used a mish-mash of pattern pieces and made up my own for some parts.

Annie loves The Cure (esp. Robert Smith,) hence the 'I heart Robert Smith' shirt. This is my first time making dolls clothes, so considering I think they turned out well.

My brother made the notebook. It's a bought notebook with random cartoon-like stories and illustrations. Here's my favourite page:

I bought the shoes. They're size nine for infants. Dr. Annie is roughly 31 inches (79cm) tall.

And the crown :

I can't wait to give it her! I'm going to visit her tomorrow for a few days. 

I hope you enjoy my looking at my creation.  Grin
54  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Skulls and pleats - yay! on: January 29, 2009 12:32:30 AM

I had some fabring lying around that I really love but didn't know what to do with. Until today when I thought: I want a bag, a big one to hold all my stuff. 

And so I combined my two favourite things at the moment - skulls and pleats. 

Modelled by dress form Talulluh.

Fabric/pleat detail

I added a key clip thingy because my keys always end up beyond reach at the bottom of my bag.

Hook and eye closure. It's a bit wonky but ohh well.

I absolutely adore this bag!

55  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A bear for christmas on: December 28, 2008 07:05:52 PM
A while ago I decided it would be a cool thing to make my grandparents a teddy bear for christmas. But there were a few interruptions. My sewing machine died and it was ages before I got a new one. But I got it done just in time, but I still haven't given it to them yet. My grandparents do a lot of stuff and are hardly ever home, so I haven't been able to see them. Anyway, on to the photos.

He was a joy to make (even when I got frustrated and had to unpick a couple of seams), and I can't wait to give him to my grandparents. The pattern I used was Simplicity 8418.
56  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A pleated bag for Annie on: December 28, 2008 06:56:50 PM

I've just recently got a new sewing machine, it's a Janome decor computer DC3018. It's pretty nifty. Anyway, I wanted to make my friend a christmas present. It had to be a late one though as I ran out of time. But nevermind. I followed this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=49030.0 and adapted it a bit. It was really easy to follow and this is the first time I've made anything with pleats. I love pleats.  Grin I decided to go for a purple and orange colour scheme, with a gold sun button. The button is my favourite part.

I can't wait to give it to her. 
57  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine frustration on: November 24, 2008 10:33:23 PM

Recently, my sewing machine started acting up. Actually, being old (I don't know exactly how old, but it was my mother's and possibly my grandmother's before that), it has had problem for quite a while. Ever since I have known it, anyway. But the most recent problem was that the thread tension was coming out loose... I think. The bottom thread was coming out loopy. I fiddled around with the tension regulators and eventually fixed it. But after sewing for a few seconds it went back to being loopy and otherwise imperfect. I could probably take it to a specialist to be repaired... But everytime it has been repeaired more problems crop up. So I thought it best to seek other options. My brother's girlfriend is a sewer and had recently found a sewing machine in the hard rubbish and offered it to me. So I went and had a look. It's pretty spiffy, I think she said it was from around the '50s. Its so heavy though I can't even lift it. The fan belt's a bit loose but she said that is easily fixable. So I played around and it was sewing well so I took it home. A few hours later I decide to start sewing on it and it doesn't work. The motor runs but the needle is still. I fiddled around for a bit but I can't fix it...

I'm so frustrated, I've got lots of sewing ideas in mind I'm itching to try out.  So, I have a few questions... I'm a sewing beginner and have never bought a machine. What do I need to look for when buying a machine?
Can you reccommend anything? Are computerized machines really confusing and unnecessary?

Thanks in advance.   Smiley

58  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with summer top on: October 28, 2008 01:40:45 AM

First, let me say I'm pretty new to sewing....

Ok. So, I'm making a mock-up of a summer top I want to make out of some pretty cool fabric I bought. Everything was going pretty well, I had almost got it just right. But then I discovered a curious fold down the middle and I don't know how to smooth it out.

I would greatly appreciate any advice.

59  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Paisley the cosmic goddess on: August 25, 2008 11:45:41 PM
Hi everyone,

I've made another doll. She's my second one. I'm pleased with her, but I think I'll give her to my mum. She'll appreciate her more than I do. Not that I don't appreciate her.  Tongue She's made from an old pair of corduroy trousers and her hair is synthetic. It was my first time wefting hair, which didn't turn out very well. The curls are hair that I bought pre-wefted. She took two afternoons to create. Enjoy!

p.s If you hadn't guessed from the title, her name is Paisley.

Her breasts are not the same size. That's ok, just makes her more of a woman.  Wink

If you'd like to share any methoeds for hair wefting, or putting on hair in general, that would be great. Thanks.
60  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first pair of pants! on: May 23, 2008 11:29:33 PM

Hello all

I had an old sheet I'd bought at the op shop for $2 lying around. Originally I was going to make a dress with it, but I changed my mind.

These pants are amazingly comfortable.

The zip is a bit more visible than I'd like, but oh well. I hardly think anyone's going to complain. I think the light shining on my easel is really pretty.  Tongue

Close up of button detail

It took me a week to make these, but I'm really proud of them.  Grin

I was thinking of dying them, but I'm not sure. What do you think?
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