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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Adding a cap sleeve to a sleeveless dress/top? on: August 11, 2008 12:25:14 PM
I have this dress that is about 9 years old that I can fit into again (yay) and I want to update it.  It is ankle length, so I'm going to shorten it to knee length.  It is also sleeveless, and I'd like to add some sleeves with the fabric I cut off when I shorten the dress.  The fabric is woven synthetic, not stretchy at all, and the bodice is partially lined.  I've sewn sleeves before, but always following a pattern, not winging it myself.  If figure I can alter the partial lining so it is only facing around the neckline to allow for the placement of a sleeve, but I'm not really sure how to go about making the sleeve.

Any tips?  Should I see if there is a pattern in my stash that has a sleeve that will work?


2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first purse!! on: June 13, 2008 08:06:27 AM
After weeks of research here on Craftster, I finally took the plunge, cut up an old blazer & made this purse.


The purse is made from an old wool blazer that I loved but was terribly out of style. The lining of the purse is the lining of the blazer.  It has a band of grosgrain ribbon around it that I have since added a grosgrain bow to.  The ribbon doesn't exactly line up at all four edges, but I'm pleased anyway.  The strap is repurposed from another purse.  The corners were a little tricky, but the fabric is thick enough to be very forgiving.

Thanks for looking!

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a bow tutorial on: May 14, 2008 08:27:28 AM
I'm going to start sewing my first purse tonight, and I'd really like to embellish it with a simple bow.  I've got a ribbon going around the purse about 1/3 of the way from the top, and I think a simple bow would be perfect.  However, I need help with bows.

Any links for me?


4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Another interfacing question on: April 29, 2008 01:21:10 PM
Hi all!  I have some fabric left over from my kitchen curtains that I adore.  I want to make a Sanibel-inspired bag with it.  I got the fabric in the home decor dept of my fabric store.  It's a heavier cotton - not as heavy as denim, but definitely heavier than quilting cotton, with an open weave.  About the weight of twill, maybe slightly heavier.  The lining is about the same weight.

Anyway, I want this bag to stand up & be fairly structured.  I'm thinking of using medium weight interfacing for both the outer bag & inner lining.  Do you think this will be heavy enough?

Thanks everyone!  I love this site - it has me SO inspired!

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