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31  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tube Top Purse on: October 14, 2004 08:09:28 PM
Way to recycle a tube top!  That looks fantastic...
32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Slightly unsuccessful overnight tote. on: October 14, 2004 08:43:32 AM
Your bag is really pretty.  Your choice of trim was perfect.  Is the fabric velour?

I chuckled when I saw the title of your post, because at first I wasn't sure what "slightly unsuccessful" modified!
It sort of went flopsy-doodle on me.
Naughty me!

I only wish it was velour.  It's a nice light twill with a woven-in stripe.  It was leftover from a skirt I made a few years ago.

And now that you mention it, my post could be taken several ways.  I think I've had that experience, but the new bag was never involved.  It's too new!  *wink*

Thanks for the laugh -- and thanks for looking...
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Slightly unsuccessful overnight tote. on: October 13, 2004 10:33:22 PM
I didn't really use a pattern for this, but I took an easy sort of evening bag shape, and made it really big to make it an overnight bag.  It sort of went flopsy-doodle on me.  (I should have used a fabric with more body, and maybe some interfacing.)  You can't see it because my camera is less than thrilling and the bag is black, but it has a nice inverted pleat in the center of both the front and the back, and I squared the bottom.

Hanging up and looking floppy:

Flat on my embarrassingly unmade bed:

And a close up of the trim, which is the best part of this silly bag:

I will be able to use the bag, though.  Being stuffed full of clothes helps it to retain its shape.  Let's just call this a learning experience.  (That's what my Dad always says, anyway...)
34  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My first reconstucted t-shirt. on: October 10, 2004 08:49:06 PM
Thanks!  I couldn't find knit ribbing at the first couple of fabric stores, so I got impatient and improvised.  It even laundered just fine.  I was surprised, I didn't know mixing bias tape with knit would work.

Oh, those harmful fabric stereotypes...hah!
35  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first reconstucted t-shirt. on: October 10, 2004 11:22:02 AM
I don't have a before picture, but in its previous life, this was a really ugly baseball style shirt with navy blue sleeves.  I loved the little saying, though, so I took off the sleeves and added some nice black and white checkered bias tape I found in the quilting section of the fabric store and made this...

I hope you can see the pic.  I know this project is less fabulous than many I've seen on here, but the shirt was really ugly before, I promise.

I got two compliments when I wore it out the other night...that's gotta count for something, right?
36  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Zines on: October 07, 2004 09:47:32 AM

I'm currently working on my second issue of a zine called "Zombies & Kittens."  We took submissions from all kinds of writers and several artists, but the trick is no one is publishing under their real name (not even me).  I'd be happy to swap copies of the first issue with other zinesters out there...

I just used MS Word's bookleting feature for the main text, but I did some cut and paste with comics that didn't scan well.  I'm thinking of going a little more old school on this issue and using some handwritten sharpie accents.

I have to say, though, I love your zine's name.

Cheap photocopies are the name of the game!  Enjoy making your zine.
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