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91  Love this bag! What should I call it? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by AbbyRose on: July 22, 2008 07:01:46 AM
I'm working on a new bag but I'm unsure what style it fits into. It's nice and big and fits over the shoulder. It's about 10 1/2 x 3 at the bottom and about 14 inches high (not including the straps). There are 5 inner pockets including a cell phone pocket near the top and one hidden outer pocket.

I have a few more things to finish before it's completed but was hoping to get some imput as to what kind of bag it is. Any suggestions?

Bag hanging

Hidden pocket

Cell phone pocket (I'm adding a snap to this)

Bag on the floor

Not sure if I want to sell it or keep it. It's just so darn pretty (in my opinion!) Comments welcome and greatly appreciated!

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92  Cloth diaper experiment (picture overload!) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by AbbyRose on: July 14, 2008 03:24:52 PM
I want to make some cloth diapers (all-in-one's) for my 10 mth old and my friend who is expecting a baby boy in September. I found a couple patterns that looked pretty simple online (Rita's Rump and Chloes Toes) I worked with both on three of them then kind of did my own thing and ended up liking that one the best Smiley So, not only do I have a pattern I like, but it's mine so I can now use it to make and sell them. Yay!

Anyway, here are some pics.

All four diapers. Normally, I would have cropped to photo to remove my daughter, but she looked so darn cute! She was mad because I wouldn't let her play with the diapers.

Closeup of #1 Ritas Rump pattern. Not impressed with my sewing on this one, but's it's my first diaper so I can't be too hard on myself.

It can be made smaller to fit a newborn.

Closeup of #2 Chloes Toes pattern. After this one I decided to sew velcro on before putting outer and inner pieces together.


Closeup of #3 Large Choles Toes pattern. Modified to add snap in doublers. I also stiched in a soaker in the lining. I was mad about the elastics not working out right so I was frustrated when I did the top-stitch. Doesn't look too nice!


Closeup of #4 My design. I love it Smiley Plus the fabric is super cute. I stitched a soaker into the lining and created a back pocket for stuffing. Too small for my daughter though so I'll have to make a bigger one for her. Not sure if I should topstitch it... What do you think?


Comments welcome and much appreciated. Let me know if you think I should topstitch #4. Thanks!!

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93  Ill fitting skirt becomes cute white sundress for my daughter! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by AbbyRose on: July 10, 2008 09:17:18 PM
My first dress, or recon for that matter. Unless taking making a wrap skirt out of my mother's new sheets in grade 9 counts... Embarrassed

Comments welcome Smiley
Sorry the pictures suck. Lighting was poor.

So this is how it all started, a cute skirt that made me look really bad!

Here it is now! It looks exactly how I wanted it too Smiley She'll probably wear it to my brother's wedding in September.
The straps are even, they just weren't laying right when I took the pic.

Here's a closeup of the straps. They're braided from the scraps I cut off the top of the skirt.

Here's my 9 (almost 10) mth old daughter modeling.
Full dress:

Closeup of straps:

The diva wanted me to stop taking pictures! There's a little run in the material that I didn't notice before I began Sad Oh well! She still looks cute Smiley

So, how'd I do?
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94  Re: How should I create a curved hem on a skirt... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by AbbyRose on: July 04, 2008 08:19:42 AM
Okay, I'm no clothing making expert but I can't see how you could do this and maintain the straight edge of the bottom border unless you're making a pencil skirt. I don't think you want to since your diagram is curved...  Anywho... I drew a rough sketch of the possibilities I can think of off the top of my head.

A. Keep the main body of the fabric intact and cut out triangular strips, without cutting into the border. Sew together at your cut lines.

B. Cut out panels from the fabric and sew the pieces together in such a way that the border lines match up.

C. If you want to do a pencil skirt you can cut out rectangular shapes then cut out panels (for the hips) and place them between the front and back panels.

D. OR, you could cut a front, back and 2 side panels all with border and piece it together like that.

I'd love to see what you come up with!

Happy Sewing!
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95  Re: Giant Diaper/Messenger Bag (picture heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by AbbyRose on: June 30, 2008 07:24:36 AM
Okay, I opened up one of the seams and put some plastic board in the sides of the bag then stitched it in place. I also changed the way I had stitched up the strap, I didn't like how it looked. I think it looks better. What do you think?

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96  Giant Diaper/Messenger Bag (picture heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by AbbyRose on: June 29, 2008 12:36:37 PM
It's about 19x12x6 and has 12 pockets.

I'm making a diaper bag for a friend who's due in December. She loves the Messenger Bag style and she wants lots of pockets. It's my first bag of any kind, ever. Seemed like a daunting task at first and it took about 7 or 8 hrs to complete, but I'm pretty pleased with it. There are a couple problems and I hope to get some feedback and advice from you wonderfully talented people Smiley

I did use heavyweight interfacing on the outer fabric, but it is still quite floppy. Any suggestions on how to remedy that? Any other critiques or advice on flaws I'm not noticing are welcome. I want this to be perfect. I enjoyed making it so much I may start selling them!

Full front view:

Side pocket:

In action:


Button up-close:

Under flap 'Mommy pockets':

Soother strap and pocket:

View of all the pockets:

Back view:

Your comments and insight are appreciated! Thank you for looking Cheesy
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97  My 3 paintings... I'm new :) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by AbbyRose on: June 28, 2008 10:38:03 AM
I did these first two paintings for a friend of mine:
First, a tree frog in oil and acrylic. Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of it dry!

Second, an inukshuk in watercolour and acrylic.

This one I made for a friend's wedding. It's oil and it's still wet too Smiley

Comments welcome.

Thanks for looking Smiley
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