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71  Re: Duct Tape Rose Bouquet with Tutorial! in Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: August 10, 2008 01:10:32 PM
Thanks so much for the awesome tute!

My husband had the evil idea of wrapping my brother's birthday gift in 60 yards of duct tape. We then wrapped it like normal and I added a rose for the top as a "clue". All we have here is the silver kind but I'm happy with how it looks. Smiley

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72  Carry Pouch for Perfume Samples in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: August 01, 2008 02:19:30 AM
I made this for my friend to carry her favorite perfume samples in her purse and (hopefully) help keep them from spilling or getting busted. I hand-sewed everything because my machine is being tetchy plus it's currently in the living room which apparently doubles as a sweat shop this time of year.  Roll Eyes

And the backside when closed, embroidered with her initials (TR):

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73  Random SCA (medieval/renaissance re-enacting) Stuff - PHOTOS!! in Costumes: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: July 31, 2008 08:58:24 PM
Soooo.... my DH dragged me into the wonder that is the SCA when we first met. Even proposed to me at my first real "event".  Roll Eyes  I'm still working on expanding our wardrobe (mine first...  Grin ) and here's some photos of the better finished pieces.

First up, my absolute favorite, the Florentine:

The sleeves are removable and the "sash belt" that you can sort of see is actually a cashmere scarf from Venice. It's all wool (skirt guards and trim are velvet), the camica/chemise is a cotton/linen blend that is sooooo friggin' soft (and the fabric store has been sold out of since... *grumble grumble*). The "pattern" was loosely adapted from Patterns of Fashion. Box pleats on the front of the skirt, double box pleats over teh butt.  Roll Eyes

Next, the Italian Renaissance giorna (giornia? I can never remember):

Please excuse the cheesy grin and no makeup. "Camping out" in an Austrian castle is kinda lacking in amenities (like mirrors... lol). Same chemise, and the underdress is wool. Loosely adapted from some Butterick pattern IIRC. It has some fitting issues that I still need to fix.... Anyway, moving on, the giorna is a nifty fan fabric I found at the local fabric store and is actually reversible. The other side is the same fabric in blue (although I still need to finish the trim on that side). The trim is a regular golden color that I have hand sewn small glass pearls and ruby-red diamond-shaped beads onto... it took FOREVER. Plus I miscalculated how many pearls it needed and I seriously have like 12 times as many needed for the project left over. I have fantastical ideas for beaded bodices and full Elizabethan skirts roaming in my head to use them all but dunno if I'll ever gather up the courage to attempt such an endeavor.

This photo shows how LONG the sleeves of the chemise are. I wanted them to be extra poufy and oh-so-Italian but they're a bit more than is practical so I have plans to shorten them in the future. The chemise needs to be redone anyway because while putting it on for another event the ruffling around the neckline snapped (first time doing it and didn't reinforce it as well as I could've)... *sigh*

Moving on, here's a closer photo of the Renaissance as well as my husband's wool tunic:

I made his coif too.  Wink This one is wool with a 100% Italian linen lining. I intended it to be a smidge more upper-class/dressier than his usual stuff and was "showing off the fact that he could afford to LINE his clothing"...  Cheesy In reality, only the sleeves are lined.

Next up, is the corset I'm wearing underneath all that get-up:

It's a *VERY* heavily altered costume pattern (again from Butterick I think... or maybe McCall's) done in 100% Italian linen and corded with hemp. I screwed this thing up so many friggin' times it was unbelievable! To get it ready in time for the Crown Tourney (where these pics were taken) I ended up just folding over extra fabric and sewing it down on the backside rather than taking it apart entirely (yet again!) so it looks extra-incredibly wonky right now. I am pleased to say the grommet holes in the back were all hand-done by moi though. Sorry I don't have a photo of them. It is spiral-laced as well. I plan on doing another one and have relegated franken-corset to the loaner bin.

Enough about the construction though, this is SOOOOO COMFORTABLE. I cannot get over it, seriously. And does a damn good job of keeping the girls in if I do say so myself. The above "feast" photo is rather cleavage-riffic and that's all without a bra underneath like I know some ladies "cheat" with.  Cheesy

Here's another photo of the hubby and some tunics I made:

The white undertunic and blue overtunic are both made by me, everything else is store-bought. I used a REALLY simple pattern that is period but I find I really dislike. Don't get me wrong, it's super easy to put together if you can sew a straight seam, I just prefer more of a "skirt" to it. DH wanted his sleeves that short too. The white is the cotton/linen blend like my chemise and the blue is 100% Italian linen.

Finally, here's the first outfit I made (well no, scratch that, I made a really hideous princess-y lace-y monstrosity for Halloween/RenFaire a few years before). It's another pattern from Butterick/McCall's and so not in ANY way period accurate... lol:

I rather do love the full sleeves and faux bracers though.  Tongue DH's stuff is all store-bought. Come to think on it, I suppose this was actually our first "date".

As an extra tidbit, here's an Elizabethan sweetbag I cross-stitched sometime ago from a pattern in a book:

Thanks for looking.  Kiss
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74  Re: Messenger Bag Styled Purse w/Changeable Flaps UPDATED more PHOTOS in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: July 28, 2008 12:53:34 PM
Another flap:

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75  Re: Messenger Bag Styled Purse w/Changeable Flaps in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: July 28, 2008 10:09:56 AM
Action shots! Don't mind me in my pajamas....


Under the flap on the front:

Quilted pocket on inside:

And here's the fabric I'm using to make the UT-themed "rag quilted" flap:

Close-up of one of the 8 patterns:

It has writing on it... boo Sad But check out that selvage!! Isn't it the most beautiful colors?? :

All my squares showing the 8 patterns:

All sewn together:

The dryer has stuff in it but I'll be tossing it in later tonight to get the "ragging" done. The cool thing about this fabric is that the frayed edge is GORGEOUS! The bad thing about it is it frays if you even look at it funny so it's got bits and pieces all over the floor now and sewing together the "quilt" was such a pain.
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76  Re: The messenger bag that goes with everything--thanks to the magic of velcro in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: July 28, 2008 09:59:58 AM
I made one! I'm not a fan of Velcro though so I went with the buttons idea. Not *quite* the same bag but the flap is the selling point. Smiley


Back (I love how the buttons and zippered pocket make it look like a weird little face... lol):

Under Flap:
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77  Messenger Bag Styled Purse w/Changeable Flaps UPDATED more PHOTOS in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by SkyyAngel on: July 27, 2008 02:16:29 PM
Finally finished my sister's birthday gift! Well... *almost*. Still have some buttons and buttonholes to do and more interchangeable flaps, but it's basically finished. Wink The photos are also missing the snap I just sewed onto the cell phone pocket flap.

Inside are some of her other goodies. The wallet I made (with a $25 iTunes gift card), a book (Laurell K. Hamilton - Lunatic Cafe), a small address book, and some headphones for her new iPod nano.

The purse has 3 zippered pockets (much thanks to SewPixie for the tute), a pen/pencil holder, cell phone pocket, one large open pocket and a quilted square interior pocket to protect her iPod (also planning on adding a bit of elastic band and velcro to keep the headphones in one place).  The *coolest* thing is that the flap is (well, will be once I sew on these buttons... lol) removable. Thanks to the wonderful inspiration of DIY ho in this post. I'm planning on making at least 2 more flaps (one UT-Longhorn themed even -- rag quilting technique too, this should be fun) that she can change out as the mood suits her. I love the concept of being able to "change" my purse without actually having to change my purse. Smiley I'll be making another one for myself except the outer fabric will be black instead of blue-jean-ish in color and possibly a smidge larger.

Oh yeah, the "Latin Soul" portion used to be a t-shirt and pretty much inspired the making of a purse in general. Since the majority of the purse wasn't reconned I'm posting it here instead of the other forum.

I'll definitely be changing some things for the next purse. The interfacing I used was too heavy and ended up "crinkling/wrinkling" the lining. If I use that lining again, I'll probably just double it up for stability instead of bothering with interfacing. I also didn't want to topstitch the lining and main parts together but couldn't figure out how to deal with the straps doing the "flip it inside out" technique. Where you put the bag inside the lining right sides together, sew, leave a hole and flip out? Where the heck do the straps go? Inside the lining but out of the bag? Outside the lining? Inside the bag? I couldn't figure it out and was too impatient so I just sewed it together as it is. That was almost more trouble than it was worth but I'm still fairly happy with how it turned out.

Anywho, just a few more flaps, perhaps a cosmetic case, a book cover and a coin purse and my sister's VERY late birthday gift will be complete!  Cheesy

Any suggestions are much appreciated.

PS - Sorry, no action shots. Perhaps I'll take one tomorrow. The bag's adjustable strap does better as a cross-body but can do the one shoulder thing too pretty well.
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78  Re: My first EVER embroidery work in Needlework: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: July 19, 2008 04:19:25 PM
The completely finished project Smiley

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79  Embroidered Suede Wallet (AKA: Mini-skirt Part Duex) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by SkyyAngel on: July 19, 2008 04:12:42 PM
FINALLY finished it! One of the gifts for my sister's birthday (which was umm... the 18th... lol  Roll Eyes ). The heart design is a tattoo she has. Hers is all black but I figured I'd punch it up a bit with some blues (her favorite color).

Here's what it started out as (size 2, 100% genuine leather, dry-clean only mini-skirt):

I took it apart:

And made this:

Let me know what you think!  Wink
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80  My first EVER embroidery work in Needlework: Completed Projects by SkyyAngel on: July 18, 2008 09:21:51 AM
Note to self: hand-sewing on leather REALLY blows. Owwwiee.

It's an satin-stitched version of a tattoo (a "tramp stamp") my sister has. Hers is all black but I decided to add some blues (her favorite color) to make it really pop. I've stitched it onto this leather suede that will later become a wallet. It took me pretty much all day to finish. So probably about 6-8 hours of stitching. I'm still debating on whether or not I should "outline" it in black to "hide" the unevenness of the stitches but dunno yet. My fingers are already crying out from what I've done today.

More details are in this blog.
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