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1  Violet knit dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: December 26, 2010 12:54:51 AM
Hello people,

I haven't posted in ages.... I spent the last year doing a course in fashion technology - learning pattern making etc. so have been too busy to post Smiley 

So this is my own design and pattern - yay!   This is my favourite of the things I've made this year.  It's summer here now (in NZ) so I've only had one opportunity to wear it.  I'm looking forward to winter  Smiley.

So the top is a rib knit, the bottom is jersey knit.  I managed to squeeze the dress out of a little under 2 metres of fabric.  The front is sewn shut - buttons are decorative only.

I absolutely love dresses, but don't tend to wear them.  I either need to get realistic and start making trousers, or I need to just commit to wearing dresses!

Any comments/criticism gratefully received.
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2  Sewing chair cover - vintage fashion fabric in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: November 28, 2009 03:11:10 PM

So this is not the most exciting project, but I think the fabric is gorgeous and thought some fellow craftsters might love it too.

I got this office chair for my sewing room, height adjustable and the wheels work - yay  Smiley  It was only $30 second hand so I was chuffed.  Down side was it was a boring blue colour.  I bought this gorgeous fabric a while back and had been waiting to find a use for it.  So the covers are removable - elastic inside a channel round the edge of the fabric.  They're lined so the blue of the chair doesn't show through, and I had to make them removable because we have four cats, and seeing as the fabric is cream I figure it would need washing fairly regularly!  I just tucked the edges of the covers under the black plastic to make it look a bit neater.

I hope you can see the fabric reasonably clearly - there are pattern pieces and technical drawings between the ladies.

Comments and criticism much appreciated  Smiley
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3  Snappy dress trousers for men (lots of pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: November 15, 2009 12:28:52 AM

I just made these for my brother, using Kwik Sew 3267.  They were a dream to put together - I thought the Kwik Sew construction and instructions were terrific, and they allowed just the right amount of ease.  I did the small (size 28-30).  They are being modelled by my kind husband who happens to be just the same height and size as my brother - what luck  Smiley

So this was the photo to grab your attention!

I did the pocket facings in black satin.  The trouser fabric is a cotton and synthetic blend that doesn't crease much, has a nice weight and is reasonably thick.

The naked torso is because it was a VERY warm day.  Thanks very much for looking.

Comments/questions and criticism are much appreciated.
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4  Big bag with fun cat fabric (crazy amount of pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: October 20, 2009 09:46:08 PM

This is a bag I made for my stepmum to hold all her knitting.  The cat fabric was a present from a friend a couple of years ago - isn't it gorgeous?  The pink and the green are both poor quality cottons I had in my stash.  I used HeartofMary's messenger bag tutorial as the basis for constructing it but didn't bother with a flap, and the bag is quite large, about 16 by 15 inches.  The front, back, side pockets and inside pockets are all quilted.

The front...

The cat panel on the side is actually a pocket to hold her knitting needles - there's one each side.

The back...

Close-up of applique and quilting on back.

Zip section...

Inside of bag.  There's a pink quilted pocket each side of the inside and on one of the pockets I put little patch pockets made of the cat fabric.  She can keep row counters and her mobile in these.

I wanted to make the handle length adjustable, and would you believe, I found buttons with the same cats on!  How lucky was that?

Comments and criticism are much appreciated.
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5  Another HeartofMary Long Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: October 16, 2009 11:01:17 PM

I made a messenger bag for a friend of mine (didn't take pics I'm afraid) and when she saw this long wallet I made https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320223.0 she fancied one to match her bag.  So here it is - same fabric as the bag, and using HeartofMary's pattern (which I highly recommend - for sale at her Etsy shop).  I prefer the fabric in the one I made earlier, but I like the snap fastener on this one and I bought a 7" zip instead of fudging a longer one, and it made for a much tidier job.

Comments and criticism very welcome  Smiley
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6  Gorgeous long wallet (HeartofMary pattern) Lots of pics in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: September 07, 2009 01:28:31 AM
I made this wallet on Saturday - it only took a few hours to put together and I'm very pleased with the result.  The pattern is from HeartofMary's Etsy shop and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30492679

Gorgeous eh?  Smiley

It's a great practical design with plenty of pockets.  I made an asymmetrical flap - didn't get the shape of that quite right but I just need to alter the shape slightly next time.  I also made mine slightly smaller - 3.25" x 7.25" instead of 4" x 7.5".

I'm planning to make a few more as pressies  Smiley
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7  Wrap Cardigan - Simplicity 2603 (lots of pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: August 29, 2009 12:16:51 AM
I was really lucky and got my hands on a second-hand Bernette 334D overlocker - yay!!!  It was a heck of a lot cheaper than buying a new one and it does everything I need.  I had great fun getting to know it and getting acquainted with the differential feed.  I'm in love  Smiley

So the first thing I made on it was this wrap cardigan for my lovely mum.  I bought the fabric with her in mind and when I saw Simplicity pattern 2603 it was just what I had in mind.

My terrific mum modelling for me  Grin

Back neck...


I just overlocked all the edges.  It went together very easily.  And the pattern, well, the usual story with sizing - Mum was a medium according to the pattern, so I cut the small  Smiley  I had to make quite a few adjustments - Mum has a very small frame so I had to reduce the shoulder width from 10cm to 8cm, I shortened the body and sleeves considerably, and widened the upper sleeve and the armhole.  I made all those changes to the paper pattern and it produced a perfect fit - I was so chuffed.

Comments and criticism very welcome  Smiley
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8  Chocolate & Pink Messenger Bag (lots of pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: August 28, 2009 12:42:14 AM
This is the third messenger bag I've made and this one is by far the best (I haven't actually posted pictures of the others - just through laziness!)  This one was for a friend's sister and she picked out the fabric (from Grandmothers Garden in NZ) which I think is gorgeous.  I just happened to have the perfect matching pink for the lining in my stash.

The back...

Flap up...

The zip opening...

I'm so happy with the zip - I enclosed the zipper tape in fabric which I think looks so tidy, and the zip is just the perfect colour too.

Quilted flap...

Quilted front pocket...  I'm in love with magnetic clasps.

The inside... (there are pockets front and back)

I used HeartofMary's tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254975.msg2844571#msg2844571 Many, many thanks to you, HeartofMary!

It was tough giving this one away  Wink

Comments and criticism gratefully received  Smiley
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9  Gorgeous Red Coat (Simplicity 2812) Lots of pics in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by patchyemm on: August 22, 2009 03:05:30 PM
Ooh yay, I made a coat!  This was my first coat, first fully lined garment, and I felt like it was a bit of a milestone - proving to myself how I'm improving in my dressmaking skills.  I used Simplicity 2812 and it was pretty straight-forward, apart from the way they advised you to attach the lining to the coat at the end.  I ignored those instructions and followed the advice of a very experienced friend instead.

Also, according to the pattern measurements I'm a size 12 - I made the coat in a size 6 (after doing a calico mock-up!) and it fits perfectly.  The only part of the pattern sizing I changed was to increase the width of the sleeves - I want to be able to wear bulky jumpers under this!.  Good ol' Simplicity sizing.  Oh, and I had to shorten the sleeves a bit.

One addition I made was I added inside pockets.  The pockets on the outside of the coat are pretty shallow - If I was doing it again I'd make them deeper.  I also increased the length of the pleat on the sleeve cuff - I like the way it makes the cuff narrower, but I preferred the look of it when it went further up the forearm (check out the pattern drawing on the Simplicity site if you're interested).

I know the photos make the fabric look quite pink in colour but in reality it's red.  The lining is black satin.  I got brave and used a multi-coloured thread for the machine embroidery on the collar, pocket welts and sleeves.  I used that thread for the buttonholes as well. 

The inside pockets will have little buttons eventually.  I'm trying to get mini versions of the ones I've used on the outside.  I believe the buttons are made of shell - aren't they stunning?!

Oh, and I made the mini-coat length.  I'm 5' so it comes to my knees instead of to mid-thigh  Grin

Comments and criticism very much appreciated... Thanks for looking!
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10  Re: Daydreaming Mermaid Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by patchyemm on: March 06, 2009 12:15:49 PM
Here are a few process shots so you can see how I put it together.  Hopefully this is interesting or helpful to someone!  Smiley

Here's the sea - pieced of 1" squares.  The big chunk of calico is where the rock is going to be and I did that to save myself a lot of time and effort, and also to save on fabric.

So I paper-pieced the rock, that's where you cut all your shapes out of paper, tack the fabric onto them, then sew all the pieces together by hand, and when you've finished you take the paper out.

This is the first part of the body being assembled - note the tweezers  Smiley  These were ironed onto a calico back ground using fusible web because I was too scared to put them directly onto the rock in case I made a mistake.  I put down the darkest areas of the body first and every piece slightly underlapped the piece that went on top.

Deciding what colour fabric to use for the lightest areas on her back...

All finished.  So then I carefully cut around her and tacked her to the background and then did a narrow zig-zag to attach her.  I also zig-zagged around all the individual pieces to hold them and prevent frayed edges.
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