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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Eco totes for all on: December 31, 2008 08:12:19 AM
I made 4 of these eco totes for Christmas presents this year.  I think they turned out great.  I am still learning to sew so I did use a pattern which was Simplicity 2806.

I got all of the home dec. fabric at Hancock for $2/yd. and I got the webbing at Mill End for about $.50 per yd. so the bags only cost me about $12 each to make.  Everyone that got one loved it. 

To give you an idea of the size of the bag, the side pockets can each hold a bottle of wine.  I made one for myself and it is now my everyday shopping bag.

These were super simple.  All of the pieces are big squares and rectangles and the lining is captured in the bag by sewing the webbing around the top edge like bias tape so there is no turning of the lining and NO HAND SEWING!

I hope you like them.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A new roller derby dress on: November 12, 2008 10:14:21 AM
So my roller derby team decided we needed new uniforms this year.  The captains picked out this dress from some website and decide to order them for the team. 

This dress is a costume and was very cheaply made and didn't fit half of us, so I decided to make my own.

This is the first clothing item that I have made other than PJ's so I was pretty nervous.  I picked out a pattern with similar lines from Simplicity seen here.

This pattern came with different bodice pieces to go with your cup size.  Pretty full proof really.  The only thing I modified on the pattern was the length.  Otherwise the colors just make it look really different from the pattern picture.

So here is my finished dress.

What do you think?

Oh and if you where wondering my league is The North Star Roller Girls out of Minneapolis.

The final picture was taken by Fotodog.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My new bag and first post! on: November 10, 2008 01:44:27 PM

After about 2 months of reading all of your nice posts I finally have one of my own.  Here is my new bag.  I am new to sewing so I did use a pattern, Butterick 4147 but I tweaked it a little by making the strap wider and totally changing the inside pockets.

I used Amy Butler fabric for the outside and home dec cotton from Joann's for the lining.  I also used the recommended fusible fleece for the interfacing.  I really liked the way the fleece added structure without making it stiff.

I also tackled my fear of the dreaded zipper.  It was not hard at all!  I don't know why I was so afraid of a stupid little zipper.  Here is a picture with flap up so you can see said zipper.

You will see an extra line of stitches where my lazy butt machine stitched the lining to the bag. 

And here a few pictures of the inside. 

Turned inside out so you can see the pockets

I put the lining zipper using a tut I found on u-handbag http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2007/02/zippered_inner_.html

Now I need to make a matching wallet.

I hope you all like it as much as I do.  Let me know what you think.
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