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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Och, aye, it's a big tartan messenger bag on: September 19, 2005 06:11:22 PM
So I'm finally posting something I actually made, rather than just commenting on other people's productivity. Please excuse the pyjama pants. If the bag looks like it needs a good pressing it's because I've been using it non-stop for the past week. And I'll say from the outset that the tartan applique isn't my idea, it's Karissa Cove (http://www.karissacove.com), so mad props to her.

Here 'tis in all its glory. It took my a while to make because all the seams in the body of the bag are flat-felled to make it strong like bull to carry my precious iBook. I also used a very fine fusible wadding by Vilene called Pellon in the lining, which I highly recommend. It's strokable and squashy and nice.

Detail of the applique. I ironed the appliques down with Visfix before stitching on the cotton tape. I screwed up a little, because I assumed I'd catch the edges of the appliques with the cotton tape. I wound up having to stitch in much further than I anticipated, so if you flip back the sides of the tape you can see the raw edges of the appliques. Le sigh. I shall learn from this in the future...

Front pocket. Just a welt pocket a la Sushimifune. This is for stuff I like with me but don't use all the time. Things like camera lens cloths, painkillers, nailfiles, my work security pass.

Big lapped pocket on the back. A good idea in theory, not so fantastic in practice. In practice the stuff in this pocket (wallet, phone, cigarettes, keys - aka what I use all the time) drags down the pocket and makes it bulge unattractively. It's still practical, but in future I'll add a pleat in the middle to account for the extra stuff.

Thanks for looking! As I hardly ever post stuff I make please shower me with the comment love. Oh, comments, how I love thee..
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Vogue V2784 - anyone made it? on: September 18, 2005 08:11:31 AM
... and will it drive me mad?

I've sewn a few dresses and skirts and whatnot before, all pretty straightforward, and they get worn regularly so I guess it works. However, my weapon of choice is my mother's Singer that she got when she was 18 and is really beginning to show it's age.

However, I am in love.

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / GTD related craftiness/ideas? on: August 18, 2005 05:40:20 AM
Hi there. I'm getting, uhm, started with Getting Things Done (the book/faintly creepy nerd cult), and was wondering if anyone else was working with this system and had any ideas. I'm still at the phase of being all overwhlemed by the filing, the lists and the inbox. How do you do it? Do you have any crafty solutions?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Semi-circular bag with kanzashi pin on: May 23, 2005 05:26:25 PM
I've made ever so much lately, and haven't posted about any of it, so I'm making a start here. I made this bag for my friend Chloe out of fabric I found at Vinnies and a quilting fabric I got on sale - the outer is the vintage fabric, the inner and the pin is the quiliting fabric (Island Princess will recognise the outer as the same fabric as the wallet I sent). I was inspired by Sushimifune's rounder bottomed bag. Basically, all I did to draft the pattern was draw a big 'ole circle, then, around 1.5-2cm below the first circle, I drew a second circle. In the sliver between the first and second circle I drew around five darts. I cut four of these circles - two outer, two inner - and from two of the outer and inner circles I cut off around a 3rd to make room for the flap. I hope that makes sense.

Anyhoozle, it's a great kick to see friends using the things I make.

5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Foucault? Fuck yeah! on: March 06, 2005 04:21:49 AM
I made this shirt for my fellow anthropology theory slut, Jamie. I'm on a real theory nerd shirt kick at the moment. The next one will say "what would Pat Califia do?" on the front and on the back "probably fist it." I think I'll make one for myself, except I might try a three colour stencil, which I've never done before.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sexy-ass embroidered band singlet and other random stencilling project on: February 28, 2005 03:21:04 AM
I was so psyched to see Le Tigre here in Australia I had to make a shirt, but my computer was in computer hospital so I couldn't print out stuff to do a stencil. So I took the easy option and embroidered it. Next to it is another singlet I made. I actually cut the stencil to make a shirt for a friend's 21st, but I loved it so much I had to make one for myself. Next I'm making one that says "Foucault is my copilot."

Details of the stitching...

I basically freehanded this. I wrote the slogan in ye olde cursive and kept glancing at it while I stitched. Transferring designs is still slightly beyond me, which is a shame because I want to embroider another singlet for a friend's birthday. Bonds singlets are teh rad. Companies like One Teaspoon sell dyed, screenprinted singlets at hugely inflated prices, which kind of angers me because you can buy packs of two plain kids singlets for, like, $5 and play with them to your heart's content. Anyway, they dye beautifully, and stencilling on them has a wonderful raw feel.

See? (actually, this stencil was a pain in the arse. I hadn't cut a stencil in the longest time and had the smart idea of trying to cut it out of acetate which SUCKS). A hint for Australian readers - don't buy adult women's singlets. They're very long and sit a little funny. I'm a size 8-10 in adult sizes, which, conveniently, translates to around a size 10 in the kid's singlets. Don't buy child sizes in the wifebeater style singlets - they'll sit around your ribs and the armholes are always teeny. Buy the very smallest sizes you can find in the mens. Also, boys' school shirts are fantastic when you have a big collection of thrift store ties you want to tool around in. I find a size 8-10 in the boys shirts work well.

Anyway, I hope this helps someone.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Punk-ass-punk makeup bag on: January 25, 2005 03:04:19 PM
Finally, I get my act together and actually, like, post something. Hi. I'm very new around here. I think I've posted once a few weeks back, then neglected to do anything until I could get the photo hosting thing sorted out. Now I have, and now it's Australia Day, so I have time to do things, like embroider a t-shirt for Le Tigre (eep!)

Anyhoozle, I had some pink drill, a zip and the greenest, spottiest cotton you ever did see lying around, so I decided to whip up this quick (and, to be honest, a little shoddy) bag with it. First I did a little embroidery sampler on the sides in black because I was bored and watching 'Lord of the Rings.' Here is a weeny photo of it.

Here is a detail of the embroidery.

Now the lining, in all its polkadotty splendour. Now with cosmetic products - yeah, Bloom lip gloss is like crack.

So, yes. Let me know what you think, I am an insufferable novice, after all.
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