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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / fairy/victorianesque super-embellished pouch-purse-thing with pearls and lace!!! on: December 07, 2005 02:50:47 AM
I've been making xmas presents recently - this one's for my Irish teacher (as in teacher of Irish language)...




The shiny purple material was actually originally a long skirt that didn't really suit me. I heavily embellished it (hoorah) with floral lace, sequins (of course), ribbons and tiny sparkly gold stitches. It does up with a pearly pink button and silver elastic thing. Also I went a bit mad with the beads and made a little 'trail' from the corner with sparkly thread and pearls. So much fun!! I'm making them on commission and they will be available from the Raggle Taggle Gypsy... http://www.melodicdreams.org.uk/raggletagglegypsy
12  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / * RAGGLE TAGGLE GYPSY * original handmade jewellery by Lizzy Doe on: November 14, 2005 05:02:29 PM

Any thoughts? Smiley

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Romany gypsy bag from skirt :) I've gone sew-crazy!! (now with tute) on: September 11, 2005 09:35:06 AM
Well in true unorganised fashion, I didn't photograph the skirt before I took the scissors to it, but basically it was a straight-ish black woollen pencil-esque thing with a lovely red and green floral design embroidered on the front. I only wore it once, because the shape was really unflattering! But the embroidery was so pretty I couldn't sell it or throw it away, so I decided to turn it into a great big slouchy shoulder bag, which will be really useful for when I move to Ireland next week for uni!

I used the shiny lining of the skirt for the lining of the bag. The waistband of the lining is basically the top of the bag, so the zip from the waist of the skirt creates a nice big pocket out of the front of the bag!

Here's me going sew-crazy after hand-sewing the entire thing in about 2 hours with no break  Tongue (my mum's machine has broken)

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconstructed Cropped Denim Waistcoat from jacket!! Hoorah! on: September 11, 2005 09:27:41 AM
Inspired by this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-SEXY-HALTERNECK-DISTRESSED-DENIM-WAISTCOAT_W0QQitemZ5423017432QQcategoryZ108902QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I took a boring old jean jacket (sorry no before pic) that I never wore and turned it into this:

it's not as elegant as the ebay one, but I like it!


P.S. take it from me, hand-sewing denim jackets is not a clever plan ... ow!!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 2 jumpers -> cardigan recons .. with doves, pearls and buttons!!! on: August 23, 2005 02:25:23 PM
#1. Black poloneck jumper -> cardigan with splattering of red, orange and yellow buttons

#2. Green and grey stripey top -> cardigan with applique doves (sequin eyes) and pearl/ribbon tie
idea totally purloined from https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=24498.0 ... sorry Delilah but they were just tooo cute!

16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / ~ my celtic copper pendants on black thong ~ on: August 18, 2005 08:38:45 AM
My good friend Rachel Marsh gave me a crash-course in copper-smithing a few weeks ago...here's what I came up with!
(pic #2 - thong is looped because it was slightly too long for my neck)

I made all the metal pieces myself, including the links, clasps etc.

An Piobaire (the piper)

Forged ~ burnt copper plate with spiral in copper wire

Comments welcome and appreciated! Smiley
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / blue bird pin with lace flowers and sequins! on: August 18, 2005 08:21:20 AM
As a result of developing a distinctly bizarre bird (specifically swallow) obsession recently, I decided today to make a little bird pin/patch (it will have a pin at some point soon!).
Simple design - blue felt body. I cut some tiny flowers out of a piece of floral lace and stitched them on, and finished it with lots of mini sequins. Because it was a bit flimsy, being just felt, I glued it onto a piece of paper and then cut round it so that it has a paper back.

Here he/she is, flying over a photograph of County Kerry (ire)

aww Smiley

18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / hooray! little bird in felt, denim and floral fabric :) *now with tut* on: July 15, 2005 02:20:02 PM
My first ever stuffed toy attempt!
I've developed a bird obsession ...





Apologies for the dodgy picture quality! He doesn't stand up on his own...

I think he came out really well Smiley Only took about 1 1/2 hours to make from scratch - I made my own pattern.

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / my dragonfly skirt idea on: July 15, 2005 06:32:26 AM
I recently reconstructed an old dress that my mum made about 25 years ago (she never finished it off) - it was really long, like dragging along the floor long, so I cut it to about knee-length and then cut the bottom half off a calf-length black skirt I had (big flared style skirt) and sewed it underneath the end of the dress so it's like a black petticoat effect only there's about 2ft showing.

Anyway the top half of the black skirt makes quite a nice mini on its own - appart from being a wee bit too short for my liking! So I bought some pretty dragonfly coloured fabric on ebay - http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8204039556&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1 and I'm going to do a similar petticoat style thing with it under the black mini, maybe even 2 layers, perhaps asymmetrical as well. Then I'm going to make lots of little dragonflies out of this cool shiny silver fabric and sew them randomly over the skirt. Maybe sequins too! 

What do you think? I've never used organza or tulle/net before but I think it will work nicely...if I can get my mum's machine working again! Do people think this is a good idea for a skirt, any comments appreciated Smiley

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / making boho style head/hair bands ... idea! on: July 14, 2005 10:54:34 AM
Well I made a simple floral tube-construction headband today - I've been wearing gypsy-style headbands for years, as has my musical idol cathy jordan ( www.dervish.ie ) who is simply one of the craftiest and most stylish people   Grin

Anyway, it seems to be in fashion now and they're selling like hotcakes on ebay - I suddenly thought why not make them out of mens ties?! I mean for the thinner ones, rather than the wider scarves (which I tend to buy v cheaply at charity shops). Ties might need a bit of adjusting to make them straighter but I reckon I'm going to try! They come in so many different patterns already, it could be fun.

Ok well that's all  Wink

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