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1  Elsa Van Helsing from Frankenweenie Style Blythe outfit in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sew Do Something on: September 23, 2013 01:20:47 PM
I spent a few days working out a pattern for my Blythe Doll that was similar to the outfit worn by Elsa in Frankenweenie. My first couple of tries were fails. At least in my eyes. I didn't like the fitting and they just didn't seem to have the right style to them. Today I finally finished one that I love and am really happy with! Here's a side by side pic of the outfit from the film and my version. I did not make the button down, it was one that I already had.

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2  Wednesday Addams Collared Pilgrim Dress and Striped Stockings for Blythe in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Sew Do Something on: January 16, 2013 07:22:18 AM
I just wanted to share some dresses I completed for Blythe. It's a Wednesday Addams collared Pilgrim dress and striped tights.

The tights were the easy part. They're upcycled from a striped shirt.

The dress takes some construction and knowledge of your sewing machine. When I did my first sample I just used the cheapest possible broadcloth and muslin. It was ok but flimsy and light. Once I knew what the finished piece would look like I switched to Kona for the black and white parts of the dress. I added some buttons on the front to complete the look. The dress closes with metal snaps in the back.

I was really happy with how the whole look came together! I can't wait to work on more outfits. It really gives me something to do with piles of scraps and mountains of fat quarters. I think I'm a fat quarter hoarder.  Tongue

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3  Oversized Ruffle Clutch in Chevron in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sew Do Something on: January 11, 2013 05:49:51 PM
I wanted to share a ruffle clutch that I finished. I really love how it came out. It's the Fabiola Clutch from ithinksew.com. I really love her patterns. They're easy to follow and have pictures to walk you through everything.

For the main fabric I used an extra small chevron print. It has so many great colors I call it Electric Chevron. And for the interior I was able to find a fabric that coordinated perfectly with the colors on the outside.

It all came together so well. Before this I had never made or worked with ruffles before and now I want to add ruffles to everything I make. Within reason, of course. Not really. Can you ever have too many ruffles?

Hope you all like it! Let me know what you think!  ~~Jess

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4  Candice Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sew Do Something on: November 15, 2011 07:58:19 AM
This is the second bag I completed this weekend.  I used the Candice Tote pattern from Lazy Girl Designs.  Design wise it seems to be a hit because since I posted it on my Facebook page I've been taking orders for it!  I think I was fooled by the name "Lazy Girl" though.  Something told me this would be simple.  And it wasn't hard but it was so time consuming.  And the materials for the bag are a lot.  It's about 2.5-3 yard of three to four different types of fabric, plus zipper, plus hardware, plus interfacing, plus batting, plus this bag thing for the bottom that the pattern maker creates and sells.  I didn't buy that.  It's just a thin piece of plexi-glass with the edges rounded.  I just glued two pieces of plastic canvas together and rounded the edges myself.  The real bonus of this bag are the pockets.  The whole front panel is a pocket as well as all of the inside pockets.  One of which is big enough to fit my iPad in its case.  So this bag definitely doesn't lack on the awesome scale.  It did come out beautifully though.  Hope you all like it!

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5  My Baby's Coming Home Buttercup Bag and Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sew Do Something on: November 15, 2011 07:48:39 AM
As some of you may know my fiancee has been on deployment for seven months and we are finally in the home stretch of him coming home!  I'm so excited.  I made this Buttercup bag and wallet from some quilting weight Navy cammo I found at a local quilting store and an old pair of corduroy pants.  I used the larger Buttercup Bag pattern that comes with the commercial license and the wallet is the Valori Wells Little Wallet Sewing Card.  I really love the pockets inside the bag.  I cut them right off of the back of the pants with some seam allowance, folded it under and top-stitched them right onto the lining. 

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6  Dragon Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sew Do Something on: November 06, 2011 05:35:35 PM
Today I finished up a tote using the Emily Pattern from ithinksew.com.

I used an Alexander Henry Tatsu fabric from Joann's that I found on clearance on Friday night for the exterior and pockets.  The interior is just an orange broadcloth and the handles are some pieces of a pair of upcycled cord pants from the thrift store.  It came out great but it was a bit of a monster to tackle.  It was probably the most ambitious bag I've made to date and is pretty heavily constructed.  It's made in panels and Every piece (exterior and interior) is backed with Pellon 987F.  As you can see from the pic it's soft looking but it stands on its own.  The finished bag is about 18" high x 14" wide. 

I didn't follow the pattern for the pockets inside.  I always do my own thing with patterns.  As you can see I added a key fob and made a pocket for my iPad ***heavily padded of course***!

Overall I think this is a great pattern.  I would make the handles a little longer next time.  The drop is pretty short and I wouldn't be able to put this on my shoulder if I was wearing a heavier coat/sweatshirt/sweater.  This being my second pattern from ithinksew.com, I feel that is a common thing as the last pattern I made had a small drop too.  In the future I think I will just lengthen them all by 2-3" from the get go.  Aside from that it came together beautifully.  When I started to turn it to finish it with some top stitching I was smiling from ear to ear as I saw the results. 

It is a fabric hog a little though.  It took 1 yard for the exterior and pockets, 1 yard for the interior and 2 yards of 987F.  I think if I switch to a home dec fabric for the exterior I can eliminate a layer of fusible. 

Thanks for looking!  Ask me any questions you want if you plan on making it. 
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7  Geisha Fabric Melanie Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sew Do Something on: October 16, 2011 10:07:38 AM
My best friend flew in from Pittsburgh this weekend to visit and I made her a bag as a present.  I used the large Melanie Bag pattern from ithinksew.com.  You can see it here:  http://www.ithinksew.com/ProductDetails.aspx?pgProductID_int=22

I used two coordinating outside fabrics that I found at Joann's.  The lower fabric is the geisha and the handle is the coordinating parasol fabric. 

I used a third fabric for the lining in a solid green broadcloth.  I also added a center pocket that runs the length of the bag and reinforced it with a thicker (but not too thick) fleece fusible and some sew in applique to seal each side to the fleece to hold its structure.  It's big enough for magazines but she is an avid reader and always has her ereader with her and worries that it will get crushed or damaged in her purse regardless of the cover she already has on it.  So I made her a special compartment that will keep it away from the rest of the items in her bag.  It did make the bag less puffy and gave it an interesting flat appeal.  I also loaded the bag with a lot of other pockets.  We're both big fans of pockets.

I really liked this pattern and will definitely make more of them in the future but without the double center pocket that I added on my own.  I rally liked the look of the straps since it's all one piece that folds over.  I'd like to try it with a larger drop. 

~ Jess

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8  Kitchy Curtains - Multiple pics in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Sew Do Something on: September 24, 2011 11:24:31 PM
I finished some over the window kitchen curtains and a door curtain for a woman I met in Hancock Fabrics today.  She was buying the cutest material and told me she was going to glue it.  So I offered to help her and she offered to pay me.  We both win!  I finished them today and she loved them!!  Pics are below.  Sorry for the clothing rod.  I don't actually have anywhere to hang curtains.  It's leaning because I had to take one of the bolts out to put the curtains on.

- Jess
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9  Dead Bears Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Sew Do Something on: August 20, 2011 12:19:24 PM
I finally finished a project.  This was my first in a few years.  It's a friend's birthday and she is a huge Greatful Dead and Phish fan.  I made her a bag from 2 bandanas I bought from HippieShop.com  I didn't use a pattern.  I just drew something quickly, gave it a go and hoped for the best.

I think it came out better than I expected.  The lining is part of a thrifted sheet. I added two interior pockets and a magentic snap closure. 

The patches were from various online sellers.  I used Pellon fusible fleece to give it some weight and structure.  Bandanas might as well be made of Kleenex.

It was late and I was tired (big rule - don't sew when you're sleepy) and I thought I was using a straight stitch.  I was instead using a zigzag with the width set to zero.  So it was like a choppy straight stitch.  By the time I realized this it was too late.  The stitch proved to be ridiculously strong though.  When I went to assemble the liner and the outside I realized that I had sewn the liner with right side/wrong side facing each other.  I attempted to remove the stitches and it was impossible.  That was at about 3am and I would probably still be doing it right now if I kept it up.  Luckily the liner was from a bed sheet so I just cut two new lining pieces and new pockets.  It was easier and less time consuming.

I also had some machine maintenance to perform which added to the length of this project.  As I started sewing there was this horrible squeaking sound.  Nothing high pitched and I knew it was coming from the hand wheel.  I have never actually taken my machine apart to a high degree because I am always afraid of breaking something but I knew if I could get to it that, this would be an easy fix.  So I broke out my little kit of sewing tools and my Singer oil and went to work.  That machine is put together like one of those puzzle boxes.  You have to remove the pieces of the body in a certain order.  But I eventually got to where I needed and oiled it up and ran it.  After about a minute the oil got to where it really needed to be and no more noise!

After that it was almost smooth sailing!  Everything was going fine until I started working on the final topstitch around the top of the bag to secure the straps.  I broke two needles but eventually found a heavyweight one in my box that worked perfect.

There are some more pics and details of the bag on my blog if you are interested.  You can read the rest of the post at http://www.sewdosomething.com/2011/08/dead-bears-bag.html
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