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1  Swoon Bonnie - Summery Watercolor Dragonflies in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: February 19, 2018 01:46:17 PM
It's still a bit cold in my area of MD, we had snow on Saturday. It's going to be 70 tomorrow  Shocked This bag reminds me of warm summer days, sitting in a park and watching the dragonflies buzz about. The fabric is from Knitorious Fabrics, and is available to pre-order now, just in time to make some fun summer bags or clothing. I chose to pair it with an iridescent purple vinyl from my stash, and a bright orchid cotton print for the lining. I added the dragonfly print to the inside pocket as well, for a fun little surprise.

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2  PORGS! Costumes ON Porgs! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BenaeQuee on: December 18, 2017 01:05:39 PM
This started as a joke and quickly developed into a thing. If you know Star Wars, then you know that these adorable little bird like creatures are the new thing. I fell in love with those giant eyes  Grin Meet my little porgs, in honor of #porgday , Kaydel Porg Connix and Poerg Dameron. Their movie counterparts are Kaydel Ko Connix and Poe Dameron - both of the resistance.

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3  Swoon Blanche: Star Trek Discovery Captain's Uniform in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: December 12, 2017 07:09:00 AM
I am so excited to share this beautiful bag. I had a lot of fun with all the details in it as well. If you've seen the new Star Trek Discovery series, you will recognize the inspiration in a heartbeat.
The gold accents on the panels are actually done with a mirror foil HTV on a coordinating blue cotton and are then sewn to the pattern pieces prior to construction. I made the designs using photoshop and my Silhouette Cameo. They are done to mimic the look of the Captain's uniform, complete with the delta side pieces, the rank strips on the "shoulders" and the stitching on the "shoulder side". I had a lot of fun researching the details on this one and trying to incorporate them into the bag.
The bag is entirely vinyl with a fun blue and gold outer space looking lining. Sewn entirely on my vintage 1953 Singer 201-2.
This one is going to a very dear friend who LOVES Star Trek.

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4  Swoon Blanche: Wonder Woman Costume Inspired in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: November 15, 2017 08:09:45 AM
In keeping with my costume inspired bags, I present the Wonder Woman Blanche (bag pattern by Swoon). I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut marine vinyl for the stars the logo appliques. I then carefully top-stitched the appliques to the bag pieces before assembly. This was mostly done by hand turning the machine wheel, so as not to overshoot the corners or curves. Since I was making one of them, I decided to jump in head first and make TWO! Her shoulder strap is made to mimic the look of her boots, with the white stripe down the center. The inside has Wonder Woman printed fabric <3
It was 2 days of work, mostly spent on the careful applique detailing. Once that was done, assembly was easy enough. Since the bag is all vinyl, and this is a drop in lining, I opted to hand stitch in the lining, hiding the stitches in the very inside edge of the zipper tape. Trying to crunch up the bag to fit under my machine to machine stitch it in, was not an option for the marine vinyl. I didn't want to crease it all up or risk scratching up the vinyl in the process.

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5  Star Wars Rogue One "I Rebel" Vintage Inspired Shoulder Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: October 24, 2017 08:54:03 AM
I had a lot of fun making this one. The design on the front is HTV in a holographic glitter. That was fused to a heavy weight canvas, which was backed in fusible interfacing, and all raw edges sealed. The applique was then sewed to the front (marine vinyl) all around the edges. The bag is about 9" x 3" with a 48" long strap. I used a poly webbing for the strap and sewed a strip of grosgrain ribbon down the center. The colors were all inspired by X-Wing pilot costumes. The inside features everyone's favorite heros from "Rogue One", which is where the phrase "I Rebel" came from. There is also a zippered pocket.
The design in the center was one that I made last year and cut out, but couldn't quite find the proper use for. It all of a sudden came to me and now it's a purse  Grin

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6  OH MY PORG - PURSE! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: October 11, 2017 11:48:14 AM
I made this adorable little purse in celebration of National Handbag Day and the new Star Wars trailer that was just released. If you're up to date with the new Star Wars trivia, then you know about these adorable little bird-like creatures, called Porgs. They are the newest thing to sweep the fandom and are winning the hearts of a lot of fans. This little bag uses the same oval shape as my cat head bag, but I designed and appliqued face for it.

The face details were drawn by me and then hand cut and stitched into place. The porg I chose to recreate has a little grey tuft on top of it's head, which continues all the way down it's back. It's face blends into it's belly in a cream color. The top and back of the purse is grey to mimic the top of the head and the back, and the bottom is cream to mimic the belly.

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7  Cat Head Purse based on my kitty in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: October 09, 2017 07:39:04 PM
This little bag was inspired by my little kitty, Princess Leia. She has always been my muse and my sewing buddy. This purse is a fun way to display her beauty  Grin

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8  Swoon Blanche: Captain America Stealth Suit in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: September 28, 2017 08:37:41 AM
This bag makes me so happy to look at. A while back I had a friend commission a stealth suit handbag, but it was in cotton with the vinyl accents on the front. I had this beautiful navy marine vinyl in my stash, and 30 year old leather from my mom's old couch. The leather has this beautiful patina and age to it, that can only come from being well used and worn over time. It reminded me of a WWII bomber jacket, and I knew it was perfect for another version of that bag. It sold at a show in June to a new friend, and she LOVED that the leather was so old and well aged and recycled from an old couch.

I love details, anything I can incorporate into my art, I do. I top stitched the glitter vinyl to look like the star on Cap's suit and the lines on the sides.

The adjustable cross-body strap is cotton webbing, like what would have been used on the costume. The sides of the Blanche have the pockets omitted to keep it looking clean.

The leather that was used has such a nice look to it. I used it for the bottom of the bag, the handles, and the strap connectors on the side.

It wouldn't be one of my bags, if I didn't hide the special fabric in the zipper pocket  Grin Captain America fabric for a little pop inside.
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9  Swoon Annette: Wonder Woman in All Vinyl in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: September 28, 2017 08:28:14 AM
I actually made this back in June, but forgot to post it. It's probably my all time favorite bag I've made, to date. This was my first bag in ALL vinyl. My poor sewing machine was ready to kill me, and it took 2 days to complete with all the tiny details. I took this bag to a show back in June, and it didn't even make it to opening before a fellow vendor saw it and scooped it right up. Luckily, they let it stay in my booth all weekend as a showpiece. I have plans to make another one soon, now that I got a vintage Singer 201-2 and it sews through layers of vinyl like nothing  Grin

The logo was Heat Transfer Vinyl cut on my Silhouette Cameo II. It was then heat set to a navy blue cotton, which was backed in a stiff, fusible interfacing. That applique was then stitched to the front panel of the bag, using a straight stitch on my machine and by eye. It is stitched all along the outside, and then in every single blue line inside of the logo, to give a dimensional feel to the finished product.

The side pocket panels were decorative top stitched to mimic the lines on her skirt panels. Gold piping was used as a contrast and to mimic her lasso of truth.

The bag features gold colored hardware and purse feet as well.

The inside coordinates with the outside. The pocket, which I neglected to photograph, features white stars on a blue background, as an homage to the Lynda Carter costume.

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10  Simplicity 8414 - Star Wars Floral Wars Bomber Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BenaeQuee on: September 20, 2017 01:43:53 PM
I needed an escape from reality and to try and get back into my sewing grove, so I made myself a fun jacket. Now that the weather will be getting cooler, I'll be able to wear this jacket soon. I used fabrics from my stash which include Knitorious Fabrics "Vivid Floral Wars" with the character heads, and the coordinating lightsabers print, black rib knit, black casa crepe back satin, purple cotton sateen, and a wide satin zipper. I have no clue where the purple sateen and the zipper came from, I've had them in my stash forever. I love that the pattern has an included lining as well as pockets. Too many times I've had to draft a lining for jackets because the pattern didn't call for one.

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