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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Damask Wars Dark Side Vanity Case - Swoon Olive on: October 26, 2016 07:03:30 PM
I'm in love with this fabric from Knitorious Fabrics (Damask Wars - Dark Side) and this Swoon pattern (Olive).  I've had Olive stashed away for a while now.  I kept pulling her out to make something and was never happy with my fabrics and put her away for another day.  Along came the Damask Wars fabric and I KNEW I finally had a reason to sew her up!  I made this the Heavy Woven Damask Wars, black kona cotton from Joann, and a grey cotton with silver stars from my stash (might be from Joann?).  The handle is made with silver Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKriworld Craft Supplies.
This pattern was a joy to sew, it was very easy to put together and cut.  I look forward to actually trying some other fabrics now that I know what it looks like.


The front features a slip pocket!




The handle is silver glitter vinyl with a cotton lining (I was low on vinyl).  The handle connectors are riveted to the gusset after being sewn securely.


I put my tag on the inside, as it just didn't work outside.  It would have covered Boba Fett's head on the back Sad
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wonder Woman Crossbody Purse - Swoon Rosie on: October 18, 2016 08:16:11 AM
If you are a member of Pattern Review (for at least the past 90 days or more) you can vote for my bag in their contest!
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=260&vote=21724
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag on: October 18, 2016 08:12:58 AM
can you please tell me where you got that fabric!!!!  I need need need some of it!
The fabrics are all from Joann Cheesy
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wonder Woman Crossbody Purse - Swoon Rosie on: October 06, 2016 03:31:55 PM
I've been pondering this one after making the Batgirl bag (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450016.0).  I made the Wonder Woman barrel bag, a wallet, and a tote bag, a crossbody only seemed a natural next direction Wink  

You can vote for my bag in the Pattern Review handbag contest! http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=260&vote=21724








The logo is Black HTV and Yellow HTV cut on my Silhouette.  They were then transferred to a scrap of the lining yellow fabric and interfaced with Pellon 808.  The entire thing was carefully handcut by me so that there was a tiny border of the yellow fabric (to sew through).  Even though the fabric was interfaced, I still used fray check on the edges to seal them.  It was then carefully stitched to the bag flap front (before sewing the flap together).


This is my proud moment.  The back of the flap is red cotton twill, and parts of the front are the blue stars.  The bobbin was red thread and the top thread was blue.  When I hit the glitter vinyl, I ended the blue thread, pulled it through to the back, tied it off, and switched to the red.  It was a bit more work, but totally makes this look much better.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag on: September 29, 2016 07:54:03 AM
Great stuff! Cheesy So swish. I want it. Maybe I need to buy a ukelele. Cheesy

OMG DO IT!  It's so much fun... and then you have an excuse to make a cute bag Wink
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Doctor Who TARDIS Ukulele Bag on: September 28, 2016 07:42:25 PM
Last week I got a Ukulele. I still have yet to name it, but it's purple and pretty and killing my fingers LOL I knew it needed a home of it's own, rather than living in the cardboard box from the manufacturer.

I set out to either draft a pattern, or find one, to make a case for it. I wasn't happy with the pre-made ones on Amazon, they just didn't speak to my personal tastes. It had to coordinate with my Uke, be geeky, and be a sturdy case - not a flimsy bag. I found a pattern by SusieDDesgins on Etsy that seemed like a good starting point for me.

A lot of modifications went into this to get it to be just the way I wanted, and I LOVE it <3 I added the backpack straps on the back, copied from the Swoon "Lucy" pattern (zipper on them converts to a single shoulder strap), piping was added to the outside edges (what a pain, but so pretty), and it was sewn with bound edges facing inside, and not showing on the outside (as the pattern called for). I also added Peltex Stabilizer to the front and back, as well as sturdy flex foam to the side gussets for padding and support.

Her pattern, as it is, is a great pattern.  I only modified it because it still wasn't exactly what I wanted in a bag.  Otherwise, it's a perfect pattern for a soprano Ukulele, and very easy to follow.  I'd suggest that you have some sort of prior bag making experience first though.  I would not try to tackle this if you are a beginner sewer.


It's so pretty and perfect for my new Ukulele Cheesy


The lining and handle and straps were made in music note fabric.  I figured it was only fitting.


The back straps were take from the Swoon "Lucy" backpack pattern. I then made small tabs that went over the raw edges of the top and bottoms of the straps to hide them.  There was no seam to sew them into, so they needed to be covered.


The zipper in the middle unzips to convert the strap from a shoulder strap to backpack straps.


I love this lime green zipper for the bottom!


The inside edges were raw, so they were covered in bias binding tape.  I would have preferred that the tape was lime green as well, but I didn't have enough, so I went with what I had, Navy.  It works.
27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Super Sunflower Dress "Flower Monster" on: September 06, 2016 05:44:41 PM
Original post Edited to add photos of the completed costume and the entire group.
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / 1966 Batgirl Costume Inspired Purse - Swoon Rosie on: August 23, 2016 03:06:53 PM
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this newest bag!  It was a commission for a friend who needed a purse to go with their Batgirl costume at Dragon Con.  We went back and forth and I was given creative freedom to create this.  Seeing as they already own 2 of my bag and several accessories, they knew something awesome was bound to happen.  This is the Swoon Rosie pattern and it was my first time making it.  The pattern looked perfect for what I needed, so I dove right in.  I had to create the bat from Pellon 808 backed yellow cotton fabric with HTV heat pressed on in gold and yellow.  That was then appliqued onto the front flap by hand cranking my machine.
I give you, the batgirl purse you didn't even know you needed or wanted!

https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1255685541137870







29  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: list your etsy store here! on: August 17, 2016 09:24:15 AM
BenaeQuee Creations!  Hadncrafted fashion accessories for the nerdy lifestyle.  Handbags, hair bows, wallets, sleep masks, and more!  Every item in my shop is designed and created by me.
www.benaequee.etsy.com




30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Star Wars Floral Wars Handbag and Wallet - Swoon Blanche and Pearl on: August 17, 2016 09:11:01 AM
I'm at it again with Swooning Cheesy  I just love these patterns and how much creativity you can have with fabrics and accents.  I used a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabrics in the limited run Floral Wars print.  I KNEW when I bought it, that this is what I was going to make with it.  It SCREAMS handbag to me!  Of course, I had to make a coordinating wallet as well Wink  This was fussy cutting hell for me.  I had to get all the panels to line up and show off a character (Vader, TK, BB8, and R2D2).  I didn't want to waste precious fabric (especially not at $20+/yd!) and only used the fabric on the fronts of the side panel pockets.  The lining and back part were all in a pretty swirly black I had in my stash.  This saved on my Floral Wars fabric, and I like how it makes the sides pop.  The long sides (front and back) are accented in Black Glitter Mirror Canvas from MiKri World Craft Supplies (AMAZING CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!).  The handles are made with the black glitter canvas on the fronts, and lined in cotton for longer wearing and comfort.  I don't like when vinyl handles stick to my arms in the warmer months (ew).  There is also a long crossbody/shoulder strap made from all cotton, it is removable when not in use and can be stored in one of the small side pockets.
Purse and Wallet Album https://www.facebook.com/BenaeQueeCostumer/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1217784854927939






Left and Right side pockets featuring a TK and BB8


Beautiful Black Glitter Mirror Canvas for accents Cheesy


Cotton backed handles for comfort and durability


Perfect fussy cutting for Vader's head on the front snap tab


The back has a TK and my tag Cheesy



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