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51  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Miss Maisie (Swoon) in my own fabric design - Star Wars Louis Vuitton inspired! on: March 02, 2016 08:19:36 PM
I'm in love with my fabric design.  It was something I came up with a few years ago and made a few bags out of.  This year I decided to bring it back and make more styles.  This Swoon Maisie style seemed the perfect shape for my fabric.  I've also made a Blanche in this fabric, and a Pearl in my multi color black.  I changed the handle connectors on the bag itself, from what the original pattern called for.  I wanted a simpler design.  I made my own piping from the faux suede I used on the handles, bottom, and handle connectors.  I left off the shoulder strap that the pattern called for, as I did not have enough faux suede to make that part.  I added an additional pocket to the other side of the bag as well.  The pattern only has one, but I LOVE pockets on purses.

52  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: A bag for my Silhouette Cameo - Swoon Stella - Star Wars Stlyed! on: March 02, 2016 08:04:29 PM
I *adore* this bag! It's amazing, and I don't even have a Cameo to carry around with me. I might need one of these just for carrying around in general (or for my luggage for weekend cons).

I'm going to add this (and your TARDIS bag) to my Pinterest, if you don't mind.

This is just amazing.
By all means, yes!  Add away!  When I'm not carrying Vader (my Cameo) around, it will be my travel bag too.  All that work, it will play multiple rolls on my travels lol

Wowza! I'm definitely going to have to check out those patterns! Amazing!

How do you get anything done since I'm sure you're constantly getting stopped to ask about your bags! Wink
The funniest thing is, it's MEN that stop me the most!  They want to see it and can't believe it!  Then I usually get 2 different responses from them "Man, I wish I could get my significant other to carry a cool purse like that" or "Wow, how come men can't carry cool purses?!" I LOVE when they want to see it and how it's made!  That ends up in a business card in their hand lol

That is completely AWESOME! I love Swoon patterns - have only made one so far, but it was great, and I love the look of many others - will be trying a new one soon!

Great job - I love the geekiness! Smiley
Thanks!  Their patterns are so great, and so easy to follow.  I've done Harriet, Stella, Blanche, Maisie, Glenda, and Pearl so far.  Multiples of each pattern (except Stella).  Pearl is the  easiest so far, I've done 5 of those.  Maisie was a little bit of a challenge, but that was due to changing the pattern a bit and making my own trims.
53  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Swoon Harriet - TARDIS purse - it really IS bigger on the inside! on: March 02, 2016 07:57:26 PM
That looks awesome, too! I haven't noticed the Harriet pattern  on the Swoon site - will have to look. You mentioned your other bag (the Star Wars one) took a lot of time and work - how was this one?

This one was not bad, about 5-6 hours of work for me.  The cutting and fusing of the interfacings takes the longest.  Directions were super easy to follow as well.  All of the Swoon patterns are amazing (from what I've tried so far).

Would it be horrible of me to say that this is truly truly stellar?


Seriously though, this is amazing. I feel like I live my life constantly searching for the perfect bag, but this one looks super close. It's fantastic.

THANK YOU!  I love this bag and might have to make one for myself, as this one just sold and will be on it's way to a new home!

That fabric is amazing! And so is your work. It looks store bought!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!  I was going for a clean look and take pride in my craftsmanship.  To hear it looks store bought is great!
54  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A bag for my Silhouette Cameo - Swoon Stella - Star Wars Stlyed! on: February 29, 2016 05:57:19 PM
I'm getting more active at conventions and wanted to be able to offer my customers personalization on items during the show to pick up later on.  This means my Silhouette Cameo has to be able to come with, and be carried around safely (and in style!) with all it's accessories and supplies - that meant a LARGE bag, custom sized.  I love the Swoon patterns, and have made several already, so it was only natural that I wanted to stick with that line. They have the Stella pattern, which is a weekender bag style.  Lots of pockets, sturdy construction, and large.  Unfortunately, still not long enough for my needs.  The Cameo is about 22" long, Stella is only 18" long.  On the advice of a fellow crafter, I added to the folded edge of the pattern pieces by 3" (making each one 6" longer in total") and my bag was now the perfect size.  However, it was a LOT of fabric and stabalizers, and interfacing to cut and fuse.  I probably won't make this pattern again, as it took me 2 days to finish.  I had to walk away from it for an entire day in between.  It was still easy to follow the instructions, it was just a LOT of work.  The pattern was well written, well made, and turned out great.  It holds my cameo and it's parts perfectly, and is plenty sturdy and perfectly nerdy.

55  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Swoon Harriet - TARDIS purse - it really IS bigger on the inside! on: February 29, 2016 05:44:50 PM
I have fallen in love with the Swoon purse patterns.  I just can't stop making them!  Harriet has become a favorite.  She unzips on the side to expand and become even bigger.  I altered mine to add a front slip pocket as well as a inner credit card/ID pockets. The insides of both the slip pocket, and the zippered inner pocket are lined in the Exploding TARDIS fabric Cheesy
*The hang tag on my purse is something I made as well.  I printed on transparency film and used my silhouette cameo to cut them out.  I then cut coordinating white cardstock to go behind the clear layer, and used eyelets to secure them together.

56  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Exploding TARDIS Swoon Glenda Purse on: February 03, 2016 07:04:32 PM
That's pretty awesome! I loved the swoon pattern I just tried recently - need to try others! This looks really cool - how fiddly is this one?

It wasn't really.  It went together from cutting fabric to finishing in about 4 hours.  I added the piping to the front flap, as I'm a sucker for decorative details where I can.  I also left out the interfacing and stabilizer for the inner pocket section, it just seemed like it would be way too bulky with all that in there.  I also only interfaced the main fabric side sections and not the lining, again, bulk.  I added the small pocket to the inside, but that is super easy to add on your own if you wanted.  It's a goo pattern, and I want to make another in different fabric tomorrow.
57  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Exploding TARDIS Swoon Glenda Purse on: February 03, 2016 05:45:33 PM
I've been having fun with Swoon patterns Cheesy  I made the Blanche 4 times already (2 for me, 2 for others).  I decided to get the Glenda next, as a friend wanted a similar style and this saved me time of drafting my own.

58  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Anna's Birthday Dress from Frozen Fever Pic HEAVY on: November 14, 2015 07:42:25 AM
Thank you everyone Cheesy  There will be an updated post when I finish all the hand embroidery for the bolero and corset.  That will be by February hopefully.
59  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Anna's Birthday Dress from Frozen Fever Pic HEAVY on: November 09, 2015 09:51:39 PM
Typical to my costuming style, I decided "last minute" that I wanted to wear Anna's dress from Frozen Fever, that she wore for her Birthday, for MY birthday Grin  Last minute would be 2 weeks to construct a Petticoat, blouse, corset, bolero, and hand painted skirt.  Sure thing, easy, no problem Shocked

I started by spending about 2 hours taking screen shot after shot from the short and compiling them into one file that I could take for reference.  I then headed to Joann for a shopping trip, armed with about 10 coupons I'd been hoarding (WOOT!).  I managed to find 8 different fabrics for the costume.  The bolero uses 3 fabrics, a green/blue iridescent organza over a grass green tafetta, with a green cotton lining.  The corset is a dark teal/blue "linen" with a teal satin lining.  The blouse is a pale yellow cotton.  The petticoat is the same pale yellow cotton with an ivory point d'esprit over layer.  The skirt is a sparkly light teal satin. 

The skirt in the short has an obvious ombre effect going from the waist to hem (light to dark) and I KNEW I had to have the same effect for my skirt.  I tried a spray system where you can use your own paint.  I mixed up the perfect darker teal and fabric medium, thinned it for the sprayer, and made a HUGE mess on my scrap piece.  The sprayer did NOT work at all.  Disappointment, big time!  I had to resort to a blue/teal normal spray paint to achieve my effect.  The spray paint was just normal Ace Hardware brand paint.  I used the same thing on my Pterodactyl without any issues, so I used it again for my skirt.  It did stiffen the satin a tiny bit, but that is good, as it helped the skirt keep it's shape in the long run.

The sunflowers were drawn by me in Photoshop and then split into 6 parts to be cut into stencils by my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.  I cut 10 total sets of stencils, and used each one twice with no bleeding of paint underneath.  I started by painting them flowers a white base layer, and then layered on the yellow, orange, and browns.  Once the skirt was fully painted and dried (about 20 hours of labor to paint alone), the fun chore of adding rhinestones began.  So far, there are 440 rhinestones... I still need about 400 more.  I tore through my stash I had squirreled away.  There are 20 total flowers, 8 are fully rhinestoned in the front.  Once that was done, it was hemmed by using a really wide double fold bias tape in teal.  Since the hem is round, and fabric was stiffened due to the painting, a normal hem would have been difficult and messy looking.  Luckily the cartoon has a thick contrast border on the hem as well Wink

The Bolero was super easy and was a jacket pattern that I left the sleeves and collar off of, and altered the front shape.  It is also bound in a teal bias tape, which is how the cartoon looks too.  This made my life really easy. 
The shirt was a pattern I had altered from my previous Anna dress and then altered further for this costume by making shorter sleeves, changing the collar shape entirely, and putting a partial zip in the front.  Ric Rac and metallic gold bias are trimming on the blouse. 

The corset is just a vogue pattern that I altered a long time ago to fit me and be used for anything I needed a corset for.  It actually zips up the back as I was unable to see any significant closure system in the cartoon version.  The zip is a heavy duty separating zipper.  The Bolero and Corset still have hand embroidery I need to do on them, and that is probably another 30-40 hours of work  Shocked  When I made this, I was so excited that everything was working, that I cut all the fabric layers out and sewed it all together only to realize after trying it on, that I completely FORGOT to cut the heavy interfacing Sad  It was just sitting there, mocking me.  It's okay without it, but I would have preferred it for structure in the long run.

The petticoat is fun and flirty and was made to look like a tulle skirt if I wanted to wear it for something else.  I fully endorse multi-use costume parts.  There are 7 yards of tulle (it was all they had or it would have been 15) and 4 yards of cotton.  The hemline has a horsehair braid to help it keep it's shape with the weight of the skirt over it.

There is also a cute sunflower hair clip in the back and an antique brooch at the neck.  The brooch is a 10k gold, opal, and spinel brooch my mother had given to me years ago on a birthday long past.  It worked PERFECT for this costume  Cheesy

I managed to get the costume done enough to wear for my birthday party and photoshoot and still be recognizable.  I still have a ton of work to do on it to call it complete.

60  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pterodactyl from Jurassic World on: October 03, 2015 09:43:43 AM
Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Grin
Thank you!!!
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