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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Funkadelic Slouch Complete with Sequins. Lots of them. on: June 01, 2005 07:31:05 PM
       Definitely my favorite bag yet, made from white corduroy and a sequin scarf I had laying around but never used.   The only sad part is that I can't sell it or keep it *pouts*   I'm going to austria for 3 weeks and its a present for my host sister, and I would feel like a borderline slimeball if I just kept it for myself, you diggin me?  so the best I can do is document it and show it off^^   Comments are most excellent and required damnit.

My first zippered pocket installation, wooohooo!!!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bright, Bold, and Rediculous! A skirt not meant for mummy dearest on: May 30, 2005 07:38:17 AM
wooow i LOVE that skirt! I'd love to make it but im pretty sewing machine iliterate (this morning i was doing the seam on a tartan skirt i was doing for my punk project, and managed to get another part of the skirt stitched to the seam  Huh)

Anyway, <3 that outfit

Hahaha Oh believe me, i did the same thing, it was rediculous, then I got all pissed off and embarassed and REALLY happy no one was there to see how retarded I was, we're cut from the same mold my friend *grins*
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bright, Bold, and Rediculous! A skirt not meant for mummy dearest on: May 26, 2005 08:11:37 AM
you are rocking that outfit!

Very badoinkadoink

Buahaha thanks alot!   I figure if I've got it (maybe a little much in some places, but the worlds just going to have to deal with it)  I might as well flaunt it^^
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bright, Bold, and Rediculous! A skirt not meant for mummy dearest on: May 26, 2005 08:10:29 AM
wow...i would have a hard time finding anywere to wear that but you totaly own it...did you make your sweater/shrug?? if not, were'd you get it???

Hehe thank you!!  I really wish I had an occasion to wear it, its so fun, but alas, theres this "society" deal and of course.... Mom.
Actually all i did for the shrug deal, was cut an old black crappy shirt i had and sliced it up the front, and i tie it, it works really well and I wear it all the time.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bright, Bold, and Rediculous! A skirt not meant for mummy dearest on: May 25, 2005 06:54:07 PM
                  Alright, so heres something I came up with from a sketch I did a while back.  I designed a few outfits and this skirt was part of it, but i'm not thinking i'm going to wear it to the Library or to read stories to young children anytime soon...

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Big slouchy hobo-esque bag! (Image Heavy) on: May 11, 2005 06:08:28 PM
Alright, a forewarning to everyone:  This is my first tutorial and is going to be super mecha choppy, so be flexible and DON'T BE AFRAID TO E-MAIL/IM ME!   Also, when I actually make purses, I make it up as I go along, so if you're confused, take a stab at it a few times and make it up!  It'll be even more unique^^  That goes for measurements/exact details.  Everything is relative.

Here's what we're trying to achieve:

Here goes...

First off I would suggest using a heavier fabric for the outside or base fabric, much more resiliant and all that.  I've used 2 types of heavy corduroys in the two I've done.


1.        The Sides
     Cut out a the shapes of the sides, which will depend in size with your personal preferences.   A big 'U' shape crossed with a banana and a semi circle will about explain it.   Mine ended up being about 30 inches along the bottom edge.     Tip: I've found that its better to have them less-banana like and in a deeper' U' (unlike this example), it makes them slouchier in a better way.


2.      Other Pieces
                 Cut out the strap and bottom of the bag pieces, the strap should be just about as big as the measurement of the bottom curve of the side, and the bottom about 2/3 that big.  (ex: bottom curve = 33 in. so strap = 33 in.  and bottom = 22 in. )  But that all depends on how gathered you want the base edge in the final product, its all you my friend.   Also cut out pieces from your chosen lining to match ALL of your outer pieces, yes, they all need a lining, even the strap.


3.       Pretti-fy it damnit
                    At this point, any decals or adornments (patch-wise) that you want on the front of the bag should be applied/sewn on, so that you don't have to do it when its all gathered and such.


4.      El Strap.
                        Now its time for the strap.  Technically you could do it at any point you'd like, but I'm going to throw it in now.              Alright, you have your long piece of fabric to use for your strap, and in my design, I have an hourglass shape to it and some accent fabric (usually some of the lining material) inside the shape.   The picture is pretty self explanatory for the first part.

To get the fabric inside, just use the piece of lining you cut to the lenght of the strap piece and trim it down so it fits under the over lapped outside material, and sew along the edge of the under flap first, then the top flap.  From the other side you should get something resembling a big swooping x with a circle where the lines cross.  I'd use a zig zag stitch so that you don't have to fold under the edges of the flaps (hence the heavy fabric= no fraying)


5.      The Zipper.
                  Lay the zipper along the top curve of one of the side, good side of zipper to good side of fabric and sew along the edge, joining the two.  the zipper will have some 'pooching' in it, but that just goes without saying.         Next, lay the lining (good side down) over both the zipper and the side, the zipper separating the tops of the two pieces of fabric, and sew that as well.      If you flip the side and liner so they line up , you'll have a clean edge on both sides of the zipper.

Repeat with the other side.  When completle, if you lay it all out, you'll look like you have a big fabric pancake.  Yum.

Sew the linings to the edges, bad sides together (thats the only way you can do it at this point ((hopefully....)))


6.      The Gathered Edge
                  Along the bottom curves, use a very large stitch to sew 2 gathering points on one side of the 'bag' thusfar.  I used 2 because I kept breaking the string having to gather that much thick fabric on such a little thread.

CAREFULLY gather the bottom edge until its the same length as the bottom piece. (If you haven't, sew the lining to the botom piece)        Sew the gathered edge to one side of the bottom piece, good sides together.  Its going to be curvy and bumpy but such is life.    Just go with it and if it looks wrongish its probably right, its a strange looking deal going together.

Heres an example of what mine looked like (or a section of it)

Repeat that whole dealio with the other size, and MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE ZIPPER OPEN WHEN YOU SEW THE OTHER SIDE!!  An inside out purse is nooo good.


7.      Alright, heres a crappy drawing of what you should have.   Yours is going to have much more rumpling, and probably won't look exactly like this in its perfection (rolls eyes)    So don't worry dolls.    

Alright.    Now for the handle, which is the toughest part to explain (but the easiest to do...)  Picture first though, it'll help me out.


Alright, with all the zippers I've used, they've been old or slightly damaged, so I've never had too many problems getting the handle through that funky little hole which you have at the end.  So I really have to just say make it up, I think you'll get the gist though, you have the bag inside out (zipper open) and have the handle inside and slip the ends through those holes and sew the whole end together.      MAKE SURE!!! The side of the strap that you want facing out to the world is going to be facing out, hold it inside with your fingers, pull part of the bag back rightside out and check it out.

*******What I like to do when I'm pretty much done is use a zigzag stitch and go over all of the rough edges/seams to try and stop them from fraying a little bit.


                                             AND YOU'RE DONE!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for breezing through, and please please PLEASE!!! Feel free to mail me and ask questions!!  LIke i said, its my first tutorial and i'm pretty much winging it^^
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: ^^ Original purse-design in-use pictures! Whooopee! on: May 11, 2005 04:41:24 AM
That bag turned out really nice! I love the ruching.  You look really cute too. Not sure about your choice of backdrops though. :p

*laughs*   Oh believe me, i know, we all happened to go to the bathroom at the same time so of course, being the spazzes we are, the first thought that came to our little minds was "PHOTO OP!"   hehehe and because my dad is also a spazz and a half, so he decides this would be the perfect pic to send our relatives in california.   Thanks dad.  Roll Eyes
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / ^^ Original purse-design in-use pictures! Whooopee! on: May 10, 2005 06:37:38 PM
I recently posted a picture of this sporatic(sp?) made-up-as-I-went purse that I made  *points down to bottom*   And I finally got my prom pictures back and I used the purse with my outfit!   *cheesy grin* I was just excited.

And I put the pink pin on just to accent my dress better Cheesy

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Illustrator CS all hail to thee!! on: May 05, 2005 08:05:38 AM
Hey cool! Is that off a real life picture and added effects to it to make it look like that? Photoshop has a similar thing to make real life photos look like drawings but doesn't look nearly as coolas that. Or is that just a straight up drawing?

I was from a photo of myself, I used illustrator to just layer shapes on eachother to get the effect, I'm really excited to try and use something like this on a bag or some other project.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: First few bags, tell me what you think on: May 04, 2005 08:07:17 AM
Yeah, could you make one that's blue or black? THose are my fav colors and I would be sure to buy it!

Definitely, it may be a bit but I'll try to get a jump on it (get materials etc) this weekend, It will probably be somewhere between 20-25$ but i'll keep you informed!!   Thanks!
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