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1  A purse for those who know that pleats have no business on pants. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: February 21, 2007 04:52:30 PM
I bought some nice khaki fabric, and saw a really pretty purse someone made... somewhere.. I feel terrible that I totally stole his/her idea and can no longer remember where I saw it. But as long as we know that I am guilty of visual theft and don't take credit for the idea...

I couldn't possibly love the lining fabric any more than I do.

Although, I almost love the buttons as much as I love the lining. I'm a big fan of the button bin at fabricland. big big fan.

But yes, it holds a ton of stuff and is incredibly darling AND hasn't fallen apart, unlike some of my other favourite purses that I've made.
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2  Retro Stewardess clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: February 21, 2007 04:47:17 PM
I saw this pattern in a book at Chapters, but being cheap and all that, I just stared at it for a while and went home and copied it. It's the craftster way!
Then I found these delightful buttons, and somehow, it looked stewardessy.

I'm not smart enough to take pictures of the inside, but it's just a long strip of velcro keeping it shut, and it's lined in that magic lime green fabric.
I thought it would be fun to make a wristband thingy to hold it, so I just made a long strip of the lining and knotted it and whatnot so when I use it, I can swing the purse around and make airplane noises... *am very much a grownup, you all see*
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3  In honour of spring - a dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: February 21, 2007 04:42:31 PM
It's not so much spring here.... just that it stopped being -40 and now it's just -5. Therefore, it's dress-makin time!

It's pretty exciting and faux-wrap style.

I'm very excited to wear it out on Saturday for birthday-party-based-martinis. Yay dress, and yay birthday!!
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4  Searching for Booty? No, not that kind of booty. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: November 11, 2006 11:43:27 AM
Ahh sick.
Anyway, a few weeks ago there was a thing for a thing where we were supposed to dress up like pirates. Now, being not so much a pirate fan, and having like a day's notice, I was hardly inclined to whip up a costume.
So instead I whipped up a relevant purse.
Some kind of Treasure Map Pirate Purse.
Arrgg, etc.

It's a lovely size - I managed to cram in all the treasure we won at the thing, but it wasn't like a ginormous sack to haul around.
It's lined in some silky fabric, for today's froofy scoundrel of a pirate:

Twas excellent fun to make... But then my sewing machine died. Sigh.
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5  bird applique, mini-messenger bag etc etc in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: October 06, 2006 08:31:13 PM
That's sorta a long subject line... but I guess it's pretty accurate. I was originally going to make a regular-sized messenger bag for my schoolbooks, but then I thought "screw school!" and made a purse-sized one. It was also because I'm terrible with measuring. Wink The purse should be about 14 inches tall by 10 inches wide.
Anyhoo... here it is.

I yoinked the bird shape from some clipart on word. Here's a closeup that's kinda blurred, and thus sorta negates the whole usefulness of the closeup... meh.

Annnnd it's of the same fabric as the lining/flap lining:

I am SO in love with the lining fabric. I want all of it from everywhere. But it's a bit expensive (stupid $8/m fabric), so I'll hafta settle for having just a little bit on this purse.
The green fabric is kinda like denim/canvas sorta stuff. It's very nice and soft on the outside, and still sturdy and stiff enough to make a very decent purse-bag-thing.
And yes, I'll stop my rambling now.
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6  Re: Oh anthropologie.com when will you learn? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: April 22, 2006 08:13:41 AM
i imagine it would ruin the effect...
Here's a picture of some little girl's bubble dress hem i just googled...
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7  Me make skirts? That's Unpossible! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: April 18, 2006 03:30:45 PM
Ahhh that's all I do these days. Fun times. Sometimes I even get money for it Tongue
Most of the time, however, I dink around with leftover fabric.
Like today, for instance.
I felt like making something for ME (that I'd actually wear)... and I remembered that I had some fuschia fabric layin around (literally... shame on me for my cleaning skills).
So I whipped up this sassy little number...

Here's a closeup of the top part... You can sorta see the fakey mother-of-pearl snaps at the top (which I'm having a hard time keeping shut cuz I don't have the proper pliers-type thingy, and I was just banging on them with a hammer and all these complicated bits of metal.)

And if we're wondering, this is what I originally made of the fabric... just a simple wrap skirt that I fancied up with some embroidery (eventually) and some red piping around the edges.

And since I'm here and making a post, here's one I made for my mom in a similar style, except there's no piping or rounded front bit. She just got it in the mail today and called me and was like "I'M WEARING IT RIGHT NOW!!!" and was all excited. Ahhhh my mom.

(Yeah that's me wearing it... it looked so fun, and I couldn't resist. Plus it's nice to make something in my size, since the girl I've been making stuff for is SOOOO tiny that I couldn't dream of ever fitting the clothes I made for her. Plus it'd be kinda creepy if I did wear them...)
Here's the embroidery I did on it...

I like how I never take pictures once the embroidery is done on stuff. I've always got one of the plain skirt and one closeup of the embroidered part. It just never occurs to me to wait.
Ah well.
This has gotten long enough, and if you've made it all the way to the end, congratulations and thank you!!

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8  Fancy rufflish venice shirt. in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: March 28, 2006 11:49:12 AM
Ahhhh. I feel so summery right now!
I was looking at patterns on simplicity.com and I enjoyed one for a dress... and I thought it would look nice with some fabric I've got. But its busy fabric, and I didn't have a ton. So I figured I'd just make it into a shirt. And I also wasn't about to buy the pattern, so I just stared at it for a while and winged it. Then I wanted to ruffle the fabric cuz I loves me some ruffles. So I made the bottom part gathered on the front.
Obligatory mirror shot:

Here's a closer one that actually turned out rather well.

I wanted a thinger to keep the top edge of it from popping up (whaaat?), so I dug around and found some pearly buttons from a hilarious sailor-esque dress my mom had, and just strung them together and wrapped them around the ties. I'm quite impressed with how nice it looks.
(Sorry this last one is really blurry... the batteries are dying on my camera, and I didn't want to stand around fussing with it and have the batteries die and end up with no pictures.)

Hmm. I also see from that last picture that I've got some thread to trim...
Anyhoo, thanks for lookin! Smiley
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9  It's a tree! On a skirt! Weehaw! in Needlework: Completed Projects by thevaticant on: March 18, 2006 09:01:58 AM
I made this wrap skirt for a friend, and she wanted a tree embroidered on the bottom edge. And I happily obliged. Here's the tree...

and if we're wondering, here's the skirt (before I started the tree, obviously):

I also made a similiar-style wrap skirt for myself, and put a fish on it, for no reason. mainly for fun, I think. Anyway, that's here:

I did the fish first, sort of a practice round, before I did the tree, since the friend is paying for the skirt, and I didn't want to send her some crap...
Anyway, thanks for lookin!
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10  Oh anthropologie.com when will you learn? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thevaticant on: March 18, 2006 08:27:17 AM
Putting the zoom option on the pictures of your clothes just makes it easier to steal your ideas.
For example: I liked this dress.
I liked it in the area of $30. I certainly didn't $148 like it.
So off to Walmart for me. They have this nice knit stuff. Jersey, but in a tube. It's very nice for, oh I don't know... bubble hems?
For under $20, I copied the dress, and got this:

It's so comfy that I don't ever want to take it off.
*goes romping through snowbanks in dress*
Oh since I'm actually making a post, I should also mention the purse I made a few months ago:

I used the jordy bag tutorial, and I made the outside out of some old cords I had... I just sewed the two different colours together (which was mindbogglingly tedious) and etc etc.
OH and since I'm wandering off track already, here's a skirt I made for a friend:

Some fancy little wrap skirt... I ended up embroidering this tree:

on the bottom edge.. obviously I hadn't started it yet in the first picture.
So yeah. thats enough project-posting for me.
For now... *eyes up anthropolgie.com*
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