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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Medieval underdress/cotehardie sleeves help, please? on: August 03, 2013 02:24:16 PM
I have come across this
which may help it shows that the sleeve is set into this kind of garment with the seam of the sleeve running from the shoulder to the wrist on the outside of the arm. This should allow you to lace it closed as in your inspiration picture.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 81 ENTRIES / Re: Thread Mache Mask: Using Only Thread and Glue! JUST THREAD IT, with TUTE! on: July 09, 2013 06:20:09 AM
It's a great mask and I guess you could use the technique for other thing too.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: License Plate Purse (Now with a Tutorial) on: July 09, 2013 06:09:50 AM
Wow what a great project and tutorial. Looks like a lot of work but worth it.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: First-ever Purse: Upcycled and Handsewn, with a (quasi) TUTORIAL on: July 09, 2013 06:01:40 AM
Great job, I love your bag.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Boyfriend Bag - Ugly Leather Jacket has a new life! on: July 09, 2013 05:57:13 AM
Hi, I found your bag on the PWB featured post, and just had to come over and tell you how cool I think it is. I love that you used an old piece of clothing and kept and used the features of it. Very creative and what a great end product.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Your Pros & Cons for Using Velcro? on: July 09, 2013 05:49:10 AM
Hi RedBirdTrue,

I enjoy making bags too. I have used velcro also but I tend to find that over time it looks scruffy as it collects fluff etc. and doesn't close very accurately either. I now prefer the magnetic closures for pockets etc. There are some that are use claws to hold them in place and others that are simply a flat magnet that you trap between two layers of fabric are are unseen on the finished item. I like these better than velcro.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does this bag look makeable? on: July 03, 2013 02:17:55 PM
yes I would say that this bag is totally makeable.
For the zip if you're not too comfortable inserting zips then i would recommend, as others have that you make the back in two pieces with a seam down the middle. The zip should really be sewn between the fabric and the lining and then turned through, that way you enclose it and it's not seen on the inside either. Then you topstitch all the way around. You can do that too with the slit type zip opening but it's a little trickier. Ask me if your really interested and I'll make a demo.
Other than the zip it looks like quite a simple construction.
Good luck.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hard Bottom Inserts on: July 03, 2013 01:49:24 PM
For the bottom of my bags I use EVA foam which can be bought as a cheap camping or exercise mat. Easy to cut and sturdy enough without being too rigid.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on dyeing leather? on: July 03, 2013 01:31:15 PM
Sorry but I would have to agree with CraftyChef on this one, certainly if you wanted one consistent color.
However if you felt like embellishing it and painting it with some cool design I would think that you could probably find suitable paints in a craft store and have some fun.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pellon Shape Flex and Pellon Fusble Thermolam Plus? on: July 03, 2013 01:24:36 PM
I was trying to decide what interfacing to put in a bag so that is stood up but was still soft. In the end I found a bag that seemed right in a thrift store and ripped it open and what I found inside was:
The base was made of the kind of foam that roll up gym mats are made from, EVA foam about 1/4 inch thick
The walls were supported by very thin layer of yellow foam (seat cushion kind) but only 1/8 inch thick. In the UK this is called peel foam.
I have made bags using both of these very successfully, they don't need to adhere to either the outer fabric or the lining fabrics they simply lie or stand between the two.
I don't have 10 posts yet so I can't add picture yet, sorry.
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