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1  The bags won't stop in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by LRS on: April 27, 2006 04:36:15 PM
My mother gave me her fabric and button stash.  This stuff demands to made into bags.  This fabric had to become an 8"x10"x3" bag - there was enough to have the same "framed" design on both sides and enough left over to make a matching makeup bag.

With this one, it was the button that cried out.  I made my first bound buttonhole in years just to show off that button.

They just keep coming.

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2  Fendi, Fendi, Fendi in Crochet: Completed Projects by LRS on: April 27, 2006 04:29:15 PM
BunnyBoo really started something - working up that copy of the Fendi bag.  Here are three of my takes on it.  I keep playing with the dimensions and the yarn, using BunnyBoo's concepts.

First, blue, with no handle:    This one is 7"x13"

Next, (I may have posted this one long ago), red.  The ruffle has a bit of sparkle but I can't seem to catch that in the photo.  It has a vintage button and a fairly long strap.

The one that makes me laugh is made from thin crochet cotton.  It's only 6"x3.5" 

This is a great pattern.  You can do anything with it.

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3  Re: Stripe-Me-Good summer dress - doubles as a skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LRS on: December 03, 2005 04:21:06 AM
[img width=300 height=452]  But something seems missing, it looks quite ordinary to me... Tongue any suggestions?

Maybe a little ruching - the top couple of inches of the center front.  I know it would look great when you wear it as a dress, not sure how it would affect the skirt.  Maybe you could pin on a bit of elastic and try it out.

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4  Re: Resizing a blazer. Muy nervous. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by LRS on: November 13, 2005 07:47:38 AM
You can add princess seams, like the green lines here.

Taper the seam to nothing at the armhole edge and take in enough to shape it around your waist.  You can put a similar seam in the back and you can shape the side seams too.

Put it on inside out and pin the seams.  Then try it on right side out.  If it looks pretty good, hand or machine baste the seams and try it on again.  Then, when you've got it right, sew it up, trim the seams (clip the curves) and press the seams open.  

Of course you have to find a place to open up the lining if there is one, to get at the jacket.  

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5  Another Fendi-ish bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by LRS on: October 23, 2005 08:49:41 AM
Thank you Bunnyboo.  This pattern is fun, flexible, and easy.  

   I changed the pattern a little -
   made it 7"wide and 8" high.
   the body is made with Lion Brand chenille, the ruffle with their glitter yarn
   I added a button and a buttonhole

I'll be making more in different sizes and yarns.  I think I'll skip the ribbon next time.

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6  Re: Fusible Interfacing Question in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by LRS on: October 17, 2005 09:25:20 AM
I just found some double sided fusible interfacing here: http://www.ctpub.com/showproducts.cfm?Step=1&CrossCatID=8

I hope that helps.


Have you used Fast2Fuse yet?   (Note to others, Bobolots' link connected to a description of Fast2Fuse.)  I love this stuff!  It's very thick.  I use it to make fabric bowls like these
and this one
and it gives a lot of shape to purses.  

There are some other sites where you can buy it by the yard without getting a full bolt.  And sometimes the fabric stores carry this or Peltex - which is very similar.  (Timtex is the same thing, but is not fusible.)  
             . . .  and plenty more.

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7  Re: Need ideas for 1st purse ever!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by LRS on: October 04, 2005 07:07:35 AM
When you cut off the bottom section of your dress, let the pattern dictate your bag.  It may demand to be a square, rectangle, or even round bag.  You can adapt the Amy Butler or another pattern to the shape you need. 

Or, here's a really easy bag

free pattern could be adapted to any shape

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8  Flower Girl dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LRS on: September 26, 2005 12:46:10 PM
My son was married last week and I got to make a flower girl dress for my 3 year old niece. I had such a good time doing this that now I want to make all her clothes.

  She loved her dress and my new DIL was delighted.  The color was chosen to match the bridesmaids. 

I made it from Simplicity 4647.  But I took some of the fullness out of the skirt because I thought it was just overwhelming for a little girl.  It has the little flounce sleeve shown in view A. 

This was a nice pattern because the fit isn't really critical.  The waist is meant to be high and it's an easy fit.  So I just made it from measurements and only tried it on once, before hemming it. 

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9  I love fabric bowls too in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by LRS on: July 19, 2005 02:37:22 PM
It's addictive.  I've made at least 20 fabric bowls.  Linda Johannson's book tells you how to do it "Fun, Fast & Easy Fabric Bowls."  Here are a few recent bowls.



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