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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse with pretty buttons on: March 12, 2008 03:58:54 PM
I haven't sewn anything for at least a year. Life(...?) happened. Then I started knitting, which is all consuming. But yesterday I decided I needed a new bag. It ended up being the most complicated thing I've ever sewn without a pattern.

The buttons are wonderful!!! I couldn't get a decent close up, but I found one online:

Here is the exterior shot. Piping! I am amazed piping doesn't come up with instructions, you'd really have to think about it if you didn't know how. It's a little messed up on the top on one side, I don't know if I'm going to bother ripping and fixing it.

Inside. I made it big because of my knitting obsession. My "pattern" was putting an 8.5 by 11 piece of paper next to another half piece. I would've made a more complicated pocket, but it was getting late when I realized I had to remake the entire lining.

Comments and criticism would be appreciated. My boyfriend went all nuts about my semi-dormant skills.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Unususal problem on: July 08, 2006 07:49:23 PM
...the shirt I just made is too big! This does not happen to me. Okay, I'm being dramatic. I made a neat tunic kind of thing today and it doesn't have a waist! It's not the least flattering thing ever, I've done much worse, but it looks as though I've given up hope on having a shape other than "giant cylinder with arms." I am not a grub!

I was thinking about putting darts into the back, or maybe just taking it in at the sides. The thing is, it doesn't have a zipper or anything because it isn't supposed to be as dressy as it ended up (I just love brocade) so if I did that I probably wouldn't be able to get into it or out of it. So, basically I'm looking for a quick fix. I can always add a zipper, but I'm lazy and wondering if there's a way I can make it better without dismantling it completely.

Oh, the pattern I worked from was Simplicity 4968 (http://www.simplicity.com/assets/4968/4968.jpg), if there are any S4968 experts out there.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mysterious centerpieces of doom. on: June 28, 2006 12:23:45 PM
My mother has been going to this crazy thing for about five years for town clerks to become certified. You take classes for three years and then graduate. She graduated a two years ago and joined some sort of... board? I don't really understand it.

Whatever it is, she's in charge of a lot of graduation stuff and somehow decorations for a dinner got dumped on her. Last year they spent over a thousand dollars even though they try and be really frugal about everything else. We put our heads together and she ended up spending about $150, because I'm a crafting genius. And that's why I'm posting--to show off my centerpiece skills.

This was the prototype we came up with. Into our "ivy bowls" (can anyone explain the origin of that name?) we wrapped tulle (because we're girly?!) around some flower-arranger styrofoam stuff (I don't know what it's called because I don't usually arrange flowers.) Then we stuck in silk flowers in the school colors. Organdy ribbon around the lip and we were done!

Then we went into mass production mode, and I took some pictures. And here they are.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Awesome sleeves, and a query about pants. on: March 22, 2006 06:33:19 PM
Wow! I haven't even looked around here for months, I love this new section.

I've become considerably more experienced (ie I've given up on crazy reconstructions) since I joined here, this is my best work to date, from a pattern of course, Simplicity 5074, (I'm not confident enough with my skills to be too creative) and I just thought that I should mention it because it has awesome sleeves, especially for those who gesticulate wildly, or like to hide their upper arms. The pattern is from the Khalia Ali collection, but I don't know if that means anything to anyone. It doesn't to me.

Here it is, in all it's striped glory:

Additionally, does anyone know of a good pattern for plus-size pants? I've pretty much been running around in the same, worn pair of jeans for three weeks now, and it's so hard to find jeans in my size that don't have the waist at some insanely high or low place, and without pre-made holes and bleach stains.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 100% fun! on: August 23, 2005 02:52:43 PM
So for years I've been wearing this t-shirt even thought it has this giant hole in it, because I love it so much, today I decided, after looking through this board for about half an hour for ideas, to reconstruct it.

I'm not sure how I feel about it, but here it is, my first attempt at changing something about.

Before-- This is the shirt, and another shirt that I decided to intermingle with it!

Front-- I like the way the front looks, though I'm not very happy with the arms? I figured the ruffle would do something flattering, I was right, but I'm not confident enough with my physique to post pictures of myself anywhere... so:

So that's that.
Back-- It was a little too small, so I cut a vent in it and filled it up with a thing that would be considered a godet on a skirt.

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