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1  Woo Hoo! My first shirt for my DD! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by brubendall on: July 02, 2007 06:33:37 PM
I'm not a clothes seamstress, but you guys have inspired me!  Usually I'm over in the Purses forum, but wandered over here one day.  Soooooooo here's my first item for my daughter who is 2.5 yrs old.

I started with a shirt of mine from the Gap that I no longer wanted.  But I really like the fabric and the pintucking, so instead of giving it to the 'ol Goodwill, I added it to my fabric stash.  Then today i realized I have nothing red-white-and-blue for her to wear in two days!  I thought about going to the thrift store and getting a shirt to reconstruct into a dress, but then found this in my stash.


It's a Gap, women's size small, so I knew there was no way to turn it into a dress.  As it was, I had to piece it just to make a shirt!  Here's what I made:


I used the existing pin-tucking from the back of the shirt for the top part of the front.  Then I had to piece it to make it long enough, so i did a french seam and ran some elastic through it for a bit of body.

On the back I did elastic smocking at the top (9 rows), then pieced it again and ran another piece of elastic at the same height as the front piece, only zigzagging this one on instead of running it through casing.  The straps are another strip of the pintucking folded in half.  They could stand to be a bit longer, but it works for now!

Here are a couple of action shots!


Thanks for all the inspiration!!!!

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2  Golden Asian Silk handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: May 05, 2007 01:38:17 PM
This was a custom order.  Usually I don't use prefab handles - they're such a pain!  But I think it turned out pretty good.  The inside is black and has a divided patch pocket on one side, and a zipper pocket on the other side.  Both pockets are made out of the outer gold fabric.  Oh and the outer is 100% silk.  Smiley  Magnetic snap closure.


My original plan was to have the pagoda scene be the front, but I really liked how the trees and the bird looked, so I used that as the front.  What do you think?
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3  My newest design - Hobo-tastic! Alexander Henry fabric! :D in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: February 10, 2007 04:47:02 PM
This is my newest shape.  A lot of people like it!  It's pretty big!

If you click on it, it will take you to a bigger pic on my flickr page.

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4  A new diaperbag for a new mother! :) in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by brubendall on: February 10, 2007 12:42:37 PM
I made this for my sister-in-law's baby shower.  She picked out the outside red fabric, I made the rest of the decisions.  Smiley

Adjustable/removable shoulder strap, plus 2 adjustable/removable backpack straps.  3 outside pockets (2 bottle pockets, one on each end, plus a large front velcro pocket for the matching changing pad); 4 inside elastized pockets (2 for bottles, 2 for diapers/wipes).  Removable key clip.




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5  Re: Giftbag question! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by brubendall on: December 26, 2006 11:29:59 AM
You could also make them fanny packs.  I made one out of camo for my (at the time) 5-year-old nephew:


For that, I made a half circle shape with a gusset, plus a flap with velcro on it.  I inserted hardware (adjustable) at the top of the sides on the back.  In the second pic you can see I pinched the gusset at the top, otherwis it tended to flop open.
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6  A lot of Purses (Picture HEAVY!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: December 19, 2006 02:31:25 PM
Here are a bunch of purses I made & sold at craft fairs, some were custom orders I took while at the fairs.

Reversible purse:


Messenger Bag & matching wristlet:

Super slouch bags:

Another reversible purse:

Handbag, showing inside, too:

Two more purses:


I think there were a few purses I forgot to take pics of before they sold!  Sad
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7  Who doesn't love black-n-white? **ADDED MORE PICS!!** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by brubendall on: December 19, 2006 10:36:54 AM
I know I do!

This was a custom order for a friend.  I'me very excited to give it to her tomorrow!  I haven't yet taken a pic of the inside, but it is a red faux velvet.  Divided patch pocket on one side, lined zippered pocket on the other.

Okay, here's some more photos.  Please excuse the washed out one showing the patch pocket.  Smiley

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8  Re: Pictures of craft fair setup - Please post! in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by brubendall on: November 13, 2006 02:20:27 PM
I may have to incorporate that ladder idea into my set-ups!  I LOVE the color of it.

Here are some from my second show.  I share booth space with a friend that sells jewelry, I do purses and accessories. 

Here is the 8x10 booth:

Here's my side showing my purse-rack.  Behind that is a clothes rack for fabric for custome orders.  Suprisingly, I get more custom orders than I outright sell purses:

And here is my table detail.  Most things either have tags attached describing how to use the product, or there is a tent card with description.  Some things, like my diaper bag and cosmetic case, have props in them, like a sippy cup and diapers to show the pockets are big enough for those items, and a makeup brush and bronzer to quickly show it's a cosmetic case.

Here is my friends side.  I have more detailed pics if anyone wants to see them, but I think this one shows everything pretty well.
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9  Re: Your Opinion on Purse Display in Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs by brubendall on: November 13, 2006 02:08:03 PM
I think Nancy's tips are good, but without a close-up to see how it looks, I'm not sure.  The idea of using tape to secure bungee cords doesn't sound very "chic".

Here's how I display purses.  I purchased a wooden coat/hat rack from goodwill.  I then bought some dowels from Wal-Mart and had my DH drill the appropriate size holes for the dowels.  I had him drill many more holes than I would use in a given time, close together.  Then I painted it all black (semi-gloss spray paint - my new friend!!).  When I put it together for show I simply slide the dowels in at the appropriate levels for the current purses I am selling.  I like this solution a lot.  The only think I need to change is to put some kind of "stopper" on the ends of the dowels so the purses don't fall off easily.  Here's a pic from my 2nd craft fair:

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10  Help me find this fabric? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by brubendall on: October 28, 2006 03:18:35 PM
I know I've seen at least one other person on here (or maybe it was etsy?) that has this fabric.

I have done two craft fairs in the last month, my first and only fairs actually.  The purse above is actually my purse, but both times I have taken it as a 'sample' (I take custom orders at the fairs) and both times I could have sold this bag about 5 times.  My problem is I don't have any more of this fabric!  And the store I got it at had it in the 'one-of-a-kind' section, meaning they don't stock it.

Has anyone ever seen this fabric anywhere???  Help!!
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