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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Recon tshirt into toddler dress? on: July 04, 2007 03:02:36 PM
I know I've seen it somewhere around here.  I want to take a tshirt and make it into a dress.  There is something you do to the edges of the knit (shirt) to make it really "curly" looking.  Does anyone know what I'm taking about?  I think there was a general post about it or even a tute at some point.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Woo Hoo! My first shirt for my DD! 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!!!!

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Question about iron-on vinyl on: May 11, 2007 12:18:14 PM
I have a question about iron-on vinyl.  I'm thinking about using this on some cute fabrics and making some baby bibs. 

Would the finished product be machine-washable?  Or only wipeable?

Any of you that have used this, do you have any idea?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Golden Asian Silk handbag 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?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My newest design - Hobo-tastic! Alexander Henry fabric! :D 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.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / A new diaperbag for a new mother! :) 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.




7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / jewelry display frames on: January 03, 2007 01:28:10 PM
Has anyone ever made something like this?


I figure it can't be that hard!  I actually saw the idea in a Good Housekeeping Magazine (one of the many I read while sitting around at the in-laws!) and I like theirs better.  They used funky fabric on the back and old antique doorknobs to hang the necklaces and bracelets on. 

What would I used to hang/hold earrings?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A lot of Purses (Picture HEAVY!) 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
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Who doesn't love black-n-white? **ADDED MORE PICS!!** 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

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / using "rivets"? (is that the right word?) on: November 06, 2006 11:24:54 AM
I want to make one of these:


But I don't have the rivets.   If I buy rivets, how do I apply them?  Could I use something else?  The description calls them "rugged snaps" at the corners, which they might be, but they look the same on both sides, and I don't see the need for an actual snap as it would never be unsnapped.  Here it is at PB:

click here

Just realized this might not be the right forum, but it's kinda a "dresser wallet", right?  Wink
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