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1  Re: quickie dress that anybody can make in Clothing Sewalongs by jasfitz on: July 21, 2006 09:47:12 AM
Ambear mentioned this thread to me, and so I finally had a little time to myself to investigate. It's astonishing how inspiring it is. Kudos to you, rostitchery, for drawing our attention to this, and making it so available for us.

My mum had a lovely dress in the 70s that the infinity dress reminded me of. I agree with a few of the comments previously posted: the front is constantly astonishing, but the back sometimes leaves something to be desired. So, i said to myself, why not just choose my favourite look of the bunch (the one reminiscent of my mum's dress, with the cap sleeves) and finish it formally in the back? Unfortunately, this definitely reduces it from an infinite possibility of approaches to just a few, but I'm still hip to that. I decided to go slim on the skirt, so it sits somewhere between a-line and pencil. You can't see it, but it sits just past the knee.

Here are a couple of poor shots. Sorry, my main man isn't exactly the best photographer.

somehow, it came out looking pretty ritzy... i could comfortably wear it to a wedding, or celebration! Unfortunately, I really was intending it for daily usage. Anyone have any ideas on how to make it a little more casual? I was thinking about adding a skirt pocket, but I think it would look awkward. I might screenprint onto it.

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2  A photography set! Messenger-tote & laptop sleeve... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jasfitz on: April 26, 2006 02:34:57 PM
Hi Crafty Folks!

It's been a while since I've posted. I had intense finals & then to top it all off, I broke a rib. Thank goodness summer is here!
So, as I finally have time to breathe (sort of, breathing becomes a hassle with rib issues), I finally have time to address all the commissions that came my way in the last 1/2 of the semester. Be forewarned, this is an image-heavy post!

This piece is a direct spinoff of my last set (some of you may have seen it already, it's the typewriter set). Shutterbug requested a set that's photography-themed, and asked that the tote have a flap instead of a zipper. So I ended up changing things around a lot, and I'm happy with the results, after quite a bit of messing about. I feel bad, i guess I'm coming across as a bit of a one-trick pony... but I assure you, I'll soon try something new and different... as it stands, catching up on the commissions will run my life for the next few weeks though!

Anyway, I hope Shutterbug is happy with the results, as I'm not really sure if she was expecting this new arrangement for the design. The messengerish tote is really large, to accomodate the laptop sleeve. there's tonnes of room for books & extras (she requested extra knitting space, also). There are two large inside lining pockets, and then right beneath the flap one large pocket, and then a zippered pocket on top of that pocket. They're simple, but they're my favourite part Smiley Oh, yeah, and I ought to mention the method to do this was silkscreening. My biggest struggle with this project is that I thought it'd be neat flow to have the squared-off sides of the bag just be the strap... but it caused me such a hassle. has anyone else made this horrible mistake? next time, i make the straps entirely independantly of the sides. It's not worth the doubling of the workload!!

Ok, Ok, I'm a talker. Here is a multitude of photos:

The SET! I'm addicted to sets, and themes. it's an illness.

The Messengeresque Tote. The strap looks short, but it's about 22" long. the bag's just wide!

These are the bag's guts.

the sleeve. same approach as my typewriter & vespa sleeves.
and last, but not least, my good buddy Syd models the merchandise....

Oy vey, I go on forever.
The end! What do you think, will she approve? I'm sure she'll be here soon to put in her own two cents, though. Cheesy
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3  Re: Ongoing Wishlist Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jasfitz on: March 28, 2006 08:24:22 PM
I somehow totally forgot to post a photo of the lovely buttons I received from Taloola. There were tonnes, so here's a shot of some I particularly liked. Note the SHEEP!

Thanks very muchly, Taloola!
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4  Re: Ongoing Wishlist Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jasfitz on: March 27, 2006 09:24:09 PM
KiwiMonkey, I'm so very happy you like it! I've never really made anything of the genre- it's pretty outside my domain, so it was fun to try Smiley
I haven't done a whole lot of swapping, so it's good to get positive feedback.

Here are a couple of okay photos I snapped right before I sent it off...

The outer fabric is actually a really neat vinyl that's sort of like super durable twill on one side.... I couldn't figure out what to use it on until this project!  the appliqué is felt and embroidery.
I'm more or less pleased with how it came out, although the lining left something to be desired... it was a little wonky. how nice of you not to mention it, KM Smiley  I really, really do hope you love it, and use it lots and lots Smiley

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5  Re: sailor skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by jasfitz on: March 12, 2006 08:10:35 AM
Oh, it's cute as all heck, I assure you Wink
Here are some action shots... Thanks for treating me to such a lot little number, amber Cheesy
Sorry if it's a little over-bright- scotty is a flash fan, but I'm not particularly fond of the flash, but as photographer, he won out.

It's très comfortable!

Thanks amber!! I would love to see an action shot of you with Sherlock... (what she got for the swap)
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6  Re: Click-Clack.... Typewriter Laptop Sleeve & Tote Set! Success!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jasfitz on: March 10, 2006 07:36:54 AM
I love this lovefest.... thanks for all the yaying.

Here are shots of my newer, simpler (sort of) version of this bag...that I can finally post, as my partner has received!

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7  Re: Ongoing Wishlist Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jasfitz on: March 10, 2006 07:31:39 AM
Yay! I'm so very very relieved it arrived. Next time lesson learned: ask them to scan it at the counter.

so, I have some before-sending, creaseless photos, which I've been looking forward to posting. they're not great shots, but you get the gist....

and a closup...

I hope the crease that shipping created isn't too dramatically annoying. Thanks for the shameless plug, Bigmouth Smiley

*sigh of relief*

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8  Re: Ongoing Wishlist Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jasfitz on: March 02, 2006 12:45:00 PM
Todday was just one of those awful days, where every 1/2 an hour, something small goes wrong, someone says something cruel, someone cuts in front of you, something precious breaks... and they all add up, and it gets worse and worse progressively as the day wears on, until you start considering dropping out of school, and living out of a garbage can as a viable option (well, I'm exaggerating a little).
By the time I arrived home, I was almost in tears, racking my brain for a way to cheer myself up after a day full of negativity.

Lo and behold... an angelic wonderous being with wonderful timing, that calls herself the Noodle Princess had sent me a package. I was a little hesitant to even open the package at first... with the way things were going today, I figured it would either be broken or would seem like she hadn't put the same time into it that i had for the package I'd sent out. Craftsters... I was so very wrong. Danika has sent me perhaps the most lovely mittens possible. this photo doesn't really do this beautiful yarn justice, but:

It's a sort of a sage green hypersoft yarn, with a pale pink around the edges, and embroidered vines with little sequin flowers. It's SO nicely knitted- wayy better than any uneven, messy knitting I can do. These are SO pretty and me-ish, and have totally improved my mood. Immensely. They are JUST exactly what i was wishing for. I still feel a little teary, but only now it's in the good way.

Danika- thanks so very very much for lifting my spirits back up... I love these and will be using them very muchly.
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9  Click-Clack.... Typewriter Laptop Sleeve & Tote Set! Success!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jasfitz on: February 22, 2006 06:09:21 PM
So, earlier this month, I was commissioned to create a sleeve & tote set by craftster member Raindrops (english lit student), to carry her laptop in.
She liked my vespa laptop sleeve that I'd posted on here earlier, and requested something similar, only with a typewriter and "click clack" instead.

This is what i came up with.... I'm SOOO pleased!! (sorry, it's pretty image-heavy...)

The tote's scooped front is actually a pocket! I screened the fabric behind it.

They were fairly time-consuming, as I was trying a few new things, and haven't printed with photoemulsion since college...but after a few minor hardships they totally worked out!  I'll be sending these to her later this week.

I've got to be honest... It's going to be really hard too give this all up. I've never made a matching set before, and there's just something about everything fitting together perfectly... sigh! I'll miss them.... but I'm confident they'll be put to good use.
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10  Re: Quick Clutch Purse Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jasfitz on: February 17, 2006 04:27:33 PM
Marija, since your computer's down, i figured I'd just post some shots I'd already taken Smiley
here's what i sent to groschveux:
Clutch! (my fave part is the lining)

and a little extra, as my local craft group just recently learned some bookbinding techniques:

écrit means written. or write... it depends on the tense you intend it for. um, it's french (groschveux & i are both from Québec).
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