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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: McCalls 3979 Vintage Apron on: December 15, 2007 07:24:40 AM
You are amazing!  What a fantastic piece!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: ski/snowboard hat with long earflap scarves on: January 20, 2007 06:47:24 AM
What a fantastic pattern!  Did you follow something or come up with that on your own? 

seriously admiring hat-

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: BAG CHALLENGE :2: SPRING BAG! on: April 16, 2006 01:08:04 PM
This is the 'Country Mouse' version of the it's Coach canvas and leather cousin.  I love the contrast of the fine print/whale corduroy and the pop of the bright satin.  I can't wait to put it to good use!

Bag Title:  Spring Blossom Hobo
Materials Used:  1yd Corduroy, 1yd pink satin, 1/2yd bottle green pleather, buckles, rivets, snaps, d-rings, and 10" zipper
Bag Pictures:  

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Who needs UO when you've got a sewing machine? on: April 16, 2006 10:44:56 AM
I'm in love with all the coppery-tweedy goodness!  Your colorway is far more sophisticated, with contrasting fabric textures, yum...and the bow....don't get me started!  I must say that I would love a short tutorial, just covering the basics...unless you go into production.... Wink
5  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: Portland Area wedding reception sites? on: April 15, 2006 06:34:07 PM
There is a dignified park/cemetary area in the historic West End of Portland.  It looks over the harbor, and has some handsome, rich looking colonial homes in the backdrop.  I used to live there and loved to walk/run in that area.  It's a place that you only go to if you live there/know someone that lives there, quiet and distinct.  Check it out if you have the time.  Also, there are some (read maybe, 3) tiny ancient churches in Cape Elizabeth...do some reasearch online...it's worth it...  If this is a destination wedding, also consider Peaks Island...no cars, just a ferry ride and an amazing arrival.
....also, this is completely out of the way, but Deer Isle is terrificly quaint, seafaring town....it's a wonderful winding drive up Maine's working coastline to the tiniest of island towns.
I hope this isn't an overload...believe me i've got more ideas...but feel free to ask if you'd like to hear more.
6  UNITED STATES / Maine / Re: So how many people here are from Maine? on: April 15, 2006 06:18:57 PM
RaeAmazon quote
Ayuh, ain't that the truth! Smiley  I can't imagine living somewhere with no beaches!  How do people in the Midwest do it?  I figure we have the perfect combination of ocean, lakes, mountains, woods, and other geographical features.  Plus we pretty much never have any disastrous weather.  I think New Englanders are God's chosen people. . .  Smiley

As for people talking about nothing to do-- well, the further No'th you go, the less there is!  Until you hit Canada of course.  But Southern Maine has all kinds of studd going on.  I think when you're a young person, you think the social scene MUST be better ANYWHERE ELSE.  But Portland has all kinds of stuff!  I mean, we have an art museum for cripes sake

RaeAmazon, I do believe we are on the same page...I lived in Portland for 2 years en route from Burlington, VT to MDI, Bar Harbor and it's Maine's Boston...  a bit of culture, a bit of edge, decent college population for boisterous progression, and the reality check of a working coastline.  Gritty's pub, the Bitter End...live music wherever anyone will listen...   The only thing we are missing is a subway.  If we get one, let's call it the "P!"
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: For The Love of Yarn - New free Online Mag on: April 08, 2006 05:26:10 AM
Check out the article on Freefom knit/crochet!  It's just so....crafster!  The pics of her fO's are enough to inspire anyone!  I'm dying to try...it's a stash buster if I ever saw one.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: headphone... sleeves?? on: April 05, 2006 08:08:30 PM
to get an image to post, you have to right click on the photo and select properties, highlight the address and copy, then paste the address between the img brackets
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Urban Outfitters Foldover Bag Copy *Tutorial on Page 3 on: April 05, 2006 06:51:48 PM
Ok Crafsters, here we go.  It's getting late and I'm crossing my fingers that this is a decent tutorial, please correct mistakes and/or ask questions. I'm available for help and I take harrasment well...so lets get going!

Get Out the Scissors

1) Measure and cut out pleather and liner to the above specified numbers and dimensions

Handle Top of Bag

2) *Take (2) pieces of pleather a. placing them right sides together, pin if necessary. Stitch around 3 sides, using a 1/2" seam allowance.  Bottom straight edge is left open. Clip tiny slits along semicircular cutout, not going beyond seam, to allow for curve. Turn a 1/2" hem up along bottom openings, seam around hem on both sides.  Turn piece right side out.  Repeat from * for remaining 2 pieces of a.

3) *Turn a 1/4" hem on all 4 sides of pleather b., raw edges to the wrong side. Repeat from * for 3 remaining pieces of b.

4) *Fold right sides together of pleather c. lengthwise. Seam along long edge, leaving ends open.  Be sure openings are large enough to just accommodate the size of your rope. Turn fabric tube right side out.  This can be time consuming, I used a chopstick to push the fabric through. Repeat from * for second piece of c.

5) *Thread 1 piece of rope d. through the above handle tube. Try using a bent wire hanger to hook onto rope and pull.  The rope should be centered within the tube, allowing for about 4" of tube on either end. Knot fabric at each end of the rope and cut excess pleather to the length of your liking. Repeat from * for second piece of rope d.

6) Assemble 2 sets of a./b./c./ as shown, pinning to secure. Mark pleather at snap position, lining up handles. Install snaps as directed on snap packaging.  
All 4 female ends of snaps on one handle/side, and 4 male snaps on other handle/side.

Outside Zippers and Their Pockets

7) Position 2 exterior zippers at a 'v' shaped diagonal on 1 piece of lining e. Secure with pins and stitch along each side of each zipper.  Open zipper and make a straight cut along zipper opening. Place pleather f. directly over (pleather side up) zippered e. and mark where zippers are to be. Set aside  Cut along mark and turn 1/4" of raw edge under by pinning.  Do this for both zipper openings. Place cut and turned f. carefully over e. so zippers fit into turned back openings. Pin in place and seam around zippers, attaching e. to f. and catching all turned under raw edges.

Cool Take second lining e. and placing it over zippered e. pin raw edges together.  Seam liner e. to liner e. avoiding the attached pleather f. Cut a straight line in the center of the attached e. liner pocket to allow for separate pockets to be made.(..if a single pocket is desired, don't cut!) Pin the newly cut edges of liner pockets e. and seam each pocket closed.  

Body of Bag
9) Pin pleather f.'s, right sides together.  Seam, starting from 1" down from top, along 3 sides, and stopping 1" from top on other side -leaving the 16" top open.  Zippers will be at the bottom 3/4 of the bag. Turn bag right side out.

Bag Lining
10) Take 1 piece of liner f. and add a pocket (if desired) then stitch 2 pieces of liner f., right sides together, on 3 sides as above, starting 1" from top and ending 1" from top on other side.

Put It All Together

11) Place inside out liner bag f. into zippered pleather bag bottom f. Fit raw edges of lined bag into hemmed handle opening as shown. Be sure to place the functioning side of the snap at the liner side of the bag. Pin the layers securely together, sewing over the bottom of handle hem stitch. Do this for each side of bag.

12) Mark rivet placement at either side of bag, approx 2" below seam where handle top attaches body of bag.  Install rivet as rivet instructions state, 1 rivet going through all 4 layers of fabric on either side of bag.

13) Fold pleather g. lengthwise, in half, right sides together.  Seam along long raw edge. Turn fabric tube inside out....still got those chopsticks? Pin seam in center, flat, as shown. Install rivets, as directed, along seam, 4" apart, the length of the strap. Seam both long sides, 1/4" seam allowance. Turn raw edges of strap under and seam. Place rivet at each end. Install large lobster claw, attaching it to strap through riveted ends. Attach strap to bag, hooking lobster claws through rivet openings in bag sides.


If just one person makes this, the time it took to make the tutorial will have been worth it.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Urban Outfitters Foldover Bag Copy on: April 05, 2006 03:46:00 PM
I wish I knew how to sew with vinyls and leathers!!
Oh, you can do this.  I wasn't sure myself and the salesperson at the store said that faux leathers and vinyls actually sew easily.  It was so true, the pleather I used has a great hand, soft and supple, and my machine took it like cotton sheeting....even when I threw 4 layers in there at a time!  Please give it a try.
Can you try the pics again, I can't see the tutorial either?
I did remove my earlier attempt at a tutorial post, my pictures went all shrinky dink on me?! So I'm typing up something a little more thorough than just a bunch of sketches and instructions.  I will post something tonight, promise.
I forgot, my idea for the long strap was to use lobster claws on both ends and put rivets in the sides of the bag at the fold. Then just clamp the lobster claws through the rivets. It would be quick and easy!
Thanks for the idea...I think that this would look even better than the UO version that apppears to have mini D-rings.  The rivets would give the fold a crisper look, I believe.  Excellent thought.  I'll add that to the tutorial!
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