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11  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / See & Sew B4583 Messenger Bag on: February 08, 2007 10:06:07 PM
I just made this bag for a friend of mine.  It was supposed to be a birthday present, but her birthday was about 2 weeks ago.  Well, better late than never!  
I am so excited with how it turned out!  Here are the pictures:

The pattern only has the 2 pockets on the inside of the bag, but my friend needed some more.  I used the pattern for the shaped pocket from the inside to make the side pockets (which I elasticized at the top).  Then to make the row of pockets on the front I cut a strip of fabric about 30" wide and started sewing what I liked.  All of the pockets are lined so they look prettier on the inside.  I also added to clear vinyl pockets for bus pass or whatever.  Finally, I added a zipper since she doesn't want her stuff escaping.

She was especially easy to shop with since she knew it had to be sturdy black outside with an orange lining.  So the outside is nylon and the inside is cotton.  

Thanks for looking!  I am still in awe over it since I haven't really improvised before and only have made a couple of bags.  YAY!
12  Washington / Washington: Northeast / Hope you didn't blow away! on: December 18, 2006 10:05:37 PM
I hope everyone survived that blast!  I am in Cashmere (near Leavenworth and Wenatchee) and we got loads of snow on Thursday and 135mph winds at the top of Mission Ridge. 
Results?  I watched 3 episodes of project runway (somehow my power never went out) and made considerable progress on a scarf.  Unfortunately I had to go back to work Friday morning. 
I understand that some of you Westsiders were without power for several days - any afghans to speak of?  That would have been my first order of business after making sure my house had no trees on/in it!

Hope all are safe and sound!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Scarf for a Grandpa on: November 27, 2006 07:58:45 PM
I decided to knit a scarf for my grandpa for x-mas.  I'm pretty sure he would like it, but I can't decide on a design.

What do you guys think: cables or chevrons?

I'm using worsted weight lion brand wool in a kind of cadet or maybe denim blue.
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride vs. Cascade 220 on: October 20, 2006 10:58:43 AM
Anyone have the Interweave Knits Holiday 06 issue?  My boss bought it for me cause it has knitted/felted pears on the cover and I think she wants me to make them for her.  They're really cute... I just keep imagining snuggling up in bed w/ a stuffed pear.  She thinks they're really nice table decor, though.

This leads me to my question:  The pears call for Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, but I can't seem to find that anywhere around here.  Think I could sub Cascade 220?  I am finally able to get that at our local craft store and I really like it, but if Lamb's Pride is much better, then maybe I should consider splurging online.

Hope you can help!  Thanks!
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Who doesn't want a paisley cake? on: October 01, 2006 09:13:10 PM
I made this bag for my friend that loves cake.  The inspiration is a bag that she has w/ birds on wires all over it, but I don't have pics of that.

To make this I quilted the lining to the soft side of fusible interfacing then fused the whole thing to the main fabric.  I made my own binding out of the lining material and I'm interested to see how long it holds up as it is all regular old cotton.

Here are the pics:



an attempt at showing the quilting

in action (I know it's got no pockets, but this is the prototype and more will come as I like my methodology!)

Along with having no pockets, it has no closure.  As I said, this is the prototype and more will come with more features Smiley  I also intend to improve on my fabric selection so I don't have to worry about it falling apart with use.  I think the straps are 24" from one end to the other which is a bit long, I think - so that's another improvement for next time.

Thanks for looking!
16  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / V8081 is great! on: September 29, 2006 11:49:42 PM
I just posted in the completed clothing category, but thought a quick post here would be reasonable too.  This pattern is GREAT!!  Quick and easy, that's all there is too it!  It was very easy to adjust it if it didn't fit somewhere and only took a couple of hours to sew up.

I made the yellow one - View A.

Here is the original post

And here is the pattern

I didn't make mine yellow (yellow and I are a horrible pair), so I made it out of this brocade that JoAnn's carries.  It's a weird gold weave w/ red on the back... very hard to describe, you'll have to go check it out.  It's nice and easy to work w/, though, if you are ok w/ polyester.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vogue 8081 rocks my face on: September 29, 2006 06:45:05 PM
I think of all the patterns I've ever used this has been the easiest!  I love how it turned out.  I'm going to put some snaps inside to snap a bra in cause othewise it looks pretty scary on me, but otherwise it's ready to go!
All in all, I think it took less than 4 hours to sew up.  


18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Vogue 2920 Donna Karen Suit on: September 21, 2006 11:00:29 AM
So, after looking at the pattern several times online, I fell in love with it.  I'm pretty sure I can't live without it and I'm pretty sure it's going to be quite complicated. 

Has anyone attempted it?  I'm going to mock it up in something just to make sure it fits ok (being as it has fitted pants and a very bizare jacket).

Here' the suit: or click here

I'd like to make it out of some stretch black-on-black strip polyester suiting I found at JoAnn's, but am open to other suggestions.

19  Washington / Washington: Northeast / Wenatchee/Central Washington on: August 18, 2006 07:48:52 PM
Oh, please tell me there are craftsters here!  Woe is me, if there are none. 

If there is anyone out there, would you be interested in a crafting evening?  I have a tiny apt in Cashmere, but would love to invite fellow craftsters over or we could always meet somewhere... if you exist.  And oh, I hope you do!
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Whipped Cream revelation! on: July 13, 2006 09:21:53 PM
There is no whipped cream in the house where I am staying and I really wanted some on my Jell-o.  So, I stirred some brown sugar into sour cream.  It's delicious!  I would have used granulated sugar, but there is also none of that here.  I'm not sure how this lady eats as her kitchen is stocked in a way that makes no sense to me.

Anyway, sour cream + brown sugar = AWESOME

I think it would be best cold, but it was good enough for me.
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