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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vinyl bowling bag: the bag that nearly did me in (chatty, 4 pics) on: June 21, 2006 08:52:06 PM
so this was a bag of "firsts" for me:  first zipper, first time using piping, first time really using vinyl. (I made this wallet: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740949.0 last weekusing the same vinyl, but didn't even turn it inside out, hence it doesn't truly count, as I discovered).  I'll admit that it was a little ambitious, but I wouldn't have admitted that when I started it Wink

I used Ainadaliel's tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15938.0.

I began with the side panels, after drawing out several designs and choosing two I thought would look cool when the bag was empty and you held it up to the light -- I'm a sucker for that sort of thing.  I decided to avoid lining it, since I figured that would be more trouble than it was worth.  I wanted to add pockets, but decided against it.

After cutting out all the pieces, and sewing on the front and back images, I began the installation of the zipper, as per the tutorial.  Actually it didn't go so badly -- my zipper foot is a pain in the ass (I've got to get a better one), but we managed.  The topstitching was abysmal though, hence the black grosgrain ribbon, cleverly disguising my horrendous stitches.

Then I prepared the handles, piping, bag base and side panels, and sewed the gusset to the first side.  The piping was a nightmare -- slippery vinyl and my craptastic zipper foot apparently don't get along well.
That was the easy part.

Thank god Ainadaliel took such care to mention that you must leave the zipper open before sewing on the second panel --  dodged a bullet there.

Sewing on the second panel to the gusset and base was AWFUL.  It absolutely did not want to fit through my machine, but  I pushed and pulled and forced it in there anyway.  Sigh.  The stitching is terribly messy (due to the entire thing slipping out from under the zipper foot) the thread got tangled inside the machine a few times, the multi-layered vinyl was too much for the old girl in places, and at one point the bobbin thread simply refused to cooperate.  I invented about 6 new swears. 

Eventually I got sick of trying to force in the corners, and hand sewed them -- ouch.
But I thought the worst was over.  Nope: the stupid bag took a full half hour to turn out.  Vinyl is truly amazing: it can be slippery as an eel coated in oil one moment, and then be as sticky as an eel coated in crazy glue the next. I managed to coax the bag inside out a millimetre at a time through the 7-inch zipper (it was all I had at the time, and naively I figured it would be fine).  Getting the base through was so difficult it will haunt my dreams.

But it worked!  And then I got to see how lopsided, uneven and messy my handiwork was...sigh.  But anyway it was a hell of a learning experience and I will use this thing until it falls apart, even if it's just out of spite.  Thanks for reading, if you've come this far, and I hope you like it.



zipper, inside:

22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / vinyl star wars rebel alliance wallet (4 pics) on: June 13, 2006 07:17:01 PM
I made this wallet following hdoglovesyou's great wallet tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=20925.msg169617#msg169617

But I added a snap closure rather than velcro.

My boyfriend is a Star Wars geek (the original trilogy only, pretty much), and his birthday is coming up, so I made this awesome wallet out of red and black vinyl for him.  He needed a wallet 'cause he throws all his cards, keys and money in his (rather large, pocketless) bag and can never find anything. Wink  

I didn't finish the edges or turn the main fabric and lining inside out because I wasn't sure my old machine could handle sewing through that many layers of vinyl -- but I don't think the edges look too bad, so whatev.  

I cut the rebel alliance logo out of the black vinyl (the "main fabric") and stitched around it to ensure it stayed in place.  The stitching around the logo isn't so great, but I'm happy with it anyway.  And I'm sure he'll like it!

(it's not as scuffy as it looks -- the flash always accentuates that stuff, and it's nighttime, so I couldn't get any good naturally lit photos -- sorry about that!)




inside, where the money goes -- the coolest part is that the red vinyl is translucent, so light comes through in a really cool way where the logo was cut out of the black!

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / pinstriped tie-back strapless top recon'd from long-sleeved shirt on: May 09, 2006 05:25:54 PM
I'm pretty happy with this one.  It's not perfect; the back doesn't sit quite right in the cut-out area (parts sort of stick out), and the sides are slightly bunchy (even when you smooth it out, as I apparently forgot to do before taking pics Wink ), but I really like the shape of this top!

I started with a longsleeved pinstriped XL shirt my sister gave me:

and the desire to make this shirt (pic from ebay):

I started by cutting off the collar and around the arms down the back, cutting straight across just under the armpits (so I removed the top half of the back of the shirt).  I took out the seam down the middle of the back of the shirt and resewed a fitted one.   Then I cut off the cuffs and one side of the sleeves, and hemmed those -- the sleeves were pretty much retained as is for the tie-back part.

I wanted to post a tutorial for this, but I did so much fitting and hacky sewing to reduce the bunchiness after I'd finished the main cuts (as above) that it seemed kind of pointless, not to mention hard to describe.  I think you'll have to wing that on your own, if you're going to try this recon (which I do recommend -- it was fun!).  My guess is, if you're better at darts than me, you should have no problem.

Anyway enough stalling.  front:



(the back doesn't look as bunchy as that, really, but my camera ran out of batteries so this was the only shot I could get!)

oh!  I recon'd the skirt, too!  But it's boring, comparatively.  Smiley

thanks for looking!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / b/w striped top and lacey long tank top (lots o' pics, plus a tutorial) on: May 05, 2006 01:58:45 PM
So I guess I'm now addicted to sewing, which is terrible, because I have so much work to do Wink

Anyway here are two tops I made this week.  The first one is made from dark pink tshirt fabric and some black lace from value village.  Although it's not an original design by any means, it was one of the first times I've ever figured out a pattern instead of just tracing an existing tank top.  It turned out pretty well, but the straps are too long -- if I'm doing anything but standing, they slip off my shoulders.  Easy to fix, anyway!




I like long tank tops. And I really liked this shirt (I can't remember where I got this picture from... ebay, maybe?):
(I wanted to make my shirt this long, but I didn't have enough fabric)

So using some cheap black and white striped fabric from the salvation army, I made this:




I'm really proud of the seams -- I somehow managed to line up the stripes mostly!  here's a close up:

link to tutorial:

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / onigiri pincushion on: May 05, 2006 01:47:47 PM
this was just a quick little project -- I didn't have a pincushion (I can't believe it either) and finally got tired of losing needles all the time!  I got inspired by the other many sushi-related crafts around here and decided to make this crazily easy pincushion.  yay! 


front/back (not surprisingly, they look the same):
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / ruffled black asymmetrical pillowcase skirt on: April 25, 2006 11:26:37 AM
I made this yesterday, in about 5 minutes.  I found a black, somewhat shiny ruffled pillowcase at Value Village, folded it in half lengthwise at an angle, sewed along that fold, then attached a hook and eye type closure, and voila!  I just need to iron it.

It's a little risque unless it's worn over pants! Wink
What do you think?

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / tank top with cherry-blossom-ish "embroidery"! (5 pics) on: April 21, 2006 12:33:25 PM

this is my first (crafty) post here; I've only been lurking for about a month. I'm so happy I found craftster -- you guys all rock.  Of course that makes it really daunting to post, since everyone is making such amazing things... but anyway, I made this tank top a week ago, after being inspired by this board to start doing something crafty again, and I thought I'd post it to see what you guys think.

(some warnings)
My sewing skills are not very good -- the neckline is a little off-center (is it obvious?) and the side seams are kind of iffy.
I traced another tank top to get this pattern, and I couldn't figure out how to finish the edges properly, so I just left them ragged.

My embroidery skills are so non-existant -- I just used regular thread, my stitches are terribly uneven, and the whole project was generally an experiment, so I'm not sure you can really call this embroidery.  Wink
The pattern extends from the front to the back -- the last picture shows the whole thing, and you can see it crosses one side's seam.

thanks for looking!
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