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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help:Suitable first shirt for a newbie on: February 17, 2007 07:15:33 AM
I've just started sewing late last year but I'm already hooked. I've been making bags and pillowcases but really, I'm dying to start on making tops for myself.

The problem is that I'm not sure on how to start - should I get a pattern (but I'm afraid it will be too hard for me) or try the easy and 'accesible' ones? I've contemplated on buying a pattern book but am just unsure about my ability to follow the instructions.

 for those of you who started out like me (self-taught) but have evolved into making clothes for yourselves, what would your advices and suggestions be? Is there a simple top/shirt that I could try to make before I cash in on some patterns?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Paisley and Sari Purses + bags (img heavy) on: February 09, 2007 01:29:39 AM
I started to learn how to operate my mom's old fashioned sewing machine last December, and after I got my stitches straight and neat, I started to go crazy with making bags.

 All of the bags are made with tips and instructions from various tutorials around here, so I owe Craftster a great big deal.

 (First time posting a topic and totally a beginner in making bags, but I appreciate constructive criticisms Smiley

This is the first bag I made. My mom got the fabric in the late 80's when she was at some fabric sale and has kept it until I saw it. I totally love this. I call this bag the Disco bag.

This is a bag I made for my sister. It is also the first time I tried the flat bottom thing.

A bag I made for my friend. I used the same flat bottomed tutorial but I added some patterned fabric.

These two are purses I made for my friends. It was the first time I tried interfacing and uszing zippers. I don't have a zipper foot though, but I didn't know the difference when you have one, so I couldn't really say. but I struggled a little bit.

I botched the second purse - the fabric is a sari material and it was quite slippery and when I was cutting it I stretched it so that it came out crooked and weird. That explains the weird shape Sad

Also a bag for a friend. She likes green and always have her cellphone and keys all over so I added a pocket on the front side using the lining fabric. The bag is square bottomed and reversible, but I kinda botched the lining's side seam, so I prefer to make it only one side haha!

Finally, a simple drawstring bag I made for myself. I used leftover ribbons as straps.

Thanks for taking the time to look everyone Smiley I only hope the next time I'll get even better with making these bags hehe.
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