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1  big bold & bright bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: June 01, 2008 03:50:18 PM
It's been a reaally long time since I posted any projects here. It's also been a really long time since I've had the time to come up with and sew a new design. Three cheers for not taking summer classes! And throw in a fourth cheer for this new bag I just finished moments ago.

I'm pretty tickled with how it turned out, it was a labor of love. At first it had green straps where the d-ring tabs are , but they were too short and wide, and I thought it was too much green, so I tried this d-ring treatment, which was a first for me. I'm not sure how I like the contrast of width between the d-rings and the strap, but I do like the color contrast. I thought about putting a tab closure or some buttons on the front, but I think with the bright colors and the busy print, there's enough going on there as-is.

It's got a small patch pocket inside for a cell phone and a magnetic snap. The printed fabric is the excess from shortening a vintage dress, the green wooly stuff was part of the stash I inherited from my SIL's MIL (no, that's not my mom  Grin ), and the strap fabric is from the remnant bin at JoAnn's. I think the d-rings are from a thrifted crafty grab bag, but I can't remember for sure.

I'd love any feedback I can get. I like the bag, but it took me a whole day (and then some as I ran out of blue thread after biz hours). I tend to reinvent the wheel every time I make a new bag, a habit which doesn't lend itself much to productivity or good time management! I'm trying to break the habit - is this one good enough for a repeat performance? TIA!
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2  polka dot diaper bag w/laminated lining in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: August 14, 2007 04:40:36 PM
My sister commissioned me to make her girlfriend a diaper bag. One of her requests was a wipeable lining. I found this iron-on vinyl at JoAnn's, and it worked pretty well. Of course, this added a big chunk of time to the project, and was pretty much a pain. I had a couple of iron-on-the-vinyl incidents, and the stuff gets pretty crinkly and wrinkly, so you have to iron it with paper over it (without touching the vinyl, in theory).

I gave her elastic-topped pockets across one side of the lining, and a zipper pocket and key fob on the other side. There are two pockets on the outside that I tried to match, pattern-wise. The polka dot fabric was the skirt part of a 70's maxi dress. it's got a diamond pattern in the weave, you can see it in the last pic.

(There was a big glare so I adjusted the contrast - the floor doesn't really look like it's on fire!)

Thanks for looking!
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3  two new wristlets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: June 28, 2007 07:26:59 AM
Here's a couple of wristlets I made recently. When I get all bent out of shape trying to make a new pattern design or technique work (which is, like, every time), I like to make a couple of these to reassure myself that I'm not a complete #@$@# up. Here are the latest!

I named this one Helen, because it was made out of a dress that was SO very Mrs. Roper from Three's Company (I had to look her up on IMDB because I didn't know her first name - turns out it was Helen!)

This one was made from vintage polka dot fabric from the thrift and a little girl's floral dress. Oh, and some vintage trim. I also made a cuff bracelet with these fabrics, which is posted here

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4  Re: wheelchair purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: June 25, 2007 03:35:03 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies! Unfortunately, my flap-related concerns were right on the money - it's too difficult for her to keep it open, so we flipped the flap (flip flapped?) open and tucked it behind the bag so it's always easily accessible. Back to the drawing board! V2 will have no flap and shorter velcro straps. Also, it's a little too long and touches the wheel, which isn't a huge deal, but I'm sure it will get dirty in that spot pretty quickly.

Grandma loved it none the less - here she is sporting it with pride. Plus one cutie pie hubby for good measure.

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5  polka dots & daisies cuff bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: June 24, 2007 10:44:47 AM
Hi all! This is my first post in this forum and one of my first cuff bracelets (I like to call 'em wristicuffs, kinda like fisticuffs but more hilarious).

I made it from all vintage stuff, except the button and the interfacing - even the thread! The red floral fabric came from a thrifted little girl's dress, and the polka dot fabric also came from the thrift. The rick rack & button are from my stash. There's a snap hidden (kinda) under the button.

These are a new endeavor for me - constructive criticism much appreciated! And gushing compliments don't hurt either  Wink

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6  wheelchair purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: June 24, 2007 09:01:03 AM
My hubby's grandma recently broke her hip and is now in a wheelchair, and she misses the basket she used on her walker to hold her keys, etc. My SIL called me and asked if I could make a simple bag to hang on the arm of grandma's wheelchair. I decided that grandma would like a purse for her chair rather than a simple bag.

This is what I came up with - It's got a flap closure with a zipper pocket in the flap. I used the chunkiest zipper I could find, but I'm still going to add some kind of tab/pull so she can use it easily (she's got arthritis, so I was worried a zipper would be tough). There is also a large pocket across the back of the lining, which I separated into three sections. There are velcro straps to go around the arm of the chair.

I'll be giving it to her today. I'm worried that the large flap might be hard to keep open when she needs to get into the purse, we'll see!



Hanging from my dining room chair (it doesn't really hang right because it's empty):

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7  Re: Headbands or Hair Bands? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: May 16, 2007 09:55:59 AM
i'm totally gonna make some of these for myself! the main change i'm gonna make, though, is i'm gonna use a velvety material for the inside, cause that keeps the headband from slipping back (i had one like that in high school). plus, then, you can reverse it to pretty velvet for a special evening out!

I have the same problem - my hair is stick straight, fine, and really "slippery," for lack of a better word, so headbands eventually slide off the back of my head (this is NOT a good look, trust me).

Here's a tip I learned from a friend in high school who did this to keep his kippah on securely - stitch in some velcro! Make sure to use the rougher "hook" side, not the softer "loop" side. The hooks grab the hair nicely and keep everything in place. Here's one of mine:

It's got a piece of velcro sewn in near each temple. Just make sure to have it around your neck before you brush your hair, then slide it back.

I will be switching to ponytail elastics!
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8  manly apron with neckties in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: May 16, 2007 09:01:16 AM
My hubby refinishes furniture, so for his birthday he asked for a smock. Since the only smock patterns I had included bust darts, I opted to go for an apron instead. While I was cutting out the denim, it hit me that it would be kinda clever to use neckties for the apron ties, and I happened to have three matching mint-condition vintage ties I recently picked up at an estate sale. He loved it!

He doesn't usually dress in 100% coordinated blue and white Adidas, I just caught him as he was about to go for a run.

I used a silver tie for the neck strap, then cut off the fat end of the same tie and opened up the seam to use for the upper pocket. (I left the "made in Italy" tag on, I thought it was kinda fun) This left me with the middle section of the tie, which I didn't want to go to waste, so I incorporated in into the lower pocket.

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9  2 half-round cutout handle purses in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stephielou on: May 16, 2007 08:44:51 AM
Hi all! School is finally done for now - I have a whole week and a half between Spring and Summer sessions and I plan to spend the whole time in my craft abyss (AKA studio)

Here are a couple of recent projects. This first one was in my  gallery show a couple weekends ago, and my mom tried to buy it. Of course, I would NOT sell it to her. I gave it to her for mothers day and she was thrilled. The outer fabric was a thrifted vintage dress and the lining fabric came from the remnants bin at JoAnn's.

Here's one that I finished yesterday. It was a labor of love (read: pain in the ass), and it didn't come out quite as I had imagined, but close. Overall I'm pretty satisfied with it. I tried to shape it by cutting the seams where the black fabric meets the cream fabric like darts, but I definitely need more practice because it still came out kinda flat. The main fabric for this was a 1950's tablecloth that had all these lamp posts on it (?) and lots of flowers, so I used the flowers and left out the weird lamps. The black fabric here was thrifted, as was the tablecloth.

I'm really digging these semicircular handles and plan to keep making them until I find a style that I really like. And then I'll mess with it some more because that's just the kind of sadist I am.
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10  Re: The dress that keeps on giving [one more added 4/6] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stephielou on: April 06, 2007 03:38:14 PM
Last one! All that's left now are scraps, but of course I'll probably use those too!

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