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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / My Dad was a knitter! on: September 17, 2004 09:17:30 AM
OK so it's not me, and even though I have plenty of tales of stuff I've done badly, I had to share this!

So yes, my dad was a knitter, unfortunatly not a fast one! He started to knit me a top when I was 3. Knowing he was slow he made it extra big, but he wasn't using a pattern anyway, he just winged it. He finished it by the time I was 6! Now thats slow, and he hadn't compensated for *quite* that long, so it was far too small. Shame because I can still remember it now and it was very sweet.

He also used to make dolls clothes for my Sindy's (a Brit doll a bit like Barbie...well the last time I saw one it has changed so much it might as well *be* Barbie). He made skirts and tops and jackets, but one of the oddest was a one shouldered top and it would baffle my friends, they had now idea what it was! They'd put it on the doll in all sorts of ways trying to work it out, mostly they ended up putting it on as a pair of wonky knickers! My poor dad.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tutorial: Suit jacket Bag with tie strap on: June 25, 2004 08:06:36 AM
I can only apologise for the quality of the pics, I'm not sure why they came out sooo bad, I had to lighten then up a lot!

1 Cut out a pattern approx 10" by 10" and make the bottom 2 corners curved.

2 Get a suit jacket and place the pattern over the pocket on the front and position so the pocket flap is roughly half way. Pin in place and cut around through both the front and lining. Bonus is you might get a ready made lining pocket in there too!

3 Place the pattern on the back of the jacket centrally over the mid seam. Cut out both fabrics again.

4 Cut approx 1/2" under the collar (or however much seam allowance you use when sewing), starting from the bottom of where it folds up to the shoulder and just past, then cut up through the collar and off. Place over the main front of the bag and decide on where you want the collar to sit (the part were it has two points works best when it's placed closer to one side) and trim off the excess.

5 Seperate out all the pieces and remove all the excess interfacing, it may need a bit of tugging and snipping depended on how well it's made!

6 As a Jacket is a very structured thing I like to interface both the main fabric and the lining, you might need to do a bit of a cut and piece together job on the front piece with the pocket, so you don't just put the interfacing right over the top of the pocket lining, but it won't be seen, out of sight out of mind huh! Wink

7 So you should have these parts so far.


8 If you need to, pin the collar to the top of the front of the bag (I tend to work without pins but I have this time )


9 Stitch around the sides and bottom . Trim the seam allowance fairly close to the stitching as other wise it gets a bit bluky! Pull through to the right side and check the collar is on the right way (easily mixed up, I speak from experience Wink)

10 Place the right sides of the lining together and sew sides and bottom, leaving a gap of approx 3" for pulling through.

11 Put the main bag inside the lining and Pin in the short end of the tie...here's were it gets hard to explain! It depends partly what side most of the collar is on. I have it on the right hand side as we look at it, so I have the tie in on that side on the back. It needs to go with the right side facing away from the main bag or you could put it right on the very side of the bag, in which case you want it facing the main bag (I didn't do it like that though as the collar was making it too bulky to get a nice clean line of stitching). So if you do it my way, what you should see if you lay it down, is the thin end of the tie sticking out with the back facing you. *phew* I hope that makes sense!


12 Sticth all around the top of the bag and pull through the hole (you should have remembered Wink) to leave in the lining. You'll most likely need to press the bag lining down now and then probably need to do a line of stitching to keep it flat and tidy. Place on a table to get the next bit of placing the handle on...eek! lmao

13 Now, it should be kind of obvious how the handle goes, but probably won't be! If you have trouble ask and I'll try and explian. Hopefully you can tell from the pic below. Pin on so it's slightly over lapping the side and fairly low so that you should be stitching through all layers of the tie and not just the front as this will make it stretch out of shape when carrying.


14 Sew on with a rectangle of stitching with a diagonal line across. I've done it in white so it's clear...I didn't get it quite as straight as I would have liked at all, I'll prolly unpick it later and do it again.


15 Cover with a nice big badge! I made one with the bits of the financial times pics I found online (a British newspaper, thats about financial stuff funnily enough!) and then one with the london underground map, it's the  image of an 80's yuppie on the underground reading his newspaper all sliced up that I giggle at! I'm evil!

Here's one I made earlier as modeled by my faithful mannequin Muriel (as named by my brother) she's my only friend Wink


I also made one with a stencil of a huge late 80's mobile phone on it that I'm sort of pleased with, gives it a punky edge, kinda anyway lmao

3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / badge makers in England! on: June 06, 2004 06:14:28 PM
You could have knocked me over with a feather when I found this just now!

4  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Chain supplies? on: May 21, 2004 06:57:38 AM
Has anyone found anywhere good to get chain for jewellery from over here or on line, I've drawn almost a compleat blank apart from B&Q!
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Mug shot wrist cuffs! on: May 10, 2004 06:09:50 PM
Posting stuff I've made for the first time is so nerve wracking! But here's some cuffs I've made, I'm wanting to sell them I hope I'm just not sure about any issues with copyright etc on the images. Other wise I have ideas for other definatly not copyrighted images to use. so here's my picture


and some others I made at the same time,


it's taken me ages to get the nerve up to do this, but I'm blooming well going to have to get used to it if I ever want to sell anything!
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