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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Big bag with Laptop bit for uni on: February 10, 2012 03:17:34 AM
Hi all,

I'm trying to work out how to make something similar to the picture I've drawn (linked below). My laptop is 26x38cm and would be in a padded flappy bit at the back of the bag (if that makes sense, it is the dotted line thing in the picture), it weighs about 1.5kgs (if that). I'd need to get a small A4 binder into the bag, a small pencil case, water bottle and my wallet. The bit at the front would be pleated or gathered, I've never had much luck guessing that stuff myself.

Basic pattern shapes would be a great help, I simply cannot visualise it, I'm hoping some other lovely crafty person can. I'm guessing a seperate rectangle above the gathered bit at the front. I think I'd like the bottom to be rounded/curved, but am not sure what the base piece would be like/ if there is a base piece. I wouldn't bother gathering or pleating the back of the bag.


Any help is greatly appreciated!  Smiley
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: What timezone does Craftster run in? on: April 06, 2010 06:28:33 AM
Thank-you! I hope to enter, now to nick the pasta off my brother. Cheesy
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / What timezone does Craftster run in? on: April 06, 2010 06:10:43 AM

This may have been answered somewhere, I am not too sure, I searched but couldn't find anything. What timezone does Craftster run in? I am in GMT+10 and was interested in entering the latest Craftster challenge, but have only signed in today and spotted it..

Thanks in advance,
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Formal (Prom) Dress on: February 06, 2010 02:49:49 AM
You did a great job on the dress.  I love look of the back and the bow adds a nice little touch.  Great job!
I love love love the back!  INSPIRATION!

Thank-you both. Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Prom Dress! :) on: February 03, 2010 06:07:52 AM
Your dress is gorgeous, and I am sure you will be able to rewear it out to dinner and what-not. I love your lace-y arm detail with the little pink rose.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Formal (Prom) Dress on: February 03, 2010 06:04:08 AM
I love the back, with the crystals... Also, love your new bangs are very cute  Grin

Thank-you.  Cheesy I also love my new bangs, I think they look a heap better.

I love the back, with that string of bling. Also, that color is gorgeous on you!

Thank-you, it is funny after taking almost six months to pick a colour I went back to red, which was my original choice before someone suggested pink, then yellow, then I went through the rainbow, lol.

That's funny (in a good way) ! My prom was on November 20th and I made my dress too!

I really like the colour, and the beads on the back was a nice touch. Looks great on you and I bet you got a lot of compliments Smiley

Haha, that is aye! Thank-you. Actually, the only comment I got was from someone's relative (I have no idea who's) about how lovely my back looked in my dress...  Undecided. But my family liked it in the end, so I guess that's all that really matters.

Thank-you again everybody.  Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Formal (Prom) Dress on: February 02, 2010 06:24:17 AM
It has taken me a while to get around to posting this, but anyway. This is the dress I made for my high school formal that was held at a local hotel on the 19th of November last year. It is (very) loosely based on Vogue 8360. I made the scoop in the back a lot deeper and added a little sparkle (Diamantes and Red and clear Swarovski crystals). I was forced to add the bow after the last red zip that was available in my town broke on me, I ended up using buttons as a replacement. There was some kind of problem with a supplier and there were no zips anywhere... I also altered the bodice so it fit my bust better.

It took me about 12 hours in total, and was finished about an hour before the actual formal (I know I left it late..).

All up the dress cost me around $AU60 (including pattern, love sales), the sparkles $AU40.

This was on the night. Please excuse how horrid I look, I was real stressed after a 20 minute nail appointment lasted 2 hours.. I was late for everything including my formal Sad.




Close-up of back.

Close up of bodice, kind-of.

Any comments or criticism are welcome.

8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cabaret Belly Dance Belt: Help? on: June 13, 2009 05:04:51 PM
You're most welcome. Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cabaret Belly Dance Belt: Help? on: June 13, 2009 06:19:58 AM
As a past belly dancer (sniff, had to give it up do to an injury Sad..) I used to use Buckram and sew my covering fabric over it. Depending on my costume, various layers of stuff was used. Usually I would use one layer of Buckram and depending on the fabric chosen to cover it, sometimes a layer of thin wadding kind of stuff. If my belt was to be heavily beaded or my covering fabric was heavy I would increase my layers of Buckram, usually two was fine.

I shoulda prob said this earlier, I am not sure if they sell Buckram or a Buckram style fabric where you are. Buckram is simply a cotton or linen stiffed with a 'soaking' product to fill in the gaps between fibres and stiffen the fabric. I think the soaking stuff it a starch-y kinda thing.

I hope that helps.

10  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Calling All Townsville, North Queensland Craftsters! on: June 13, 2009 05:42:52 AM
I am a Townsvillian!
I just haven't been on for a while.. too busy crafting..
I would be interested, but being 17 and still in schools means I wouldn't always make it..
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