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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / turquoise metallic hobo slouchy on: July 06, 2005 07:27:21 PM
i've posted this in my tutorial but i thought i'd post again for others to get a chance to see. i had a little trouble with this fabric. anyone have any advice on making it easier on your machine...as far as getting it through without it staying put in the machine. also..any ideas on how to make the zipper lay flat better? the zipper kind of ripples right now.. anyway.. thanks for looking!

here's the link to the tute:
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tutorial: slouchy hobo bag (the tinafish way) on: May 15, 2005 09:58:50 PM
okay...so many of you have asked for a tutorial for this purse and i FINALLY have one!! let me warn you though, this is my first full fledged tutorial with instructions and all. i did the best i could, but it's a very detailed bag. i took as many pictures as possible so hopefully that will help. here's the link to the other hobo slouchy purses i made..


anyway on with the show....

you will cut 2 of these for the interior and 2 for the exterior

here are all the pieces. the ones on the far left are key...they will be attached to the zipper and you will start with those.
you then have the body of the purse (interior and exterior) and then you have 2 pieces (at the bottom of the photo) to create the strap for your shoulder.

you will sandwich the zipper between one zipper piece of each the interior and exterior. make sure the top of the zipper (outside face) faces the good side of the exterior fabric.. you may want to unzip the zipper to make this process easier. oh and cut the zipper to the length that you want for the opening. make sure to sew at the end of where you cut so that if you accidentally unzip it all the way..you don't waste an entirely good zipper...this has happened to me... the shorter the zipper the smaller and scrunch-ier the purse.. my zipper is about 12".

this is what it will look like once you finish both sides and both interior and exterior. this picture shows only the interior side.

then take one of the interior body pieces and pin in place with pleats. i start from the middle of each piece (zipper piece and interior body) and pin them to keep them centered...then i pleat and pin..space them accordingly so that once you reach the end where it curves that it will line up with the end of your zipper piece. which by the way...the zipper piece should be just a tad longer on either side of the length of your zipper.

do this to both interior body sides.

now you want to put the good sides of the interior body pieces together and sew them...like so.

make sure you leave a space..this is where you will turn your purse inside out at the end.

now you will do the same to the exterior fabric. pin and pleat and sew.

open it up and face the good sides of the exterior together and sew..this time don't leave a space like the interior pieces. unzip the purse more than half way so it's easier to turn inside out.

now where you left the space...turn the entire purse inside out.

and this is what you get when you turn your purse exterior side outside. you will have holes on either side of the purse unfinished for your strap.

put one side of your strap in the hole and turn this portion of the purse inside out so you can sew it easier. 

and basically wrap your purse around the strap and sew. make sure the zipper ends are lined up and close to eachother.

...... and TA-DA!!!  Smiley

thanks for looking. looking forward to seeing yours!


here's my new one.

the request was for it to be silver and yellow...so this is what i came up with...

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / round bottom shoulder purse on: May 11, 2005 10:25:03 AM
i made up this pattern to my liking and put my sewing machine to work. Smiley  it is a good size to hang on your shoulder. i used some cord...again....and a pillowcase i bought from goodwill. the pillowcase makes up the lining, along with the lace stripes on the front, some scraps on the strap, and the flower thing i just plopped on to the closure tab. thanks for looking!

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / brown vintage-y ribbon & lace clutch-wrist purse on: April 05, 2005 03:43:51 PM
okay here's the latest of my sew as you go purses. just made up the pattern and form myself...although there's not much to it. added a few embellishments.....actually i think i went a little embellishment crazy. i'll tone it down a little on my next one. really easy to make and took me like 2 hours. it has a little pocket inside too! and the lace hanging loops around the birdy button to close it. it's also got a lace/corduroy handle for your wrist. i'm a corduroy junky...can ya tell from all my purses?? haha.

25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / pinky pink hobo-slouchy bag on: April 03, 2005 04:38:09 PM
okay, here's my latest. it took some tweaking since my last one, but this one turned out great. i've got it down now! the bag actually has lining this time and the handle is a whole lot better than my first try. i used magenta corduroy and a vintage sheet for the lining. there is an electric blue zipper and then pink applique. the pink applique was just a design as you go idea. it's just sliced up fabric that i just dropped on to the fabric and applied it the way it fell. hope you all like it! thanks for looking!

here's my old one no lining (first one)

here's my second one (with lining but skinny handle and a little too big for my liiking) this one's up for sale in the classifieds if you're interested

my latest and greatest!!

close up of the applique and some extra stitching swirls

26  UNITED STATES / Arizona / my wedding dress on: March 28, 2005 02:23:43 PM
for those of you craftsters in az....here's the topic on my wedding dress. sorry i haven't seen you all in ages! hope to meet up in april!!

27  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / my wedding dress for vegas! on: March 25, 2005 10:06:16 AM
i'm so excited i can't even contain myself. i have to share a little portion of my wedding dress. i will be adding more pictures after the wedding but here's a sneak peek of a couple portions of my dress. i had an amazing designer/friend in town design it for me. she was wonderful to work with and we had a blast. it was great to bounce ideas off of eachother. i would have taken it upon myself to make my dress, but i didnt trust myself enough. anyway, she did a beautiful job and i'm just thrilled! my wedding will be in vegas at the treasure island hotel and it is just the perfect hue and style for it!! very vintage with pearls and off whites and creams!!  i can't wait to party all night wearing it.

front of top:

layers in back...in progress:

trying it on one last time... (notice how i'm in a wedding dress store? haha. couldn't try it on at home with my husband there!! Smiley):

my ringbearer and flowergirl (i made her dress, her basket, and his pillow):

my sister, me, and my mom before walking down the aisle:

view of back:

view of front:

our cheesy portrait:

our rings:

my dad walking me down:

if any of you are interested in her work here's her site. her name is angela johnson and she's the most wonderful person ever! just absolutely amazing... Smiley

28  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / flower girl dress on: February 16, 2005 12:46:31 PM
i'm thinking about making a dress for my flower girl. does anyone have good sites for simple summer-y type dress patterns that can be made into flower girl dresses. or flower girl dresses that aren't too over the top. i kind of want her to look her age (she's 10)  but at the same time i dont want it too showy...if you know what i mean. i also dont want to cover her in bows and stuff either. anyway, any advice or tips is appreciated. thanks!

okay... let's do this again. i ended up finding a really simple empress style dress pattern at joann's. i think it was mccalls. i altered the bottom and added an extra layer. i used two different types of fabrics also..and then i added a ribbon to the chest part and it ties to the back (not shown in the pics). i'm quite pleased with it. it was my first time making any clothing from "scratch"....with a little bit of my mommy's help. it fit her really well and i can't wait for her to wear it with her all all done up at the wedding!  Cheesy



with a little attitude! Smiley
29  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / vegas wedding invititations on: February 16, 2005 05:43:48 AM
i didnt want to go the cheesy route, but i didnt want it too serious either...so this is what i came up with. a friend of mine helped me with the slot machine graphic and i did the rest! it all costed me about 40$ to make all my invitations...about 60 of them.



back with rsvp and info



i will add more pictures of the inside and how it opens soon... thanks for looking!

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / ribbon scarf - Tutorial on: February 01, 2005 08:24:56 PM
k so i got a packet of ribbon when the sewing and craft fair was in phoenix. this is what i came up with. it turned out great. i dont have a final picture of it being worn yet...i haven't had the chance...i'll add that later. enjoy!

my sewing machine held up pretty well

close up of the just normal white thread running perpendicular to the ribbon. to keep the ribbon on the sulky paper i had sewn clear thread parallel to the ribbon.

finished but haven't rinsed the sulky

the most fun part! except it needed a second rinse the next day..the "glue" made it still a little stiff. soaked it in some fabric softener and it was ready to wear!!

hanging to dry

action shot to come!! thanks for looking.  Smiley

action shot and a close up

to clear it up. you have to sew all the lines first...when you are completely done sewing...that's when you soak it in water. Smiley
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