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1  Purse organizer (Super image heavy tutorial!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Monterra on: April 04, 2012 02:07:33 PM
So I found out about this through a blog; Tintamar bag organizers and though it was a great idea; I too carry around little things which I forget in the wrong bag when I switch 'em... So of course I needed one! Except that the price tag was interesting *cough* around 30*cough*

After a little venture to the fabric shop and some 6 euros later I came into possession of some polished heavy-duty cotton (I originally wanted some synthetic material but "Enstex" seemed fine for the purpose. The fabric needs to have some stiffnes but preferably not be too heavy to carry around.

This is what I ended up with;

The pattern can be found HERE and I try to explain it; the crappy color coding might help too. Cheesy (or confuse even more) No seam allowances included; include about 1 cm.

RED= x2 inner lining, add +1cm to the top.
BLUE= x2 outer shell
ORANGE= x1 Cell phone pocket (when cutting add some 15cm to lenght for the lipstick pockets)
GREEN= x2 size of lipstick pockets
Pocket part is about 21x14 cm (including zipper)

I cut out two pieces for the outer shell, two pieces for the lining (+1cm height to the top of the pattern for the lining), pieces for the zipper pocket and a long strip for the cell phone pockets+lipstick pockets.

Inner and outer shells.

zipper pocket parts.

Long strip + two smaller pieces cut from it.

Start with the zipper pocket; zigzag the raw ends of the pocket part and turn allowances and pin.

After this pin the zipper down and sew it.

Zadam! The pocket is ready. I was lazy and zigzagged only the raw edges which were "present" outside the inside of the bag...? err, like insides of pockets.

Prepare the lining. This part is otherwise the same but with 1cm extra height on the top part. Zigzag the top part as in the picture and cut to the corner and zigzag the cut area too.

It's easy...

Turn the elongated-top-part sides to the wrong side and sew. This longer top part will make the place for the drawstring.

Sew the lining from the bottom and sides together, wrong sides together.

Flatten the seams.

Whoosh! Steam!

Sew the lining into a "bag" by pinning the bottom hole together and sewing. If we were stupid and did not have markings for the sewing line on the wrong side, we can also measure; as we know the width of the side is 6 cm. (3+3cm per side of bag, if you get it)

Like this!

The long piece (height 11,5cm + allowance) was cut to the lenght of the bag itself with allowances; the leftover bits will become lipstick holders.
Zipzag the top and bottom.

Turn allowances from the long sides; sew the other one (top of pocket) and turn and pin down to the outer shell and sew.

Like this? And try to give the pocket fabric a little slack, as you'll have bulky things put into them.

The smaller bits you cut from the longer pocket part? Shorten to size; I wanted a shorter lipstick pocket so it was about 7 cm tall(+allowance). Zipzag the top, bottom and one side (and the mirror side in the other), turn the top and sew. Cut excess.

To the right size of one of the outer shell pieces, place the zipper pocket, the short lipstick-holder-pockets (zigzagged side facing the zipper pocket), pin down and sew.
Note when placing the zipper pocket and the long cellphone pocket; don't place the bottom edge it right on the bottom crease but a couple of millimeters above, so it looks nicer and is easier to sew. (Above the place where the bag bottom starts...)

Like this!

From the lining you made previously; turn the top flaps down to the wrong side and pin to place.

Sew the outer shell together like the lining, right sides in (pockets inside then turn around so they're on the outside) and pin top allowance.

Place the lining inside with the folded flap thingy between the lining and the outer shell; pin in place and sew around.

Tahad! insert a drawstring using a safety pin and tie/add beads to ends/etc... Your cheapo organizer is ready to go!

It holds by crap, lipsticks/balms, my HTC and work phone, wallet etc... And it is easy to lift from the drawstrings when I want to switch to another bag. Smiley

Of course you could customize your pockets and add more e.g. to the inside, but I like mine compact, just like me. Wink
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2  Solution to cleaning a leather sofa! (or any other leather..) in Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions by Monterra on: March 03, 2010 12:26:02 AM
I hope this is the right category for this, I am so ecstatic about it I have to share, and I think this will fit into the crafster "ideology"...

As we bought a white leather sofa (err... not what we were looking for in the furniture store, but it happened to be -50%...) the problem is keeping it clean. As we bought the thing we also invested in a set of leather shampoo and conditioner... Once used, and it really didn't give the best result (had to do vigorous scrubbing, left lighter spots).
And as we now are the happy owners of a little parrot who also lives in the living room, I was concerned about cleaning the sofa again with those chemicals (with instructions "avoid breathing the vapour, may irritate blah blah") on the bottle. The bf did a google search, and off we went to buy a block of Marseille soap...

Miracle cleaning! The dirt just came out without much physical excercise, with a barely moistened sponge rubbed into the block of soap.Rinse, repeat, ta-dah Cheesy And finally rinsed completely with a clean sponge. The couch is like new!

Cheap, natural, effective and no toxic fumes. Smiley

The soap has more oils/fats so it doesn't dry the leather out too much... Though I wonder, what could be used as a non-toxic leather conditioner?

Picturesque proof:
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3  Re: Making Your Own Corset? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Monterra on: July 03, 2007 09:35:07 AM
Finished a satin (brocade?) corset for a goth festival. It didn't quite turn out as I liked (it was modified from a over-bust corset, maybe that's why?) and I guess I sewed it sloppily from the left side since the curve plunges a little bit more than the right side. But after a day of wearing it, maybe it's not that bad after all Smiley Just those small things you only know Wink Also maybe should have used stiffer lining (it was regular cotton fabric). I have an underbust one with that lining and it is ok, but now that I think of it my other over-busts have a thicker one.

But hey, learn something everytime Cheesy

Made of three layers of fabric, and since I usually sandwich the bones between the two linings, I tried to use boning channels this time for the sake of it. Well, not bad but not better. Might stick to the sandwhich method from now on though.

Some pics:

Front, it ends just below the boob frill, you can see the satin binding.

See the curve

Here this side curces deeper. It is actually not that noticeable, but still Sad

And some "production photos"
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4  Tartan corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Monterra on: October 22, 2006 11:26:10 PM
Tartan, what can I say, I like it Smiley

(sorry if you can't see the black seams properly, did lighten them with PSP)

So after a few tartan bags and such I decided to make a corset Cheesy Ordered the pattern with my "own measurements" from a Finnish web store which makes custom goth/alternative clothes (check it out,  http://www.oldraven.net/, if you wanna see some nice corsets look at katalogi --> korsetit ).

Well, I got my pattern, and started doing my thing.. It has two cotton linings with the bones (from the same site, artificial whalebone) sandwiched in between them, and a top layer of nice black fabric and the front and back of tartan. The "bias tape" on the bottom and top of the corset is cut from the same fabric as the black parts in the corset. I put the linings+ top layer in a way that I sewed the bias tape to the top layer my machine, and them the whole thingy to the linings by hand.

Now I know how I'm gonna do my next one, so it'll turn out a little better then.. (not making the bones as long as the whole corset, but leaving some space to the bottom and top, and then sewing the bias tape by machine to the linings so it'll hold up nicer together. Sorry if this didn't make too much sense. Wink

Then added eyelets and satin ribbon and voila. Cheesy Since it has no busk I just have to snuggle into it and out of it (preferably with the help of someone in case I get stuck Cheesy )

Originally the pattern had a "v" shaped bottom, but it looked funny i my opinion so I made it straight... but a compromise between those might have been a little better. And even though the pattern has my cm's, I feel like it's a teensy too long for me. Also took 1,5 cm's from the both sides off the back. But overall, it was my first over-bust corset and I'm pretty happy for it turned out. Now I wanna make more x)

Compulsory unflattering action shot from my housewarming party this friday (I can't get myself a real snake baby in this apartment, so my friends got me a less alive one  Grin )

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5  A very GRIM bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Monterra on: April 04, 2006 11:27:50 PM
...That holds my shoppings and overnightly belongings.  Grin

The image is sewed-on PVC (kept the pieces in place with this glue interface thing, what's it called? iron on to the pvc, remove paper and iron on to the fabric-thing), and the fabric is canvas-like sturdy stuff, and has a layer of fusible interfacing. The lining has a small zipper bag. Smiley

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6  Tartan skirt+winter jacket+ 2 shirt mods (pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Monterra on: November 06, 2005 12:56:08 PM

Ripped off the back an H&M top, added fishnet fabric to the back and overall button/clip things. Smiley

Newly bought jacket --> added some PVC decorations. Normally I don't go for white but in this case it was the only color to go for. Wink rawr

Old tee + scissors+safety pins= well ventilated shirt. Wink

My newest; 1.20 thrift skirt which already had pleats - just opened them up more, added the zippers and some d-links and made the straps (yay for ready tartan fabric stash). I really like it a lot. Smiley
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7  Lolita shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Monterra on: November 06, 2005 12:41:55 PM
...or should I say boob ruffle shirt? Wink

I whipped up the pattern for the not-boob-part from a magazine pattern and added the strap in a cut-paste-test-rip-nip-cut-and-try-way (tricky) and the boob ruffle from a piece of folded white fabric, which I ruffled with a string, sewed a tiny white ribbon over the string part and sewed it to the rest of the top. Hope you made something out of that. Wink

Also made the hair clip (empty hair clip thing + ribbon with added black ribbon in the middle and a bow+glue= hairpin!) Smiley
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8  Star Wars Imperial Officer in Costumes: Completed Projects by Monterra on: September 29, 2005 04:38:01 AM
Made it for the Ep3 premiere. Cheesy (geekness rules)
Had huge problems with the pants, since I drew and cut one piece to the wrong side of the fabric like two times. -_- phsst! But still made it in time. Smiley

No more chances to dress up for a SW premiere eh? :/ Well, you never know what Georce Lucas will come up with... *gulp*
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9  Who gets it? in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Monterra on: September 29, 2005 04:18:11 AM

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10  Underbust corset and two skirts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Monterra on: September 29, 2005 04:16:25 AM
Who wouldn't like to own a corset? So I made one. Tongue
10 steel bones, a bush, cotton lining and satin top player. I think it turned out pretty good since it was my first corset, but I did do it with time and tried to concentrate. Smiley
It's a little crooked on me on those pics though.

Production photos and eh... interesting poses Cheesy : http://koti.mbnet.fi/monterra/craftgrrltemp/corsetproduction

And the skirts are both based on the exact same pattern I kinda whipped up (you know, put a skirt on the pattern paper, draw around, divide both front and back sides into 4, add 13cm wide pleats.)

More recent one:

Yay for eyelets.
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