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1  When fleece goes cute in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Burst on: October 28, 2008 12:28:04 PM
For a while, my office was unbearably cold. I found fleece to be a nice way to stay warm but not add a bunch of weight. Problem is, I didn't want a baggy teddy-bear fleece pullover or something like that. I had to find a way to make fleece stylish. So I made these:

Simplicity 4032

Simplicity 2762

Last year, I had made these, also from Simplicity 4032

I'm editing this post to add some tips:
Fleece has its plusses and minuses. I love that you don't have to finish edges. Ripping stitches is incredibly hard, since they get buried in the fluffiness. I had read a suggestion to use a zig-zag stitch, and that definitely helped. I have a hard time top stitching evenly, too, on fleece.
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2  "Runway Knits" Soldier's Sweater in Knitalongs by Burst on: October 28, 2008 12:19:36 PM
I guess it's a long shot, since nobody on Ravelry seems to have done this pattern. I may be the only person on earth. I'm getting started on it, if anybody else is interested in doing a KAL.

Here's a picture of the sweater from the book:

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3  A-Line Jacket, Tilted Duster and October socks in Knitting: Completed Projects by Burst on: October 28, 2008 12:14:34 PM
I am doing a sort of round up post of my recent completed projects because I haven't been on in a while.

Here is the Tilted Duster I just completed. The pattern can be found at: http://shop.interweave.com/store/Tilted-Duster-P198C27.aspx?AFID=12
I used the recommended yarn (Berroco Peruvia) in Avocado. My observations on the project can be read here: http://roadyjane.blogspot.com/2008/10/tilted-duster.html

I also have finished my A-Line Jacket from "Runway Knits":

And finally, I made these "Campfire Socks" (free pattern can be found at: http://www.cidermoon.com/cm0120.html

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4  My first messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Burst on: October 28, 2008 12:06:27 PM
One thing I would change is that the "flap" is too wide. It wads up around the strap. I would make that a bit narrower next time. Usually, I make bags out of bright, fun fabrics. But then they are harder to match things with. So I made myself use mostly the neutral, plain fabric on the outside and hide all the fun stuff inside. I used up a bunch of scrap fabric for this, and found I had a bunch that really did coordinate. I also had this 1 yard of ribbon that I loved, but it was never enough for anything I wanted to use it for. I put pockets on the outside for easy access to my phone, but they are really too low and end up being almost under the bag when it's full of stuff. So in the future, I'd move them up, and maybe use a stronger stabilizer.

Inside (there are also more pockets inside)

Back, with pockets that have piping. (I ran out of piping for the front, so it doesn't have any.) I would also have made these much deeper.

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5  No-Floppy-Edges pillow shams (and link to tutorial) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Burst on: October 28, 2008 12:00:42 PM
I needed new pillow shams after we painted our bedroom, but I didn't want to buy them. I found a fabric I liked and just went with it. They are very, very easy. Here's a link to a tutorial: http://roadyjane.blogspot.com/2008/09/easy-diy-pillow-sham-tutorial.html

The tan sham I already had, I made the other two.

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6  Amy Butler Weekender Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Burst on: October 28, 2008 11:45:39 AM
I finished this Amy Butler Weekender Bag. I just love the style and the fabric so much. I have a few observations posted on my blog if anybody is planning on making this bag. http://roadyjane.blogspot.com/2008/10/amy-butler-weekender-bag.html
Some of these observations include working with the stabilizer so I wouldn't have had these seams that won't lay nicely.

I can't wait to take it on a trip for Thanksgiving! It will be my carry on bag -- plenty of room for my usual purse items plus books and knitting projects for a long day of travel.

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7  Re: storing fabric ideas? in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by Burst on: March 01, 2008 07:52:46 PM
My mom does the hanging shoe bag thing, and it's great. I just don't have anywhere to hang something like that.
I have a cube thing. It's got 9 squares and I roll the fabrics and stack them in the cubes. Some cubes have little fabric drawers for scraps and purse handles. One open cube has my threads and one has other sewing-related junk.
It works really well for me.

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8  Somebody stop me. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Burst on: June 05, 2007 12:47:05 PM
I can't stop making bags!
Recent items:

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9  Re: HTML allowed on here? in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Burst on: June 05, 2007 12:07:58 PM
Here is a picture of the bag for the tutorial, so if I can't post the tutorial (it's super long and I'm not going to do it all over again!), I'll just share the bag!

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10  Finished summery tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Burst on: March 24, 2007 01:00:25 PM
I completed this summery tote bag with floral fabric on the outside and striped fabric on the inside. The fabrics are the exact same colors, just different prints, and I fell in love with it at Wal-Mart, of all places.

I made one in a different fabric before, and it was confusing as heck, but now that I've got the hang of it, it's much faster.

Kind of busy looking, I guess, but right now I'm into the matching color, different pattern combos.
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