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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tulips Take Two on: October 13, 2008 03:21:09 PM
lilyla, your avatar cracks me up Smiley

TY for the nice words -- I'm thinking next one I'll "blend" the straps a little better (that was around about when I started ignoring the pattern) and add a closure -- magnetic maybe, or tab. Hmm, now I want to go make another one Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tulips Take Two on: October 12, 2008 05:50:32 PM
So, earlier this year I made this:


and my husband's grandma saw it and really liked the tulip design, so she ordered another one from me for a birthday present for another family member.  Only this time she wanted yellow, and smaller, and more like a purse than a tote bag.  She's not on Craftster, so no chance of giving away the surprise Smiley

So here's the result -- photos aren't great since I didn't finish the bag until the sun had already gone down.

And a close up of the applique -- I used all different yellows, not so obvious here but more so on the actual bag.  The white is cotton eyelet, my most favourite white fabric of all Smiley  I freehanded the tulips and borrowed the big leaf from an old applique book I had lying around.

The lining is a cute cotton print I've had waiting for a home FOREVER -- how nice when fabric finally finds it's destiny! Smiley

I actually am quite pleased with the shape of the bag -- I started from a pattern this time (unusual) and abandoned it almost entirely halfway through (that's more normal for me LOL).  But I think the shape basically turned out how the pattern was done.

Thank you for looking -- and keep your fingers crossed for me the b-day girl is happy!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: ISO Mens/Boys Dress Shirt Pattern on: October 10, 2008 10:54:15 AM

I can't recommend a pattern. I always make my own so I don't know which ones are the best to buy but if you have never made a shirt before I recommend you check out David Page Coffin's book "Shirtmaking - Developing Skills for Fine Sewing". It gives clear instructions for making shirts that don't look home-made. I published a review on my website if you want to know more.

Just be careful - making shirts is addictive :-)

Oh goodie, another addiction!  Wink  OK, I just ordered it on Chapters -- great website too BTW!  I love Flamenco dancers, so much passion -- there used to be a Flamenco class beside my Irish dance class and we would regularly try to out-stomp each other.  I always felt sorry for the people downstairs  Grin

Oh, I like KwikSew patterns!  And no, they NEVER seem to go on sale Tongue  I couldn't tell from reading the review of the Shirtmaking book if it included patterns or not so I'll wait until it gets here and then go buy one if I need to. 

Thank you all for the advice!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ISO Mens/Boys Dress Shirt Pattern on: October 09, 2008 03:40:14 PM
Hey y'all!

I'm hoping for a recommendation on a good pattern for making Mens dress shirts (need something in Boys sizes as well).  It would be great if it wasn't crazy difficult, but shirts are one of those sewing projects that freak me out a little, so I'm keeping my expectations low on that score Tongue

Many thanks in advance, lovelies!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wheee! Finally made my dream matching set :) on: October 09, 2008 10:28:19 AM
Thank you so much, I'm glad you all liked it!  I heart shiny.

Nice job! ... did you use a tute, or did you wing it? 

It looks great!

I winged it (umm, wung it?) -- but it wasn't too tricky.  Mostly just figuring out the right siz to wrap around the vinyl thingy, and I definitely didn't do it the most efficient way.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wheee! Finally made my dream matching set :) on: October 08, 2008 04:04:26 PM
So I've been applique'ing Celtic shtuff all over the place, bags mostly and some quilts, but I've been wanting a matching messenger bag, makeup bag and zippy pouch combo for a while now to take to dance comps.  So this was my tester and for once, I'm totally in love with how it turned out the first time:

The new thing is the makeup bag -- I need a lot of zippy pockets for all the hairpins, elastics, makeup brushes, sock glue, safety pins blah blah blah.  So this one has FOUR pockets -- three on the inside and one on the outside:

I just bought the clear vinyl thingy -- I hate sewing vinyl since I don't have one of those roller feet.  I made the bias tape though, from the same fabric lining the messenger bag.

And a little zippy pouch so I can get to my lip gloss fast before going on stage finishes the trio.

Hope you like it!  As always, comments and constructive criticisms highly appreciated!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Firefly/Serenity Inspired Bags n' Stuff -- for charity! Pic heavy! on: June 23, 2008 03:06:51 PM
Thats so funny because I just got "Serenity" in from Netflix and watched it for the first time this evening.  I like the firefly series and wish they had more of it...that design on your bag is awesome! 

Wheeeeee! Another convert to the obsession Cheesy
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Firefly/Serenity Inspired Bags n' Stuff -- for charity! Pic heavy! on: June 22, 2008 04:57:34 PM
Thanks:) *blushes*

I think I might make another of the Inara bags too actually -- the lining is that same purple and gold sari silk, and I've got just enough left to make another bag. I just really like how it turned out Smiley

...mainly cuz it's in Chandler and I'm in Phoenix, which doesn't mean much to some people...lets just say long drive when fundage is minimal right now....

isn't there a screening in Phoenix? On the 28th I think -- that's where this stuff went! LOL I don't know much about Arizona (I'm Canadian, eh?) so you can smack me if I'm being ignorant Tongue
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Firefly/Serenity Inspired Bags n' Stuff -- for charity! Pic heavy! on: June 21, 2008 12:44:27 PM
Thank you, glad you guys like them!

You should make more strawberry stuff...

I'm sure we will, those were totally fun to make up Cheesy I love strawberries too!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Firefly/Serenity Inspired Bags n' Stuff -- for charity! Pic heavy! on: June 21, 2008 11:51:26 AM
So as some of you Browncoats may know, it's Can't Stop The Serenity season!  For other folks, CSTS is a yearly event where Firefly/Serenity fans all over the globe show a screening of Joss Whedon's movie Serenity on (or near) his birthday. 

The extra cool part (as if the one and only Whedon flick on a big screen wasn't cool enough) is that the proceeds from ticket sales go to Equality Now, a charity dedicated to ending violence and discrimination against women everywhere.

You can find out more about CSTS and Equality Now at the website:

Anyhoo, I was contacted on Etsy by the Arizona Chapter via the Big Damn Crafters street team to possibly donate something for them to raffle off/sell as merch!  So my biz partner and I put together the following goodies:

Inara Rockstar Messenger Bag:  one of our usual designs but done in the kinds of fabrics and colours I think of when I picture Inara -- I haven't used 100% silk in a while, it was sort of nice to upgrade for a good cause Smiley  here's the bag and a close-up of the embroidery:

Oh Grandpa!  Kaylee Inspired Strawberry iPod cozies:  The pictures are kind of wonky -- I guess my camera couldn't handle all the red? But we were pretty happy with how they came out Smiley

And we made strawberry hairties, which I know aren't bags, but I figured I put them here just for completeness LOL

Comments, criticisms, woot-woots directed at CSTS/Firefly in general all welcome!  And if you're in the Arizona area (I am not, unfortunately) GO SEE THE SCREENING! Cheesy
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