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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Crafty Patches... opinions? on: November 01, 2007 04:37:27 PM
I have no idea what to call these or what category they would fall under because it's not quite embroidery, not quite sewing, etc... I just call them crafty patches.  They're all about 3-4" high/wide and they've got fusi-web on the back so you could use it as a patch... I'm thinking of selling them on etsy.  Any advice would be much appreciated.  Take a look:



The last three are supposed to be fruits, btw.  Thanks for looking!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sailor Sam and Friends 3-Pocket shoulder bag (Now with Pocket TUTE! [10/15]) on: October 13, 2007 05:44:39 PM
I saw this bag on Alloy.com and I thought to myself, I can make that!...

And I got about 4.5 yards of "Sailor Sam and Friends" 45" Home Dec fabric for about $2/yard.  It's really cute:

So I combined the two, made my own pattern, and came up with THIS!!!

I used rip-stop nylon for the inside

It's pretty stiff because I put medium-weight interfacing in there but this is my new favorite bag!!!


I don't have images, so hopefully I can do a good job of explaining this w/o them.  If anyone needs visuals, let me know and I'll come up with something.  If you get confused, maybe referring to the above picture will help.

[NOTE: I allow for a 1/2 inch seam allowance to make the math easier]
I'll start with the pocket body and do the flap later down.

So to start off, let's say that you want to make an outer pocket that's 3" high and 5" wide.  Cut a 4x6 piece of the main fabric and then for the "expandy part" of the pocket, which I will just call the Border, you want to take the total inches for 3 sides of the pocket, in this case, 4+6+4=14" and make the border that long by 2" wide.

I used mid-weight interfacing on all pieces, I recommend this for pocket strength.

Press the border, lengthwise accordion style into four, 1/2" sections.  In the end, the pocket will only be 1 inch deep because of the 1/2" seam allowance.

Pin and sew one side of the length along the edge of your pocket's main fabric.  Press the heck out of the seam so that when you lay the pocket face up on the outside of your purse you can't really see the border.  Press the entire top part of the pocket down 1/2 inch, lay it flat and then topstitch across the border, the main fabric, and then running over the other end of the border. 

Pin the OTHER SIDE of the border length, the unsewn part, to the purse.  You will topstitch it to your bag.  Make sure that when you do this, you are stopstitching the fold as close to the edge as possible and that, in the end, you want the border to really only be visible from the side.

If you lay it flat on the bag with the border lying straight aross the purse, you will not have any space to put stuff in the pocket.

For the flap, you basically just cut a piece of main fabric and a piece of border fabric.  For measurements, you probably want it as wide as the pocket, in this case you will cut it 6 inches wide.  However long you want it to hang over the pocket, add an inch to account for the depth you've added with the border, and proper seam allowances.  So if you want it to hang over 1.5 inches, you will need to cut the fabric to 4.5 inches.

So you will cut 2 pieces of 4.5x6, sew them right sides together, trim the seam, turn it, topstitch about 1/4 inch from the edge, then place the flap with the topstitched edge tucked into the pocket 1/4 inch and stitch over the same stitch line.

It sounds sort of confusing, even to me, so I will try to add pictures when I can.  I have a painting mid-term to do this week at home and that's looking like a 12-hour minimum commitment.  So if you don't understand it, have some patience and I'll do it next week when I'm done with my mid-term.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first good vest!!! on: July 24, 2007 01:12:53 AM
My first vest was an "easy" pattern and it turned out for crap.  This time I used McCall's 5186 and check the results:

Excuse my baby-sized laptop and the crafty corner over there... that's where the magic happens.

Another shot:

And a detail of the buttony-goodness:
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Too small for big brother means yay for me! on: July 24, 2007 01:07:16 AM
My older brother asked me to make him some shorts, so we went out and got a pattern and some fabric.  I measured around his waist and started slicing and dicing.  Couple days later when the shorts were finished and he tried them on, we learned a very important lesson in sewing -> Adjust measurements and check fit, people!

The pants fit around his waist alright.... but I guess my brother's butt is larger than the average man... when he stepped out to show me the shorts, I almost started crying because they were so tight around his booty... hehehehe!  Shocked  Grin

Since we're basically the same size, I just took them back and I told him I would make them bigger next time..... so check out my new shorts!

By the way, I used Simplicity pattern 9469... it was lightweight easy to follow... had a couple snags though, but it turned out okay (for me, anyways)  Grin
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First pants-to-shorts recon... WITH BUTTONS!!! on: July 24, 2007 01:00:09 AM
Woefully, I did not take a before picture Sad, but everyone already knows what biz-cas pants look like; I just basically hacked off the legs about 20" down, hacked off the hem about 4" up then sewed them together, so... ON TO THE RECON!

My lover-ly new shorts:

And with buttons!!!

It only took about 2.5 hours last night and when I wore them to my internship in San Francisco today, I totally got a comment unawares at lunch... I overheard a chick tell a friend that my shorts were "so cute"

Happy happy, joy joy.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Watchband re-con with TUTE! on: July 24, 2007 12:47:53 AM
I had this great watch and then the band totally fell apart on me, but I loved the watchface, so I grabbed some stuff out of my stash and made a new one!  ta-da!

Old watch (how sad! Cry boo-hoo)

New Watch (yay!  Grin)

Sorry you can't really see the pattern in that pic, it looks like this:

I'm especially proud because I did it without any kind of tute, just winged it.  *London Tipton style* Yay Me!!!

*skips off*

I figured I should provide one so luckily I took pictures as I went along the first time.  So you will need 4 pieces of fabric, snaps and grommets (optional).  I used a Home Decor fabric, it's cotton but it's a heavier weight than your standard quilting or novelty cotton.  If you want to use a thin cotton, I highly recommend using interfacing to support the weight of the watchface; as it stands, the band I made probably could have done with some interfacing...

Like in the pic right up above, you cut 2 pieces about 10"x3" (measure around your wrist first and then adjust accordingly) and then two smaller pieces that will attach the watchface to the band.  I made mine about 1.5"x2" but this is really dependent upon the width of the rods on the watchface, so just adjust.

First off, take the smaller pieces and fold them into thirds, fit them through the watch rods to make sure they are the right width and that the watch won't slip around.  I had to press the heck out of the folds so that it could stay down.

Then you press under the short ends about a quarter of an inch.  What I did at this point was add a white grommet to the front side of each one, but it's purely for decoration, it's not an absolute must.

Now you put the two little connectors onto the watch rods like in the picture and you sew the ends closed.  It might be kind of tough because at this point, you're basically sewing through about 12 layers of fabric, so make sure you've got a halfway decent needle.

Now I dont have a picture of this particular step, but you're going to sew the face to one of the larger rectangles.  You have to sort of fidget around and figure out where you want the placement to be and sew it down.

Then, take your snaps and just sew those puppies on there.  Make sure they're close to the edge so you don't have some floppy piece of fabric sticking out at the end.  Make sure you have the placement right and that when you turn the watchband your snaps meet.

Lay the two rectangles together, right sides facing, and sew the two long ends and one short end because you're going to have to turn it inside out.

Be careful when you turn it, I almost thought I was going to break the little connectors off, so be patient.

Once you turn it, just do a blind stitch to close the opening and voila!  New watch!  Hope this is a decent tutorial, have fun!

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