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21  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Will Sponsored Projects ever time out or get unstickied? on: September 30, 2009 05:42:06 PM
Currently, there are five Sponsored Projects in the Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General board.  They are nice, but they do take up quite a bit of real estate at the top of the board.  Will they ever get unstickied so they flow down the page with the rest of the postings?  I think it's more obvious with the Purse board because there are so many of them!
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My favorite Keyka Lou handbag on: September 12, 2009 08:22:36 PM
I wonder if you could change it so that the opening was bigger and get your symmetry that way?

(another lover of symmetry)
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My favorite Keyka Lou handbag on: September 12, 2009 04:11:20 PM
I think the thing that you have to watch for with the handle cut-out is that you can still close your hand around the handle.  If you wanted the opening to be situated in the middle of the handle, you might have to make the handle shorter than Calachuchi did.

I really like this bag.  Based on your recommendation I bought the pattern.  I hope to make one soon.  Maybe tomorrow.

I have an eye for symmetry and i deperately want to change the handle so that its an inch top of the cut out and bottom of the cut out.  its just the way my brain sees things.  Do you see any reason why that wouldn't work?  ie way it opens, etc?

(and I missed her sale by one day Sad  still bought two)
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Kwik Sew Clutches on: September 07, 2009 06:13:02 PM
I really like the strap that you added.  I'm not a "clutch girl", but I liked the shape of the purse, so the strap would make it even better for me.  Good work!
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purse-a-palooza or What I Did This Summer on: August 30, 2009 05:33:29 PM
Thanks, ThreeGirlsAndABoy and Another77, for your nice comments.  I forgot to add that one side effect of my "experiment" is that I got a better idea of how big each bag was and how big I wanted that bag to be. 

I hadn't read too much about sewing the Buttercup bag, Another77, but you're right that sewing the top to the pleated part is one of the harder parts of the bag.  I pinned the heck out of it, starting with the middle of the top piece and the middle of the pleated piece, then working my way out to the edges.  When I sewed it, I had the pleated part on the bottom and the top on the top.  I sewed pretty slowly and rotated the fabric when necessary.  I was reading another purse pattern that had a zipper sewed along a curved edge and the pattern instructions said to clip the curved edge to help things line up.  I didn't find that necessary, but it might be another thing to try. 

Hope that other Buttercup bag sewers will chime in with their ideas on this as well!
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse-a-palooza or What I Did This Summer on: August 30, 2009 12:53:23 PM
I've been admiring the purse patterns on Craftster for a long time.  I've made several of them including the Jordy (doesn't everyone make a Jordy?), zippered pouches, pouches embroidered with cross-stitch that were used as ring holders at weddings, and QueenOfDIY's singlet shopping bag.
There have been several other patterns that looked interesting, so I went through my fabric stash and found several yards of a rather nondescript fabric and several more yards of plain white fabric for linings.  And, I started sewing - nothing fancy, no interfacing, no zippers (except for one), simple patch pockets on the interiors of most, simple button loops and buttons for most closures.  
I made 7 different purses (!), but I took one apart because I didn't like the style that much.  Boy, did I learn a lot about the variables of purse construction, like strap placement, pocket placement, and closures.  Here's a photo of my collection:

The purses were (starting with top row, left to right):
1.  Phoebe bag - from artsycraftybabe.typepad.com
2.  Buttercup bag - from madebyrae.blogspot.com
3.  Grab bag - from allpeoplequilt.com
4.  Shoulder bag - from tinyhappy.typepad.com
5.  Zipper bag - from ThisMomSew's Tan Flower Handbag, here on craftster
6.  Margaret sling bag - from www.ohfransson.com

The one I dismantled was the Pleated Purse Pattern from www.themikkelsens.net.  I wasn't really happy with the shape of the bag, which tapers from 21" at the bottom to 13" at the top.  The pleats just didn't work well for me.

Here's a few of the lessons I learned:
- The Buttercup bag is a winner.  It was everyone's favorite, including my husband's.  It's easy and rewarding.  Next time, I'll make a bigger one with longer handles.
- Tinyhappy's Shoulder bag is one of my favorites.  But, because of the construction, it would be difficult to put a zipper pocket in the interior.  And, it would be difficult to make adjustable length straps, since the straps are an integral part of the bag.
- Ohfransson's Margaret Sling bag is also one of my favorites.  It would be easier to put a zipper pocket in this one, but you still couldn't do adjustable straps.  I didn't do the pleats on this one, because of my experience with the Pleated Purse Pattern.  But, if you pleat the interior of the Margaret bag, you'll be limited on the interior zipper pocket.
- ThisMomSew's way of putting in a zipper is REALLY good and worked well.
- The Grab bag is cute, but seemed a little impractical.

Hope this inspires someone else to just get out there and try something!

P.S.  I have better pictures of each of the purses (except the one I took apart) if anyone is interested.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hello Kitty halloween on: August 29, 2009 09:58:21 AM
Thanks for the response, SewAnnaButton.  I felt your pain!
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hello Kitty halloween on: August 29, 2009 08:11:50 AM
I saw the fabric at Joann Fabric and I loved it too.  But, I have to admit that I think it's a shame to cover up so much of it with the pocket!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial for wallet on: August 27, 2009 07:43:05 AM
Wow!  You had some really nice functions in your wallet.  I particularly liked the zippered coin purse in addition to the space for the money and credit cards.  I've been trying to figure out how to do something like that.  Thanks!
30  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster on: August 26, 2009 12:51:53 PM
It looks like the Dr.Andrew Weil Weil Baby ads are covering up the Craftster menu (aka the measuring tape).
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