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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2004 04:48:05 AM »

Both projects rock!  Great job!

for the messenger bag, did you vinyl the fabric and then sew it together?  what kind of vinyl did you use, iron on?
does this make it strong enough and eliminate the need for interfacing?

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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2004 08:44:01 AM »

I envy your patience, i would have cursed at my sewing machine and given up

Oh damn, I forgot that I did this with a serger so it was much easier.  Once I got the tension right, the fabric squares did not slip as much.

for the messenger bag, did you vinyl the fabric and then sew it together?  what kind of vinyl did you use, iron on?
does this make it strong enough and eliminate the need for interfacing?

It was vinyl fabric (not very stiff at all).  I used some interfacing, but it was not very stiff either.  The bag is flimsier than I wanted it, but oh well.  The bag is reversable, but the patch I put on it says, "F*cko" and I did not want to put curse words up for fear of *insert offense here*.  I could post the pic if people wanted me to.

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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2004 09:07:34 PM »

I don't know if this will make sense, but here goes...
What I'd suggest for sewing patches together is to cut out a bunch of same size squares, then make strips, one square wide, by sewing the squares end to end. then you sew the strips together. Obviously there's more work involved to make pants, but if you're doing a messenger bag or something else simple and square-ish then that's basically all you need to do.

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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2004 11:52:02 AM »

 Those pants are crazy! *(in a good way!)*  I love them~
 I wanna do a skirt sometime.  
 Do all the squares have to be the same size? If so how did you attempt this?

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« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2004 11:49:12 AM »

I've seen a picture of a skirt made out of that same style patchwork and I'd really like to make one for myself. I'm not that good at sewing, but have a friend who helps me out and stops me from doing the most obvious mistakes. Unfortunately she has never made anything in patchwork, at leat no clothing. The book with the picture in says that the skirt is made by sewing the patches together inte long stripes, however it does not tell wether they should all be of the same size. I was thinking that maybe those long stripes should be made gradually wider, to help with the shape of the skirt, but it's just a VERY amateurish guess. Has anyone made anything like that? Any good ideas or tips?

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« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2004 12:27:22 PM »

i made a skirt with just squares(with a TON of help from my mom) and just made them all the same size. the waist is drawstring, but it kind of bunches at the top. I'm gonna take in the sides to prevent this soon! once i get a digi cam, i'll post pics!!!! i hope i get one soon!!!! no money though Cry i'll try to borow my friend's one of these days!!!

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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2004 12:07:58 PM »

both the pants and the messenger bag are adorable!  Grin  great job!

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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2004 06:21:42 PM »

a great book for making patchwork clothing is maggie lanes oriental patchwork (vintage book, I got mine on amazon.com) and for crazy quilting i recommend anything by judith baker montaro (I think her name is) and another good crazy quilting book (also vintage but cant get on amazon.com cheap is dixie haywood....and if you wanna be really into it you wanna get dorothy bonds cazy quilt stitch dictionary (hard to find but worth every penny)....I love crazy quilts, because you dont have to be perfect and its an excuse for me to spend more money of fibers and flosses...I alos love the leisure arts book crazy quilt motifs...

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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2005 12:32:04 AM »

   OOooo I'm planning on making a pair of patchwork pants and vest at some point, for part of a Mad Hatter costume.  Haven't yet started yet though, cause I have to many projects in front of it.  I'm really impressed that you did this, I know it must have taken A LOT of work. 
   Love the fabric you used for the bag by the way. 
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« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2005 05:38:56 AM »

those pants rock! i am thinking of attempting my own pair of pachwork pants in the very near future... you used a serger for yours, but other than increased inconvenience, is there any problems with using a sewing machine that doesn't have a serger?

also... how does one going about slapping together a pattern? i can't find one that i like! garrrr.

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