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Topic: Modified Buttercup Bags (lotsa pix, and I am verbose :P)  (Read 2305 times)
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« on: April 22, 2009 03:59:54 PM »

So I signed up for the March Birthday Swap (my first swap EVAR! YAY!). Bubblegum_phoenix needed a new day bag, and seeing as how a purse would be a brand new adventure for me, I totally jumped on it after having seen the buttercup bag around (madebyrae: http://madebyrae.blogspot.com/2009/02/free-buttercup-bag-sewing-pattern.html).

I wasn't happy with the pattern as is, so I made some changes and did a test run with scraps for myself. I added a bottom piece (which had to be adjusted for the swap purse), and there is a top-piece for the lining. Of course I messed up the pleating. Once I was DONE the purse, I realized the pleat marks are supposed to MEET! I was trying to make one mark the top of the pleat and the other mark the bottom of one side of the pleat (hope that makes sense).

The purse itself is made from quilting cotton featuring little pink cherries, green leaves and white cherry blossoms in a teeny tiny print. I LOOOOVE that I bought a small stash of vintage trimmings, of which the pink piping ending up on this purse. It's also got the very last of my beige eyelet lace on it, and a nice big pink vintage button. Nothing is interfaced except that the lining IS a lightweight interfacing.

For Bubblegum_phoenix, I made the strap much longer than the recommended length (I think I made it 32 inches long) because she is rather tall. Hers is made from a vintage cotton I got at a rummage sale, scrap brown twill, blue vintage piping, a big ole vintage button, and the cotton lining is leftovers of japanese yukata (summer kimono) fabric. I interfaced the bottom piece of the bag so it holds it's shape better. Silly me forgot to put a pocket in, though.

Not bad for my first two purses ever, eh? Tongue
« Last Edit: April 23, 2009 02:32:21 AM by Alexus1325 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009 04:04:14 PM »

that first one is sooo cute and girly, I love it.
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009 06:34:15 PM »

I Like them both, but especially the first one. I love the lace detail! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2009 06:41:35 PM »

Both beautiful, but the second one is more my speed. I love that brown and blue combo!

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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009 01:53:36 AM »

and I love it by the way! The second one is mine, its beautiful. Im not sure my other half was too thrilled when he saw me opening a package containing a purse/handbag lmao, aparantly 1 is enough  Roll Eyes men


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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2009 01:55:47 PM »

I really like the second one, although they are both cute.  The second one looks like a reconned skirt.  Very nice.

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009 10:39:33 PM »

That turned out really cute.
I made one with 2 handles which I inserted between the top band and the body kind of like the way Amy Butlers Frenchy bag is constructed. I'll have to post pictures one of these days. I was thinking of adding a gusset like yours on the second one.

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