Saturday, September 02, 2006

Vogue V7862

This is a great bike bag. it has wide, comfortable straps with zippered pockets in them, perfect for an ipod. the only change i made was to convert it to a top opening purse. originally it had only the front vertical zipper to get inside the purse. i could just see everything spilling out while digging around sideways looking for something. instead, i cut an extra back lining and sewed a seam across the bottom to keep stuff in the front pocket from sliding around inside the lining. much more functional with easy top access and a front exterior pocket.

Denyse Schmidt pt deux

here's another project from denyse schmidt's book. this one was really easy to make since it isn't lined. my only suggestioon would be to use needles made for vinyl since my machine would skip a few stitches.

Last year, i got an itch to make a bunch of purses that unfortunately didn't sell anywhere. i really like the felt purse as it is easy to make; no hemming. The 2 with the circles are inspired by jay mccarroll from project runway and the third with the flower is from a book entitled "Making Handbags"

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Denyse Schmidt Quilts

This is a cool book even if you don't quilt. (which I don't) Lots of hip, simple projects to do on the machine with your scraps. These slippers were fun and easy to make espicially since there are few straight lines. The hardest part was sewing the sole on since you are going through lots of layers. I wasn't able to sew a straight seam so I did a crooked seam a few times around the edge. It goes with the crazy uneven seams done on the strap. Great for schlepping around the house.

Built By Wendy

This is one of the Bulit By Wendy patterns; Simplicity 4112. I had been waiting for these patterns to become available as they looked to be casual and hip. This top was easy to make and the directions were easy to follow. The only change I made was to add 1" to the side seams. I am bigger through the ribcage than the size 12 I cut out. I only had 1 yard of the squares so i used a printed chiffon for the sleeves and belt. I like the contrast between the circles and squares and the flowing sleeves. This top looks really cute with rolled jeans and boots.