Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Leather And Lace Coin Purse

  I've made another coin purse!

  Like the last one, I used leather for the exterior. This grey leather was stiffer than the brown I used last time, so I didn't interface it at all, and only used a lightweight interfacing on the lining.

  I sewed a strip of lace across the front, then spent 20 minutes deciding which button I wanted to use. It finally came down to a gold rose button or this one, and I chose this one because I liked it better with the silver frame.

  The sewing went pretty smoothly with this one! It was really fiddly, but I didn't have any problems except with the top-stitching, which I had extreme difficulty keeping straight.

  The real trouble started when I went to glue the frame in. My tube of E-6000 appeared to be dried up, so I decided I should pick up a new one in town, since I was heading there anyway that day.

  I stopped by Hobby Lobby and picked some up, then got to gluing when I got home... only to realize I'd picked up a tube of white E-6000 rather than clear.

  I figured I'd use it anyway, and just be careful to not let it show anywhere. I managed to squeeze the purse into the frame, but it kept sliding back out... no matter how long or short a time I let the glue sit, it simply wouldn't stick.

  I finally decided to ditch the project until I could get into town again... but I'm too persistent for my own good. I couldn't leave it alone, and ended up cutting open the dried-out tube just to check if there was any fresh glue inside.

  And there was! I had to use a skewer to get the glue inside the frame, but it worked! Only, somehow when I was sliding the purse into the frame, I managed to get glue everywhere.

  Luckily, my husband had a can of acetone sitting out in the shed, and I used that to get the extra glue off. After that it wasn't so bad. =)

  I'm not quite happy with the way the top-stitching shows inside the frame, but overall I love the way this one turned out! I used a bit of the same fabric as this nursing cover I made last year for the lining.

  As with the last one, I'm not positive what I'm going to do with this one... but I'll probably sell it when I've made a few more.

  And that's about all I have to say about that. =)
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fishy Crabbiness

  My twin nephews' turned two recently. In celebration of this great accomplishment, I made them some things. I was making two pairs of jeans, but the day before their party the second pair was barely cut out, let alone sewn. I needed something quick, that a two-year-old might like, and that was at least a little bit boyish. I decided on this little guy:

  and this guy:

  The crab is Casey the Crab, a free pattern from While She Naps. It was a surprisingly quick sew, and took me about an hour total. I didn't have any safety eyes on hand, so I just embroidered those as well as the mouth. I used quilting cotton that I had in my collection (collection is so much nicer a word than stash) and I am really pleased how it turned out! I probably should have clipped my curves better, but the pattern was impressively perfect.

  The fish is another free pattern, this one from Birch Fabrics. I made the small version, and it was a good bit more complicated than the crab. It took closer to three hours to sew this one. There were a few tiny bits that didn't quite line up, but overall it was great, and particularly so for a free pattern. The lines on the fins were the most difficult part to sew because the pieces were pretty small and there was a lot of thickness from the stuffing. I think the larger version would be a bit easier to sew.
  These fabrics are also from my collection. They probably aren't what I would have chosen if I'd been in a fabric store, but compared to anything else I had in the way of non-girly fabrics, they are perfection. =) Again, I should have clipped my curves better. Also, I didn't think of it until too late, but it would have been awesome if I'd fussy cut the head piece so part of the fabric design was in the position of an eye.

  And how did my darling nephews like them? Well, they threw them on the ground and ignored them in favor of toy power tools... such boys. ;-) I'm hoping they'll enjoy them more when they aren't in the middle of a pile of presents, and if not, maybe their baby sister will. My daughters could hardly keep their hands off these stuffed toys, and have been begging for a 'crowd' of their own ever since I started the crab, so there may be more of these in my future.

  Since my last post, I've updated my free gusseted coin purse pattern... it isn't crooked anymore! I'd love to see it if you make one!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Leather Love Coin Purse

  Since my last post, my camera broke to the point of uselessness.... I tried both of my zoom lenses, and no matter what I changed, every photo was ridiculously blurry. Then a few days ago, I decided I might as well see if my prime lens was the same way, since the chances of me getting a new camera right now are about zero, and the same for sending it off to be fixed. Guess what... it worked! And just in time to photograph my latest creation, this coin purse that I adore.

  I didn't adore it while making it though. The exterior is leather, which increases the thickness in the seams by quite a bit, and I (foolishly) added fusible fleece on the lining.

  After sewing the lining all together, but before sewing it to the outer, I decided I really didn't like the way the orange fabric I'd chosen looked with the leather, and went rummaging through my fabric collection to find a better one.

  I finally found an ill-fitting (ordered online and uncomfortably small) dress stashed away for refashioning purposes, and decided it would be perfect. So I sewed a second lining from the butterfly fabric of the dress, again using fusible fleece on it. I sewed the entire purse this time, turning and top-stitching, and was ready to glue it.... but there was a problem.

   No matter what I did, I just couldn't stuff the thick layer at the seam into the frame, even after trimming the seam allowances and hammering the seams. I even tried stretching the frame open a bit, but it just ruined it. That meant that it was time for a third lining, as well as a new frame.

  Luckily, the dress I'd chosen to sacrifice for fabric was ankle-length and there was plenty for a new interior. This time, since the fabric was on the delicate side and still needed some reinforcement, but with as little thickness as possible, I used a firm but thin interfacing. I would have used a medium interfacing, but I don't have any right now.

  This time, there were no problems. I hammered the seams, and they just barely slipped into a new (not ruined) frame, The gluing even went smoothly, which is more than I can say about most of the coin purses I've sewn. The only thing I'm still not quite pleased with is that the interfacing I used wrinkled a lot during the turning process, and it didn't iron out.

  Now you know why I didn't love sewing this one!

  I liked the exterior from the beginning though... the reverse applique turned out perfectly, and I love the way the dainty floral looks next to the leather.

  I added some buttons that I salvaged from some beyond-repair clothes about 16 years ago (if you are paying attention, yes, I had a button stash before I really learned how to sew), sewing them on and top-stitching around the heart with bright pink thread.

  When the outer layer is fabric, I prefer finished-edge reverse applique, but for the leather it would have been too bulky... besides which, leather edges don't fray.

  The pattern is my own (I'm updating that pattern soon. No more wonky pattern!) and the leather I bought almost three years ago with plans to make a wallet that didn't work out. The leather is interfaced with lightweight fusible interfacing. And yes, you CAN iron on leather. It might shrink with steam, but it's easy enough to just block-fuse and cut after.

  The heart was cut from the cutest faux-patchwork fabric Tia Eva gave me.... I was originally planning on cutting the heart from the junction between four pieces, but this rose block was too cute not to use.

  I don't have plans for this one yet... I'm considering re-opening my Etsy shop and trying to sell it, but I'm thinking I'll wait until I have a few more items I can sell.

  And now, I'm off to take care of my temperamental children. =)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Asymmetrical Floral Shirt

So, I made this a few weeks ago, and finally had a chance to photograph it yesterday:

  I used a shortened version of the dress pattern I drafted for Challenge Create.

  I simplified it by removing all of the ruffles, embroidery, and ruching, and finishing the sleeves and hem with a simple lettuce-edge hem.

  Instead of binding, I did a band for the neck. The first one was too small, so I took it out and did one that wasn't chokingly tight!

  The shoulders on this shirt look a little tight to me, and a little too sloped for Booper's square shoulders (She definitely takes after me in the shoulder department!), but otherwise it fits just as I'd hoped.

  Booper loves it!

She begged to wear it almost every day until I managed to take her pictures, and had to be very firmly persuaded to put it in the laundry today after she spilled food on it. =)

  The gathers at the side really aren't noticeable most of the time.... I think I should widen the gathered area so it wraps around the sides a bit more.

  Booper is wearing this tee with the Betty Skirt I made for her last month. That skirt goes with everything! I love it! =) Oh, and the shoes were a gift from her Aunt B, and she wears them everywhere! =)

  Overall, I'm pretty pleased with how this one turned out.

  I took a lot of pictures, and over half turned out reaaaalllly blurry, but I think the ones that weren't blurry turned out pretty well!

  And I love how they captured Booper's personality a little bit. =)

I ended up with 18 decent photos out of a batch of 56.....

  I have a few more things I've made that I still need to photograph... it's been so long since I made some of them that I'm not sure if it's ever going to happen.

  One more thing: the fabric! This is the third thing I've made with this fabric. It's from Girl Charlee, and while it's a little thinner than I prefer, I love the print! In fact, I'm considering buying more of it before it's all gone.

  After all, Gaiw pretty much needs a matching skirt, right? ;-)

  Then we could all coordinate. Nothing for my husband though. ;-) Some how I just get the feeling he wouldn't be interested in wearing anything made from this fabric.

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