Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The ragging experiment was a bust. The fibers slipped right through the stitches when it was in the dryer so the entire thing ragged instead of just the exposed seams. Tres lame. But I had a backup of sorts. Not as fantastical as this one was in my head but oh well, I'm still happy with it. It turned out a little wonky but overall I'm rather pleased with it. Here's some photos of the new double-sided flap:

I'm mailing everything off to her tomorrow... hope she likes it! There's still a few more accessories I have in mind but I guess they can wait for Christmas.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Couldn't resist making another flap tonight. I'm tired, hot & sweaty and coming *this* close to being burned out with the sewing and ironing and more sewing and snipping and cutting and more ironing, etc... but I did it anyway. Not to mention the darn mosquitoes are driving me near to insane and I have a million bites on my legs, arms, butt, feet... they're everywhere.

Anyway... enough of my whining. Here's the photo of the new flap. Still needs buttonholes though. The fabric is a sort of sheer curtain fabric that's super stretchy (why do I always have to pick out the touchy fabrics?) so I had to use the crappy interfacing again.

Geez... this is one photo-intensive post ain't it?
Wootles! Finished the purse! Here's the backside and more photos. I love how it looks like a funny little face:

And here's the UT-themed flap getting started on... still waiting on that ribbon.

Boo, it has writing on it, but check out the frayed colors at the selvage!! Beautiful aren't they??

The squares all cut:

And "quilted" together... here's the side that will be the "front":

And here's the "back". I know they're not straight. I really didn't care... lol. I figured the messier it looked, the better. ^_^

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Whew! So much done! I finished the basic purse last night and got the lining and everything put together this morning. Still have a few things left to do though.

1) Sew on snap for cell phone pocket closure.
2) Sew flap backside shut.
3) Sew buttonholes on flap.
4) Sew buttons onto purse.

All hand-sewing which is why I'm taking a break and updating the blog beforehand. HOPEFULLY, I'll finish it tonight (have some chores and homework to do though, so maybe not). Tomorrow the plan is to start work on the UT-themed flap. It will be *awesome* and I'm pretty sure what will prompt my mother to ask for her own purse too. I found this kinda blah fabric in the bins at Giesse (local fabric store)... it's a shimmery sort of beige with different patterns weaved in. The *really* cool thing is that I noticed the frayed edges. One direction it's a GORGEOUS burnt orange (perfect for UT right?) and in the other it's a creamy white. I think it may have been a sample piece from the manufacturer as it has 8 patterns on it lengthwise and no repeats. Also some marker writing on the edge. The plan for this one is to cut squares out of each section and arrange them in a brick-like pattern, pieced together like a rag quilt. The squares will be rotated so the orange and white will mix together when the edges fray. *crosses fingers* it turns out like I hope. I ordered some Longhorn ribbon from too to make it *really* obvious that it's UT... lol.

But anyways....

Moving on, here's some photos of the *almost* finished purse as it was assembled. First up... zippered pockets. These are my first *EVER* attempts and are REALLY not as crooked as some of the photos appear to make them. I swear. No really. They're not crooked. This purse has 3 of them and I'm pretty sure I got better at them as I progressively went along. ^_^ Practice makes perfect, right?

Here's a photo of the gusset sewn onto one side of the main purse and some of the "finished" outside (next time I think I'm going to make the gusset thinner). I actually assembled the entire outside of the purse, decided I didn't like portions of it and had to rip it all apart again so what is pictured here is not what I ended up with. First off, the zippered pocket on the backside was just kickin' it inside the open pocket there so I went back and lined the open pocket to "hide" it. Looks much more finished and I like it a lot more too. Next, the cell phone pocket on the front was too small. Well, actually the pocket fit, the strap was too short. So I took that one off, made a longer strap but then the pocket really WAS too small. IIRC, Ronee's cell phone is about the same size as mine so I used that for comparison and eventually made a pocket that would work. If not, oh well... it'll hold keys or something just as well I suppose. *shrug*

Next up is starting on the lining and inside of the purse. Here's a photo of the little quilted pocket I made to hold her new iPod. I'm also planning on adding a small elastic band to keep headphones curled up and in one spot. I'll add photos of these later.

The inside also has the largest zippered pocket of all. By this point I realized that due to the pocket making process, the size has a smidge of "shrinkage" going on so I made it larger on purpose.

I'm not at all a fan of the interfacing I used. It was way too stiff and has this weird crinkly/wrinkly effect going on once I sewed the lining in. Next time the lining will have to be smaller for sure. I was going to sew it so you didn't see the seam but couldn't figure out how to do that with the straps sewn in between. I was impatient (again!) and after staring at it for a good 15 minutes trying to figure out how to assemble it that way I figured I'd just do the top-stitching technique. It turned out kinda wonky since the main fabric was barely long enough to have a seam allowance. I'll have to go back and handsew a couple of small sections to fix it a bit. Same with the faux leather piping on the flap. The t-shirt being stretchy jersey didn't help AT ALL. I was forced to use the crappy interfacing but I guess it turned out okay regardless.

One of my favorite things about the purse so far (other than the entire CONCEPT of interchangeable flaps -- that is just so freakin' cool ^_^) is the adjustable strap. I was afraid of my needle not handling it well since it's kinda thick but was pleasantly surprised when it slipped through like butta. It's amazing how smooth it stitched up... even when I folded it over on itself.

Here's a photo of it filled up with some of Ronee's other gifts (headphones for her iPod -- I seriously SWEAR by this type, sooo comfortable!, a small address book, her wallet -- and a $25 gift certificate to iTunes, and a book -- Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton -- I've been trying to get Ronee into the series and found this book at the Thrift Store... it's the 4th book in the series but really starting to get into the overall plot and character development so I thought it might catch her attention a bit more than the first).

I'll update with more photos soon of the buttons for the flaps and hopefully a few more flaps. Plans include the UT one and a pearled smocking one. Ciao ciao!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Well, I decided to make my sister, Ronee, a gift for her birthday... which is in something like ummm... tomorrow... lol. Needless to say it will be late. I've decided on making her a messenger bag-type purse and the inspiration was this t-shirt:

Seriously... how do I see *that* and think "PURSE!!"? I'm not really sure. My mind is friggin' weird like that. But anyways, thanks to this post on Craftster I also got the idea to make the flap on the purse interchangeable. I know her favorite color is blue but didn't know if she'd like the design on the t-shirt as it's actually a bit more teal IRL (even if it does appear to perfectly match my new stillwater blue bedsheets in the photo above). Beautiful though.

The shirt reminded me of her since she recently got married to "her Mexican Man" (lol) and seems to have her own "Latin Soul". I'm also planning on a whole slew of accessories that will be outlined in other blogs.

Of course I'm planning on making one for myself too and am fiddling around with the idea of making one for Kayla as well. I'll post photos of them all here of course. ^_^ Hopefully they'll turn out as nice as they look in my mind.