Friday, March 24, 2006

Two down, one to go

I finished my second reconstruction project, which was the one I started on first. A skirt with ruffles of a gorgeous Amy Butler cotton sateen floral. I had originally bought the fabric to make myself a bag but this year I think I'm going to macrame one or go with a solid color. So, I had the fabric and the colors worked very well with the cargos, but more than that I loved the contrast of texture. I made a sash out of the floral and another Amy Butler print and wove it through a chain belt. It looks great without the belt too. Originally I was going to hang little fabric fans from the loops but since the skirt will be in a larger size I thought I should keep it simple. I need a real dress form for fitting. My display mannequin is tiny ,it's difficult to display anything larger than a 4 on on it . The skirt is designed for a taller girl. I'll make a short girl skirt next. But I'm very pleased with it. My bag was a major hit . I posted it on Flickr before I listed it on Etsy, because I wanted to get Naomi's input. I received 4 inquires about it. This morning I wrote the first one back and she bought it straightaway. So that was a success. Now I still have the two legs to figure out for my 3rd project. I need a new book bag maybe.... Well the weather here is still cold and I am so done with winter. Just leave already !

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Unfinished business

I tried to finish up a few unfinished projects this week. I have a bunch of ipod and laptop sleeves that I cut out weeks ago. All I need to do is sew them.I moved everything downstairs (in anticipation of spring) But I'm not quite organized , all my stained glass and mosaic projects are also waiting to be finished . I started to clear a space off, there was a bag of my sons clothes for donations. I made the mistake of pulling a few things out to play with . So, instead of sewing up what I had all ready, I cut up a pair of his pants and started 3 new projects. I am pleased with this purse.
I bought some very cool ribbon from sacredkitschstudio a while back and wanted to make a belt with it, so I used that and built on it. I love recycling . The ribbon is the only thing new on the bag. The rick rack, buttons, webbing and lining and of course the bag itself are all recycled. I think it's one of myfavorite things, I hope the other 2 pieces come out half as good.