Thursday, April 22, 2010

Laptop Bag

Oh Amy Butler. How I love you. Remember when I got a few free patterns from Amy Butler? If not, you can read about it here. Anyway, one of those patterns was the laptop bag and iPod cover. I decided to make the laptop bag to match my new weekender bag. I love the way it turned out and it fits my laptop perfectly. The pattern does teach you how to adjust the size based on the size of your laptop.
I feel like the padding is sufficient and it is structurally sound. There are layers and layers of canvas to protect your precious cargo. I had to adjust the velcro slightly but it wasn't a big deal.

The fabric is what I had left of the Orla Kierly for Target tablecloth. I wish I would have bought more. Maybe they'll unite again. *fingers crossed*

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring Top Week

Made By Rae is one of my favorite blogs. I am so inspired by her energy and her awesome projects! This month she is holding a little contest called Spring Top Week. You can check it out here. Basically all you have to do is make a top, submit it to the contest and pray you win!

Since one of my New Year resolutions was to sew more for me I decided this would be the perfect opportunity. Plus I thought it would be fun to try to create a pattern all by myself. That's right folks, I didn't use a pattern. I figured it out on my own and I have to admit, I'm pretty darn proud of my results. Yeah there are things I would change but I think this is a good first try.

I was inspired by a top at Ann Taylor Loft. Unfortunately I can't find the picture. UGH. I hate that. Basically it looked just like the shirt I made. You'll have to take my word for it.
The fabric is a super soft, light pink, peach-skin that I found on clearance at Walmart. I NEVER find fabric at Walmart but somehow I got lucky and only paid $1.50 per yard. Yummy. The neckline detailing is from JoAnn's.

The front has 4 pleats along the center and the back has one large inverted pleat. My favorite part of the shirt is the neckline detailing. It is black pleated grosgrain ribbon with velvet ribbon sewn on top. The raglan sleeves are gathered with elastic around the bottom.


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