Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mandarin Kids' Clothes and a Fan Bag and some Fiori Fun

I've had a few projects in the works lately... I made two little girl outfits with a Mandarin flair. Both have Mandarin-style collars and I tried a variation on frog buttons for one. It was my first time using self-made covered shank buttons in a project of my own. I will definitely look into doing that, again.

Then I also whipped up a cute little bag for a neighbor. She picked the style and the fabric. All I did was choose the lining and create a pocket design for inside. I've made the fan bag before. But this time I gathered the lining inside to create a little more space (filling the entire inside). I also added a band pocket with three compartments. I used fusible fleece interfacing in the "collar" of the purse, which really gave it good shape. I LOVE fusible fleece right now. It almost has a quilted look and fullness without being quilty... if ya know what I mean.

Lastly, I've been going crazy with the last of my Laurie Smith Fiori fabric. Made two bags, the HUGE modern diaper bag from Amy Butler's Little Stitches book and the Taxi Tote from Anna Maria Horner's Seams to Me book.


Beth said...

Everything looks fabulous, but the pink an black mandarin set....WOWZA! Love it!

Philigry said...

you have such great skills. the bags and the outfits are so great!
i thought the tunic was a bit tight in the arm pits too! it must be the design.

African Kelli said...

Oooh, I just love that top bag! Gorgeous. What type of interfacing do you use? It stands so nicely.