Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Ruffled Scarves

Rizos Blue-SOLD!
Flounce Green-SOLD!
Ripple Neutrals-SOLD!
Ripple Jewels-1 available
Ronda Teal-SOLD!
Triana Purple & Violet
For the last several weeks I haven't been able to sew.  So, to keep myself busy, I have been knitting some absolutely gorgeous ruffled scarves.  As can be seen in the photos, depending on the ruffled yarn used, a totally different ruffled look can be created.
Ruffled scarves easily take simple to stunning, dull to dazzling, ordinary to outstanding.   I could obviously go on & on!
Consider a ruffled scarf for a wonderful holiday gift that will not break the bank.
The scarves described as Starbella are $25 each and the other individually named scarves are $30 each.
The scarves should be hand-washed & line-dried.  Each scarf averages between 44 and 54 inches in length.
The scarves shown are what is currently available.  Please email me to reserve a scarf for you!

Starbella Primaries-1 available
Starbella Denim-SOLD!
Starbella Pinks & Greens-2 available
Starbella Reds-4 available

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Arlene's Bags at the Carpenter Museum's Folk Art & Artisans Show in Rehoboth, MA

Leslie, Arlene & Anne on Saturday
Thanks to everyone who stopped by Arlene's Bags this past weekend at the Carpenter Museum's Folk Art & Artisans Show in Rehoboth, MA. This was my first time at the show, both as a vendor and shopper. It was an absolutely terrific event. I know for certain I owe most of my success this weekend to my wonderfully patient husband John and my 2 nieces, Leslie & Anne who came up from Baltimore and Philadelphia to help out Auntie Arlene!

Arlene, John, & Leslie on Friday
John & Leslie on Friday
Getting Display Ready on Friday
Arlene & Anne on Saturday

Arlene & Leslie on Friday

Part of the Display

The Display Prior to Opening

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Newest Maggie Slouch Bag

Outside Front

Just tonight I finished another Maggie Slouch Bag.  What is different about the newest Maggie Slouch is it has a magnetic snap closure and a zippered inside pocket.
This new fully lined Maggie Slouch measures 13 inches high without the strap and about 27 inches high with the strap.  It is 14.5 inches across at the top and 11 inches X 4.5 inches across at the base.
Like my other Maggie Slouch bags, this newest one is very roomy and has very clean, simple lines.
Price: $30.00
This bag will definitely be available this coming Friday and Saturday at the Carpenter Museum's Folk & Artisans Show which will be held at the Francis Farm in Rehoboth, MA.   www.carpentermuseum.org  Just head for the Miller Building where you'll find Arlene's Bags!
Inside Zippered Pocket

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Abbey Bag in a Bag

                                            The Gracie Bag in a Bag

Outside Front in Oasis Prequilted
The Abbey Bag in a Bag is the newest addition to Arlene's Bags.   The Abbey Bag is literally a bag within a bag.  The outside bag has 6 deep pockets and a rear zippered pocket.  The inside has 2 elasticized pockets and 2 water bottle pockets.
The inside bag has a top inset zippered closure.
This multi-use bag is especially ideal as a small laptop bag, a diaper bag, a book bag or a general multi-use bag
With its adjustable straps the Abbey Bag in a Bag can be carried as a shoulder bag or converted to a backpack.  Converting the bag to a backpack simply involves reclipping the swivel hook.
Price: $65
Outside Rear Zippered Pocket

Inside Pockets

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Arlene's Bags in Holiday Folk Art & Artisans Show

Instead of doing a holiday sale in my home as I have done for the last few years, this year I will be a vendor at the Carpenter Museum's Folk Art & Artisans Show  which will be held at Francis Farm in Rehoboth, MA.
The sale will run from 4pm to 9pm on Friday, November 4, and continue on Saturday, November 5 from 9am to 4pm.
Arlene's Bags will be in the Miller Building at table #7.
I will be introducing several new bags, many of which are made in my newest fabrics.
Hope to see you next week!
For directions please click on the link below:

The Tami Bag

Outside Front Split Pockets
The Tami Bag came about as a result of requests for a small bag that can also hold more than just a credit card and some keys.
Although the Tami Bag is small, I think it fits the bill for having a lot of space. It measures 9" wide x 8.5" high x 2.5" deep. Although it can be made with a regular shoulder strap, I did add an adjustable strap so it can be worn across the chest.
The Tami Bag has a stylishly designed split outside front pocket, a rear outside zippered pocket, a top zipper closure and 3 slip-in inside pockets.  
Price: $35.00 + S&H when applicable
Rear Exterior Zippered Pocket


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Adriana Bag

Outside Front in Tiffany's Trove Prequilted
The Adriana Bag is the perfect bag for someone looking for a bag that is uniquely stylish, roomy and adjustable.
The Adriana Bag has both top and bottom front pleats, a divided slip-in rear exterior pocket, 6 interior slip-in pockets and a magnetic snap closure.  For hands-free shopping the adjustable shoulder strap makes it easy to convert the bag to an across-the-chest bag.
The Adriana Bag measures about 11.5 inches across and 13.5 inches tall. 
The Adriana Bag can be made up in any of the fabrics shown in my etsy store or on my web site.   For this listing the bag is shown in one of my newest prequilted fabrics for 2011, the very elegantTiffany's Trove  as well as Blue Pearls of the Orient.
Price: $45.00 + S&H when applicable
Inside Pockets

Rear Back Split Pockets

Pleated Front

Close-Up of Front Pleats

Inside Split Pockets

Rear Split Pockets

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Fabric Sale in My Etsy Shop

To celebrate our Bassett Hound Gracie's 6th birthday, I am having a storewide sale in my etsy shop. Everything is discounted 15% until August 19.
Be sure to use coupon code 0805 to get the discount.

Happy Birthday Gracie!!!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vogue Dress Pattern 8724-My Most Favorite Summer of 2011 Dress

This summer I fell in love with Vogue dress pattern 8724.  The lines in this knit dress are very clean and very lean!  The bodice has a fairly deep crossover v-neck attached to a skirt that is softly pleated at the top.  The sleeves are cap-style.
The dress has no zipper and simply pulls over the head.
I hemmed my dress so it falls just a tad above mid-knee.  I twin-needle topstitched the skirt hem as well as the sleeve hems.
Vogue 8724 is an easy, easy pattern to sew and the end result is quite an elegant looking dress.

Newest Fabrics

Tiffany's Trove Prequilted

Tiffany's Trove Coordinate
Below are photos of my newest fabrics which will work perfectly year round in any of my bags.
The fabrics themselves are available for sale by the yard.  The prequilted fabric is $16 per yard + S&H when applicable.
The single weight coordinates are $8 per yard + S&H when applicable.
Oasis Prequilted

Oasis Sides A & B

Oasis Coordinate

The Courtney iPad Purse

This past week I made the Emroidery Garden's iPad purse . It is a fast and easy purse to make.
As shown in the photos my iPad2 extends just a tad beyond the edge of the purse which has nothing to do with the pattern/directions. I made a mistake in measuring to compensate for the iPad cover I had made about a month ago for my iPad2. 

The Courtney iPad purse has a rear outside pocket which I made as a split pocket. It can easily hold a cell phone (unless you have the phone app on your iPad2!) and keys.

I think the possibilities for this iPad purse extend beyond an iPad which is great for people who don't have an iPad. Although designed to hold a covered iPad 2, I can see this bag also being worn as an across the chest bag which would would make for hands-free shopping.
 Needless to say, the Courtney iPad purse can be made up in any of the fabrics shown on my web site and in my etsy store.
Price: $30 + S&H when applicable

The 2 Jeans Wallet

Last night I finished making the Presto wallet I bought from Sewspoiled's etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sewspoiled?ref=seller_info. It's been awhile since I have made &/or used a wallet as large as this one. I must say it is nice to have some room in my wallet.
The wallet has an outside zippered pocket, 4 inside credit card slots and a pocket for currency. It closes with a magnetic clasp.
The wallet makes up pretty easily. The directions are good and include a lot of colored photos.
Price: $20 + S&H when applicable
For a great look combine this wallet with the Winnie Bag shown in an earlier post:

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Farnell iPad (Shoulder Bag?) Case

As many of you know, to put it mildly, I have been obsessed with my iPad2 since buying it in May.  I regularly search for new iPad accessories I can make.   Thus far the Lisa iPad foldable cover and the new Farnell Case are my favorites.
 After making the Farnell Case I realized what a great shoulder bag it would make.
The bag has an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap and an outside zippered pocket.
Although it easily holds my iPad, I have been carrying the bag as a shoulder bag. Luckily I have because someone ordered one the first day I wore it. No work in that sale!
For the order I did add a zippered inside pocket as the customer requested.
The bag also has an adjustable shoulder strap.  I would avoid an inside zipper if using this case strictly for an iPad.
I used one of my newest fabrics, Oasis, to make the case and accessories.
For accessories I made a tissue case, eyeglass case and the ITH freebie wallet from the Purple Hat. The 2 wallets in the second photo were an order. I made one of them a tad deeper than the other and widened the tab closure so it would look more balanced.
Price for Farnell Case/Bag: $35 + S&H when applicable

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Lisa iPad 1 or 2 Folding Case/ Notebook/ Stand

In January I began my quest for the perfect tech 'toy'. I bought & returned 6 tech gadgets since January. I really thought toy #5, a Motorola Xoom was a keeper. For any # of reasons,I returned it.
Finally, in May, I tried out the iPad2 and OMG, I was blown out of the water by what it can do. The iPad2 is a definite keeper.  I just love it.
However, I thought my iPad needed a cover that was both pretty and functional.  Luckily I found the perfect pattern for a cover in sewspoiled's etsy store.  The pattern is designed to fit both the first generation iPad & the iPad 2.
What is great about this cover is it has 2 viewing angles, one for using the virtual keyboard and the other for viewing photos, recipes, reading e-books,etc.  Typing is so much easier when the iPad is in one of these covers. 
The cover folds closed like a book when the tablet is not in use.
The cover can be made from single weight or quilted fabric. I used prequilted fabric for the ones shown below.
Don't have an Ipad??? Think gifts!!!!!
The introductory price is $30.00 + S & H when applicable.