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Koi fish handbag by tanmei Koi fish handbag by tanmei
A belated Christmas gift for a close friend, who loves koi fish and Japanese culture =P
Hopefully I'll see her this week and I'll be able to give it to her :)

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Looks very professional (well, okay, compared to any bag I've made before), and I'm so happy with this pattern, I think I'll make one for myself now! Probably off to buy the laptop bag pattern next, to make a bag for my new MacBook Pro :)

Fabrics: poly (sigh, I know! But the colour was so nice!) shot blue/green taffeta, and quilting cotton (koi print featured on outside and teal for lining). There's also a layer of wadding and calico inside, and a plastic bag base, plus a heap of interfacing fused to the bag pieces.

It took me AGES to find large D-rings, until I stumbled upon a sale in a fabric store I don't normally go to. Topstitched the straps 5 times each, now they are quite hard and sturdy.

Zippered inside pocket (top right) and zippered gusset (bottom right) at top were really easy to assemble, instructions included are very comprehensive.

My machine didn't really handle thick wadded seams very well - then it started to squeak. Oiled and oiled, and still sounds like a mouse...got the job done anyway :D The pattern recommends fusible wadding, but I was really at a loss in the quilting department.

On quilting, I was originally going to quilt a swirly wave pattern on the blue border at the top of the bag to attach the wadding to the taffeta, but I think I'll save the jump into quilting for another day. Probably looks smarter as it is :lol:

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Pattern used - "Day Bag" by Nicole Mallalieu. Her patterns are great, and I highly recommend them. Many different styles of bags, graded over 4 difficulty levels. This was "beginner".
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Koi fish fabric (fat quarter) from Kimono House, Nicholas Building, Melbourne, Australia.
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Student General Artist
its really nice! :D haha, you used a pattern? lol, just doing that was pro =p i like the turquoise fabric!!! :D and lol, love the fish, used to keep koi, then we moved :( oh, and haha, i love within temptation now. thanks for introducing me to them and nightwish :D :sing:
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tanmei Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
Yes, I needed some guidance since I have not sewn anything for ages...it's a really good pattern though! I was really in love with the turquoise, still have some left, might make a corset :D

Glad you love Within Temptation, I've now got a bunch of other stuff to introduce you to :)
Don't know if After Forever was on that CD I gave you, but I think you'll like them, another soprano vocalist we can both relate to =P
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ravenwing136 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Student General Artist
lol with any luck im going on an exercise spree to lose weight for future cosplays, so the corset isnt so dire anymore XD a pattern for guidance? you know, you really have to show me how to use a pattern sometime. i have this fear of opening the paper :(

yeeeessss..... :XD: woot for good music!
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BrokenEver Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Oh, pretty! She will LOVE it! :love:
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tanmei Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
She did :lol:
Thanks :)
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falarae Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very pretty :) And nice presentation with the photos :)
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tanmei Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
Literally, was a 10 minute job in Photoshop. Just had too many views...=P
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