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July 1, 2009

The bag I made for myself, using the Amy Butler polka dots, and the Alexander Henry Owls.  

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It is far from perfect, but I love it anyway.  And honestly, I’m probably the only person who would notice most of the imperfections.  The bag turned out to be a sort of study on techniques.  Instead of sewing it inside out and then flipping through a hole in the bottom, I used the binding on the top method, which overall, I much prefer.  A) I like the way it looks; B) I like being able to easily sew the bottoms of the inner and outer together; C) I hate having to sew up that darn hole in the bottom!

DSCN1007I used this little tutorial to fashion a pleated pocket for the outside.  This pocket was an after thought.  I wasn’t sure it would look right, but I felt like the outside of the bag needed something.  Overall, I’m not unhappy with it, and as a pocket it is adorable.  

 

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The only problem: I made up the dimensions for the pocket, using pieces I had originally cut for something else, and it is a little bit odd, the length compared to the width.  I also placed it lower than I would have liked.  You can kind of see that in the photo below.  I don’t think it’s terribly obvious, especially since the fabric is the same as the outside of the bag. Plus, it’s cute.  It’s staying.  

 

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I also used this tutorial to do a zippered pocket inside the bag.  I was really nervous at first, but I followed the directions, and aside from the fabric being a little bit moody, it turned out really well.  See?  Not bad for my first one, right? 

 

DSCN1002The size is perfect for what I was going for.  Good for every day, not too big, not too small.  I love the dots, and the owls. Fun, funky and functional!  What more could I ask for? 

I’m thinking of a million variations for this.  More interior pockets, more exterior pockets.  A pleated outside, perhaps?  Who knows.  I’m sure I’ll be showing you!

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Wristlet Wrangling

June 9, 2009

So, I’m working on something new.  I’m working on making a wristlet.  I never really understood the fascination with these things, but they seem to be all over the place.  I’ve done a little bit of research, talking to various friends and family about the draw of them.  Then I realized that I often ditch my purse for just my wallet, which becomes awkward because I have to hold it in my hand or under my arm.  How nice it would be to have a strap!

And thus the wristlet project began.

I’m trying to make up a pattern on my own.  It isn’t easy.  Mostly because I’m lazy.  I made the first one, and it turned out ok, but not quite right.  So, I made some modifications, and the second one turned out crappy.  Or, at least, bulky and oddly shaped.  So, I’ve made a couple of decisions.  First, instead of having so much going on on the inside, I’m going to cut out one of the pockets/dividers.  Second, I’m going to make the pocket slightly shorter in order to reduce bulk in the seams.  Third, I’m going to use some batting to give it some weight, but cut it down so that it doesn’t bulk up the seams.  Do you think this will work?

If nothing else, it is giving me zipper practice, which, as it turns out, isn’t so hard once you get the hang of it.  So, here’s hoping that the third time is the charm.  And here’s hoping that the AC has cooled off the sewing room enough that I can spend more than 20 minutes in there without passing out!

Things I’m no good at.

April 10, 2009

There are a lot of things I’m not so great at, but this post will concentrate specifically on zippers and patterns.  Also, this post is likely to work around to how the reason I am no good at these things is that I’m lazy, disorganized and/or impatient. 

Last night, I attempted to follow a pattern and make a little toiletries travel bag.  I used my new pattern tracing kit, and that went alright, I guess.  Except that the pattern pieces are bigger than the chalky tracing papers.  Am I supposed to move these around?  Use several in different colors?  Or, maybe, now that I’m thinking about it.  I should have pinned down the pattern piece?  Or something like that?  Maybe I should read the section about tracing patterns.  So, there’s the solution to that one.  Read twice, cut once, right?  Instead of read never, cut 15 times? 

Next up, zippers.  Once I managed to get workable pattern pieces cut out and realized that I was looking at step number 6 instead of step number 2 (hello, glasses), I pinned everything up, and got to sewing.  It’s hard though, figuring out where the zipper is when it’s hidden between a fabric sandwich.  And also when part of the fabric is rather heavy canvas stuff.  I just couldn’t keep it straight.  In some places, the stitches are too far from the zipper; in other places too close.  The too close part really screws things up.  I guess, though, it’s a learning process, right?

I think the lessons learned here are: read everything at least twice; don’t try a new project right before bedtime; when attempting a new project or technique use familiar fabrics that are easier to work with.