Thursday, January 8, 2009

four seasons. winter

pattern: market bags by portabellopixie boutique patterns
a pattern by sandi henderson
fabric: michael miller mod. black mod leaves & black mod patchwork
other materials/notions: canvas, 2 - 1 7/8" buttons. orange paisley & black paisley
modifications: extended straps by 5 inches. basted canvas to exterior & interior fabric. button loop & buttons for closing.
completed: 08January2009

phew! i'm totally loving this bag & was so excited about the look & feel of the mod leaves & patchwork that i decided to use a button closure to wear the bag in either print, not a magnetic snap that would be noticeable when reversed as completely dysfunctional.

it took some time to topstitch for the double canvas, but this baby is super sturdy. no matter how i turned it, i wanted the exterior fabric to have stability.

i decided to stick with the same pattern i used for four seasons. fall because i love the size, the shape and the ease with which i can get into this bag at the checkout, bank or anywhere i need quick access to cash, keys or phone. i also divided the pockets on the outside & in to hold my cell phone in one, the checkbook or a wallet in the other, for example, inside or out, without fear that either would topple out from a loose side. and with the canvas on the pockets, too, well, they lay nice & flat.

i've been using fall ever since i made it. now i've got this gorgeous winter. i can color coordinate and still have a hip bag i love.

the bottomline matter your preference in fabric (i know mine tends to be a little...uhm...bold?), the color or design, you gotta love what is you and you have to enjoy what you make. when you do, the end result is pleasing as beautiful art! and then strut your stuff around town. don't be shy! :D

and now, maybe i should really get that christmas tree down from the living room. yikes!


QuiltedSimple said...

Ooooh. I like this one. So bright (especially against all this icky white snow...). Love the buttons for the closure - truly versatile!

audreypawdrey said...

I really like the brightness of this one, too. Great fabric to cheer you up on a cold, wintery day. I also like that you made it reversible with the button closure. I really may have to make myself a new bag soon...

I love bright colors in fabric but I never wear bright colors; isn't that weird?

APA said...

I'm a jeans, flip flop and t-shirt kinda of person, pretty casual, always comfortable. Maybe that's why I'm attracted to bright, retro fabrics? This mod is really, really pretty in the real. The pictures do not do the designer and manufacturer justice. Keep your eye out for it in your local quilt & fabric stores and see what you think!

bearbear said...

love it, love it and i can tell you love it, too. (and i need to take down my christmas tree , too!)
you and audreypawdrey are SO industrious!

a friend to knit with said...

oh my gosh! you are so good. so so good.
i LOVE the look of this! and worn slung over the shoulder like that. totally cool.
i love my jean t-shirt flip flops days.
my current days are jeans boots sweaters.
that bag would look fantastic worn with anything!!!
i too love how you did the big beautiful buttons!!

HeyYeah said...

I loved the fabric but it's even better as a bag! I think wearing bright colours with black (like in your photo) looks fabulous & it's perfect for that. Great choice!

Stephanie said...

Love the bag! Great choice of fabrics.