Tuesday, June 16, 2009

a really BIG bag

big bags seem to be the rage this summer...for the beach, to go to market. Having made a couple myself from amy butler like the Betty Shopper (see here), i decided to come up with my own groovy big bag using a shape that i like, sewing methods that i've learned. i sketched it out yesterday morning and got to cutting, ironing and sewing. this fresh paint by michelle d'amore (blogged about here) was just perfect, inside and out! i finished just a little while ago.

it's BIG! yes, it measures 22" across the bottom and 30" from the shoulder strap down to the bottom. it may be a little bit too big for someone 5'1" like me, but now that i've got a pattern and my sewing know-how (on the first try...so exciting. maybe i really CAN sew!), so easy to tweak and play with, including mixing and matching fabric on the outside as well as various pockets on the inside, and size, of course for different frames.

super cool! oh, so it was raining outside today? sweet, refreshing rain. i didn't hardly notice for the warmth inside, but did enjoy a moment in my raincoat and with my camera looking for some kind of photo op. sweet, refreshing rain. my garden is so appreciative of your generous nature. :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

for a family friend

pattern: an everyday bag by favorite things
fabric: amy butler daisy chain. exterior: daisy bouquet. indigo; interior: kaleidoscope leaf. dots
other materials/notions: pellon fusible thermolam plus to line exterior, canvas to line interior pockets, pellon shape flex woven interfacing, 1 large button, small diameter cording, metallic snap
modifications: lined handles and tab with woven interfacing and interior pockets with canvas for stability; lengthened the handles; used a snap in place of velcro
date completed: 03June2009
a gift for: mrs g, a family friend

it's done and i'm so happy with how it came together and how it finished. i've e-mailed my mom a few pictures and as soon as i get a mailing address, the everyday bag...perfect, i think, for wearing with jeans as mrs g does...will be carefully packaged and placed in the mail. i took my time on this, but really it's an easy to follow pattern, and a purse versus a tote type bag, for a little change up in any woman's wardrobe!

thanks, mom, for giving me this chance to sew for a dear friend!

and now...some planning and designing of my own. i may have a little sales opportunity. one day at a time and full moments these early summer days!