Monday, April 11, 2011
In which I FINALLY finish something I start - a new spring-ish bag!
First let me say two things - one, I am having a hard time getting good pictures of this bag (I probably need another lesson from my husband about my fancy camera. I could also read the manual but who are we kidding?!) and two HALLELUJAH for getting something DONE! Wheeee! I was seriously starting to think I might never get anything sewn ever again. Wrong! Yay!
So this bag, which is MUCH cuter in real life, is the bag we are making for our themed sewing day at Whipstitch on Saturday the 23rd (8am - noon). All you need is the pattern for the Ali Foster Slouch bag and your fabric (bring or buy the day of, your choice). I LOVE love love this bag for so many reasons. It's EASY, it's FAST and you can change it up so many ways. It's also a great size - and it even has a pocket for my phone! This version was made with a nice linen from Whipstitch, lined with a Kona solid (grass green?) and then it has a band from Amy Butler's Soul Blossoms on the front and back. I improvised the strip on the front, it's not part of the pattern but I can show you how I did it when I see you on the 23rd :-)
My really, truly favorite part about THIS bag? That peony on the pocket! LOVE!
This bag took a little big longer to make because of the cutting and piecing of that strip on the front but it was still only about a nap and a half worth's of sewing time. The pattern also calls for a layer of canvas between the inner and outer fabrics to stiffen it but I like using a fusible fleece on the outer fabric. It gives the bag some form and isn't a pain to sew on (like I think canvas is - just one girls' opinion).
My other confession? I have a few more of these bags to show you this week, hoping to entice you to come play, I mean SEW with us at Whipstitch on the 23rd! Go get your Slouch Bag pattern now from Ali Foster on etsy! (And no, I am not getting paid by either, I just like 'em).