Last night, I cut myself badly enough putting in the grommets that I considered a run to the emergency room. But, I decided that an ugly scar on my finger and two hours of bleeding was better than losing four hours of my life sitting in the
fourth rung of hell Johns Hopkins ER on a Friday night. Of course this morning I found my awl and wondered where it was last night when I was using dressmaker shears to punch a hole in the fabric. But, I digress.
I also took some advice from a review on PR and divided one pocket in half (bottom photo). The other (above) will get a big snap which I picked up at Joann’s today. The pockets are kinda floppy without it.
Nice bag. Would make it again, a little smaller. Will be great for the Farmer’s Market this summer. Who am I kidding. I’m taking this bad boy to work on Monday. I bet my Aunt Judy would like one of these too.
People are soooo smart. Last week I posted that I was going to buy purse feet for my Betty Shopper bag. Nancy and BeeBee suggested I use buttons instead. I went through my button stash (and it’s been a stash since I bought not one but TWO of the four pound button bundles from Fabric Mart).
I liked the way the red coordinated. But, it wasn’t thick enough for me. I really don’t want the bottom of the bag getting gross. Then I remembered reading somewhere that you could double up buttons for interest.
And, they go great with this stretchy brown woven that I’ve envisioned as BWOF 1-2007-113.
I love these blog awards that go around! Well, Marji from FiberArts Afloat, Gwendolyn of After the Dress and Domestic Haven’s Mimi nominated me for the Excellent Blog Award. Well, shucks. Thanks ladies! And I’d like to nominate two more. Yes, I’m supposed to do 10. But it was a long day at work and I’ve got tickets to Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette with the Baltimore Opera tonight. Am very excited! I bought one ticket for this and for Madame Butterfly almost a year ago. Talk about delayed gratification.
The first is for Leslie of Loohoo Originals who I officially met at PR weekend in LA. Since we met, she’s been my daily source of sewing when the boards or blogs are slow. She launched her blog last week and her first post is on one of my favorite gadgets, the Consew Gravity Feed Iron.
I don’t usually seek out the knitting blogs. I can’t knit and it just makes me bitter that I can’t. But, there’s a cool knitter out there who sews too and is a sci-fi junkie like me (don’t sleep on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Star Wars y’all). So, if you have a moment, check out Peacock Chic.
Before I close, I’d like to say THANK YOU to Ben. Ben (who is from New Jersey) found my driver’s license outside of the Walnut Room in Philadelphia. He tracked my number down and called to let me know he put it in the mail. I told him ‘thanks’ and he said I should pay it forward.
I can get with that. So, I’ll send a set of 10 of these red and brown buttons to the (pre-determined number) person who who asks for them in the comments. Or, umm, if I’m the only one who likes them, I’ll just keep them and say I did :-)
I am 100 percent in LOVE with how the Betty Shopper bag is coming along.
The exterior is complete and the lining and pockets need to be sewn up. It’ll be a couple of weeks though. I used a friend’s industrial to sew this on and I can only get over there on weekends. This upcoming weekend I’m taking a five hour French cooking class at the Viking Cooking School outside of Philadelphia with a friend. Hmmmmm, wonder if I can talk her in to a stop along Fabric Row. Just to look! I’m back on my fabric diet until June.
I don’t know that this bag needed the industrial, but, it sure made sewing through two layers of Peltex 71 (at Joanns in the interfacing section) needed for the bottom of the bag much easier. And it’s so fast. And, it does an automatic backstitch. And, it cuts the thread at the end of a stitch. Sigh.
I love that it’s keeping its shape standing up. Phyllis was right! It’s all about the right interfacing! I dunno what this is. I got it on a huge roll in LA.
I’m also going to order some purse feet. This fabric is too pretty to let sit on the floor. This same Alexander Henry Print can be found at j creative online. I may get in to this bag thing. I found about five bags in my BWOF archive.
Happy Easter for those who celebrate. This is by far my favorite holiday. Although, this time of year makes me remember how I used to get a week off for Passover at my last job. Those my friends, were the days.
So, the last time I tried to make a bag it was about 10 years ago when the boxy Kate Spade bag was all the rage. I *lusted* for that bag. Simplicity had a version of it. When I was done, it was a crafty homemade looking hot mess.
I really want to make the Weekender Bag. But, over PR Weekend, both Leslie in Austin and MelissaB warned me that making the bag was a physical battle. So, I went with something easier. I’m trying the Betty Shopper in an Alexander Henry print. I’m going to sew it on my friend’s industrial too. I’m drawn to it mostly, because I think the model looks like me. The second model. Not the blonde.