Perspective

I realize that it’s a little hard to tell quite how large the Betty Shopper bag by Amy Butler is. So, I asked a woman in my office to shoot a photo of me with it today.

I don’t think it’s crazy big. But, I have been describing it as my ‘suitcase’ or generally referencing it as ‘luggage’. Other than a basic inability to find my keys in it, it’s a great work bag.

Today actually felt like Spring and I wore my Hot Patterns Deco Vibe Cosmopolitan Dress today. ¬†I forgot how fantastic this pattern is. I hope I can get around to making another version of it this year. You know it’s a good dress when three straight men tell you they like your dress!

Hmmm, this bag thing is kinda fun


Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful? Honestly, never thought I would be excited by a bag I made.


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.

Also, I think I would recommend interfacing the quilt weight lining fabric. I think the side where I divided the bag has more support. I imagine some interfacing on the lining would do the same.


I attached the button purse feet with upholstery thread.


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.

Look Ma, I made a button!

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.

SWEET!


Cool, huh? Just a few drops of crazy clue from the dollar store and I have purse feet.


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 :-)

My Easter Basket


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.

The bag is ginormous. You need quite the berth to sew it.


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 took Kathleen’s advice and pressed and pressed and pressed so that the seams were wide and flat. Should you take this on, find your tailor board or a sleeve board for all the nooks and crannies.


I did cut the pockets wrong :(. I need to get some plain (i.e. inexpensive) broadcloth or gingham to re-cut.


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.

And this came in the mail. I love half.com. The book was less than $5. You can thank my roommate from LA, Leslie, for this. She showed me his stingy fabric cutting technique and I was sold.

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.

Up Next: Betty Shopper

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.

Oh. Wow. They are still printing the pattern.

This pretty much made me decide that home sewn bags were no good. Recently, I’ve been inspired, by Stephanie at Creative Reveries and Peacock Chic’s Amy Butler Weekender.

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.

Ok. She doesn’t look like me. But, that’s how I want my arms to look when I carry my version around this summer. Girl.