I had no idea how much time had passed since my last blog entry. Looking back, it perfectly coincides with the advent of my third pregnancy. Nine months of that misery, followed by six months of life with this bundle of cuteness:
1. This was my first bag, messenger style. I found a tutorial online and tweaked it a bit. I had not yet discovered interfacing, but the bag isn't very floppy because I misunderstood the kind of vinyl used in the tutorial and used some clearance upholstery vinyl for the interior.
7. Of course, the third baby was reason enough to pull out my diaper bag designing skills again. I was determined to make a backpack-style purse. This one converted from a backpack to a shoulder bag. By now I've figured out interfacing! This purse was fun and used really cute fabric. However, I didn't make the straps long enough, and when I tried to fit everything in it, there wasn't enough room. This purse never was used.
9. Which brings me to the bag I finished last night. This thing is a little beastly. It's fairly wide. In my head it would droop a little more and the extra fabric would fall into nice pleats and draping. However, it wasn't working as well when I used actual fabric and interfacing like it did with my first run-through. I also picked some lightweight vinyl for the inside to make it wipeable, and that fabric, while convenient, doesn't hang and drape. I had to take this purse apart and put it back together with pleats in different places and corners sewn differently and the bottom eliminated. I was relieved that it was salvageable, and now that it's complete I love it.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I love creative customers! And this one was a great one to work with. She decided on seven different purse designs, most of them Rockabilly inspired. This was the concept collage we came up together.
I knew the hardest purse would be the one with the sparrows. I was fairly confident that I could come up with something on my new Silhouette Cameo. My ideas were to either use vinyl as a stencil and paint on the sparrow, or to use heat transfer. This is the free sparrow vector graphic that I found online. Adam (my husband) and I both have limited vector abilities, but our combined efforts worked well. Adam simplified the graphic, and then I figured out how to make it compatible with the Cameo software.
I think my customer will be happy!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
It's that time of year again--Purse Week! The blog Lemon Squeezy Home does a Purse Week each year where people can enter with bags they have sewn and win prizes. I think I've joined each year. This year my real motivation was to make a new purse for myself. My son was recently pottytrained and so now I have both kids carry a backpack with their sippies and other stuff. So I needed a smaller purse! I have only a few things that I carry in a purse: my wallet, kindle, phone, keys, checkbook, pen, and hand sanitizer.
I took my machine to the shop on Monday and they told me it would take 5 days to work on. I got out my old machine, which is slow and clunky and can't really sew a straight line, and managed to make this purse. The next day I was shocked when they called me and said my machine was done, so I hurried out to get it, because I couldn't handle sewing on my old machine for any more projects!
So I think the teal one will be my first entry, and for my second I think I'll use one of my clutches. I'm still debating, but I think it will be this one:
Sunday, October 7, 2012
I have known for awhile that my storage system for my purses was really flawed. Purses were getting squished, finding them was difficult at times, and one of the places I stored them was right next to a vent, so I was concerned about lint. So I did some internet research, and ultimately decided that shoe storage was the chepapest and most efficient way to go. I ultimately bought four of these shoe shelves from Target, each with 15 slots. I stacked them all up in the corner where I used to have a normal bookshelf full of purses. We bolted it to the wall.
And lastly, I hit a big milestone this month!