29 August 2014

Leftovers Bag.

A friend, we'll call her Alicia, contacted me on Saturday and asked if I had time and could whip her up a plain white purse for her before DragonCon for her costume. (Apparently, they're cosplaying people from the show Leftovers. I don't have HBO. I don't know what it is) Why, yes. I did have a little bit of time to squeeze her in! So, I ran down to Hancock Fabrics, picked up some white twill, a zipper and some bag parts and back home I flew.

Alicia sent me pictures of what she wanted, the shape, the size, specifications. I found a pattern, but I didn't like the way it was put together, so I just made something up as I went along.

And this is what happened.

EVERYTHING'S SO WHITE. Blindingly white.

Zipper teeth. nom nom nom. Check out dat pocket.

Annnnd hanging up for good measure. The strap all the way together makes a nice shoulder bag, while when it's loosened, makes for a great crossbody.

I'd never done a zipper like this before, so I just made it up as I went along. I think it turned out okay. One of the edges was bunched, and I couldn't fix it, so I just gave her a bit of a discount. But, overall, I've discovered I don't suck at pattern making, like I thought.

28 August 2014

Petite Street is neat!

A LONG, LONG TIME AGO, IN A MONTH THAT ISN'T NOW a friend asked me to make her a diaper bag! She found one she loved and asked if I could recreate it. Well, I'll try, was my reply!

I got close. Or at least I think so.

I found the Petite Street Nappy Bag from Susie D Designs on Etsy. I shared it with her, and she liked it! So, now for the fabric. The fabric seems to be the hardest part. I believe she went through three or four pattern changes until she found the perfect one. And then the perfect liner. And the perfect accent. And then I screwed up and didn't buy everything and time, so we found a NEW perfect accent fabric.
And then I started to put it together.

If you followed the directions, this is what it was supposed to look like before you started assembling it. My friend, we'll just call her Spam from now on, wanted a zippered pocket on the outside, too. So I happily obliged.

BAM. One zippered pocket for Spam!

And then I started putting it together. Got the outside done.

Wait. The strap thingies aren't straight.

Thaaaaat's better.

And before you know it, for a grand total of four days (forgot to count the hours) I was DONE.

Aww yiss, just look at it.
Ain't she a beaut?

Check out that interior.

Aww yiss.

And one more while it's hanging up.

I'm pleased with this bag. It'd actually make a great purse, too. It's very roomy and very sturdy. I'd add the extra outer zipper again, but, I wouldn't put the fleece on the pocket. It made it a little weird and puffy looking.

The pattern's well written, and instructions are clear! Though, when preparing to cut out fabric, (being that I used only three) was a little confusing on what to cut. Recommended!

26 August 2014

Oh, look, it's August.

Oh, hey internet. What's that? I haven't posted since July? Oops.

I've been a wee bit busy. I finished the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge and had so much stuff I had a yard sale TWO weekends in a row. Donated 90% of what we didn't sell, brought 10% back and am selling on Ebay and Craigslist.

My new workout/diet program thing is going well. Well....as well as it could. I've lost 6lbs and 4 inches all over, and have a bit more energy than I normally do. Muscles are a bit sparse, but I can do 35 pushups, so that's something.

Haven't been reading much. Still stuck in double digits in The Dovekeepers. It's REALLY interesting, but I just can't keep my brain from wandering these days.

Moving's coming up a lot closer than I think. I need to start preparing things for the movers, but oh look! SHINY THINGS.

With that, I'm trying to finish up my sewing projects. I just finished two bags, and have one more to go. I also have a dress to finish. And IF I have time, I'll be making a skirt. Out of Cotton + Steel fabric.

No pictures today, but look out for upcoming finished projects and some moving updates.