Sunday, July 20, 2014

Runaround Bag

Yep, that's the name of this pattern, and it's nice to have something small and quick to make.

I really need a new purse, and I've been seriously considering making one.  I have two patterns in mind, and - believe me - I've researched them a lot, mostly on PatternReview.

I needed a quick project to boost my sew-jo, aka. Sewing Mojo, and this bag is it.

 Here's the link to the Lazy Girl Runaround Bag pattern.

The pattern is actually an instruction sheet, with line drawings to show you what to do.

The outstanding feature of this pattern is that it shows you a unique method to install a featured (not hidden) zipper in a bag, or any other project that features a zipper.  I had never seen this method before, even though I've had this pattern for a while.  No, I cannot tell you why I had not read this pattern's instructions before today!

At first, I was quite bothered that no cutting layout was shown.  I finally wrapped that around my head by making pattern pieces from recycled paper.  I tested the layout by placing my pattern pieces on the fabric:

I also figured out that lining up one edge would make the cutting easier:

I kept the pattern pieces with the cut fabric, which made assembly much easier:

The pattern calls for batting as a stiffener, but I decided to use iron-on woven fusible interfacing, instead.

For the most part, I followed the instructions.  However, I did not sew the final seam in one fell swoop, as instructed.  I left the strap loose while I stitched up the side where the zipper was closed, across the top, and almost to the other end of the zipper.  After that, I pulled the strap out through the zipper opening to stitch the remainder of the seam.

I trimmed the corners and reinforced the corner stitching.  After trimming off the excess zipper coil, I turned the bag right side out.

Here are pictures of the front and back of my bag:

I wasn't sure how I would be using this bag until I discovered that two kindles will fit inside just fine, and make it easier to take our "books" to the beach!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Another Little Jacket

Heh, heh.  What can I say?  Simplicity 4552 again.  I figured out that the sleeves are a good idea in the air-conditioned office where I work.  More Bee-Itch-y, very thin fabric.  Size 60 universal needle, stretching the fabric as I sewed:


So, what did I do after completing this jacket?  I bought more thin fabric. Of course!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Purple, My Favorite Color

All the projects seen in my last post have been completed.  I can't show the costume project yet, but eight wash cloths and four pillowcase liners were completed within a couple days:

I finished a garment for me!!!  yay!!

Simplicity 4552, which is a wardrobe pattern, includes a jacket shaped somewhat like a kimono.  I shortened the sleeves and made it up in a lightweight, burnout knit - in purple, of course!  Enjoy the pictures.

My next project will use the same pattern, minus the sleeves, with this fabric:

Wish me luck,  This thin, burnout fabric is a bee - itch to work with!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Re-arranged the Sewing Room

BEFORE pictures, showing that the cutting table is in the room next to the kitchen:

See how it juts out from the wall of rulers, really far into the walkway from the kitchen to the garage:

The rolling carts are lined up under the window area:

AFTER pictures show that the cutting table juts out from the kitchen peninsula:

This gives a wider walkway from the kitchen to the garage:

The window area was cleared out a bit for the wider walkway.  The teal fabric is from a recent project, which I hope to reveal soon:

This picture hints at two other, recent projects - wash cloths and pillow cases:

Non-sewing-related is this picture of my recent, home-done manicure.  In some lights it shows as purple, but in others it's more like a cobalt blue:

Sunday, March 9, 2014

This and That

I tried a little Bike Week fashion on my hands a few weeks ago - a little red with chrome tips.  I did this myself, but it took me all weekend.  The red is Revlon colorstay 070 wild strawberry, and the silvery is essie nothing else metals.

Last week I had my nails done with gel in a sparkly purple tone.  DH told me that I'd been looking at purple nail polish for so long, I should just get it out of my system:

I updated the Tote Bag Tutorial, which is really just pictures with instructions.  the photo album had gotten out of order, so I removed it and reorganized it before uploading it again.  See the Tutorial tab above.

I have been slowly - snail's pace - clearing off the sewing table.  It has "flat surface syndrome" you know, and my sewjo has gone awol due to a project which is more "have to do" than "want to do."  I'm almost "over it," and expect to get back to sewing soon.