Productive Weekend…

Hi everyone! I’ve had a rather productive weekend, so I thought I’d share my creations with you.Rebecca Bag

First up, I made the Rebecca bag from Carry With Style… published by Indygo Junction. A friend of mine asked me to make a bag for her, so I’ll be parting with it tomorrow. I’m going to be sad to lose it – I’ve become quite attached to it! She chose the colors and I raided my stash looking for the perfect fabrics. I came up with lovely brown tooled suede (you may recognize it – it worked up beautifully into a handkerchief sachet not too long ago) and deep blue stretch twill. The fabric rose and special pintucked interior pockets are my own inventions.

This is my first experiment with bold topstitching. I usually choose a thread that blends in well with the fabric. Previously, I haven’t been completely confident in my topstitching skills, and matching thread helps hide mistakes! This time, I went all out and used a double thread and the longest stitch on my machine for the contrast topstiching. I’m so happy with the result. Make sure you click through the photo and see the detail shots on my Flickr page.

For the interior pockets, I did a bit of inventing. I’ve been making bags for about 5 years now and have come to the conclusion that all handmade bags should have interior pockets of some kind. Even if they are only just to hold keys, the pockets should be there. Following that idea, I started looking at the shape of the bag for inspiration on the pocket style.

Small Interior PocketFor the single small pocket: I traced the curve of the top of the bag pattern onto a sheet of paper and sketched a U to complete the shape. Then, I folded and pinned the little tucks, making sure they were evenly spaced along the curve. I measured 2″ down from the top of each tuck and marked it with a pin. Next, I sewed the tucks 1/8″ away from the fold and down to the pin at 2″. I pressed them in place and ironed out the pocket. Then, I cut a backing piece using the front piece as a template. I sewed these two pieces right sides together, leaving a 3″ gap at the bottom between the corner curves. I turned it right-side out and pressed. All that was left was to topstitch the pocket in place on the lining piece.

Large Interior PocketsThe large pockets are two smaller pockets that I sketched together on one pattern piece and worked up the same way.

Next, I refashioned a plain brown t-shirt to match my Vintage Vogue suit. I was inspired by this dress from Lucitebox:

tabs

I’ve been dying to find a special use for these square covered buttons I found in the upholstery section of Joann’s.shirt before

I used my machine for sewing the tabs together before I turned them right side out. But, for attaching the tabs to the shirt, I hand sewed everything. It didn’t take long at all. I’m thrilled with the result. t shirt after

Finally, I added some gathered frills to a blouse I made last summer, (Simplicity New Look 6945) but have never worn. The neckline was lower than I liked, so I bought some eyelet trim and gathered it around the neckline to raise it up. (Before photo on my Flickr page)Top after

I haven’t been this productive in a while. For the past week, my head has been swimming in moles, masses and polyatomic ions, so I haven’t felt much like sewing. I had a bit of a break this weekend because tomorrow starts my last week of Chemistry, with the final exam on Thursday. Going to have to do some massive studying, but it’ll be all done soon! Hope you all had a lovely weekend – productive or otherwise!

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8 responses to “Productive Weekend…

  1. wow! you are quite the sewing master!! I’m so impressed with that bag! I love the inside pockets, they remind me so much of the pockets on my vintage bags!

    And what a great idea, adding the eyelet trim on that blouse! I have so many low-cut shirts that I don’t wear because I’m too modest, this is such a perfect solution! I just bought a sewing machine (I haven’t even taken it out of the box yet!) but now I’m really in the mood to learn how to use it!!

  2. Amazing job on the bag and the shirt!!

  3. Holy wow. You are talented. That bag is a work or art and I’m so impressed by how you designed that inner pocket.

  4. Thanks so much for all the terrific comments, guys! :)

    Kate– I hadn’t thought to check my vintage bags for pocket ideas. But, you’re right, the ones I made have a vintage feel. Now I want to check the insides of all my bags to check out the pockets! :)
    I’m so excited to find a fellow partner in modesty! You must be so excited about the new sewing machine. You need to unpack it and put it to work! I wish I lived closer to you – I’d come over and teach you! :)

    Nicole – Thanks so much!

    Raquelle – Aw, thanks! The bag was a great success. My friend is thrilled and was showing it off to everyone today. It even got the seal of approval from her mom and sister! :)

  5. Wow, these are very cool Casey! I love the bag especially. :)

  6. Thanks so much Shannon! Hoping to have some more bags to show soon. :)

  7. WOW–you’ve been busy, Casey! LOVE that back and all the delicious embellishments on the clothing…great sewing! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  8. Thanks so much Tracy! I am very glad you like my little projects. I’m hoping to have more neat stuff to show soon! Hugs to you, too! :)

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