Friday, June 25, 2010


I haven't managed to organise myself sufficiently to get photos up of some of the other bits and bobs I've made lately, but it's a wet rainy Friday with no view of improving over the weekend, so hopefully in the next couple of days.

I was so delighted today when a sometimes visitor in the office admired my wallet, and then when I thanked him and declared 'I made it' he responded with utter disbelief and reiteration of thinking it was cool. Yay. :-)  It has a few flaws, as I really couldn't bring myself to put my poor sewing machine through sewing through sooooo many thicknesses, including vinyl - this after breaking 2 leather needles!  But I love it anyway, and have  some great ideas on how to redesign it next time to be kinder to my sewing machine.

Last night I started on a square-ish bag of my own design.  I got as far as the lining, realised I'd mis-calculated the length required for the gusset/strap piece and went to bed after midnight with my sketch book and redesigned how I was going to finish it - now I can't wait for aforementioned rainy weekend so I can do just that!

That's it for now, but hopefully more photos and finish-offs within the next couple of days.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Vintage Rabbit Wristlet

This was the first wristlet I made.  There's a host of things I don't like about this, but if you don't look too closely you won't be able to guess what they are!  But I learnt a lot from it.  And I do so love the fabric combination.  (Thanks Charlotte!) I'm guessing the lining must be a soy fabric, because it smelt like chinese food when I ironed it!!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Martini Clutch - a late night post

I was planning to go and select fabric, chop, press & sew tonight, but it didn't quite work out that way. Seeing as I'm still at my computer, and it's now closer to midnight than any other hour it's not going to happen. Ah well, it would have been freezing in my sewing room anyway. Actually, it's not so warm down here with the heater on either!

Anyways, I've done a bit of phot0-processing, so I can at least share one of the wristlet/clutches I've made in the last couple of weeks. This is a all a learning process as I work out what I like and what I don't. I love this martini fabric, and I love how it looks with denim. I don't however like the way I've finished the zip, but have worked that out for next time now.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Martini Handbag

Ok, for the record, I'm typically not a pink girl. Not at all in fact. I'm very much a red girl. (I'm also not a shoe girl, but a bag girl - which is fortunate because I think making bags is a lot more accessible than making shoes!)

That said, I made the most gorgeous bag last night and I'm completely in love with it. Even though it's pink. And, while it hurts me to admit it, I don't think it would be half so cute in red.
Above is the outside view. It's an open topped bag, about 30cm tall, and 10cm wide at the base edges (not obvious from the photos, but it is a rectangular base). It's more than big enough for my ipod nano, an A5 diary, a set of marker pens, 2 sets of keys, a handmade wallet, a pocket knife, a vanity pouch, the on call pager, my phone, my sunnies, an apple... you get the picture. :-)

I love how the handles turned out. I wasn't sure how I was going to attach the feature strip and played around with a couple of options and loved how the satin stitch looked. I'll definitely use this method again.

Finally, a slightly open view, showing the inside pocket. This is in fact a fully reversible bag, but the lining is a fabric that will show every mark, so I'll do this again with a different inner fabric so I can actually use it 2 ways, but I'm still completely delighted with this.

Ooh, and one of the lads at work even said it looked really professional and he'd not have known it was homemade if I hadn't said so. Bless. :-)