Posts Tagged ‘handbags’

New year, new bag

Monday, January 16th, 2012

A while a go when I got the Liberty Book of Sewing I felt in love with a few of the patterns and some when straight onto my list, and right on the top was this tote bag. I had a bit of this fabric and I loved it so much that I wanted to make something special, so when I was wondering what to make for my mum’s Christmas present I thought that this Sandi Henderson’s fabric will be perfect to make into a big, roomy bag.

The pattern is very simple, and I thought that the flowers of the fabric pattern will be the start of the show. I got red leather handles that look like they were made for this fabric.

Bag

For the lining I used Linen to keep it simple, but I used the main fabric for the inside pocket. I also add a string for keys, it was not on the original pattern but those little things are very simple to add and are extremely useful.

Bag

These are not the best photos I have taken but the light was not on my side. I must say I am very proud of this bag. It was a joy working with this fabric and the handles make it look so professional, don’t you think?

I hope it turns out to be a good and useful present. This is the sort of bag that I drag everywhere with me, big enough that you can carry even a small project with you, and all your necessities.

About bags and fabrics

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Those two words used in the same sentence are just heaven for me, and they often put my strong will power to the test when I am a bit short of cash; but it was certainly heaven when I made this bag a few months ago with 3 of the fabrics that I have in stock. I didn’t blog about it then because it was going to be birthday present for my sister. I say “was” because she never got it. The bag is still with me and I don’t feel the tiniest bit of remorse about it (as they say, to accept your problems is the first step to solve them).

I can fit anything in this bag!

The pattern is the Cosmo Bag from Amy Butler’s latest book Style Stitches (read my review here) and I used 2 of the fabrics from the Botanica Collection by Lourdes Sanchez and Kona Zucchini for the lining.

The bag was incredibly easy to make, for some reason if I see a big bag with pockets and things I usually think it is going to be difficult, but this pattern proved me wrong. I do like the designs of the fabrics, but perhaps I should had used Springs in Cream for the handles instead of the one that I used or maybe a solid colour. The thing is, I was so desperate to use Leafy Stripes that I convinced myself that it was the way to go. I don’t think it looks bad, but I guess it could have looked better as the pattern of the fabric is difficult to appreciate, or what do you think?

Anyway, the bag is done and I am very happy with it. Now whilst I don’t feel too mucho remorse I do feel guilty! so I must crack on and make one for my sister!

Style Stitches

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Amy Butler is a lady who needs little introduction, we all have seen her fantastic fabric designs, timeless patterns, books and now even wallpaper! For this post however I am only going to concentrate on her new book Style Stitches, mainly because if I don’t I could possibly break the Guinness World Record for the longest blog post ever (and if it doesn’t exist I would be setting a very high bench mark which would be difficult to beat).

I have used Amy Butler’s patterns before and her designs are simple and perfect lines that create beautiful things, and the instructions are easy and precise which means that you can make a garment or a bag with confidence. This book is not an exception and I fully recommend it.

It has a good variety of bags and purses, to suit most tastes and skills. Most of them have variations, almost as if she had read our minds, so before you can finish saying “I like the Cosmo Bag but short handles would be better” you will discover that there are instructions for that, or “If the Ruffled Handbag was larger I could carry all my gym stuff” yeap youv’e guessed it there are instructions on how to do that too, she has done all the adjustments so you don’t have to fiddle with the pattern and design. How clever is that!

The bags vary from a simple tote (with a twist of course) to a pleated clutch, to the most fantastic Take Flight Handbag/Shoulder Bag. This last one along with the Everything Wristlet have such a beautiful vintage look that they will make you feel like Grace Kelly.

The instructions in this book have not only been written to help you sew together a bag, but to efficiently use the material and your time like a pro. When you look through the pages you get the impression that attention was paid to every single detail. Not only on the designs and the instructions, but also on the diagrams, the spiral book format and photos, which by the way not only show the designs in the different alternatives, but in different fabrics to help us awaken our imagination on how to create a unique one of our own.

At times like this when sewing books are being released by the dozen, we have lots to choose from and we can be picky… but if you ask me, I would certainly pick this one as a ‘must have’ for your collection.

Amy Butler’s Style Stitches is published by Chronicle Books, 19.99 (ISBN 978-0-8118-6669-9)