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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!

Lesson learned

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I have been planning to make a Barcelona Skirt. In fact I have been planning it for the last three years. A few weeks ago I chose the fabric, I cut it and I even sewed the zip on. Then lots of other little projects and distractions came by, and the pieces of the soon-to-be-skirt were left neatly folded… OK let’s just leave it at folded on the side.

So last Saturday was the day that I was going to finally finish it. That was it, I had made the decision. So after breakfast, I packed my fabrics, pattern and my best intentions and headed to my sewing club.

Where is the skirt you might ask? There is no skirt. I couldn’t finish it. Why? It is only a simple A-line skirt!!! Well everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. I was not in the mood, but I pushed it. And as you would expect things kept going wrong. All that went through my mind was “I can do this, I have done more complicated things that this and much faster”; I thought other things too but it would not be appropriate to mention them in a blog like this.

Large Floral (Botanica) and Thistle Leaf (Hope Valley) fabrics

To make a long and painful story short, I folded the pieces once again, put them in my bag, gathered all my bits and pieces together (by this I mean my shattered confidence and bad mood) and left.

Needless to say this is not the first time it has ever happened to me. I should know better; I should stop when things start going wrong, not in a defeated way, but in a wiser “this is not the right time for it” way. I will finish the skirt this week or maybe the following. I will proudly show you photos of it, but for now I am just going to go and read a good book and relax.

Have you had days like this?