Since I got my sewing machine, a most splendid birthday gift from Sean, I’ve been working mostly at teaching myself new skills. I’ve started classes on a Tuesday evening (at The Sewing Bug for locals) but at home I’ve been reading sewing books and online tutorials and trying to build up some knowledge, which sometimes includes asking my mum A LOT of questions.
And then I try to apply that knowledge. Each new step is terribly slow. It’s a good thing I don’t mind a bit of slow creativity but on Tuesday, when I was at home for the day and learning to make a boxed bag, I lost an entire afternoon and forgot to start dinner, then hard to go to my class. Oops! Toasted sandwiches all round!
Here’s what the better part of an afternoon’s work can result in. My version of the Leetle Bag. It’s another cute lined draw string bag that takes not even a whole fat quarter of each fabric. Ignore the stray bit of cotton sitting on top – it’s not attached! It just didn’t show itself until after I’d taken the photo.
This is the tiniest bag I’ve made yet. It stands no taller than my hand and the base fits comfortably in my palm. It does however fit a sock project in it nicely. And best of all, I learned how to make boxed corners for this lovely square bottom.
I think perhaps the side seam and bottom seam are supposed to line up but you know, that’s why I’m making so many bags. I’m trying to get stuff right. I’m thinking I need to put a box in my stash room marked ‘bags’ so I can keep them all in one place and mix which ones I’m using at any given time. I’m also decommissioning some old project bags that have seen better days. It’s lovely to replace them with bags I made myself!
And lest anyone should think I’m stuck in some sort of project bag limbo, behold a garment! Well, the armhole of a garment, a girl’s dress pattern by Sydney blogger, Retromummy. It’s in the August issue of Notebook magazine.
No prizes for guessing it’s a dress for Alice. When I found the Russian doll fabric (why yes I am a bit obsessed) at an online store called Lush Fabrics, I had to have it. Alice’s most favourite game at our house now is to sit on the floor and assemble and disassemble my Russian dolls. I think a summer dress covered in them will be lovely on her.
Many thanks for all the nice comments on my thoughts about directions in blogging. A spot of introspection and reflection is good for the soul I think.