Well, the first day of May has come and gone, and I stuck with my pledge to wear only me-made items. I even wore me-made pj's! More details on me-made-may in this post. Everyone involved are posting pics on flicker, to document what they are wearing everyday. I can't promise that I will do it everyday, but I'll try! All of the MMM'ers have made soo many beautiful items, and I'm anxious to see their pics. In the spirit of MMM, I made myself a bag yesterday. I used New Look #6391 view B. The outside fabric is from the drapery dept at Fabricland, that I had originally bought to make another skirt. The lining is pale blue polished cotton that I thrifted quite awhile ago. I'm really happy with it. The pattern is a really easy sew, but I did make a couple of changes.
The pattern tells you to attach the top portion to the bottom, and leaving the raw seam visible. I think that look is kinda messy, so I attached the outside fabric only, then hand sewed the lining to the seam, hiding all the edges. The pattern also called for a patch pocket on the inside, but I prefer a zippered pocket. So I cut one piece of both fabric and lining and sandwiched one side of my zipper between them. Then I made a flap out of the main fabric, and sewed it to the other half of the zipper, making a hidden zipper. I didn't want the serged edge of the pocket to show, but because I had added iron-on interfacing to it, the resulting fabric was too stiff to make a small hem. Next time I won't use the interfacing. Here is the inside,
Although I like it the way it is, I think it would cute with a bow or something on the side, even with seam. What do you think?
The next few days are going to be very busy, so I really don't know how much sewing I will be doing. My baby girl comes home from uni on Tues for the summer! I'm sooo excited! I miss her so much when she is away. Her things arrived home a few days ago, and she and a few friends went to Montreal for five days to visit other friends. So before she comes home I want to bake some of her favorite things, and try to have her room as ready for her as I can manage. We just dumped everything in there when we brought it home, so it looks like a jumble sale! So, off to the kitchen I go! Happy sewing!