Sunday, May 2, 2010

May Has Arrived!

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.

here is the finished bag,

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!


  1. Hello Anne! I just found your blog via WR and was attracted by your gorgeous bag; I love that colour combination and it looks so well made. I have been reading back in your archives a bit and see you have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia; I have CF too, but I don't have children to run around after. I just wanted to say how amazed I am at how much you do; I am really impressed, because I know how exhausted you feel! Plus the fybromyalgia! Being creative is really satisfying, isn't it? Best wishes.

  2. Very pretty. A nice bag like that will make you smile everytime you take it out.

  3. What a cute purse. Do you find it's comfortable to use? I've seen this pattern before and thought about getting it except I wasn't sure if it would be comfy.

    Thank you for visiting my blog!

  4. Hi, what a lovely bag, fabric is gorgeous and I like that the inside pocket matches the outside! I've made a few bags in my time, and I would say stick with interfacing on the pocket, if they are too floppy they don't work as well.

    thanks for your recent comments.

  5. That is a lovely bag. I have the same pattern, but I haven't got around to making one. I think it is already cute as it is. :)

  6. Hi Anne, Sorry I’ve taken a while to get back to you. I’ve been trying to pair you up with someone but don’t have anyone yet. I may have someone by the weekend if that swap fails. I’m quite sure I will repeat this swap later in the year anyway as it’s been so popular.
    Thanks, Sarah