Friday, February 19, 2010

A Designer I Am Not

So I've had an idea for a while now about a purse I wanted to make. I've been putting it off because I wasn't sure if I could make it look how I wanted it to look. But this week I finally got my butt in gear and did it!

First I started with some really cheap fabric and made a sample. Then I'd remake it, changing the things I didn't like. I made two samples (just the main part of the bag - no lining or strap) and then decided it was time to use some proper fabric.

This is my first attempt :)

While I love this fabric, I wasn't happy with how the band at the top was laying. Too much gaping.

So one more sample and then attempt #2.

I am much happier with this one. And while I don't really know anything about designing patterns, I'm ridiculously pleased with myself :)

I also opened my etsy shop this week and have started listing items. I'll be listing more items over the next few days. I'm trying not to get my hopes up but I am pretty excited!

Have a great weekend! (All two of you!)


Thursday, February 11, 2010

I finished up some zippered pouches today. They're pretty basic but I still enjoy making them. I especially like it when they're all lined up!

A few of my favourites.

I sewed my first zipper pouch about five months ago with a LOT of help from Google. When I conquered the zipper I felt like I could do anything! Once you get the hang of it they really are pretty easy. I like having them around to give as little gifts. My plan is to try and sell some of them on etsy once I get my shop set up. I'm pretty excited about that! Hopefully that will happen in the next week or so.

I was feeling pretty insecure about it but I got so much positive feedback from my pictures on facebook - and I just love sewing so much! - that I decided I will give it a try. Plus it's something I can do while at home with my kids and I love that! The internet (mostly crafty and quilty blogs) really exposed me to a whole new world of beautiful fabric and possibilites that I never even knew existed a year ago. I've become a little obsessed :)

Anywho, here's one last picture from about 6 months ago of my kids wearing the only clothing I've sewn for them. This is just a regular old pattern that my mom got for free from a friend. The kids seem to like them though!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Recent Finishes

To start this thing off I'm posting some pictures of things I've recently sewn.

Some purses

This pattern is by Rae Hoekstra of Made By Rae

And a baby quilt for my cousin in law's baby boy Riley. The fabric is petit granville by Alexander Henry.

More to come soon!


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