Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bag making frenzy, oh and an apron too.

I do manage to squeeze a bit of sewing in between my hair pulling dress projects.  Behold the latest swag of goodies.

Request from friend going away for a holiday, she wanted something with a zip so pickpockets couldnt get in.   I used the Nicole Mallalieu Sling bag pattern but used her instructions for zippered gusset from the Day Bag pattern.

We had a hot pink lining and zips.   The added bonus of the dropped gusset as you can see is that it fits a water bottle perfectly.  So easy access for your water bottle but everything else safely zipped inside.   She was thrilled of course.

Next up I made another Sling for a friend who chose the Fruit Bowl pattern Daisy Janie Rio Grand fabric from Tonic Living.   My alltime favourite online fabric shop.
This is beautiful fabric to work with.  Its really crisp and sturdy but in a nice way, not cardboardy.  Its organic too.   I highly recommend it, perfect for bags.

And a little makeup bag (also a Nicole M pattern here) from the leftover scraps
Then a request from one of my daughter's friends for a coin purse.  She picked the fabric from my stash.  I suggested a contrast lining but she was having none of that.  So this lovely little Thai silk number from yet another *gasp* Nicole M pattern:

And lastly an Apron for a Kris Kringle / Secret Santa gift swap for yet another work Christmas do.  This gift was for a high flying corporate lawyer who has lived in her house for 2 years and had never used the oven!   She had used the stove top a few times apparently.  So I got her a kids step by step cookbook and made the half skirt apron from Butterick 4945 (which I made another apron from here) in cute polka dot spot with contrast red trim.
It looked gorgeous !
I don't think its going to turn her into a domestic homebody, but it was funny and she does love it.

So that's about it for me - I think I've caught up with myself now.



  1. OMG H I am exhausted just reading about all your projects. Love them all. Glad KW loved the apron - very clever gift.

  2. Oh hai! Cool blog - found you via PatternReview :-D

    I love that you have a vintage machine like I do. Sorry I haven't read ALL of your blog - is the Pfaff the only machine you use? :-D
    I have a 1964 Singer 338 which I'm just getting the hang of.

    That purple dress is killer too - wonky hem and all ;-) Amazing that you found the fabric at Salvos. I must trawl my local Salvos for fabric too (fabric is so expensive in other shops dont you think?)

    Anyways, I'm subscribing :-)