I mentioned previously that my next sewing project was a messenger bag. This is the Organised Office Bag from The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam. This is the 4th bag I’ve made from this book and it’s a very good book for all aspects of bag making.
I like making bags and keep finding different reasons for why I need a different one. This one doesn’t really have a reason though the cross-body strap is more useful for carrying whilst also carrying a baby. I purchased the fabric from Minerva Crafts. The outer grey is a printed canvas and the inside a quilting poplin. I love the butterflies in all their rainbow glory. I purchased a metre of each fabric and had enough leftover to make a clutch (Noodle-head again), a card wallet, a project bag and a dpn holder. I had one hiccup in making the bag. The flap pieces and the body pieces are very similar and I attached the pockets to the flap instead of the body. I was able to unpick and move the bottle pocket and the pen holders but the zip pocket requires cutting the fabric to insert it so that one is still in the flap rather than the bag body. It’s only a small pocket and I suspect I’ll use it infrequently so probably not a disaster. There is lots of interfacing in the bag – you can see that it stands on it’s own, which has made it nice and sturdy and it’s big enough to put my laptop in as well should that be needed.
Next up (depending on incoming baby’s timing) is sewing some summer clothes for the Hobbit as she doesn’t have much that fits from last year. As she’s in uniform most days until the end of June I hope I’ll be able to get somethings done in time.
I’ve been making but not taking photos or blogging about things. Since posting about the Puerperium a month ago I have finished my Fiona Coat, knitted a baby blanket, re-knitted the sleeves of my Mama Vertebrae to narrow and lengthen them, sewn a dress (same as this one but in navy with blue stars), sewn a Sewaholic Granville shirt in a floral patterned poplin, sewn a pair of jeans (like these but with a higher back rise on the yoke), sewn three nursing tops, sewn a project bag and two gathered clutches to use as presents later in the year (Noodle head pattern, see photos below).
Some of these sewing projects are leftovers from my pile of cutting out I did last summer – I’ve finally reached the end of those. Next up is sewing a messenger bag. Knitting wise I have a second baby blanket on the needles, I’m just coming to the end of the third of ten balls. That’s the last of the knitting I’m trying to get done for baby so when it’s finished I’ll be casting on something just out of my stash just for fun. I didn’t manage to make it to Edinburgh Yarn Festival this year – I’m not currently up for that much walking or standing around but I still have some lovely stuff from last year that hasn’t been knit due to baby knitting and taking a big break from much crafting last year (also due to baby).
It’s fish themed swap time of the year again. This is the third year I’ve participated and amongst various foodstuffs and knick-knacks I’ve crafted three things for my swapee this year. She indicated that she’d rather have a handknit than yarn so I knitted up a Star-Crossed Slouchy Beret. Knitted in aran weight yarn on 8mm needles it doesn’t take long at all despite the cable rows. I made myself one earlier this year out of Old Maiden Aunt. This one was knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Jacob Aran in Ecru purchased from Wee County Yarns who have recently become a stockist. I had the perfect amount of yarn with just a teeny bit leftover.
I also made a fishy themed project bag, it’s big enough for around 200g of yarn so good for smaller projects. The outer fabric is linen and the inside a red quilting cotton to match the red zip. I didn’t interface the fabric this time as the linen is quite substantial and you can see in the photo that it is standing on it’s own anyway. It has a fishy tag on the zip but I decided against fishy stitch markers this year and have used some millefiori beads instead.
I made Hobbity-Boo a stocking for her first Christmas, and then one for Wee Man for his. Husband and I have had bought ones for a long time but when I pulled them out with the tree decorations this year I found my felt one had several holes in it. As I’d always planned on us having matching (in size anyway) ones eventually this then became the year to make new ones. I couldn’t find the paper piece I’d used previously so traced around one of the kids ones and added seam allowances to make a new one. Each stocking is made of two fat quarters – I had fun picking them out so that we’d be able to tell who’s was who’s as they are unlabelled.
(Apologies for bad photos the lighting is kind of terrible at the moment)
Snowmen for husband (it has penguins in scarves on the inside), snowflakes for me and the green star on is for baby number three who is due in April so won’t get used this year but will be waiting with the rest next time.
First of my ready to sew projects is another Renfrew Tee. Worked the same as my previous two but this is in a star printed jersey purchased from myfabrics.co.uk.
The last few weeks have been a little off schedule has Husband has had time off work, we’ve had visitors and we went away for a few days. I’ve not felt much like blogging and my crafting has been a bit slower than usual. The crafting I have done isn’t getting blogged about just now either as it’s for a swap so I don’t want to accidently give it away. I have remembered to take photos before I parcel it up though.
Knitting wise – my linen t-shirt is still slowly ongoing. I’ve also cast on a cowl out of the Ripples Crafts Burras mini-skeins I purchased at EYF earlier this year. There’s only 60g so that should be off the needles reasonably quickly. I’ve reached about 5.7K for stash dash. If I do get the linen t-shirt of the needles I think I might manage to reach 7K with a couple more small projects as well.
I’ve sewn a couple of project bags but otherwise all my sewing efforts have gone into cutting out all the things. I have 9 projects cut out now (except for the various bits of interfacing) and shouldn’t be running out of things to sew for a good while now. Some is projects for the kids out of leftover fabric and some are things for me. It’s helped to clear out some of the space in the sewing boxes as it takes up less room now.
Otherwise, Hobbity-boo is on school holidays. She’ll start at big school in August which means I need to get uniforms, labels etc organised sometime in the next month so she’s ready to go. She’s just worked out how to pedal her bike properly which is great. Wee Man has turned into a right chatter-box over the last few months which is fun. He’s also getting pretty good on his scooter but is still a little on the short side for his balance bike.
I liked this pattern (Simplicity 1080) when I first saw it and bought it as soon as it was available in the UK. It took me a long time to settle on fabric to use for it and I ended up choosing this chambray with cream flowers. I decided on matching pockets rather than a contrast and there was enough fabric from the original pattern requirements to cut them out. I had planned to use a matching bias binding as pocket trim (cream or chambray) but ended up deciding on this flowery one instead. I also used the flowery one on the hem but used chambray binding on the armholes, shoulders and neck.
I didn’t bother to cut out the pattern piece for the ties and just cut strips of fabric at approximately the right width. I originally placed the bust tucks at the location the pattern indicates. However when I tried it on (after stitching the shoulder seams) I felt that they didn’t sit where I wanted them and moved them down. I started the new markings at the bottom of the original ones. The pattern (and this is seen in the pattern picture) has you make the tucks essentially on top of the bust. For a more fitted garment having them sit under the bust brings the dress in where an empire line would sit.
The other modification I made was to stitch the pocket bindings onto the fabric with one side folded out before folding it out and top-stitching it to the dress. I top-stitched two lines, one on the inside of the binding and one on the outside edge.
Overall the dress is simple but well finished. All the seams/edges are finished with bias binding except for the side seams which are French seams. Despite all that it was still a quick sew and I used less than 100m of thread.
I’m happy with the resulting dress and would make it again. I do need to actually wear it some before I need more in my wardrobe but I’m hopeful I will.