I guess I can say that it was another good weekend, production wise. Yes, 2 more bags were made! Seriously, I had given up on making any sewing progress these days, but I'm surprising myself. Maybe I should take advantage of this new found sewing mojo and start a quilt ;-)
This time around I made a Pretty in Pleats and a Market Bag. I know I said that I was going to make an Erica Bag, but I got sidetracked. Once I got the idea to make a Market Bag out of that green fabric with a big flower brooch, I had to make it now, but I'll get to that in a bit.
For my latest version of Pretty in Pleats, I was feeling the yellow. To break up all that yellow I decided to add a band of gray. Doing so is very simple, just cut your pattern piece where you want to make a band, add a seam allowance to each piece (I used 1/4"), then sew it together. You should end up with a top piece the same size as the original, as long as you were exact with your seam allowances.
Again I went with a covered button. Love those! I also used canvas as interfacing. The canvas I use is plain old canvas/duck cloth you can find at any fabric store. Nothing fancy.
Okay, now on to the Market Bag. I LOVE this bag. Yes, it is super huge, but I think I'm going to use this one. I always bring a a big bag to work with me that carries the junk I don't want in my purse - my planner, some magazines, maybe a project I'm working on, my lunch. This bag just might be that bag.
When I designed this pattern I had sheets in mind. All my prototypes were made from sheets. I included fabric requirements for regular 44" fabric if that was what you wanted to use, but I had never used that. I don't know what took me so long!
I made this bag completely reversible. Isn't that lining perfect for that floral? It's been in my stash for a while, but I didn't know what I'd use it for. This proves that if you wait long enough the perfect fabric will come along.
And now I'm kind of hooked on making these flowers. Don't be surprised if you see more flowers on upcoming bags! Next up - Erica Bag and Ava Rose tote - I'm on a roll, I tell ya!!