Hold on to your horses, are you ready? (drum-roll please.........) this weekend I made not 1 but 2 bags! Woohoo!! And they're cute, if I do say so myself. I'm not sure what got into me, but I was in the mood to sew. Well, that chunk of time in a an empty quiet house had something to do with it. Yes, there was a time when I'd make 2 bags in an afternoon, but I'm pretty sure those days are behind me for now. Two in a weekend is good enough :)
One of my goals this summer to make new samples of all my patterns for a fresh look. I'm just plain tired of looking at the same old pictures! I'm starting with the oldest, working up to the newest. This weekend I tackled the Lily Beth and the Short & Sassy. I had forgotten how fun the Short & Sassy bag is. After being on a big bag kick for years, it was nice to make a smaller bag. Lily was in love with it, in fact she wanted it for herself. She said it was just her size.
The ruffle was added for a little fun, along with the covered button. I love ruffles and covered buttons! Apparently I was feeling hot pink because both bags are drenched in it. I love all the fabrics I used, but I especially love that pink and orange print on the Lily Beth. Both the fabrics on that bag are by Jennifer Paganelli.
After my success using muslin as interfacing on my applique bags, I decided to try something different on these - I used canvas as the interfacing. Oh my goodness, I love it!
It's no secret that I'm not all that fond of interfacing in general and I absolutely hate fusible interfacing, so I'm always on the lookout for other alternatives. I think using canvas for is a perfect solution for me. No, it isn't the cheapest method out there, but so far I'm happy with how the bag feels - sturdy and durable without feeling stiff. I'm going to play with this idea a little more before I become a total convert, but I'm on the way there.
Okay, now here's a little bit of crazy...I must have a really bad memory, or big lack of self-confidence because I impressed myself with these patterns. I know that sounds strange considering that I made these patterns, but I went into this project expecting these patterns to not be so good. They were my first, made 3+ years ago, and I've learned a lot since then.
Much to my surprise, these first patterns were well made! It's funny how we can skew things in our minds.
I'm glad I decided to revisit these first patterns because they've given me the boost to finish up the two new patterns I have in the works! Now that I'm in the bag making mood, expect more in the near future. Up next, Pretty in Pleats and the Erica Bag!!