After a totally lazy Saturday, including sleeping late, movie watching, and naps, I got busy with a little sewing. I finally sewed up the Erica Bag I cut out weeks ago.
I tried something a little different while sewing this bag - I moved my sewing machine into the living room so that I could sew and watch the USA play in the World Cup quarter finals, what a game! I don't know why I never thought to move my sewing machine in there before...it sure beats sewing by my lonesome upstairs or in the usually-too-hot kitchen.
Okay, back to the bag. I didn't make any mods to the pattern, just made it as is. The only fancy thing I added was some flat piping along the gusset made from my lining fabric. The little extras like piping and trim really make a bag, don't you think? I'm usually too lazy to add such details, but I'm usually pleased with the results when I do.
I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but I think I've *finally* figured gussetted bags out. The key is to pin the heck out of them!!! In the past, my gussets never lined up right. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried, they ended up shifting resulting in crooked gussets that don't line up right. So frustrating! But with a bajillion pins, a straight gusset is possible.
There was also a little sewing that took place last week. Last weekend I was in the mood to make something quick and easy, so I made a few zippered pouches. I was in a lace mood.
One of these went to Cathy, to hold a little gift I made for her birthday a few weeks ago. I had plans to blog about the gift back then, but it took until this weekend before I gave it to her. Darned busy schedules!
Miss Ava also got a new dress. You can read all about it on Sew Mama Sew. I wrote a book review for them for Jennifer Paganelli's new book, Girls World, which I loved. I think the review should be up on Monday.
I thought I'd get around to sewing up another bag, but cutting it out was as far as I got. Hey, better than nothing! Once I get finished revisiting all my patterns (only 2 more left), I'm moving on to my too many quilts in progress, some of which I haven't touched in years. I'd love to make this baby a quilt, but there's too much unfinished business hanging over my head. I'll get there, slowly but surely!!!