July 24, 2007

Handmade-ness and my 100th Post

Handmade Clutch Montage

Well well well..whadya know. I have posted 100 times on this blog already - can't believe it. It's sad considering I have now out-posted the blog that Forest and I have shared since the day we got married almost three years ago. We were going strong with that one, but once I started the paper pony it was all over. We'll get back there someday, but its hard to have two or three blogs and keep up on all of them. That's a lot of time in front of the computer that I don't always have or want.

Lately I have been having more fun doing things like sewing this clutch. I bought Amy Butler's In Stitches months ago and have been gearing myself up to try and make something. It always takes me awhile to start a project for fear that I'll screw it up (it's a complex I have about pretty much everything in life). But finally, I had such the urge to sew that I busted out the book and the machine and got to it.

This was surprisingly easy to make and I completed it from start to finish in one evening. I had a few episodes of staring blankly at the instructions for 30 min. trying to get my head around exactly what I was supposed to do next - does that ever happen to you? Like, you're reading it over and over but nothing is actually getting into your head...my episode had to do with attaching the liner to the outer fabric in such the right way so that when it was flipped around everything lined up correctly blah blah blah. Eventually I figured it out, but not before I threw a small frustrated tantrum on the living room floor.

I was tempted to make some modifications to the shape/size, but stuck with the original pattern this time just to see how it all worked. I did make one change and that was to use a magnetic closure instead of the recommended Velcro. I'm just not a fan of Velcro and the magnetic one makes it look a bit more polished. The exterior has two layers of batting, and I think next time I might just stick with one. The batting makes it feel like a quilt and a kind of "country" where I was going more for funky/cool. There are larger photos on Flickr - click here to see.

Anyhow, that's my rant on my first "something other than an apron" sewing experience... far from perfect but overall a success.

13 comments:

Claire said...

it looks great. The batting does give it a homey feel, but it is still fun. Do the directions say that you can also use interfacing? That would give it stiffness without adding any bulk.

I know what you mean about staring at directions for 30 minutes. I do that and feel like I am looking at a foreign language. somehow something always clicks, though!

KT said...

You did a great job. The fun of sewing...you can make something that is just so "you". (I think you are allowed at least one tantrum for every new sewing skill you learn.)

Anonymous said...

What an adorable bag! Man, that makes me want to buy that book now... I tried making a bag from a pattern in "Simple Sewing with a French Twist", didn't allow myself the 30 minutes to wrap my head around it, and threw a tantrum after I realized that it was all done but there was no way to attach the handles.

TOTALLY better to throw a tantrum before you get to that point. :)

big hair betty said...

This is super impressive! It looks great, even more so knowing that YOU made it! I just bought my first pattern off of ebay, so I've got some work to do. Keep up the good work!

Jamie said...

You did a great job! I love the fabric. I never would have thought to add batting to it though. Very beautiful :)

nice-etc said...

that fabric worked out lovely! and yeah of course i know what you mean about staring blankly at the directions haha.

Chris & Tammie said...

can you make me one? :o) you should open a store with all the stuff you do! I wish I could sew. When I tell Chris I should get a sewing machine, he laughs thinking I'm joking. :)

raya said...

Claire, the directions don't say anything about using interfacing as an alternative, but I think I might try it on the next one. I'll let you know how it goes

raya said...

Tammie,

I would love to make you one. If I could develop my own pattern I would feel okay selling these, but I need to master my sewing skills first. Maybe someday..If you know what kind of fabric you want let me know and we can talk more about it!

Vallen said...

Like mom like daughter. Awesome seamstress skills there girly-girl.

Cor said...

This is so cute...my birthday is in October hint HINT

brightshinyworld said...

Hey--just wandered over here through Design Sponge. I just started this bag last night!!! I am going to take your advice with the single layer of batting on the closure tab. I'll put pictures on my blog so we can compare when I'm finished (danadillehunt.vox.com).

(Congratulations, by the way!)

raya said...

Hi brightshinyworld, hope your bag is coming along. I will definitely check out your blog. There's a great group on Flickr as well for Amy Butler patterns. It's amazing how everyone's bags look a little different. Have fun!