I don't know about other quilters and sewists, but it seems as if I spend a lot of my sewing time working on things in my head. I have really had to engage the old brain cells this week, as I've been trying to create a bag to teach to my sewing student Claudia.
Back in early 2016, when Claudia was here working on some project with me, she mentioned that she'd like to replace her handbag, and could we try making one? Well, I love doing stuff like that, but the purse had a zipper application that I'd never done before, and I was uncertain about how to do it. Here's the purse she wants to replicate.
Well, Claudia would like to get going on this soon, as she has time available in wintertime. So I've ramped up my problem-solving brain cells, and have finally gotten busy on this. Monday found me cutting out all the parts and I spent nearly the entire day sewing and thinking and considering and re-watching those videos. I quit at about 10pm, as I'd done just about all I could do; my brain could think no more.
My lining will have some pizazz with this Kaffe Fassett floral. I had a half yard, and I've used nearly all of it. I think a half yard of outer fabric and a half yard of lining fabric will be just right. I added pockets on each side, 'cause you know a gal needs pockets in her handbag.
Now, there is one more problem that needs solving on this bag. The original bag stood up straight when it wasn't being carried. My bag will slouch in it's current state. I have a couple of kinds of interfacing designed for stiffening bags, and I next have to figure out which kind to use and how it should be inserted or incorporated.
Hope my brain doesn't overheat.
Happy Quilting, Friends!