26 February 2017

Kristine ID Wallet

26 February 2017

A Kristine ID Wallet, pattern is from www.uniquelymichelle.com. This is my second time that I am doing such wallet. I love this wallet mainly because of the ID window in it and also I got used to it everyday so why not do it again but different fabric and partner it with my everyday bag as well. So when I made the "window" part of the wallet I use faux leather in it at first I tried doing it like how I would for a fabric but since faux leather will create thickness in it so I opted to cut it and have it just exactly the same size as I would in a fabric so that makes it one layer no folding needed. The flap also have a touch of faux leather in it. I removed ring loop because it won't be needed anyway. I used a little bit thicker fabric so that I won't use interfacing and by doing that it will not be difficult to turn it inside out at the end. I used woven interfacing for the lining fabric. Compare to the previous wallet (in red) there is no stiffness in it regretting that I would have use Decovil light anyway. But this will just be used for a year so that is ok just next time I will go for the heavy interfacing even if it might be difficult at the end -- turning it inside out! 

Sadie Expandable Bag

24 February 2017

Finally made my yearly bag, A Sadie Expandable Bag, pattern is from www.swoonpatterns.com. It's been three years in a row that I've been doing this and I love this third bag of mine, well its the latest that is why. I love the previous bags of course I wouldn't have chosen it in the first place if I haven't. I got the guts to buy fabrics (well been collecting again) and the perfect zipper for this and found those at Coton Urbain store. I always go for a crossbody bag so that I am free to use my hands whenever I am on the move. Normally the straps of this bag is only for shoulder but I made it longer and did not use hardware but magnetic snaps and zipper. I just use cotton webbing as my strap plus added faux leather to pair it with the flap and accents.

Previous bags of last year January 2016, it is a Manhattan Bag, pattern is from www.emmalinebags.com. And also a year before that April 2015, it is Lombard Street Bag, pattern is from www.chriswdesigns.com.

24 February 2017

Fabric and zipper haul

23 February 2017

For two days I am into fabric buying but this time I bought it at Coton Urbain. I like buying there, lots of nice fabrics to choose from, it is like a paradise for me. Well regardless if it is higher price or not when it comes to fabrics, sewing notions or other related sewing stuff it will always be a heaven or paradise for me. I have been wanting to change my yearly "everyday" bag so this is the best time to have a look around. At first I choose two different fabrics for my eldest daughters project and then I love the zippers which are a little bit bigger zipper pulls so I went back the next day to buy some more fabrics and yes zippers. I will come back there soon but right now I have to make use of these first and perhaps sell bags. Zippers are mostly YKK, Japan made and the green one from France. Fabric from top and second are seven berry--Japan as well, second and fourth are Belgian designers Soft Cactus and the two bottom ones are from Japan also and its Cosmo Textile Company. I got to talk with the owner of the store, her name is Aline, she's accommodating and even showed me what she made as a skirt from a French designer, was it Aime Comme Marie, hmmm now I am no longer sure if it was that though. Fabric and zipper haul video here.

Embroidered Pillow

18 February 2017

I was able to still continue sewing the "surprise" gift for my eldest daughter even if it is her birthday already. When I say continue it means I am done with the embroidery it is just to make it into a pillow form and the cotton in it. Luckily I did, I asked this last December to somebody at etsy to digitized the photo to make it a photostitch and the result is this! I will also do this for my youngest daughter but then I have to use a flat fabric so that it will be at least much clearer then. This took 2 hours at least.

15 February 2017

Drawstring Backpack

15 February 2017

Its that time of the year wherein I have to think of a gift for a boy, specifically for the classmate of my youngest daughter. It is a Drawstring Backpack, pattern is from www.sewcanshe.com. It is indeed so easy to make, any beginner will be able to pull through with this.  I used jeans fabric for the exterior and a simple beige graph lines as a lining. I used cords instead of strips of fabric. I just folded it nicely wherein the name will be seen easily and tie it with the selvedge edge of the jeans so no need to wrap it.

Desktop Cube and Dollie Mini Crossbody

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