Thursday, April 10, 2008

Butt 4409 Bag Completed

This bag for Momma's Day is done. Not sure which of my favorite Mommas will get this one. There were a couple of challenges with this pattern. First, no matter how I match up the dots, which I did perfectly on this one, the pockets DO NOT look like they do on the bag on the pattern. Their pocket flaps are much shorter. No biggie! Just different. Also, my lining, a sand washed silk which I love, can be very billow-y. That is despite my fusing Armo Weft to all of the lining. So what I had to do was stitch in the ditch by hand from the lining to the bag to keep it all in place. I like the beads and think they give the bag a little edge. I also like the bamboo handles as they restate the bamboo that is in the print. Gotta have things cohesive, ya know! But, other than those aggravations, I really like it.

Now on to the next bag. A heads up is in order here for Vogue 7701. Check this out: The directions say that all seams are 1/2 inch unless otherwise stated. Immediately, when looking at the bag pattern piece, I noticed 5/8 inch seams. I know all you sewistas who have been sewing as long as I have can measure out a perfect 5/8 seam with your eyes closed. So I got out my trusty little measuring gizmos and yes, the bag is 5/8 and the gusset, which connects to the bag sides, is 1/2 inch. Oy,,,,So, I just stitched half inch seams and it all worked out. But this could be very confusing for a beginner, never mind a first time sewista of Vogue patterns. So beware!!!

I have to say that I am really enjoying working on this next bag. It has lots of challenging hand work and bright colors. That's a combination I really enjoy sewing. I may finish it tomorrow, so tune in...Here is a little teaser: and yes, I am smocking on wired ribbon on my jammy clad knee. Doesn't everybody do this? ....bunny

10 comments:

  1. Gee, this turned out great! Trés couture.

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  2. Love your bag...is that ribbon going onto the next one?

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  3. Thanks, Lindsay and Paula. Yes the ribbon and more of it is going on the next bag. The next one is a little over the top technique wise but I think cohesive enough. So far it seems to be working. I hope to finish it tonite. Fingers crossed.

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  4. That bag is gorgeous!! And we may be the only 2 smockists in the world who pin to our knee, LOL. I've never met anyone else who does it that way! :P

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  5. We are kindred spirits, Angie!

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  6. Bunny that bag is terrific. I learned how to do it at PR West Coast and it was so much fun! I'd never have thought to put it on a purse.

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  7. By it, I mean hand beading a zipper.

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  8. That is such a gorgeous bag! Now while I do not smock on my knees, I do lots of handsewing with sections anchored to my pants. I have even been known to have to undo stitching that somehow adhered itself to said pants!

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  9. Sorry Bunny- I did not meant to post semi-anonymously.

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  10. Not a problem. Thanks for all the positive input. I have stymied on the next bag but will have more on that on my next post. I have been away, a few states away, helping out DD with twins and attending wedding reception. Thanks, gang and more later.

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