April 13, 2014

Frustration + Malaise

I haven't posted since returning from a month away in Florida and I promised myself that if I was going to do a blog, I would not abandon it without good reason. Frustration and malaise are not good enough.

Returning from the beautiful sunshine and green of Florida to a month and a half of the continuing gray and cold has been the first frustration and malaise cause. My sewing room faces north with a very large window and without sun can be a bit gloomy. I should probably have better lighting and if $$$ were not an issue I would completely redo it to a dream sewing studio like a friend of mine has. I spent several hours there last Friday and even though it is a basement room it was fantastic! Well-lit, gobs of storage, and so much more.

BUT, I am here and need a sewing boost. The fabric I have been working on is sunny enough. This was taken during a few hours of sun but the stiff breeze made photography challenging.
I've expanded from just my little zipper bags to some real handbags and totes.
This is a home decor weight fabric that I couldn't resist and I love the way it combines with other prints. I completed this bag and
this tote and a little zip bag.

 I am making little collections that I think will perk up my Etsy shop which also has malaise since I had to close it for the month I was away.

THEN I did this:

What a cute little accessory only 3 inches high and 5 inches across.  I spied the tutorial on Pinterest. The plan was too whip this up in a flash.  I will admit that I am guilty of adding to patterns even before I've tried them and for this one I wanted the sides to be stiffer so I was inserting a very stiff interfacing to the sides AND I added machine quilting which of courses added the requisite batting. So when I got to this pictured step  I was bamboozled!                                                                                                                                            

The next picture did not make it clear that all of this scrunched fabric was to fit INSIDE the fabric circle and pinned and sewn. Leaving a little 2 inch opening through which you must pull all of that scrunched stuff back through!
After several attempts at not sewing all the stuff inside where it belongs and finding it was not working, and seam ripping and teeth gnashing, I finally realized what had to be done. I jettisoned  the stiff interfacing and the top did come out fairly well. But then you have to repeat this to attach the bottom and  this happened:
                                 By this time I feel headachy, sniffly and completely annoyed
and injured as well. I never found the stab point but you can see the blood in the yellow near the back seam. Plus there is a crinkle in the fabric. Anyone know how this always seems to happen?

I still love the fabric and I have more so the next day I start fresh and think positively and abandon working on teeny things for a bag I had found in a booklet on zippered handbags and totes. Not having learned my lesson about adding to the pattern, I decide that I can make it better by using a lining so I can add inner pockets. Here it is and not too bad from a distance, but not good enough to put on Etsy.
Here's why:

 This zipper was not going to ever look right at the ends.  I finally decided to tuck this tab end inside and it is better. 

I am proud of the additions that I think are necessary for any handbag - inside pockets (there is a zippered one you can't see on the side closer to you) and a hook to attach keys.
I may take this on again but I will attach the zipper differently and add some stiffening to the bottom because when you put stuff in the nice boxed shape sags. My favorite feature is the turquoise piping. I hope it holds up as it was a pre-made piping in my stash of stuff and the price printed on it was 19 cents! What decade do you think it was from?

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