I pretty much know, at this point, that any pattern made by Adrianna from Hey June Handmade is going to fit me and look amazing on first try. Check out my Cheyenne blouse, Sanibel rompers, Lane Raglan hoodie, and leggings for proof. So, I was jubilant when she asked me to pattern test her latest creation, the Trevi Top and Dress. I went with a double gauze fabric from my stash to make this polka dot Trevi top. I am thrilled with the results, as expected. (more…)
It worked! I followed Michele’s plan of quilting bit by bit and I finished the quilt top! These photos were taken quickly and ad hoc but they suffice as a display of my enthusiasm at accomplishing as much as I have. The pattern is available for free on Sew Mama Sew and was designed by one of my favorite designers Ellen Luckett Baker from the long thread. Most of the fabric I used is from things in my scrap basket and includes everything from heavier linens to lightweight voile. It’s a real mix but I did closely follow how Ellen made her quilt. The grey fabric is a beautiful, soft linen-cotton blend that I bought at my favorite fabric boutique Rock Paper Scissors.
Now, I just need to find some time to quilt and hand-bind this sucker before Christmas! Yikes! And, oh yes, it’s a Christmas gift for someone (ahem), someone who might just read this blog. Wish me luck. Are you working on any covert handmade holiday gifts? Are you dying to tell someone about it? Share with me in the comments! No one will find out and we can get all giggly together!
I made another messenger bag. I made it as a sample for my upcoming messenger bag class at rock paper scissors which is really exciting because the fabric was given to me. It also means I don’t actually have it in my hot little fingers just yet because it’s busy showing itself off in the shop. I’m so happy to be teaching at rock paper scissors, it’s such a warm & happy place. And, what amazing fabric I get to play with. Isn’t that that most beautiful fabric? It’s part of the Folk Modern line designed by Ellen Luckett Baker of The Long Thread for Kokka the Japanese fabric company. I loved her first fabric line, Stamped, and this set of fabrics is just as beautiful. It’s a thicker weight fabric but not heavy duty thick and the colors are wonderfully bright but playfully sophisticated. I love it.
The pattern is one I created a while ago because so many people were requesting a messenger bag class and I couldn’t find a bag pattern that I liked enough to ask people to buy it. It’s one thing to buy a pattern and have it turn out to be a dud but another thing altogether to knowingly ask people to buy a dud pattern. In the end, I’m so glad I ended up making the pattern because I really love it. It’s the right size for a slightly girly messenger bag.
If there is anything annoying about making this bag is the amount of time spent ironing interfacing. There is a lot of interfacing in this humble bag. It uses a magical combination of heavyweight Heat N Bond as well as mediumweight and lightweight Pellon interfacing to give it shape without being stiff. I love when I find the right combination of interfacing to give a bag structure without any weird creasing that screams “This bag has interfacing in it!”.
My plan is to write up a messenger bag pattern to add to the shop this winter. Of course, I have lots of plans and I never really know which one is going to bubble up to the top. One of the things holding me back is I have to figure out how to make pdf pattern pieces that are larger than one page. Anyone have experience with that? I’d love your assistance if you do.