Yesterday I slipped over to the Dorell Fabric Outlet and picked up this bit of lovely... for free.
They have two big bins filled with free fabric remnants. The first one is free, others are two bucks a piece. I also bought a piece of fake suede.
I was inspired by this pattern on "Weekend Designer" an awesome blog with all kinds of free lovely patterns and advice. Go check it out. I'll wait. (Though it may take you an hour or two, there is so much glorious stuff there.)
Once I got home I started cutting and we were off to the races...
The fabric was a lovely light purple, the color Arwen might wear.
The bag came out okay. The overall shape is a little big and boxy, great for carrying books or art supplies but incongruous for such a feminine fabric. I may add a few outside pockets for cell phones and pens and sew on some foofy bits like lace or something. I don't know. What I was most experimenting with was how the thick and thin fabrics worked together.
I did the lining in matching plum colored linen.
Dorell also had a remnant of this strange fabric that I really liked for five dollars. I just don't know what I'd do with it. I may go back a snag it if I can think of something. There was about a yard and a half. Suggestions, anyone?
Sewing mania continues. What's next? Time will tell.... Marilyn
In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running. ~Jeff Bezos
We are all about the manias here at Casa Del Aguas. The boy is out in the garage working on a giant orc axe. The Wonderhub has been practicing surf guitar and building ukuleles. I've been learning to sew clothes.
Burda patterns are kind of cryptic but worth the extra effort. The ones that I've done have nice quirky touches that make it worth sorting through the scattered instructions and lack of little triangles to match pieces up. http://www.burdastyle.com
I know this is monochromatic. I'd normally pair the grey top with a bright scarf and jewelry. And the pants are just flannel PJs that I'll wear with a teeshirt.
I have ten to twelve more yards of this purple color in linen and cotton. I'm not sure what I'll do with it all yet. And below is some of the things that I'm working on. The scoop neck top is don. I'm going to try the knit pants next.
Here's a page listening what fabric I have left. I have tons of patterns that I get on sale for a buck or two. I've found that Simplicity patterns live up to their names. I've also been hacking each pattern a little bit to adjust the fit. The peasant top that I made was voluminous so I sewed a stretch of elastic in the back to nip in a waist. The thing that I would like to learn is what makes larger size clothing look good. I'm on a mission!
Do you sew? Anyone have any tips? Is there a trick to folding patterns back up? To me they seem like the devil. Anyone have a really fancy machine that they love? Tell me your story.
Sew on! Marilyn.
"One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my
life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear
makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn’t
have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what
you see. Your body is your temple, it’s your home, and you must decorate
it." ~ Gabourey Sidibe