Unfortunately, the good weather has not tempted Charlie Boy off his heated pad on my sewing table and outdoors. Yawwwn!
The Den has had a little seasonal spruce up and is sparkling in a most pleasing fashion.
A few weeks back, I treated myself to this dinky vintage sewing machine and set it up in pride of place on the mantlepiece, along with some other vintage sewing related goodies I had been stockpiling on my thrifty outings.
When we went to Lewes, I was really pleased to find this original wartime book which is full of useful dressmaking hints 'n' tips.
There has been quite a lot of making going on around here recently but I am waiting on quite a lot of things to enable me to finish things off so I decided to treat myself with a day of making something just for me. So I took out some luscious dyed pink woollen blanket...
Contemplated adding some beautiful buttons...
...and a bit of embellishment with these gorgeously coloured perle cotton threads...
Down to the drafting then, relatively simple, just measuring and drawing out the shape on some tissue paper (I prefer to use freezer paper which is more robust but have run out)...
A while later, my project is starting to take shape.
It's getting dark though and Charlie thinks it's time for me to vacate the den and switch the bright lights off!
The next day, my new Spring bag is born.
What do you think? It's a simple messenger bag style and as you can see the main body is crafted from the sturdy and tactile wool blanket with a feature panel of patchworked vintage flowery cottons. I added a few lines of simple detail with the perle cotton, both to the front panel and to the shoulder strap.
The lining is a gorgeous vintage French floral cotton (bought from Lizzie) and I have added three pockets, sized perfectly for my bits 'n' bobs (one of the advantages of making the bag yourself, you can make it "just so"). There's a metal snap for easy closure, and a long velvet ribbon with a clip to attach my keys. The keys will reach the door lock whilst staying safely on the end of the ribbon, no scrambling around in the bottom of the bag trying to find them!
She's ready for adventure!
The felted wool is thick so it takes quite some persistent sewing. I broke two jeans needles on my regular machine so in the end, I used my "beast" (a Pfaff Grand Quilter which is a semi-industrial straight stitch machine which I use for quilting). This ploughs its way relentlessly through however many layers you choose to throw at it! I was surprised at how much I remembered from my bag making days; bags were the first things I made several years ago when I started sewing again in earnest and selling my wares.
I'm pleased with my bag, on the trip to the market it performed perfectly and delights me every time I see that flowery vintage patchwork on the front. Perhaps I should make some for my stall? Decisions, decisions!