5.5.09

Adventures in sewing

I've been sewing - again. Bags - again. The reddish sling bag is my own pattern. I'd seen a bag I liked on the web but couldn't find an exact pattern. So, I started with a Vogue pattern and changed it so much that it doesn't resemble it any longer at all. I like that bag, it's the right size for me, it hangs nicely from the shoulder, it only has one strap, so nothing can slip off. What I will change for the next one is the interfacing; I think this one needs to be pretty stiff, even stiffer than stiff interfacing. So, it's time I dug out the pellon for the next one. The other thing it sort of needs is a magnetic snap. Even though it sits right under the arm and stays closed that way, a snap would be nice. But, until this morning, I'd never done a magnetic snap. They scared me. I had visions of multiple holes in the fabric, crooked closures.
So, this morning I worked on the Amy Butler bag on the right. Her pattern, her fabric, no originality at all. But it specified a magnetic snap as a closure, so I surfed the web yesterday, read instructions and quite successfully inserted a snap.

In my search for help with the snap yesterday, I came across this tutorial: You SEW Girl: How to insert the best magnetic snaps ever. It worked and I have the pictures to prove it :-) I used interfacing before I inserted the prongs and another double layer of interfacing over the prongs so they won't damage the fabric by rubbing through. No more fear of magnetic snaps!
Now I need to get out into the garden and plant a few new things I bought yesterday in between bouts of rain.

4 comments:

abeadlady said...

Love the fabric on your creation. Nice work. Don't you love it when you learn how to do something new?

Arline

mjlayman said...

Oh, very nice! And a new skill! We're having rain, too, and the Potomac is up enough to keep people out of normally safe waters.

GraceBeading said...

oooooh, they are both pretty, but I especially like 'your' bag. Bravo on mastering the magnetic snap too, good for you!

Katie B said...

How wonderful that you took a pattern and changed it all about and made it your own!
I took a drawing and make my own doll pattern out of it -- it is what I am working on for BFAC. I must get some pictures up !
Your sewing is so varied!