Well, hello there! Yes, mama's got a new bag among other practical sewing projects. Just so you know, I am blatantly exploiting baby Jane's cuteness to make a post about a bag more interesting.
My goodness. I think these photos would warm even the coldest of souls out there. I love her so much I can't stand it sometimes. Ok ok, so I made a bag. And holy cow, friends. Bag making is not for the faint of heart. I made this bag veeeery slowly over the past month and there was some serious wrangling of heavy fabric at the end.
I needed a bag to carry all my junk to work. Since the beginning of the school year I have been carting about three or four small bags- my lunch bag, my purse, some sort of grocery bag for supplies, my laptop bag and my breast pump. That's actually five bags. And that's not counting baby Jane's diaper bag, which actually stays at daycare with her. Anyway, I wanted a gigantic flat-bottomed bag where I could combine everything in one spot. So I did what any good sewist would do in a situation like this- I made one.
I used McCalls 6297. I made view D with the addition of a couple of interior pockets. This thing is massive. It's awesome. This project was done entirely with stash fabrics and notions except for the interfacing. I had a piece of leopard print canvas I've been saving for a while now with the intention of making a blazer type jacket. But I decided it would make a nice bag, too. There may be enough left for the jacket anyway. The zig zag fabric is leftover from the bench I covered over two years ago. I interfaced the exterior fabric with a heavy duty decor bond. I wish I had interfaced the lining fabric, too. But then again, I don't know how I would have sewed it all together. I had to use a size 18 needle when I sewed all the side seams. It's heavy duty.
The pattern has one flat pocket on the outside of one side piece. And one interior pocket that's made to hold two bottles of some sort. The pattern is obviously a reusable grocery bag on steroids. I added a divided interior pocket for my cell phone and keys and a zippered pocket. I piped all the pockets just because. And look at the nifty little mini clutch there!
I was toying with the idea of making a matching wallet when Cake patterns announced the release of the free Red Velvet Mini Clutch pattern. It was exactly what I needed. See, I don't carry an actual purse anymore. At least not like I used to. I have a small bag that holds my cards, phone and keys that I chuck in the diaper bag. Then when I go somewhere sans baby, I take it out and just carry the little bag. Now I have a matching one :)
The mini clutch pattern was super quick and very cute. I made the "boxy" pleated version. It's the perfect size for a phone and a few cards. I actually made a pocket on the inside of the lining to hold my credit card and my license. I just happened to have a red jeans zipper. Serendipitous, eh? Don't look too close at my straggly, goofy tassel. It was fun to make. There is a lobster clasp attached to the wrist strap. I had the foresight to sew a loop in the interior of the big bag so I can clip my mini clutch in place.
And so you can see that I really am alive and kicking, here's a photo of me modeling my bag. Ha! I actually took this picture because I made the skirt, too. It's not even worth writing about truly. I made a tube of fabric, tried it on and pinned out the excess above my hip. Then I added a yoga type waistband and called it a day. It's actually two layers of knit fabric. The stripey fabric is some sort of mystery knit from Joanns. It's underlined with a slinky rayon knit. It feels thicker and more secure than your average knit pencil skirt if you know what I mean. I like it so much (and I like how easy it is to wash and throw on in the morning) that I made a charcoal ponte knit version as well. The charcoal version has a little more ease. This stripey one is pretty snug. Eh.
I made a white tee, too. Another knit Scout tee. This version has all of my modifications along with the high low hem that I liked so much on my green version. It was made in the same slinky rayon knit I lined my stripey skirt with. It really is the perfect white tee. I think I've worn it twice a week since I made it. I had full intentions of putting it on and taking a modeled photo of it. But someone woke up from her nap.
And such is the life of a sewing mama. Little snippets of sewing interspersed with lots snuggling. I wouldn't have it any other way.
What's that? You want more baby pictures!? Well, I guess I can oblige. I mean, since you asked so nicely.
I can't believe how big baby Jane is getting. She's six months old now. And sweet as pie. All of her dark hair has fallen out and new sandy colored hair is coming in. And those blue eyes are starting to turn green. Looks like she's going to take after her daddy and his hazel eyes.
So glad I can sew and make things specifically tailored for my needs. You know, like a bag to carry all of my treasured posessions ;)
Happy sewing, friends!