Hiya! Things have been busy around here as we inch our way into the holiday season. Penny jewelry is being made in bigger batches than ever before, events are popping up on the calender, and the work days are stretching out a little longer each week.
BUT this past weekend held a rare, free Saturday for us so I took advantage. Last week I spent most of my time visiting friends, reading, and brainstorming new ideas. It. was. wonderful. I even got to help out my friend, Foam on the Range, man their booth of beer soap at our Midwest Beer Fest!
I also finished TWO sewing projects over the past few days!
On Friday, I attended TISSU’s Sewing Lounge night. It’s a laid back event where you just bring your supplies and TISSU offers up their machines, tools, and a place to socialize while you work.
I decided to bring along an old pair of jeans and some trim to make myself a bag. And this is what I ended up with!
I used the bottom of each leg to make the main bag piece which is what gave it that shape (they’re flare jeans). Then, I added some chevron and lace trim, ’cause everything looks better with lace, and repurposed the back pocket on the side of the bag.
My favorite part of the whole thing would have to be the strap, for sure. I used the back waist band as half of the shoulder strap, leaving the screen printed name visible. I don’t know why this appeals to me so much – I’m not a die-hard Mossimo fan or anything (in fact, their jeans NEVER fit me, hence the use of them for this sewing project….). I JUST LOVE THE SCRAPPY-NESS OF IT ALL.
On Sunday, I finished a project that has been haunting me for weeks - The McCartney Jacket from Pattern Anthology!
I’ve never sewn from a pre-made pattern before because it scared the crap out of me. I look down at all those lines and marks and instructions and I just freeze. So, when I saw Pattern Anthology’s 8 Days a Week collection with all those cute styles, I decided to conquer my fear and give it a try.
I LOVE how it turned out! And… I only had a couple emotional break downs…
But, I’ll spare you the details for now.
You can find this pattern by clicking here. For fabric, I used this quilting cotton print for the outside, and a solid black flannel for the lining. I also used some ribbed black knit for the wrist and waist bands.
PHEW! That was long. Anyways, I had fun during my “week off” and am now ready to get back to work, refreshed and renewed. We’ll see how long that lasts before I’m back at my sewing machine… ;)