I needed a new bag. My previous purse was falling apart. The Essex linen did not withstand being carried around on a daily basis. So back in spring a settled on a pattern and ordered some fabrics. I really love the design of the Uptown Saddlebag by StudioKat Designs.
I like its shape and how it folds. For the fabrics, I chose some canvas that I found at MissMatabi (a Japanese Etsy shop). I was so surprised by how fast the shipping was and didn’t cost much. I’ll definitely order more from her. I also bought a Echino bias tape by Etsuko Furuya and a print from Ellen Baker, both for Kokka. I’ve been a long time follower of Ellen Baker’s blog and I love her simple designs. Both are linen blend canvas and have a beautiful texture. So, I ended up using both in my bag with the canvas.
The purse was my summer sewing project. As I said in previous posts, I was pretty busy with the kids this summer. So, I was doing bits and pieces here and there. And I finally finished it at the beginning of fall. I would say that this pattern is a intermediate to advance level. I’m not a big fan of pattern cutting and this one involved a LOT of darts to align pieces. Even though I’m pleased with the result I’m not sure I would use it again for my next purse. I much prefer using my ruler and rotary cutter for cutting!
The pattern suggests to use some Soft & Stable for the interfacing. This was the first time I was using it. I was afraid that with the canvas it would be hard to sew. But no, it went quite smoothly. And I’m really happy with the result. It does make a big difference on how the bag holds itself. Beside that, I did make a mistake when assembling the back panel. I think my seam allowances for the zipper were too large. I ended up with a panel a bit too short (about ~ 1/2″).
I didn’t want to redo it. So, I decided to shorten the front panel and lining. That is why the magnet is so close to the zipper on the front.
I’ve been using my purse for about a month now. I would say that I’m satisfied with the result. I particularly love the heavy canvas. I also enjoy the different pockets that were part of the pattern.
Camelot Fabrics is a Montreal based fabric company. So, very close to me. I had never worked with their fabrics before, beside their printed felt. But, they have a great selection of modern prints. Last year, they contacted me to work on some projects for them. I had to make two pillow covers for one of their clients and wrote a pattern for each of them.
The first one is made using fabrics from the Gypsy Lane collection by Jane Farnham. The pattern was inspired by the the Golden Wedding Ring block. But, the ring appears to be floating as the background color is the same as the negative space around it.
The second one is made using fabrics from the Zoey collection. It’s my own design and reflects my love for triangles just like in my Amalgam quilt.
I had fun with the quilting for both projects. I like seeing the patterns it creates from the back of the top panels.
I finished the projects back in June. But, I couldn’t share them with you at that point. I knew it was to sell kits with the pattern, but I was surprised to learn that it was for Craft of Quilting. My projects are featured on pages 36-37 of their late summer catalog. It’s always fun to see your projects pictured in a nice set up. Too bad they don’t mention the name of the pattern designers, at least I didn’t see them. If you are interested by a kit to make one the pillow covers, you can find them here and here.
When testing out the patterns, I first made a version of the pillow covers using fabrics from my stash. I thought I’d share them with you as well. Here is one for the first pattern. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of the finished pillow before I gave it away.
As for the second one, I still need to quilt it and assemble it.
I hope you enjoyed the projects!
With Halloween approaching, school started already 2 months ago. For me this means a whole new beat, since my two boys are now in school. Here is a lunch bag and pencil case I made for my younger one for his entry to school.
After my second child was born, me and my husband decided I would stay at home with the kids until both went to school. This time has come and since the beginning of September I have been working on a Portfolio website to work as a freelancer. I had fun doing a custom logo, pattern for background and Processing animation for it. If you are curious, you can have a look at joseecarrier.ca.
In the coming months, I will be looking for projects in web development and generative design. I don’t know how much time will be left for sewing, quilting and blogging. But, I do have a few projects I want to share in the next few days.
It’s been a while since I’ve published a pattern in a magazine. But now that Stitch Fall 2015 is out, I can let you know about my latest one. It’s a pattern for a set of 3 folding trays. The fall issue is filled with great projects, and I’m happy to have this fun and quick project part of them. You can you can preview the other projects in the issue here.
Folding Trays, Stitch Fall 2015. Photo by JackDeutsch.com
I initially proposed my project for the Eastern Influences theme. The Stitch team decided to include it in the Simple Lines section, which I think is also a great fit. I love the simplicity and functionality that characterize Japanese designs. This is what I tried to achieve with these trays. Their design was a also inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding: origami. The main feature of the trays is the use of buttons and string to hold their shape. It makes it easy to unfold and carry them with you in your luggage.
I proposed a set of 3 trays with two smaller square boxes and a longer one. This way the trays can be disposed in a square layout.
For the trays published in the magazine, I used the Fletching Chant print from the Wild & Free collection by Maureen Cracknell for Art Gallery Fabrics for the lining. I combined it with different colors of Kona cottons for the exterior (Navy, Curry and Cayenne). Here are a few other versions I made for my-self.
I definitely plan to sew some more. These make great little gifts. The longer one is great to put on a desk for storing pens and pencils. The smaller ones could be great for keys or pocket change.
Just a short post today. I had a pair of jeans that I just loved, it’s so comfortable and it’s a good fit for me. Unfortunately, it had a hole on one of the knees, so I wasn’t wearing them anymore. But, I couldn’t part with them. So, I decided to expand their life by cutting them to transform them in a pair of bermudas.
I made my-self some bias tape using Oval Elements in from Art Gallery Fabrics that I sewn on the raw edges. I just love this print. Particularly in this color which I think is Eggplant. It a great mix of rich colors. I’m happy with the results, and have been wearing my jeans again quite a lot this summer.
Enjoy the summer while it lasts!