Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Okay, so my mom's birthday was actually Wednesday, but I'm never able to plan ahead for these things, so the last couple of days, I've spent making her gifts. I've ended up with two in hopes that it will make up for the lateness. First off Gathered Clutch.

This gathered clutch was not actually part of my Home Ec class. Tutorial found here. It was a slightly more complicated project than I usually attempt, but hey, it's my mom's birthday. Why not go all out? This project calls for fussible interfacing, which I had never worked with before. There's really nothing to it and I like the structure it gave the clutch. I followed the tutorial directions exactly, but should have made the lining a bit smaller so the interior divider would lay flat and not be wavy. It took me the best part of one evening, but now that I've done it once, I think I could replicate it in less time.

Extreme close up of the lining and divider. All fabrics are thrifted.

The second present that was cut out yesterday and assembled this morning is the "All-Day Tote" out of the book Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing. I've had this book for a couple years, but have only attempted a tote bag. I have grand plans to complete projects seen in this book, but never seem to get around to it. In fact, I've had the denim used to make this bag for a couple years as well. Me and my great follow through. I did emulate the bag in the book to some extent, but went with floral rather than herringbone for the handles.

My bag does seem floppy compared to the picture in the book. Either Lotta used interfacing or the bag is packed in such a way that it has a better shape. The denim exterior, as mentioned earlier, was purchased a couple of years ago. The interior was a thrifted sheet and the handles and interior pocket are from my trusty vintage fabric samples as seen here and here.

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