Got a little side tracked the past week or so but I'm ready to go again. One of the things I failed to mention in my introduction is I adore speciality, self-help and sewing books. I subscribe to Threads and Vogue Patterns magazines and I enjoy just leafing through them after reading. I never discard the magazines and I refer back to them often.
Last week I ordered "The Dressmaker's Handbook of COUTURE Sewing Techniques
and "Carry Me" Both books are extraordinary and I am sure I'll use them often. The Dressmaker's Handbook is very visually appealing with exquisite current (2010) designs. The instructions are clear and this is a purchase that I know I will not experience buyer's remorse as I have with so many other things.
The "Carry Me" book is a book of really nice bags to create.
I was struck by the attractive cover and right away I knew I wanted to make the bag shown on the cover. I searched my stash and found two pre-quilted pieces and headed out to Hancock Fabrics to find a suitable lining. I decided to look in the home dec section and out jumps a black and white piece that was almost identical to the photo. Luckily, there was a 50% off President's Day sale because this stuff was a pricey $24.99 per yard. I needed 5/8 of a yard so I got away with the perfect fabric at a reasonable price.
And here's my rendition:
My fabric is a jacquard woven diagionaly, so this makes it slightly different.
The lining is a medium weight twill. The ziipper insert was a new experience, however it worked out well. I had to re-read the instructions a few times.