Having found the last issue of Simply Sewing magazine quite inspiring I decided to invest in Issue 6, not least to see the next stage of the instructions for the tulip skirt even though I’d already pressed ahead with it regardless. In fact these primarily covered the addition of belt loops and piping at the waistband, neither of which I needed!
The free gift with Issue 6 was a piece of faux suede fabric. I have a major aversion to the feel and smell of real suede but the faux version is much more acceptable, feel and smell-wise. There was a small supplement with some suggestions for using the fabric including patch pockets and an embellished collar. I decided to tackle the Japanese knot bag. The instructions were easy to follow, although top stitching around the edge of the shorter handle (through which the longer handle slips to secure the bag) was a bit fiddly.
I lined the bag with some cotton fabric and was really pleased with the result. The bag is a great shape.
I made another zipped purse from some silk fabric I bought at a fabric sale in Petworth. This one was for my goddaughter’s birthday and the fabric would also be perfect for a glamorous evening version of the knot bag (my sister’s idea). I’ve held off making a garment from it because of its ‘crispy’ finish but I did find that ironing softened it up a bit so it might be OK – and I won’t sound like I’m wearing a paper bag!
The red lining was a scrap from a pile of old fabric given to me by my mother.
I am turning into a bag lady … I’ve now made this cover for my new notebook/tablet. All I did was draw round it onto some paper and extend the rectangle by 2 cms all round to allow for a 1 cm seam and a further centimetre for manoeuvring the tablet in and out. The stripy fabric is lined with some chambray and I incorporated some wadding on each side for added protection. I cut this to exactly the same size as the tablet. The wadding did cause me a bit of a headache when I was turning the bag through the lining because the tacking I’d used to secure it temporarily to each side came adrift. I managed to resolve the problem by sticking my hand through the turning hole and smoothing it out.
Going back to the magazine, it was almost worth it for the knot bag idea. There are some nice home accessories using lovely fabrics – including some useful storage boxes. There is also an article about The Makery in Bath, an interesting item on sewing bloggers and some cute embroidered bunny building blocks.
I’ll go for anything rabbit-related!