Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year 2016

I really don't like going back to evaluate the year 2015 and make resolutions for the new year. I applaud those who can do that. I just see life more continuous than breaking it into years, etc. Resolutions?! I'm always making them! Well, I'm not so sure where I stand on all this. But I can wish us all health, blessings, love, peace and lots of sewing in the new year.

Thanks for visiting this humble blog and read about my sewing experiences.

Monday, December 21, 2015

My Second Brandt's Blvd Wallet and a Lotus Bag

Hello everyone,
I hope you're all doing great possibly having some family time because of the holidays.

Before I get caught up on other things I want to share the second Brandt's Blvd Wallet I made so time ago. The pattern is from Chis W Designs and is part of the new range of patterns that are easy and fast to sew. You can find your copy here where you can also read about the features the wallet provides.

I really love the look and clever features the wallet has. I used a fabric from Carrie Bloomston's Story  Collection named Newspaper in Indigo. I combined it with some dark brown twill fabric. The only change I made was elongating the closure tab by an inch.

Last Friday I was at a private craft fair and both my Brandt's Blvd Wallets sold. One of the customers first checked if her huge mobile phone fit (and I thought it wouldn't) and surprisingly it did. So she was very happy to get the wallet. I'll be making more of these probably at the beginning of the next year. I can't believe 2015 is almost over. What a year!!!

Another Bag I made and somehow have forgotten to share is the Lotus Handbag Pattern by Blue Calla Patterns. You can find it here. 

I love how it turned out. I used Bari J. Ackerman  Panache Canvas in Profundo from the Petal and Plume Canvas Collection. I combined it with a blueish gray twill. I never made this type of design were you have a central zippered section with two compartments on front and back.The way the zipper is connected and the bag exterior finished was a little odd but it turned out OK. Next time I'll try to "clean up" the method a bit and be more careful. I also learned a new way to make this kind of straps that has a clean finish. See if you can notice it in the last picture. This bag is still available at my Etsy Shop.

This is it for now. I wish you all a Merry Christmas with lots of family time.

Happy Sewing!


Sunday, December 6, 2015

My First Brandt's Boulevard Wallet

I finally got the chance to make my first Brandt's Boulevard Wallet. This is the second pattern from Chris W Design's Easy Street Range of patterns. This line of patterns are easier than the regular line from Chris W Designs. You can read more about it here and get your patterns here.

After being more than a month without sewing because of my bad shoulder this is the first thing I sew. I was a bit scared at the beginning on how my shoulder will react from the cutting, etc. But so far so good.

This wallet takes very little time to sew. Other than being just beautiful it has a removable wrist strap option, a zipper pocket, two slip pockets, one vinyl ID pocket, four card slots and a cellphone padded pocket. It has just what you need from a wallet.

I made mine using a Tim Holtz fabric for the exterior and a solid hazelnut color 100% cotton fabric for accent and lining.

After doing a mistake in the installation of the thumb catch closure I had to unsew (fun) the closure strap from the exterior and make another one. I opted to make it a bit longer than the pattern so that the thumb catch will sit lower on the wallet. I'm happy on how it turned out.

Having finished this one I started cutting a second one. I don't know what it is with wallets but one is never enough when you start sewing them.

Happy Sewing!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Abby's Alley Tote

On my last post I wrote about how joint pain was causing me to sew less. I said "What I'm I supposed to do? Stop sewing for 6 months? LOL  No way. This can't stop me."..... Well, it did stop me. My right shoulder got so bad it hurt like crazy and I couldn't move my arm. After some anti-inflammatory medicine and x rays we discover I had calcific tendinitis. What that means is that there was quite a bit of calcium accumulated in the shoulder joint and the tendon wouldn't stretch to allow movement, other than having inflammation. I was miserable for a while by not being able to even comb my hair or get dressed by myself. My husband helped a lot and I watched lots of TV. I was treated with pills and physical therapy. Now I'm almost back to normal. I still have to take care and not over do it.

So before the madness stopped me I was able to test The Abby's Alley Tote for Christine from Chris W Designs. This Tote is the first pattern in her NEW Sew and Sell Easy Street Pattern Range. These new patterns will be quick sews and the pdf's will be short (less than 20 pages). And believe me the stylish designs are not sacrificed at all for these "easy sew" patterns. Christine just released the first two patterns in this rang. Check her blog post and other testers versions here

I used a butterfly printed canvas that I thought is just right for this Large Tote. After I bought this fabric I was just waiting for the right design of bag to use it, being that it has such big and loud print.

Even though I used canvas fabric I still used Pellon SF 101 woven interfacing to give it more stability. For extra padding and structure I also used Pellon Thermolam Plus Fusible interfacing. On the front I used a metal label bling from Emmaline Bags.

This Tote has plenty of pockets to keep everything organized. There are two pockets on each exterior side for a total of four exterior pockets. Inside there are also four pockets. I used a taupe cotton fabric for the lining. This will be a great tote to use when going to the beach or pool. And it will be great for taking things to the gym or even the office.

I have the Tote listed at my shop here.
Until next time. Gotta keep it short. Housework has been waiting for me. Ugh!! 
Happy Sewing!