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Sling Purse

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010


My friend JI gave me a purse some years ago, brown faux suede with embroidered flowers. It was one of my favorite purses ever and I’ve been meaning to try creating a pattern from it for a simple lined cotton version.

I had to carefully think through the order of sewing the seams – it’s necessary to leave the seam at the top of the handle for last, because joining the lining along both long curved edges of the strap would leave no way to turn the project inside out if the straps were already joined. Luckily this occurred to me before I actually tried it, and after confirming the topological nuances with my husband, I successfully joined the purse to the lining, turning it through an opening in the bottom of the lining.

I also added a pocket to the inside, and a magnetic snap.


Pretty good for a couple of evenings’ work! I love sewing, I really do – but knitting is so much easier to just pick up and work on. I need to keep in mind that sewing projects go faster. I have a nice little sewing corner now that our spare bedroom is cleared out, so I’m going to try to do more sewing this summer.

Wearable Watercolor

Sunday, July 12th, 2009
Adapted from Butterick 6333 (1999)

Adapted from Butterick 6333 (1999)

I’m so happy with how this dress came out. I learned a lot from the blue vines dress, but I made additional modifications on this version: I used the skirt pieces from a different pattern that I had sewed before years ago, and I added a bit of elastic to the sleeves. I love the way they slightly hug my arms.

This fabric is beautiful – turquoise and tan. It’s like a watercolor painting that I can wear.

Blue Vines

Friday, June 26th, 2009

I’ve really enjoyed getting back into sewing. I got inspired by those batiks and dug into my stash as well – turns out I have enough fabric and ideas to last a while!

For this dress, I had to alter the pattern quite a bit. I had sewed a few dresses with it years ago, like in the early “aughts” (or is that “naughts” ?). The fact is those ones don’t fit me anymore so I traced the pieces onto new tissue paper and added a quarter inch there and half an inch there, to add up to an inch or so bigger all told. Before cutting into the unique (and more pricey) batiks I decided to do a “test dress” out of this blue viney fabric I had in my stash. It was the perfect yardage.

Cool as a blue cucumber in %100 cotton.

Adapted from Butterick 6333 (1999)

I’m very happy with how this came out. It will be nice to have a cool cotton dress to wear when it’s hot this summer. Next project: batik version.


Friday, June 12th, 2009

The sun is out at the moment, but on the whole it’s been a gloomy June so far. But I don’t care – I went fabric shopping the other day and BN helped me pick out some cotton batiks for sundresses.


Little Miss Lily-White (that’s me) needs sundresses with sleeves. Especially since we are planning a vacation to – guess where – HAWAII !!!

I am super-excited. We will be joining my parents and four youngest siblings on Kauai. I can’t wait for the beach, snorkeling, lush scenery, fresh pineapple… and days and days with my “kids.” I am looking foward to it, firing up my sewing machine, and in the market for some new sandals and a wide-brimmed sun hat.