Posts Tagged bag making


In somewhat of a coincidence, seeing as my last post was about dogs and teeth, my most recent finished garment that I have got around to photographing, is in a dogtooth check.  You couldn’t make it up.


This is another short sleeved Coco dress which I made from a metre of 3.99 jersey I found on Ebay and so the fact that it’s not my favourite of all time, bothers me not at all because it took me a couple of hours from start to finish and, at that price, I can wear it to flit about the house in and be comfy.

There are several reasons it’s not my favourite and one clue is in the above photo where I have hacked the style of the neckline – which should be flat – because, once again, I overestimated my size and made it too big.  Then I had to do all sorts of taking ins and faffing abouts to get it to fit me and I ended up changing the shape somewhat.  I call them ‘design features’ though others might call them ‘mistakes’.


Also, I think the dogtooth check is one of those fabrics that, from a distance, will just look dull and boring and ‘beige’.  Maybe it calls for a belt?

I have cut myself off at the knees as they are not yet tanned and, in fact, looked bluish in this photo so I have spared you the sight.

So, leaving dogs, teeth and doggy dodgy checks behind, I decided make a bag in a bright and cheerful linen mix fabric.

This is a pattern I bought from UHandbags and it does indeed look quite professional as she promised it would.


The resin handles have something to do with that as well as the super duper foam fusible interfacing she suggests (and sells) which makes the bag firm but still satisfyingly squidgy at the same time.

The tiny seam allowance – 0.5cm – worries me a little but I guess that is to minimise bulky seams as there are two layers of fabric a layer of medium weight interlining and a layer of the foam too.  So you just have go be careful there.  Also, the thicker the ‘sandwich’ when you poke it into the frame, the better, as it gives those tiny screws something to bite into.


I actually used a linen blend for the exterior and a quilting cotton for the interior and I did have to beef up the edges a bit to get them to stay in the frame.  Next time I will use thicker fabric for the exterior and use something like the linen blend for the interior (as was actually suggested in the pattern) and I think this will make it all more manageable and easier to achieve the best possible finish.

Resin Handle Handbag


It’s a good size bag although, I must admit, the frame doesn’t open quite as wide as I had hoped  but then I do like to have a good old rummage around in my handbag which means I like to get practically my whole arm in.  This is not necessarily a good thing as all sorts of stuff ends up in the furthest corners of my handbags never to be found again so this might force me to be a little neater.

I am going to send this over to the U.K. for Mlle. Tialys the elder to take to work for a week and let’s see how it holds up on the London Underground, the tram, holding her lunch and generally being ‘used’ for a week or two.  If it passes the endurance test, I’ll be making more because I really love the way it looks.

What do you think? Do you like?


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A Few Early Summer Pursuits

Mr. Tialys says I buy too many bags.  What nonsense!  At least I use the bags.  It’s the shoes I keep buying that are a waste – I must come to terms with the facts.

   – I don’t live somewhere anybody would consider it practical to wear heels.

    – I don’t go out in the evenings enough to wear them and, if I did, the previous fact would still probably apply.

   –  I am not one of the cast of Mad Men

    – I can’t wear them to go shopping because they have started to make my hips hurt after a couple of hours.

 Isn’t life cruel?

Anyway, back to the bags, which I have decided don’t count if Imake them instead of buying them.  Sneaky eh?

I like this pattern because it produces a bag which actually looks like a shop bought one – I hope so anyway!!  I got the pattern from the amazingly talented Lisa over at  u-handbag.  It was actually a generous free download on Lisa’s blog but she has these special handles in her online shop, plus the interlining, etc. that you need.  She made a lovely floral one and calls it the ‘Graceful Kelly Bag’ but I fancied spots ‘cos I’m more that kind of person, if you know what I mean, although I might stray into floral next time.  I had fun with the interior too

I must confess, I was a bit scared of the gluing in part as I have only used sew in frames on little clasp coin purses before.  It is a good idea to put masking tape over the metal before you brandish the glue.  Ask me how I know this.  Anyway it was fun but I’m going to road test this one before I make any more to make sure the glue I used is up to the job of my wallet (not very heavy due to buying too many bags!), cheque book (just in case), phone, keys, occasional book, etc. etc.  Maybe I could learn to make shoes too.

Changing the subject, why is it that weeds and plants that self seed often do so much better than the things we plant?  Here is a case in point

Mr. T. will be pleased as I’ve given you a partial glimpse of his dry stone wall which he is very proud of and is home to countless lizards and other things no doubt.  I actually tried to take a close up of these huge bee like things we have here which buzz and hover but are black with a sort of purplish tinge.  I have a feeling somebody told me they were called Carpenter Bees but I might be wrong.  Anyway, I gave up in the end because he wouldn’t keep still long enough and I got fed up but I liked the close up of the poppies anyway and, if you click on the pic and look  closely, you can see what looks like a big raisin inside one of the blooms.

Still in the garden, I have suddenly realised that our chickens are thoroughly spoilt.  Not only have they got a custom made chicken house but they appear to have roses around the door now too.

Certainly something for Darth (don’t ask) to crow about

the neighbours love him – you can imagine!

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