What can I say? I still had some denim strips left!

And I’m certainly not one to waste recycled denim!  So let’s make another bag.  This one is not quite big enough to hold my iPad, not like the last one I made.  This one seemed to go together quicker too!  Perhaps it wasn’t as “fancy” or perhaps I’m actually getting used to throwing them together?!?

Again, I started by sewing my strips together, pressing them, ironing on the fusible interfacing, and trimming the two outer bag walls to the right size.

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How to sew a recycled denim handbag.

I was trying to think of an eye-catching, mysterious title for my blog post.  I couldn’t.  I have too been immersed in bag making lately – sewing creatively, instead of blogging creatively!  

The only other handbags I’ve made I posted about here and here.  I made one of them for my sister – she’s seems to be happy with it.  I made her’s by copying something she already had.

This time I wanted to make a handbag for myself out of 100% recycled materials, specifically denim.  I have been collecting a few images on my Pinterest and I’m quite inspired by this recycled denim Chobe Bag with the denim strips sewn together.

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One step closer to the beach …

My sewing days are running out.  Soon my sister and I leave for Mexico.  As usual, I have a dozen ideas but only so much time – so at the top of the list, besides swimsuits, is cover ups.  I bought the fabric for two cover ups – one for my sister and one for me – last weekend.  My sister chose this print – full of black, brown and gold colours.  It’s called Tangiers Linen-look print, 97% polyester and 3% spandex.  It definitely has the quality of linen.  When I pre-washed both fabrics, this one lost at least a 1/4″ off the width with the unravelling and fraying.  I decided that I would have to be very careful finishing off the seams.

Did I make changes to this pattern, McCall’s M7200?  I added a few inches to the length and I made the back only one piece instead of the several they designed into the pattern.  This pattern has a pretty back with all those seams and a bit of a peplum, but I want my cover ups to be a plain style.  I ended up with only four pieces – front, back, collar and sleeve.  (My cover up will be the same, made of the beige fabric.)

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Finishing that friggin’ UFO … (Part 2)

I apologize for not posting sooner.  I did continue working on my Sister’s shirt/jacket during the last week, the final chapter of my Sister’s Sewing Projects, although I am sure she will eventually think of something else for me to do!  I am using Simplicity 5455, a pattern from 2003.  I started it here using two wonderful fabrics, a solid blue and a white “newsprint floral”, both made of 97% cotton and 3% spandex.  Things were rolling along nicely … until they came to a dead stop!  Why?

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A perfect place for my pockets.

Perhaps you remember my denim skirt?  I spent a couple of days trying to decide whether to sew on the back pockets, or not.  Well, I have found a perfect place for them!

A while ago, I found the FREE pdf pattern from By Hand London, the Polly Top.  I knew it would be perfect for the leftover fabric I end up with occasionally… and I certainly had some left when I finished my denim skirt.

Does anyone else piece together pdf patterns the same as me?  I always seem to piece together one pattern piece at a time and then immediately cut it out.  I guess I feel like I am accomplishing something that way?  Here you can see my first piece taking shape – like putting a puzzle together.

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The Big Decisions.

The weather today was so changeable, I sat here this morning trying to decide if I should put the laundry on the clothes line… or take photos for my blog.  What should I do?  

You might remember last post I was fighting to make my dress pattern work with my fabric and my body.  That pattern lost.  This pattern, on the other hand, McCall’s M6840 was a winner.  I made view B but with short sleeves.  Short sleeves since the fabric is so summery – but also after salvaging the fabric out of the almost completed dress, I didn’t have enough pieces left that were large enough to make long sleeves!

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Still “sitting on the fence”!

Last week I came to a grinding halt sewing up my First Vintage Pattern.  You can read about it here, if you like.  It’s a McCall’s 7238 from 1980.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I wanted to use a special fabric for this special dress. After all, the last time this pattern was used it was to make my sister’s wedding dress!  I found a beautiful flowered print in my fabric stash – a Misty Stretch ITY Slub Jersey Knit, 96% polyester, 4% Lycra.  Unfortunately, although the fabric drapes well, it is as light as the finest tee shirt material.

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Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I ended up having so much difficulty sewing the side seams, I almost gave up.  My serger chewed up the fabric and when I switched to my sewing machine, it skipped stitches.  This lead to seams that were not great at the start and ended up being a puckered mess at the finish.  After all the support and suggestions from my fellow sewing bloggers, I had some great tips to try:
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A SHOUT OUT TO MARY ANN! (and my #mmmay15)

A few days ago I was speaking with Mary Ann, the accountant at our office, about the “world” of sewing and sewing blogs.  She asked me how I started and I told her that for about a year before I started blogging, I was just a sewing blog stalker.  Then I felt bad only clicking and reading and I thought it was about time I joined the party.

After more discussion, I confessed to Mary Ann that my technique is simple – just babble away about sewing and always write thinking I am having a conversation with my sisters.  Well, Mary Ann gave me the best “hurt” look she could muster and said “You mean you aren’t writing for me?”  Umm…  Ok…  Yes!  So here’s my SHOUT OUT to my follower, Mary Ann!  This post’s for you!  (… and for my sisters, and for the clickers, the followers, the readers, and you, and you, and you, and you…)

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