The one thing that I did manage this week was to stitch up a Pleated Beauty Handbag from Amy Karol's book, Bend the Rules Sewing. Actually, I made two. I started out with the first last weekend and did all the things I normally never do on a sewing project. I took my time, I paid great attention to detail and didn't cut any corners. I was attentive, I was careful, I was crafty and creative. Then I made a mistake so ridiculously dumb that I refuse to even detail the actual crime here. It is too embarrassing. The result was having to make the bag much shorter than intended and despite trying to convince myself to like the finished project because I had spent so much time, I secretly really hated it and started scheming to make a second version. So the first was a definite "no."
Ah, but the second. It is a "yes!" I really like it. A lot. I used stretchy-ish denim for the main fabric and various Amy Butler fabrics for the lining, straps etc. I appliqued a little bird and some maple leaves and tree branches on the front. I also deviated some from the pattern and used heavy-weight fusible interfacing instead of flannel. At first I worried that it was mistake because it did make working with the lining difficult but in the end I think it was a really good choice. The bag really holds its shape now and feels sturdy. I am a small person but I like a big bag- and one that is tough enough to handle all the junk I plan to throw inside. I meant to sew a snap on the top before I sewed in the lining, but I forgot.
Today's project: a mini-moopy for Mariam.