Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Girl's Weekend Getaway Bag -- Weekend Duffel

Girl's Weekend Getaway Bag
The Weekend Duffel

So I decided to step away from making garments and try my hand at making a bag.  I didn't want to make just any type of hand bag, but some thing that would be useful on my weekend trips.  When it gets warm again this bag will be used regularly!!  I bought the Weekend Duffel class from Craftsy.com over the Christmas Holiday when they were having a sale.  I finally got to dig in.

There was a crazy amount of template measurements cut out of poster board.  I used the long bag measurements which were 23¼" x 10¼" x 8¼".  If I was going to make the regular size bag the measurements would be 19¼" x 10 ¼" x 8 ¼".

The fabric I used was purchased from Fabric.com.  The main fabric is (HERE),  The accent fabric is (HERE) and the lining is (HERE). I also purchased fusible fleece and interfacing from Joann Fabrics.  I bought all the fabric in 2 yards to leave room for error.  And I did have at least 2 errors. That's what happens when you are watching TV at the same time as using a rotary cutter!!!

One mistake I made that I went back and fixed was the two paper pieces on the upper right.  They should have been taped together at the bullseye and cut.  I realized after I made the mistake of cutting and quickly fixed it.  Better late than never.

No I have done a few zippers on garments and each time I have had to rip them out for some reason or another! I am proud to say I did not have to rip this one out!!

I made two kinds of pockets.  For the front panel I made a pleated pocket and for the back panel I made a bellows pocket.  I was so indecisive and I like both so I said the hell with it, be creative!

So in this picture, the pockets, accent straps and squares have been attached along with a 22in zipper and lining.  It really isn't as difficult as it may look.

The side panels were pretty easy as well.  

It looks like a pretty funky oven mitt!!  I did bend a needle sewing through all the layers.  I was using a size meant for heavy fabric, but hey it happens!

This is what it looked like before adding the base.  It was really starting to come together!

Adding the base was a little tricky like adding the side panels.  You sew one panel at a time.

Watching this video makes you understand things that you may have asked yourself for a split second and never thought about it again until you end up doing it.  Ya know you notice the little scares at the end of straps on pocketbooks and book bags and never thing to much about it.  Then when you have to do it yourself and it is explained to you why it is a good idea, it's like a light bulb goes on in your head!

Let me tell you I am in love with Wonder Tape!  I have been using it a lot lately with holding zippers in place and now to hold the Velcro for the handles in place.  It is definitely something to have in the sewing drawer!!

The last part to the bag before closing up the base was to add a hard bottom.  I have no idea what this is called, but I found it in the craft section of Joann fabric with the felt and poster board.  It can easily be cut down to whatever size you want with just ordinary scissors.  I used two because I wanted more stability in the bottom.

I am so sorry about the lighting for the end result as you can see in some of the other pics you can see the print is a lot brighter.  My daylight lamp fell over and busted!! :( I will have to replace it.

All in all I LOVE how this bag came out.  Betz White is an amazing teacher!!  This was my first Craftsy.com class to be taken even though I have bought many.  I think she has set the bar pretty high in my opinion on how a class should be taught.  I'm actually afraid to watch the other classes because my expectations are so high now.

I can't wait to use this bag and tell people that I made it when asked.  Hey, I'm a show-off especially when I am proud of what I did!  Check out my Instagram!! 

Until Next Time


Thursday, February 5, 2015

DIY - Butterick B6130 - View D

DIY - Butterick B6130 - View D

January Pretty Girls Sew
Date Night Challenge

Pretty Girls Sew has a sewing challenge posted monthly.  I have never joined one before. I was a little apprehensive about joining because I still consider myself a beginner... may even consider myself an advanced beginner. Sooo....with that being said I decided to put on my big girls pants and just do it.  It was a challenge for me, but in a good way.  I learned a few things in this challenge that will be used as I go further in this sewing journey.

Click this link to see my submission!

You can also see it on my Instagram - SewSilverlinings2017 or their Instagram - PrettyGirlsSew 

And check out the latest Pretty Girls Sew Magazine!

For this project I went to Joann Fabrics and picked a beautiful Blackberry Super Matte Jersey Knit. I had no idea what I was going to buy to begin with.  I walked into Joann's and passed by a small section that was made of just purple fabric.  It immediately caught my eye since purple is my favorite color.

Besides the fabric I cut out purple lining for the bodice.  Not to many pieces to cut out, which is normally a plus for me.

Pinning the bodice lining to the bodice fabric.

After cutting the pants pattern and sewing the side seams.  OMG...I was freaking out at first when I cut them out.  My first thought...I know they are supposed to be wide legged, but these are not going to fit. When they were all sewed up, I put them on and saw that they fit my thighs and backside perfectly.  That's all that mattered to me!

You can always tell when I working in the day and when I am burning the midnight oil late into the night!  My lighting always changes.  The only thing I didn't like about this bodice even though it looks good in the end is all the gathering it required.  I mean I get it...it's part of the pattern, but I'm just not a fan of it at all!!

The bodice for obvious reasons was the most time consuming.  After completely sewing the lining to the fabric I will honestly say I quit for a couple days.  I needed to take a breather.  It was easy enough to follow, I just needed to step away and take a breather.

So far I have sewn in a had full of zippers.  Without fail I always end up ripping out the seam of an installed zipper for one reason or another. Whether the thread got caught in the zipper and prevented it from zipping, it wasn't close enough to where it should be or moved while I was sewing.  This time I had to remove it because I failed to line up the mid-drift seams lines.  They were uneven and looked crazy.  I lined it up using tailors chalk to be perfectly exact!!

I bought this invisible zipper foot on Ebay a few months ago for on $6.99.  It was a very good investment.

The collar was easy enough to put together.  This is probably my least favorite part of this project.  I wish it was a little wider so it when sewn to the bodice it would have hung down lower.  Even in the pattern it doesn't look like it was supposed to hang low, but that is just what I would have liked.

I wanted to break up all the purple and I found a cute gold belt at TJ Maxx for $12.99.  It feels great when you go into a store looking for a specific item and it's just hanging on the rack like come and get me!!  I LOVE IT!!

Would I make this again????   Maybe!! At first I said no, but the more I look at it and see myself in it, it is starting to grow on me and may be a possibility.  If I was going to do another jumpsuit in general I would find a pattern or maybe alter this one to have the legs be tighter...make it look even more sexy in my opinion.  One of my favorite Hashtags #SewingIsSexy!!

Until Next Time!!!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Budget -Just Made It or did I Break it??

January Budget

I Made It!!

At the beginning of this new year I decided that I was going to put myself on a sewing budget. You can read that blog post (HERE).  I had come to the realization that I was spending a good amount of money on my sewing hobby. I would say half of the time it was being spent on things I needed and the other half of the time it was on things that I didn't really need at the time and my eyes were just too big!

In my personal opinion putting myself on the budget and making myself stick to it helped out a lot.  I was surprised at the amount of self control that I have when I put my mind to it. It forced me to work out of my stash and actually look at the notions that I already have and not buy anymore.

Here is what I bought for the month of January with the total and money saved staying on a $100 budget. (It helps when you buy on sale!!)

January 2, 2015
Joann Fabrics:
(2) Spools of 250 yd Thread = $3.28
Vogue Pattern = $4.99
22" Invisible Zipper = $3.49

January 9, 2015
Joann Fabrics:
3 yds of Interfacing/Stabilizer = $10.50
(4) Butterick Patterns = $7.96
(2) 7" Zippers = $2.40
(2) Spools of 250 yd Thread = $3.28

January 11, 2015
Affordable Fabrics:
1 yd of Purple Lining = $2.99

Budget Allowance = $100.00
Total Amount Spent w/o Tax included = $38.89
Remaining in Budget = $61.11 

Woot Woot!! I'm in the green.  This year is all about trying to save money and making my hobby enjoyable and not feeling like I am breaking my bank!  I'm sure being super busy at work helped that I wasn't able to go out shopping as much also!  So here is to a great start to the new year!! I am looking forward to see how much I save in February!

Until Next Time!!



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