Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Crafty. Like tricksy, only not.

Thought I'd take a few minutes to post before leaving work today, in case I don't feel like going back out to the café in the evening.

These are the photos I took of Julia's bag under construction. It's not completely done yet, so there's no actual "After" picture.

These are the pants with the inseam removed, basically converting them into (slightly funky) yardage (but with a waistband in the middle, even though it's not real obvious in this photo):

The flared legs on the pants seemed like a nice shape for the bag itself, so I used one whole leg and the bottom of the other, trimming the upper leg part to match the flare.

Julia picked a green print with pink flowers for the lining, and a matching pink for the pockets. The colors are way off in this photo, but you can see the inside pockets sewn onto the lining fabric, before making the lining itself.

This is the complicated step - the one where you refer back to the pattern, even if you get how to put the rest of it together. The bag and lining are each made by taking a long strip of fabric and basically folding it in thirds. The top third is the flap, and doesn't get sewn down. The other two thirds get sewn up the sides to make the bag part.

Then you put it all together by turning the outer bag inside out and putting it inside the lining which is rightside out (meaning that the right side of the fabric is on the inside - where it will be once the whole thing is finished...got that?) and sew around the flap and rim. This is what it looks like at that stage:

And then you turn it all rightside out and topstitch everything you can reach, and make a strap. I'll post another picture once it's completely finished.


Sandy January 05, 2010 6:05 PM  

Thanks. Your instructions and pics are much easier to follow. I'm on the road again and didn't get it made but will when I get home. You're a gem, Jen.

Saoirse in Spokane January 05, 2010 9:25 PM  

Makes we want to break out that brand new sewing machine the insurance company bought me and start sewing again.

The Cunning Runt January 06, 2010 5:02 PM  

OK yeah, yup. I'm officially confused.

But then, you probably knew that.

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