Friday, December 21, 2012

Zipper? What Zipper?

Done is a lovely four letter word. Finished, complete, and concluded are equally meaningful synonyms. Don't you just love the emotional swing of a project. First, you can't wait to begin and then you hit the tough slugging, hating it, stage and then the nearing the end excitement and finally, you're done and if it's worked out anywhere near how you'd hoped it would work out, even better.




My friend is very fond of her cell phone. I already had the pocket measurement on my notes and knew it needed a pleat for easy slipping in and out but had to phone Wednesday night and ask if the pocket should be to the front or the back of the purse for it's ringing, quick grab it access. To the back.




Before our plans changed, we were supposed to go for lunch yesterday. We hadn't set a time. At 11:48, I was finished and phoned my friend to tell her I could have made noon in my pj's but 1:00 would have meant clothes, hair, and make-up but now with "extra" time, I intended to check out another embellishment at Fabricland. And then I hung up. And snapped the closure closed. And thought (insert nasty word) I forgot the zipper.

I really Really REALLY wanted to say zipper? what zipper? and walk away but we'd already talked about having or not having a zipper and I knew she wanted one at the top. In the end, I aligned the edge of the zipper with the bottom of the trim and used a zipper foot to stitch it in place. The stitching is about 1/8" below and doesn't really show on the front unless you know it's there. Yeah! The things you can figure out when you need to figure them out!. Sewing is so good for the brain. 




This is the first time I've used premade leather handles. The leather of these ones doesn't seem to be the best of quality so I'm not sure how long they will  last. I may be replacing handles which wouldn't be my favourite thing to do so in the future, I'll look for a better source. If you have one, I'd love to know what it is. Also, does anyone know if there is an (affordable) machine for putting in rivets like the ones used here? That could be handy if I decided to make my own handles.




LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE purse feet. They are so fun. I have two antique bronze left in stash and a bunch of silver ones so hopefully whatever purse I make next works with silver.




When I was talking about re-inventing the wheel yesterday, another part I want to think through better is the snap. I always want it under the button but that makes the button hard to sew on after the flap is made and the flap is harder to stitch if the button is sewn on first. I need some kind of snap and button system for purses with flaps... and most of mine have flaps... because they're such a great focal point.




This time, the button is glued on. The tassel is wrapped around the button and then I reached into the middle and tightened the string so it pulled up snug to the button.




The finished side. It has slightly more slouch empty than it will have once all her stuff is in it but stands quite nicely on its own. This is good.




The zipper is at the back - against the body - which I find a great place to put things I want to keep safe. On the inside, the cell pocket is against this side and opposite is a zippered interior pocket.




AND... ta da... the finished front. I really like this shape and the size - about 17"' across the top, 12" across the bottom, 5" deep, and 13" high - and the style is relatively simple to put together. This might be one to turn into a T & T.

Our plans changed again. Instead of coffee, we went for dinner last night... plus dessert... because yummy is so important. She loved the bag. YEAH ! ! ! ! ! The glued on button? It didn't work. She'll have to sew it back on. Oh well. It was worth a try.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - today is my daughter's 26th birthday. I wish she was here to spoil but luckily she'll be home on Christmas Eve which is - LOL - the day we brought her home from the hospital all those years ago. A great day. Happy Birthday Jessica.

14 comments:

  1. the purse is beautiful! your friend is so totally lucky!!!

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    1. I am very lucky to have my friend. She has kept me sane over this rather difficult year. I'm very grateful.

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  2. I love the bag!!! What a great job, how fortunate your friend!!
    Happy Birthday to your daughter and Happy "Labor" Day to you!!

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    1. Thank you. She came to the restaurant with an old purse and immediately moved the contents over to the new one and LOVED it. So nice to see someone really enjoy what you've made them.

      Labor Day - so true - so worth it.

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  3. The bag is beautiful. Love the purse feet. Such a lucky friend. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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    1. Thank you. I hadn't really noticed purse feet until last year and now I've explored all kinds of ways to make them. I think my favourite is stacked buttons. They're fun like feet on a t-pot.

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  4. Well, after watching your journey on this bag it must have been hard to give it away to your lucky friend! It has turned out brilliantly, extremely practical, and made with lots of 'love-sweat-and tears'. Thanks for sharing the making of this bag...I loved every word of it...J

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    1. LOL - not at all. Red isn't my color. I really liked the size and shape though so I may make a similar one for myself. Thanks for sharing the journey.

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  5. I love those bag feet too because they don't 'stick out' like other bag hardware.
    The zip placement under a deadline was an amazing piece of work. And I love this bag design.

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    1. If I can remember before rather than after next time, I'll do a similar version of the zip but add a bit of fabric to each side and sew it under the binding. If I forget, at least I have a solution now. It's a very practical size/shape. A good one to explore.

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  6. Love the bag! happy birthday to your daughter! Merry Christmas!

    Joy

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    1. Thanks. She went out for lunch with her co-workers for Christmas but it nicely worked for her birthday too. I'm looking forward to having her home on Christmas Eve, plus hubby, plus not yet huggable grandbaby. All is good. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

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  7. Attach the snap and the button, one to each side of the flap, BEFORE you sew the flap together. Then put flaps RS together, stitch, and turn.

    Hope your holidays were fun ... from reading ahead, sounds as though they were.

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    1. Thanks Debbie. That seems obvious only I find the size of the button and its position on the flap makes it hard to sew around although that method is probably better than any other choice. I should figure out what foot to use to make it work. The zipper foot might be narrow enough to do the trick.

      The holiday has been great. I hope you've enjoyed time with BOTH your sons.

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