It always intrigues me how I can get so much done one day and barely anything another even though I spent the same amount of time in the studio. Some days are productive. Some days aren't. Sometimes it seems like I'm sewing sewing backwards - making something, taking it apart, changing it, making a new version, auditioning. It's good though. In the end, I almost always get the result I worked for and since there's no rush, this works. I certainly learn a lot.
Above are the main parts of the purse - the front, the back, the accent triangle, the side, and the straps. In the pattern, the side is three pieces but I taped the pattern pieces together and cut it as one although...
... I did have to piece the fabric at center bottom. This yardage came from the sleeves of one of the men's shirts. They were badly faded on the outside but on the inside the color was good. The overall feel of this shirt was quite toned down, sedate, and - dare I say - boring so...
... I added lines of variegated thread beside each stripe and WHAT a difference. This is one of the reasons why I love thread so much. The side piece is layered with batting and backing like the front and back pieces.
For the strap, I cut two long sections of the black cotton and then a piece of stiff interfacing twice the finished width of the strap.
Cotton presses beautifully especially against a firm edge like the interfacing. By pressing to the rotary measured and cut and very accurate interfacing, the straps are even end to end.
Once pressed, I folded them in half and matched the pressed edges... and then I top stitched in turquoise thread... and then I decided the straps were too stiff and pulled out the stitching and interfacing and inserted a softer fusi-knit interfacing... and top stitched... and then decided the straps were too flimsy and pulled out the top stitching and reinserted the stiffer interfacing along with the softer one... and repressed... and refolded... and added rows of blue stitching through the middle... and then turquoise top stitching at the edges... again for the third time... and I think I'm happy. We'll see when I sew them on. It's about how they feel when I hold up the purse.
Tomorrow, the flap, the snap, and the button. I chose that big button in the center of the flap. I bought it a few months ago especially to be a feature button for a purse. How fun to use it so soon.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a friend was through town yesterday and had time for a coffee conversation.