Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shape And Function

It's not that I've forgotten to show you a finished image of the renovations, it's that the renovations aren't finished yet. We had to order the carpeting to match the existing and yesterday, the portion in the hallway was replaced and now all the holes are gone from where the wall was removed and the doorways changed. Today, the trim will go on and tomorrow the previous carpet on the stairs, by the office, and in the bedroom will be cleaned and then... except for painting the trim and a few touch-ups... it'll be finished. Picture finished anyway. This has been a LONG project. Some just seem to drag on forever... even with sewing... but...





... thankfully not so with this purse. When you're creating your own fabric like I did, it does take longer but it's a fun kind of long. If I work steady, a purse like this takes me two or three days not because the purse structure is difficult but because I'm trying this and trying that and because I'm drawn to labour intensive work.





To pull the sides into shape, I attached loops to the end of two clips and then...





.... played with how much room I needed to give them to get the shape and function I wanted. In the end, the ties are tucked in as far as they can go. At that spacing, the clips stay closed unless I deliberately open them.





I significantly changed the lining pockets to make them easier to construct. On the side above is a small drop-in pocket and on the opposite side is full length zippered pocket. It's a drop in lining meaning that I turned under the top edge of the purse and top stitched it in place and then turned under the top edge of the lining and top stitched it in place and then pinned the two wrong sides together and slip stitched the lining to the purse.





From the outside, it's just fine but from the inside I find the lining quite flabby. I don't like a lot of excess fabric inside my purses and prefer linings that are snug which is why I often line as I go almost like interlining a garment. I have two fabrics in stash that I'd like to make another version of this purse with and - if I do - will use that process.





My left eye is significantly better and my right eye is starting to itch and drive me crazy so I'm putting drops in both of them and hoping things improve on both sides soon. SO annoying and it could be worse. Issues like this make me grateful for the time frame I live in with eye glasses and medications and electric lighting and even nice bright specifically directed Ott lights for easy viewing. Right now, in my studio, these are making life easier.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the time frame I live in

20 comments:

  1. That purse is absolutely wonderful, and your addition of the clips is genius. I'm "stealing" that idea, 'k?

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    1. LOL - no need to steal. I'll share.

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  2. Love it! I wish I could come and "play" in your studio with you! :)

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    1. Oh - that would be fun. I wish too.

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    2. I had to come back after my daughter asked for a little pouch to hold her earbuds. It took me like an HOUR to construct a somewhat shoddy little 2x3" zippered pouch! :)

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    3. Yeah. What fun. And the next time you do it you'll be faster and better. It's wonderful how that works.

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  3. Super!! And I agree about the "stained glass" effect--using the black really made a difference.

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    1. Thanks. I'll have it with me when I see you so prompt my memory if I forget show & tell.

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  4. It's beautiful - what a great job you did!

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  5. Impressive! Great looking purse!
    Your discussion on the lining reminded me of a purse I saw in a cute shop. Actually, it was the lining that for sale that caught my eye. Picture a free-standing lining that drops into most purses. It was firm and had a reasonable number of pockets and zippers. The benefit to removable lining is, your belongs stay in the lining and travel easily from purse to purse. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy that idea.
    Carrie

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    1. I've seen a purse somewhat like what you're describing. It had an inside that stayed the outsides could be swapped in and out. I think they attached with magnets. My removable pockets concept of having everything in my purse in pouches does something similar but I'm known for not carrying much in my purse so I'm not sure how it would work for someone who carries "everything".

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  6. Absolutely beautiful, Myrna. You are so creative!

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  7. What a cool-looking purse! It's been so neat to follow your process. Thank you for sharing. Fingers crossed on the eye thing.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the process. My eye is feeling a lot better now... which is perfect. It definitely makes sewing easier.

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