Now that the snow is gone and the weather is warming up, people out walking. Yesterday, I watched women walking up and down the road in front of my house and almost all of them were wearing black exercise tights, a long t-shirt, a brightly colored hoodie - sometimes neon - and brightly colored running shoes. Again, it struck me as wonderful that I can sew and don't have to wear what everyone else is wearing.
We are SO LUCKY and yet it's not really luck. It's love, practice, and perseverance. I can't count the number of times someone says something to me along the lines of I wish I could sew. Really? Well then sew. It doesn't just happen; you have to make it happen.
And the longer you sew, the greater your ability to not only know what you like but to problem solve and sew outside the instructions. One of the significant alterations I've made to this bag is to add a flap. I prefer a zippered top but definitely want some kind of closure rather than a completely open bag. The pattern calls for ties on the sides that are tied together across the middle. That just sounds like a pain in the behind every time you want to go in and out of the bag. I eliminated the ties and added the flap and some snaps at the side that I'll tell you about later HOWEVER... when I saw this button a few months ago, I knew right away it would be perfect for a purse.
These images are of the first flap I made. When it was finished, I decided it was too flimsy and made a second one only I accidentally deleted those pictures. Instead of extra layers of interfacing under the snap, there was a layer of stiffer interfacing on top of the fusi-knit (like the straps) and rows of stitching holding the layers together. The flap fabric is the fourth shirt from the four men's shirts I started with - the bright purple one.
On the right side, I stitch through all the layers just below the snap to secure them together otherwise the flap is quite weak and when you pull on the button to open the flap, the layers pull apart.
Above, I've drawn the stitching line to get the exact angle and you can see where I've marked to sew the button. It's easier to decide that in advance than to try to figure it out when the flap is smaller and more confined because...
... it becomes a pocket when you sew the two ends. Originally, I wanted to sew the flap over the back section and then changed my mind and decided to insert it in the top seam. If I'd known that in advance, I'd have left the end of the flap open and sewed the sides. If you don't know exactly what you're doing, you won't always make the exact right choice but if you do your best job at every stage, it'll still work out fine. I slip stitched the side closed.
The angle I was matching on the flap was the angle of the triangle accent below. When the straps are added, they are placed just to the left and the right of the flap with about 1" each side. The flap - especially with the button - becomes the focal point.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - that I can sew what I want