I call it my "airhead handbag" because during the creation process I've consistently been a total airhead.
I chose this retro design as inspiration, and reverse appliqued it feverishly using fabric from my stash, in what I believe to be retro 70's colors (my retro expert Pam will have to confirm the retro-ness of my choices!).
|retro design inspiration [ source ]|
But then I pretty much neglected the bag for a few days. It was in limbo creation mode. Poor bag!
Today I got back to it. I made the lining, installed a magnetic snap into the lining, made the straps, and sewed it all together. After I was nearly done, I recalled that I wanted to add something firm to the bottom of the bag. So I improvised that at the last minute using this plastic net I bought at a hardware store.
I accidentally cut the straps 2 cm (about 3/4 inch) too short - which means that I can't really carry the bag on my shoulder, unlike this SOHO bag I love and use, from which I took the measurements:
|SOHO bag, gift from friends|
I think the lining is a bit longer than the outer part of the bag... And I forgot to reinforce the top rim (opening) of the bag like I wanted to. This usually doesn't happen to me!
Oh well! With most projects I am meticulous, whereas with some I just wing it as I go along and don't take much care. Nevertheless, I'm pretty happy with the result. I like the style and I think I'll experiment with different variations of retro reverse applique a bit more in future projects. Most importantly I am happy that I completed this project. I don't like it when projects linger around on my work table for too long!
What should I work on now? Maybe the second zabuton that I'm making for my friend? Should I patch together several pieces of fabric from my stash, or should I go out and buy more fabric and use whole pieces? Or maybe I should work on the coat I started and abandoned mid-bodice? I have so much stuff I want to make... A "headboard" cushion for my bed, with buttons, a fabric picture for my future niece (due in just a few weeks!), and so much more...
Any advice, my dear crafty friends?
Oh, and a mystery: I've lost my beloved embroidery scissors! I worry because I lost them just as I was finishing the floor cushion for my friend... Hmmm.... Are they somewhere inside the cushion??
|I miss you, my pretties! Where are you?|