Well, I wish I were, but I’m not, so I turned my wishes into a bag. Cruising the Caribbean is the name of my latest project. A tropical fabric featuring shades of Florida, Cuba, palm trees and maps was urging me to be turned into a summer travel bag. The pattern is my original design, the Jenny Bag, and the fabric was purchased from Michael Levine in L.A. I added bright neon fringe from M&J Trimming, as well as crystalline light green beadwork. Hopefully, someone will be calling “Bon Voyage” with her!
A Rose for Rosie and Lemon Breeze are two more versions of the large zippered clutches created from the bright summery faux crocodile, sleek but textured. Fabrics from Mood and Michael Levine (where I also purchased the leather flowers.) By the way, my source for purse zippers is the Zipper Island website. You can find any color and size, and shipping is quick! They’re delightful to work with and I highly recommend them. (No, they do not pay me. :))
Jeweled Garden was a dream to complete. The Chemisette pattern from CraftApple designs always goes together easily and is very versatile. This time I used fabric from Laminates on Etsy and my faux crocodile from Mood. The blue and gold beadwork ties it all together using a velvet teal ribbon.
Sometimes I have a hard time letting a purse go, such as Passion for Poppies. This Michael Miller fabric is out of print and very limited but I was lucky to find it online. I paired it with Kaleidoscope by Notting Hill, then added delicate blue and gold beading with hand-dyed silk ribbon.
I believe Cat’s Meow is the first purse that I’ve added a featured embellishment. I appliqued the crushed black velvet cat onto the textured leopard. But, since the cat seemed to fade into the busy leopard print, I needed something more to make her stand out. I found some white thick thread, almost like cording, and couched it all around the cat. That seemed to form a nice outline that accented her silouette. I gave her a beaded floral collar and rhinestone eyes. Then added a jeweled pendant to the top and a silky pink tassel to the backside zipper pull. I’m very pleased with this creation. It was definitely more time consuming, but also a rewarding challenge.
Speaking of a challenge, often I am sewing a purse that has thick seams and is way too much challenge for my favorite Bernina. You know I love, love, love my old Bernina, and she is perfect for most everything I need to sew. But…I do need a machine to tackle those super thick seams, especially since my fall/winter pursemaking will be starting before you know it, with thick faux furs, leathers, and upholstery. So, yes, I’ve been looking at industrial machines online for research and tomorrow will be testing some out for purchase up in Houston. Only one place offers them, but their prices look reasonable. I’m looking at Juki, Seiko, Con Sew, and Pfaff. I’m shopping for a heavy duty, cylinder arm, walking foot machine. If you’ve ever seen anyone making shoes, it resembles the machine they use. The presser foot raises high, so you can join together many layers, and the walking foot feeds the fabric through evenly, plus it all happens with a knee lift and a custom table. I feel so guilty, like I’m cheating on Betsy, but she’ll still be used for most of my sewing since she has multiple feet and features. I wouldn’t feel so bad if I had a machine that gave me a lot of trouble, but she’s great! Anyway, if you’ve read previous posts, you know everything has feelings, right. 🙂 Anyone out there have an industrial machine that makes you happy? I need reviews!
Thanks, and I’ll keep you posted.