Last weekend we attended the most fabulous rehearsal dinner and wedding! My nephew, Adam, married his beautiful, sweet bride, Natalie. The whole weekend was just a magical fairy tale from the rehearsal dinner’s Corinthian columns and musicians from the Houston Symphony Orchestra strolling through the setting to the awesome wedding at the lovely church with reception at the Omni Hotel ballroom in Houston.
How does this relate to sewing? The night before we left, I decided to sew a little bag to accessorize the dress I wore on Sunday. I fashioned it from upholstery fabric! Don’t know if I mentioned it, but just as Rick and I were leaving for our cruise in April, my good friend, Jeff, knocks on the door and presents me with a large bag of terrific upholstery fabric which he scored from a friend because he knows I sew purses. What a guy! This fabric is very heavy duty, as you might imagine, and I created a small clutch wristlet with a fine corduroy lining and red magnetic snap. Although this purse turned out perfect for the occasion, I would use a lighter fabric for such a small bag in the future.
The day after the wedding I planned to sew, but the upstairs air conditioner’s thermostat broke and it was 90+ degrees. I brought lots of fabric and patterns and cutting utensils downstairs to the air conditioned dining room and spent all day and evening cutting. (I’ve decided to pick up one of those cushiony kitchen mats to stand on for future cutting sessions.) I used the same fabric you see here to cut a hobo style bag which will be so perfect if I find the ivory loop trim I want to embellish it. I cut four other bags that await me in the sewing room. (Oh, yes, Rick fixed the thermostat! I have such a handsome handy man!)
One of the bags I cut was the Knotted Bag, all day style, from Craft Apple patterns. You know I love this design, and when I saw the Brandon Mably fabric called Gone Fishing, I knew I had to use this pattern to accommodate the large fish swimming by. I used the Gone Fishing laminated cotton for the exterior and the Gone Fishing regular cotton for the interior. I paired it with a plain slick red laminate for contrast on the bow, etc. This is the perfect bright, happy, beachy fabric for Galveston and it is now at Tina’s for sale. P.S. That bag in Tina’s window from my last blog sold that very day I posted it!
I really, really, really, wish I had someone to sew the bags for me. Not that I don’t like to sew! It’s very satisfying and therapeutic. But I have a zillion and one ideas for bags–I have the fabric, I have the patterns, everything. I already have many, many bags pulled together, in this way, already for next winter. The fabrics, patterns, buttons, trims, etc. are neatly grouped together and ready to cut and sew. Here’s a tip: When I do this, I go ahead and take a picture of these items so I don’t have to rely on my fantastic 🙂 memory when the time comes. But when I see these projects, I feel frustrated by something called TIME! I just want to use my time pulling together the fabrics, patterns and embellishing to create one-of-a-kind bags. Each bag takes so long. Tim Gunn has said that one of the criteria for Project Runway is speed. I would never make it! My favorite part, by far, is the creativity that comes with the initial decision-making process. If I win the lottery (oh yeah, I keep forgetting to buy a ticket…) I will start a business where I provide the sewing machines and everything necessary for seamstresses to make the bags. They will be STYLED by It’s Sew Anny Designs! Does anyone else feel this way??
Until then, I’m not Going Fishing–I’m sewing, and happily sew! 🙂