Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Fun and Fast Sunday Project

My Sunday afternoon has been spent making this super cute tote bag. I am going out of state to Boston on Wednesday and decided that I just had to have one to carry my things on the plane. After going through my fabric stash I came up with black and white polka dot and a pretty pink. The pictures don't show the pink very well but it is a lot darker than the pictures lead you to believe. I can't wait to carry it out to see what everyone else thinks. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I have decided to bring on a new hobby

I have to say that I have always wanted to knit but just haven't ever gone any further than just thinking about it. Well, today that thought grew into an extreme interest and desire. I don't really have much time to take an actual class so I have decided to try to teach myself. I basically taught myself how to sew; I think I can do the same with knitting (at least I hope I can). Please let me know if any of you have any pointers, recommended books, or websites. And of course, wish me luck!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Help me pick a pattern

I am sooooo indecisive on what pattern to use for my "burberry" bag I'm going to make (remember I have found some burberry look alike fabric and instead of buying a $1,000+ bag I'm just going to make my own). I need your opinion to help me make my decision. I think that I am so concerned with it being perfect that I am having a super hard time. Following are some pictures with my comments on each one. Let me know which you like the best...or if there are any other patterns you know of that would be better please make a suggestion.

First of all, here is a picture of a burberry purse so you can get an idea of what type of fabric I am talking about.

Bag #1

This bag is very cute. My concern is that it is going to be way too small. One positive is that the pattern calls for a real leather handle. The finished size is 11.5" wide by 7" high. I would have the outside fabric be burberry, the inside fabric red, and the leather handle in black.

Bag #2

This purse is another cute one. My sister seemed to think it was too beach bag like. My plan was to make the outside burberry fabric, inside red fabric, and the handle and side ties in black leather. The finished size of this bag is 27.5" wide by 12" high by 7.5" deep. I would consider making the handles a little shorter...I like my purses to fit under my arm.
Bag #3

And again, another cute one. I am afraid this one my be way to big. Although it is so flattering. The finished size is 28" tall (including handles) and 18" wide. Same thought as far as layout goes: burberry outside, red inside, and black leather for the top/handles.

Bag #4

These bags may be my least favorites. If I did one of these it would probably be style B. I am a little unsure how I would layout the fabrics on this one. If you like this one give me some ideas.

Bag #5

Out of these bags I like the ones on the right side. I have seen the bottom right one made out of fabric that looks similar to burberry and the top/handles were made out of black and white polka dot fabric. I do like it but not as crazy about it as some of the others.

Bag #6

I have to say that I love love love this bag (the one on the B). I think it is way cute. My question is...would it look good with burberry fabric? I think it would. I love these sack/slouchy looking bags.

Well, let me know what you think. As I said, if you have any other patterns in mind, please do let me know. I like the sack/slouchy bags and this last one is the closest I could find....if you know of any other patterns like this let me know. Thanks so much for your help. I hope you have fun helping me decide. I do have one other pattern in mind but my camera is on the fritz. It is a hobo like bag and pretty cute too.