YSG! Florentine Teardrop Purse
When Mum insisted I borrow her stunning white gold and sapphire jewellery to wear with a new outfit I’d bought for a family wedding in Sydney, even though I’d already made myself a new purse for the occasion to match my old gold jewellery, there was nothing for it but to make another evening purse. The gold purse just wouldn’t work.
Again, determined to find something in the cupboard and not buy anything, I finally settled on a piece from the same range I’d used for the gold purse, but in another colour. Much more of a match with the white gold jewellery.
Id just been down to Nikki’s office to stock up for Sisters’ Market, and spied her Teardrop Purse pattern. It’s just the right size for an evening purse! It wasn’t on the wholesale order list, but I had to have it! And, I picked up some more copies of the pattern for the shop that’ll I’ll also take to the market. I think it’s divine! If you like it too, be sure to pick one up from our shop or from our market stall on 8th Sep. I don’t know if Nikki will bring it back or not.
Swarovski crystal beads
I found these beads left over from my daughter’s wedding dress. Don’t they look lovely with the frame and fabric?
I used the same fabric for the lining and pocket as I’d used on the sides of the purse. I think it’s nicer than if I’d introduced another pattern.
the side view
I adore the cute puffy sides! This purse was also quite easy to make, although it did take a little longer than the party purse. Sewing the frame to the purse with the seed beads take a bit of time, but not too long. I still managed to finish up the purse in one day, with many interruptions throughout!
As always, Nikki’s instructions are fabulous. I managed OK with gluing the fabric into the frame, but I think next time it’ll go even better. Luckily, the sewing keeps it all in place, so even my poor gluing skills didn’t really pose any problems.
view from the top
I’m quite delighted with it. In fact, I love it! What do you think? I’m going to an engagement tonight, wearing my outfit with this purse. I’ll see if I can get a nice shot to show you tomorrow.
So first, the update. I haven’t been posting really for quite a few weeks. Apart from that quick flash of images I posted recently. Have you missed me? I’ve definitely missed you.
My eldest daughter has been a bit unwell for the past 4 weeks or so, and I’ve been over there pretty much nine to five, Monday to Friday, taking care of her, and her baby. The latter is a very sweet labour of love; my grandson is adorable. Unfortunately, my daughter hasn’t been feeling the best, and although I adore hanging out with her, it’s hard as her mother to watch my girl be ill. Luckily, the medicine is kicking in, and she’s on the mend. It’s not over yet though, and I’m down to half days instead of full ones over at her house.
Zaida Moshe and Austin
Today, she decided to try to do the whole day on her own. I haven’t heard from her, and it’s lunch time, so I hope she makes it through OK. She’s amazing, you know. Never once – at least not when I’ve seen – has she lost it, gotten crabby, down, or anything remotely like that. She’s taken it all in her stride, mostly with a smile and a laugh.
Well, that’s where I’ve been. I have done some sewing though, that’ll I’ll have to show you. The bag I showed you in my last post was made mostly by catching 15 minutes here, 10 minutes there, a full half hour here. I also made these, in the same way. Although they really didn’t take much time at all.
I'm calling this my 'iPad Slipcase, or "Travel-Light" Bag'
My little "dumpling" make-up pouch
Finally, a new earphones pod! Yay!
You did notice that all the above pieces match my Winter Nest Satchel, yes? All in the same beautiful Ink & Spindle and Kristen Doran fabrics, yes? Now it’s like I have a whole personalized, matching range of accessories for my handbag. Handles one of my obsessions. Know what I mean? I love it! What patterns did I use? Well, the iPad slipcase is my very own creation. The Dumpling Make-up Pouch is by Michelle Patterns. And the earphone pod is by Erin Erickson. You’ll find more detailed images of these items here:
1. iPad Slipcase, or “Travel-lightly” Bag
2. Dumpling Make-up Pouch
3. Earphones Pod 02
4. YSG! Winter Nest Satchel
You can also find them all on the Bags Pouches Purses page, along with my other finished bags and things.
So now, you’ve read all the way to here. Thank you! But now, you’re wondering… “Didn’t she say something about some exciting news? Very exciting, even?” OK, here it is…
On 1st July, I’ll be launching my brand new business. I can’t tell you what it’s called, because then you’ll just do a search and find my very un-ready site. Not cool, know what I mean? However, I will tell you that I’ll be stocking all of Nikki Mallalieu’s “You SEW Girl!” products. Patterns and bag hardware. All of it! Including two beautiful brand new patterns that Nikki’s launching. I know you can already get some of Nikki’s patterns around town, and some shops even sell some of her hardware. I’ll be stocking everything, so you can pick up whatever you need right from my online store! I’ll be starting my shop with Nikki’s products, because I love them so much, and will be adding more product lines as the business grows.
OK that’s it for now.
You Sew Girl! Large Tote 01
The first time I used my YSG! Large Tote 01 was at our regular family lunch at my sister-in-law’s. One of my darling nieces couldn’t stop admiring it, and I just love her so much that I said, “Great, it’s yours! Just let me go home and empty it out, and I’ll give it to you next time I see you.” It was so worth it, just to see her face light up that way. She was just so crazy in love with it, I reckoned it should belong to her. She told me later on how everyone at work admired it, and how proudly she said to them, “My Aunty Helene made it.” Ach! So worth it. I adore her.
Anyway, so now I don’t have a nice-sized bag to haul all my stuff in, and what with my trip to Israel coming up at the end of May, and my new iPad and all, I really do need to make myself another one.
Every few days, I stand in front of my fabric cupboard and ponder. What fabric should I use for this bag? Then I take out some possible contenders, play with them a little. And then put them back in the cupboard. Nup. Not it yet. Hmm. Look online some more for inspiration. You know the routine, right?
Anyway, I finally today settled on my fabrics. I wanted something darkish. Something that wouldn’t show the dirt so much as I lug it around the globe. I’d crossed out the gorgeous Ink & Spindle fabric
ink & spindle – acacia
I’d bought (expressly for this project), mainly because I think it’s too gorgeous and has too many light-coloured areas, and I thought it might come back a bit shabby, and I’d never forgive myself. A two-week period is much to short a bag-life for such gorgeous fabric.
kristen doran – winter nest
Similarly, I dismissed the beautiful panel I’d bought from Kristen Doran. Again, expressly for this purpose. Again, too precious, and too light.
But I do really like this fabric. It fulfils all my criteria. It’s dark, so it won’t show the dirt so much. It’s cost-effective (compared to the organic pieces above). It’ll look really great, and I don’t have to spend more money on getting extra fabric to match for the main part of the bag, and the lining and all.
I do have a couple of decisions to make still. Like, which fabric will I use for the main part of the bag, and which for the panel on the flap? And which of the lighter fabrics will I use for which part of the lining, and pockets? Still, I reckon that’ll sort itself out pretty quickly. It might be as simple as which fabric I have enough of.
beautiful, stylish, and very multi-purpose, David Walker’s Curious Nature fabrics
I also have to decide on what features I want to include. So far, here’s my list:
- front flap in a contrast fabric
- key finder tab
- metal bag feet – I need to find them still, anyone have a source in Melbourne?
- adjustable strap for either across-body or shoulder wearage (is that even a word?)
- magnetic closure for the flap, possible with a mock belt buckle on top
- large zippered pocket on one side of the lining
- open divided pockets on the other side of the lining
- pocket on the front of the bag, under the flap, for easy access for my mobile phone
- zippered pocket on the outside back of the bag, just for extra things like my passport and tickets
OK, that’s about it for now I think. Should be good as a travel bag, don’t you think? Hopefully I can even fit a spare pair of undies and other essentials in there somewhere, just in case my plane gets delayed, or my luggage disappears for a bit.
So, what do you think? Sound good? Have I forgotten anything? Or mis-thought something? Would love to hear your thoughts.
It’s been weeks it seems, since I did any of what I call, “proper” sewing. Wanna know why? Well, yes, the baby. He’s adorable. But I’m not over at my daughter’s house 24-7, so I ought to have had a bit of time to sew. Unfortunately, I really haven’t.
not me, this is my mum's car
On Sunday 15th, my Mum had a shocking accident. Yes, recognise the date? This was around 1:15pm on the day Austin was born, about nine hours later. Mum apparently blacked out, and most likely drove into the curb before her car rolled over on its side, slid along the road a little, and smashed into the parked red car you can see in the picture.
smashed driver's window
Her seat belt was on, thank god! but on impact, it left her with a fractured sternum. Other than that, the angels must have been on guard, because she doesn’t have anything else wrong with her. Well, apart from suffering from shock, and a bruised brain. So, after a ride to the Alfred, she was admitted, and spent the rest of the week there, undergoing all manner of tests. I took her home last Friday, and have spent virtually every night sleeping at her house – that is after my brother and sister-in-law finally got to go on their holiday. And she spends every day with me too. The medics don’t want her on her own just yet, and I wouldn’t actually leave her on her own, because as you can imagine, apart from the physical healing she needs, she’s also lost a fair bit of confidence, and is experiencing some anxiety, and being really unsettled.
Today, Australia Day, I’m home. Not working, Moshe’s gone on a bike ride, Mum’s in the other room reading, resting. And I’m in my sewing room, thinking about what I could possibly do in a really short time. A couple of weeks ago, I bought some wool felt from Amitié, and cut out the templates to make a spectacles pouch from my You Sew, Girl! book.
I'm using the dark red for the front, and grey felt for the back
I even began to embellish the front, but I’m just not sure I like it.
Perle8 for the embroidery - click to enlarge image
You know when you love what someone else has done – in this case, Nikki’s versions in the book – and yet you don’t want to copy that, you want to give it you own imprint. I looked through a couple of books on my shelf, Scandinavian Stitches, and Quilts, BABY! as well as scouring the internet, and my hard drive for ideas, and finally came up with the above little number. It’s not bad, it’s just not really doing it for me. You know what I mean?
What do you think? Any suggestions of where I can find either some great appliqué ideas, or embroidery designs will be truly greatly appreciated!
OMG!!! Just this second I had the BEST idea! I’ve been wanting to make another little earphones pod, and I just now thought, what about felt??? Perfect! OK, there’s today’s little project. I’ll post as soon as it’s done, assuming I actually do get to sit at the machine for a minute or ten!