So last week, Saturday to be precise, I wrote that I had finally made a start on the January bag for the Bag of the Month Club and that I had finally decided what fabrics I was going to use. What I didn’t mention was all the fabrics that didn’t make the cut. In my head I had planned to make it with lime green Harris Tweed and maybe some purple, but when I started pulling out fabrics and comparing, the purple won.
Ding, ding, ding, and we have a winner. This is why I always take so many photos of everything I’m working on; it can be really helpful to step back and look at them from another perspective and see things that are not so apparent when you are looking right at them. The purple checked Harris Tweed with the purple Harris Tweed was not my first choice but it was so obviously the one when I stood back and looked at the photos. After the fabrics were chosen, things moved a lot quicker – sometimes it’s better to have fewer options to choose from! I cut all the pieces out last Saturday, and ironed all the interfacings on, and pieced the triangles together to make the external pocket.
And that’s as far as I got last weekend! I had big plans to finish the bag last Sunday but then I did something to my back and I couldn’t bend or sit so sewing was out of the question. Finally after looking at it all week and wishing I could finish it before the end of the month, I decided I would get stuck into it yesterday and just finish it already. But the only way I could do that at all was to sew standing up! I moved the sewing machine onto my cutting table which is a lot higher than the sewing table, and I was able to sew the whole thing standing up, foot pedal on the floor of course. There have been times in the past when I’ve wanted to do some quick sewing, so I’ve ended up cross legged on the floor with the foot pedal under my knee! So I guess sewing while standing isn’t all that extreme when I think about it.
I made a few changes to this pattern. Unless I’m pattern testing, I do tend to do this if the bag is for myself and I want something slightly different. I changed all the hardware. Although I do have the hardware packs available in the shop, I decided to go with something different. I used a shiny silver nickel alloy slider on the strap, and I used silver nickel gate rings on the strap also, and a heart shaped purse lock – stock going into the shop this week. I also changed the lining to include a facing in the purple same tweed as the exterior fabric – just prefer it that way, and I added my internal zipped pocket between the facing and the batik lining, and my Love Ellie label above the zipper. Oh and there is also a nice shiny zipper pull with “handmade” on it, that will also be in the shop this week.
Unfortunately, although I wanted to finish the bag while it was still light out, I didn’t, so the photos taken in artificial light are making the tweed look different to what it actually is. So I took more photos this sunny Sunday morning where you can see a more accurate colour.