yeah, just a basic zipper bag made from scraps. the unicorn print is from the cambie dress i made in the spring, the interior is railroad stripe denim left over from the suspender skirt i made, & the zipper itself is a real blast from the past: purchased in 2008 when i sewed up a bunch of zipper pouches for people who subscribed to my zine distro. that was probably my first real sewing project. i didn’t have a rotary cutter or even a real pair of fabric scissors. i didn’t have an acrylic ruler. i think i used a yardstick to measure the first piece of fabric i cut & used that as a template, with extremely mixed results. i still have one bag left from that project. i kept the worst one, the one that was truly the wonkiest, where i sewed half of it without putting down the presser foot (a mistake i would probably still make sometimes if i my current machine permitted it), & i had to use scraps to make one side of the bag the right size, but i didn’t even really know how to sew scraps together. it’s just a frankenstein’s monster of a mess. but it functions as a bag, so i used it for years.
until i made this guy, which i guess is a replacement. i just use it to stash random small things that i don’t want to lose in the depths of my desk somewhere. this one is still not perfect. i decided to box the bottom corners to give it some stability, but i did it wrong TWICE & had to pick it all out & try again before i finally used the technique i was going for properly. & even then, i realized the technique was kind of lame. maybe i should have made a wider box? the fact that i lined it with denim is also problematic. the lining is bulkier than the outer fabric, which i hoped would give the whole thing some body, but it just turned out kind of weird.
i also added an interior pocket, but it kind of fails as a pocket. it starts too low inside the bag to really function the way i envisioned. this seems to happen to all of my bags. i always want to add pockets & i have all these visions of how useful they will be, & then they end up just being annoying flaps of extraneous fabric that do nothing but get in the way.
anyway! i am being forced to write about this bag because i have been sewing very little so far this year.
here’s the bag interior. scope that zipper tab! i think that turned out pretty dope, at the very least.
ramona caught a cold over christmas vacation that just lingered & lingered & lingered for weeks. & i guess i finally caught it too, but in me, it turned into a full-on lung infection. i lost my voice & i’ve been sick now for like half of january. at first i thought it was just the sniffles & then i thought maybe it was that infamous congestion you get sometimes when you’re pregnant, & i was like, yay, we’re totally gonna have another baby by the end of 2015! but…yeah, not pregnant. then i thought maybe it was strep throat. then both jared & one of my mom friends were like, “dude, go to a doctor!” but i don’t really have a fever anymore, & my voice is slowly & creakily returning, so i think i’m just gonna tough it out. doctors in lawrence seem to treat everything with antibiotics. “oh, you have an earache? here’s some amoxicillin!” “you have a sinus infection? antibiotics!” “you were gored by a bull? try this bubblegum-flavored antibiotic syrup!” i’d rather not help contribute to the development of an antibiotic-resistant superbug that destroys us all if i have a choice in the matter.
so instead i have been napping a lot & reading shitty self-published novels about pregnancy complications instead. & not sewing.
i did buy two different glittery knit fabrics as a consolation prize for the knit fabric i tried to buy from fabric.com last month, which was mysteriously over-sold. turns out both fabrics i chose (& i tried to choose different weights & stretch contents in the hopes of finding something usable) are pretty damn sheer. & the glitter in one of them is GOLD. disgusting. i hate gold. hate it! so i’m not sure how to proceed there. i think i will try using the reverse side of the gold glittery one to downplay the gold-ness, & self-line it. the other is supposedly blue with silver sparkles, but it’s really more gray (which i prefer to blue, so that’s a lucky break). i think i’ll line that one in black jersey, which i bought for a skirt project that is just never gonna happen. i’m still trying to decide if i should give the bronte top another shot or try again with the renfrew. i prefer the construction of the renfrew, but i think it needs more alterations to fit. i wear the two brontes i made last month constantly. i’m wearing one of them right now! but i probably wear them a lot more because of the warm, snuggly fabric (one is french terry, the other is a super-plush thermal waffle knit) than because of the design or fit.
i also got my enormous box of cotton + steel viewfinder print fabric this morning! it went straight down to the washer & is now all prepped & ready to be turned into dresses & skirts & bags & anything else i want! i had hoped to have made at least one shirtdress by the time it arrived so i’d have a fitted pattern all ready to roll, but my stupid lungs had other ideas. hopefully i will find some time to sit down this weekend & do some sewing.
oh, i guess i sewed yesterday. it was a mending day. i finally got around to fixing everything that needed to be fixed–a loose sleeve on my winter coat, a popped seam on ramona’s winter hat, a hole in a pair of pants, etc etc. i took the buttons off this cute hand-knit cardigan i found for ramona at a thrift store & replaced them with snaps.
i kind of understand now why it was at the thrift store. the fit is weird. it’s kind of too short in the torso, but way long on the arms, & the shoulder seam is super-low. the buttons it came with were tiny & slipped out of the buttonholes every time ramona moved. & one weird thing about ramona is that she HATES having her clothes disarrayed. if a button comes undone, she starts crying & doesn’t stop until it’s fixed. she must have both the zipper & the toggles on her toggle coat done up. her hat must be snapped under her chin & not just placed on her head. yesterday she somehow took off her pants during her nap & then woke up & couldn’t go back to sleep because she wasn’t wearing pants.
here she is, crying about her pants. i quote: “i’m sad! crying! took my pants off! ramona is sad because *sob* no pants! *shaky gasp* pants are gone!” the pants were right next to her in the crib, for the record. she just doesn’t know how to put them on by herself.