Sunday, March 1, 2009

Make it Snappy!

I spent today in the studio - determined to finish this 300mm Snap bag....

It wasn't finished before the afternoon light began to fade - so the pictures are a little dimmer than I'd like. Ah well - I'm just so happy to have had enough time at the sewing machine to start and finish something in one sitting.

I used brown pinwale corduroy and this lovely print - I think from the Rhapsody range by Baum Windham. The frame is "antique brass" coloured, which brings out the warmth in the brown and green of the flowers in the print and tones in beautifully with the brown corduroy. I also used my lovely antique brass flat rings....

...and the new antique brass purse feet on the hard base of the bag.I like the over-all effect - it's earthy but girly at the same time. Probably a bit like me.

One thing I have to admit to... I had to read the instructions to make it!!! It's been a while since I've made one, and I made TOO MANY samples while I was developing the pattern (ironing all the kinks out of the work-flow). I remembered that there were lessons learned in the process, only I couldn't rememeber what those lessons were! It was handy to have a ready supply of the instructions to tell me what to do when and - more importantly - what NOT to do.... although I felt a little silly having to read them!!


(In hindsight I'm heartened by the memory of hearing Billy Joel saying that he once asked Bob Dylan how he remembered all the words he's written. Apparently Bob pointed to a copy of "The Complete Bob Dylan"...!!).

9 comments:

Kirsty said...

It's wonderful...the bag & the story.

CurlyPops said...

That is gorgeous. I love corduroy, it's one of my absolute favourite fabrics!

Allyoo said...

Now that bag just suits me to a tee !

Love it !

ALfa studio said...

Great bag! Looks fun to make,the colors are real nice

Cindy said...

This is such a lovely bag, I feel better konwing that even the sewing greats need a little instruction from time to time. Yet another beautiful bag!!

tania - Jet Designs said...

Hey Nikki - I'm glad I was not the only one sewing up a storm on Sunday - Doesn't it feel great to actually complete something all in one day! - Love the coin purse kits - they are fab - have already sold a couple of patterns just from showing off the one I made to my customers during the week - will have to get busy making more samples!

magikquilter said...

really great looking bag and funny about the instructions...although i find as a seamstress most of my life before taking up quilting that I like to have a more visual type of instructions ..even if i do not use them. That is why i like the Japanese crafting books...do not have to know the language to get them!

even the word identification thingie agrees with us...it is prette

Di said...

I love it! The colour and the form are beautiful!

Katherine said...

I love it! Especially the cord combined with the print. swoon...