Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Creative Space

Today, I'm almost certain that I've finalised the shape of the next purse pattern. I thought a scaled-up version of the Shell purse would look good on the 200mm curved frames.

I should know that the sentence "I'll just scale up the pattern" should be said without the "just". The subtlties of shape, line and proportion are tricksy little beggars, and take a bit of tweaking. Sometimes they take a LOT of tweaking.

I got bored with calico around toile #6 and moved on to wasting perfectly good fabric on purses that look wrong, wrong, wrong.....
...and sat up all night beading a frame onto a purse that turned out to be a bit ordinary...lacking that certain something.
And so it was, that with heart all a-flutter (and a little excited squealy thing happening in my head), I pinned the latest incarnation to a frame and thought, "this could be the one". I won't be sure until the frame is on, but I have high hopes. I'm thinking glamourous 50's styling here. I'm excited.
So... in answer to the next person who asks me if you can just scale up a purse pattern to fit another frame, my answer is yes.... but not "just". I think it'd be quicker and easier to buy another pattern.
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12 comments:

Fer said...

Very wise words there... ♥

Amanda said...

So are you going to do a pattern? I am sure I need one of those too. Get my sewing weekend away this week, of to play with Mellie and Rosalie.

CurlyPops said...

That's amazing - you really CAN see the subtle difference between the second last and the last version. It certainly gives an even bigger appreciation of just how difficult it is to get a pattern just right!

Karen Wilson said...

The brown one actually makes a nice little fabric basket to sit on your desk! It shouldn't go to waste.

Vintage Grrl said...

ooooh, a slightly larger Shell would be amazing. I love the Shell, but it's a tad small for everything I have to carry around with me.

Alison said...

There is no way I would try and scale up a pattern, especially not when you have done all the hard work! I think they are looking great. I think you've nailed it.

Liam's Mummy said...

Oooh - I like this one very much!

Tania said...

Damn it. That 'just scale it up' business never ever works. Just had to convince a client that 'just scaling up' an A5 document to an A4 was the epitome of all evil. Well, nearly. Loving the glamourous 50s stylin' notion.

jodeye said...

Hi Nikki,
I lurk almost daily to your beaut blog. Am busting to try my hand at a purse but live so far from you or anyone that could help me! LOL I can't decide which one is best, but do think your lovely shell purse is quite snazzy.
Love your Creative Space - keep up the great work! (Might drop in some time during school hols when I am down your way...)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Nope 'just' never works.

Perseverance is your middle name, yes?

Kate said...

Oh Nikki you are too ace! Just this morning I was muttering to Bren that I need another shell purse that's just a bit bigger...I have no idea how you do that scale up thing and I am totally impressed and in awe, and if you need a tester I am sticking my hand so far up in the air.
have a wonderful weekend. X

red in oz said...

Love the look of this one Nikki, I don't do itti bitti purses, I need something of a half decent size to carry my life around in.