Monday, May 29, 2006 

Yes, I know it's 1 o'clock in the morning... But I just finished sewing a Chelsea bag, and had to share some pictures. I'm pretty happy with how it came out (though, of course, it isn't perfect). The pattern was easy, and I finished it in a day. I think I may try the Dorothy clutch next. I'm going to use the same interior lining (little pink flowers) as the Chelsea bag. But, I have some striped material that coordinates perfectly with the two materials on the Chelsea bag that I'll use on the Dorothy clutch. Since the Chelsea is a pretty "wide-open" bag, I'll probably toss more sensitive contents into the coordinating clutch, which can then be put inside the Chelsea bag.

Friday, May 26, 2006 


I've long loved Amy Butler's patterns (who hasn't?), but simulatneously loathed the prices. Okay, so $12.95 isn't that bad... but I am that cheap. I'm the person you see hoarding patterns at Joann's when they're on sale for $1.00 each. I managed to find a number of Amy Butler patterns on Ebay for only $8.00, plus about $0.45 each for shipping. Brand new, never used. Seems like a good deal, if you ask me. I haven't seen them cheaper than that before, and I've looked.

My acquisitions include:

Now... to find some great fabric for cheap. Maybe I'll have to hit up the clearance section at Britex Fabrics near Union Square. I think I'd like to make the Chelsea handbag first, and then a Covington. I've got a 3-day weekend, and no real plans, so maybe I can manage to make at least one of them.

No progress on the dress from below. I haven't even started. Maybe I'll start on that this weekend, too.

Friday, May 05, 2006 

Since my blog went on hiatus two years ago, I came into possession of a lovely new sewing machine. My wonderful boyfriend bought a Janome 4623 Limited Edition Plus for me for my birthday. I've made a few things, including some skirts, and a purse (which needs to be repaired before I can finish it), and this jean quilt blanket that Jonathan and I use for camping. I've also bought lots of patterns and lengths of material that currently just gather dust (kinda like my yarn stash).

Last night I was browsing around the internet, and happened upon this gem of a website ( ) dedicated to dresses! I had so much fun looking at all the pictures, and reading her posts that it inspired me to start sewing some more again. My first project will be the short, strapless dress from this pattern:

I have this pretty blue and white fabric, with these tiny little flowers on it, that would be perfect for the dress. I just need to pick up some ribbon, boning, and a zipper. I'm thinking that, after it's done, I should make a little knitted shurg to go along with it.

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