I did It!!

I'm proud of myself. I made my first Towne Purse and I'm very pleased with it. There's room for improvement, but when isn't there. I 'm not thrilled with the way the outside pocket is but that's my perfectionist side coming out. The next one will be better. Considering that this has been a very stressful time, DH hasn't been feeling his best, that has not made sewing easy. I still just kept going in very little bits and I finished. As I said when I first started this project, no camera so no pictures but hopefully one of these days I'll collar on of the dear offspring and get a picture to put up. Juno
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Juno
Congratulations, Juno. And I sincerely hope DH is well by now.As soon as I feel a bit better and get more acquainted with the new BabyLock, I intend to make some summer hats & purses for the 8YO. She never criticizes anything Gramma makes for her. I made her a bright red glitter knit Flapper style evening bag and hairband which she loves. Later, I want to make myself a new bag, too. Emily
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CypSew
Emily, Do look at the lazy girl patterns. They are very straight forward and I love the simple zipp insertion. I think I'll give the city bag a try soon. Haven't bought the pattern yet but it looks like something for a quick weekend trip. I think I can get a lot in it. I'm not much for totes for weekends, you can't pack them at tight as a briefcase type bag.
Juno
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Juno
I've checked their site, and have my eye on 1-2 of their patterns. Years ago, I bought a big 3, McCall's I believe, that has some bags & hats in matching colors. I've made a couple and they turned out okay. Because of repeatedly getting small skin irritations on my face, I must wear hats when outside. Emily
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CypSew
Juno,
Good for you! I'm glad you liked the pattern, since I kind of felt responsible. :) The City Bag goes together almost exactly the same way, and does have a good bit more room. DD uses the one I made her as a briefcase, and DSis loves hers as a handbag (she carries a lot more 'stuff' around with her than I do).
Doreen in Alabama
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Doreen
I really enjoyed making the bag. Did you see the bag that was on the web site made by weaving bias binding and then fusing it to to iron on interfacing? It looked like it would be fun to do. As soon as I finished my bag I moved every thing I have from my store bought bag to this one. I love being able to have a place for all my stuff. I carry a lot. I need to have my date book, little note book, several inhalers, my EpiPen and of course DH's reading glasses and the cell phone, when we go some place together. The funny thing is I don't use the phone, DH does. I hate the blasted things. Then I need my wallet, car keys and tissues. I think I'll order the city bag today. Juno
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Juno
No, I don't remember that one. Maybe it's new? I'll go have a look!
I love all the pockets, especially the narrow ones that are just right for pens/pencils. In my 'boughten' bags I never could find a pen when I needed it, without rooting around underneath everything else.
With my last Townie, I sewed little pieces of velcro to keep a couple of the pockets closed...the ones that hold stuff desirable to carry, but infrequently used.
Attagirl!
Doreen in Alabama
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Doreen

Too true! I am in the process of sewing the last pleat, it's a double sett and box pleat, last one before the under apron. So I should be able to show my work to the expert this weekend. With any luck I'll get this one finished before we leave on the trip. :-|
Beverly
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BEI Design
Check thrift stores. They often have lots of bias tape, still in the packages unopened. I have bought up all the old rayon taffeta tape I could find, which can be used to make "silk" flowers. I've left piles of newer "iron-on" bias tape behind.
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Pogonip
I wouldn't use iron on tape, I'd use my own or ribbon or even strips of fabric. I don't see any reason to use bias. It's the look of the weaving I'd go for. The weird part is that I've been toying with the same idea of using fabric strips woven and fused to interfacing to make throw pillows for my bed. I had no intension of cutting on the bias. I was just going to press under the edges and top stitch them so it would have a little bit more dimension. Then again if you leave the raw edges you get a look of shabby chic. Juno
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Juno

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