April 8, 2009
More Crafty Mama
Well, after the success of my first sewing project, I wanted to tackle something a little more difficult. At my mom's encouragement, I bought a pattern for a this sling-purse at my neighborhood quilting store. (How much do I love it that I now live in a neighborhood that boasts an independent quilting store?!)
The pattern is by Amy Butler, who's something of an indie-sewing guru, and the store even carried her retro fabric line, so I could make a bag just like the one depicted in the picture. (I'm not yet to the point of wanting to be "creative" in my crafting.) So after plunking down far more change than it would have cost to buy such a bag in a boutique, I had my pattern and my fabric and got straight to work while Mae Mae was still around to hold Colin.
The pattern was labeled "beginner," but let me tell you, it's a good thing my mother, who is an excellent seamstress, was around to help me decipher some of this pattern's cryptic instructions. A "gusset" may seem easy enough for a beginner, but not the way Miss Amy Butler describes it. I ripped out more seams than I care to mention.
In the end, though, I have what I think is a very pretty spring purse -- but an even more better diaper bag! Master Colin certainly approves.