Sunday, August 10, 2008

Updates

First, an update on my black tee shirt. I knew the length was going to continue to haunt me, so I dug a second tee out of the refashion basket, chopped off the bottom few inches, and added another layer to the bottom. I kicked around the idea of adding some of that reverse applique thing a la Alabama Chanin, because I figured it would make it look even more like I layered two shirts, but I thought it would be too much going on with the gathering at the neckline.

Next up is the Tokyo Tie Bag. There were two areas I wanted to play with: the depth of the bag and the fabric requirement. I lengthened the bag's body by 2.25 inches. Know how I came up with that figure? I was using a piece of scrap paper that was 3 inches wide!



That two and a quarter inches was just what I needed, though. Now all my stuff fits!



Regarding the fabric requirement, my goal was to use only a half-yard of each fabric. As long as you're willing to add two more seams, up the sides of the bag, you can easily get away with just a half-yard. Good news if you want to use a more expensive fabric! I honestly don't think it detracts from the bag, either.



Oh, that reminds me, I made one more change: I fashioned a little fabric loop for keeping the bag closed. Now I just have to decide on a button.



Which one?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Use the last one!! Definitely!!

Are you going to post a tutorial?

I love your work!

Turtlemoss said...

The last one! It has a certain elegance to it and looks lovely on the bag...in my humble opinion. :)

Columbia Lily said...

I also like the last one the best!

Stephanie said...

I really like the last one.
I wandered into your blog and think you're incredibly creative. I also have a question. I'm trying to buy a sewing machine and thought that since you're a great sewer, you'd have some great insight... What kind of sewing machine do you use and what others would you recommend? I hope it's not too much of a hassle to ask you to post some suggestions! :) Thanks so much!!

Elizabeth said...

The last one without a doubt, although the second one is good too.

nettie said...

I'm with the others... the last one. Gorgeous.

Christie said...

Last one! You are so totally creative when it comes to patterns and fabric. I wish I could have you with me when I pick out what I think should be matching fabrics for a project!

MJ said...

I liked the first two, but as soon as I saw the last one, I ADORED it!

gigglepotamus said...

Nice bag. It's good to know a nice bag can be made from 2 half yards- I have LOTS of smallish remnants. I like button #2 & #3, but I would have to agree, #3 is probably my fav.

mary said...

I'll just make it really resounding--the last one! :-)

rmlrhonda said...

My first reaction was the middle one, but I also really like the last one, too and I think it might actually keep the bag closed more effectively. I really like both projects!

My Love is..... said...

gorgeous bag. well done.

Christy Michelle said...

Button # 3!!!

Anonymous said...

Last one like most other people, I have bought the book after watching you play with this pattern on wardrobe refashion and my fabric has just been washed and is drying, I'll be having a go at the bag tomorrow, I've only got 1/2 yard of each fabric so I'll let you know how I get on, I also thought it would be great made out of an old pair of jeans.
Love Janey x