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The tale of two bags – from Flower Power to Biba

Apologies all – it has been far too long since I started this blog until my first blog post! I will blame it on increasing hours at work, the June storm where we lost power for four days (video of the south coast damage here), and jury duty. Anyway excuses, excuses I hear you say! Fear not, I will endeavour to post up a minimum of once a month – hopefully more….

So what have I been working on? I’m currently sewing a cool record bag for the Husband!

Working on the Husband's new record bag: made completely from upcycled and swapped fabric!

Working on the Husband’s new record bag: made completely from upcycled and swapped fabric!

Which will feature in a future blog post! I’m also working on my Cake Pavlova top and skirt – I’m sewing along with the Wellington Sewing Bloggers Network girls (read about them here) so we can all wear our Cake patterns together, while eating Cake! More on that at the end of the month πŸ™‚

So how about these bags? Well the very first thing I completed on my machine back in 2008 was this bag:

Flower power bag! The first completed item

Flower power bag! The first completed item

Which I like to call my flower power bag. It was a lovely project for a beginner sewer – I had such a feeling of accomplishment as I brandished it around town showing it to all and sundry! Just don’t look at the hand sewn clasps – the less said about them the better – my hand sewing is shocking (I’ve taken up embroidery to improve it!). I believe it was from this pattern online: (ric-rac), but its been a while and grey cells are fading…..

Fast forward 5 and a bit years (gulp!) and I found myself admiring the buttercup bag (made-by-rae) that a few people had brought along to The Fabric Hoarders‘ sewing Sundays. It’s such a cute pattern, and I love how everyone had their own version and interpretation. So, I decided to make another bag – the first since my first!Β 

What material to use? Well, around the time I was brandishing my flower power bag – I was wearing THE BEST TROUSERS IN THE WORLD. Apologies for the caps – but seriously they were. I lived in them in a way I shouldn’t for years, mourned when they were in the wash, and rejoiced when they were clean to be worn again. I loved these trousers (a brand new with tags op shop find from my student days) – but alas I wore them until they died in that place jeans die (ahem). But I stashed them with my fabric for future projects – and they were perfect for my Buttercup bag. Here they are:

From a trouser leg to a bag

From a trouser leg to a bag – alas I forgot to take a photo pre-chop, so you get this advanced preview picture of the bag itself πŸ˜‰

I really love the Buttercup bag, but one thing I don’t like is that it uses a clasp closing mechanism. This bugs me for two reasons: 1) I chuck my bags around a bit and don’t want stuff falling out, 2) the Little Lady’s hands could easily squeeze through the gap and grab contents not for her! So I reached into the interwebs and lo and behold someone had designed the perfect zip adaptation (see here). So long story short, I followed the Buttercup guide (pdf here) and the zip alteration, to produce my new favourite bag here:

Notice how I aligned the side seam of the trousers as a centre seam on the bag? That was a suggestion from someone at Fabric Hoarders sewing sunday - and it meant I only had to use one trouser leg :)

Notice how I aligned the side seam of the trousers as a centre seam on the bag? That was a suggestion from someone at Fabric Hoarders sewing sunday – and it meant I only had to use one trouser leg πŸ™‚

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View of the zip adjustment - very happy with how this has turned out. Beautiful fabric from a fabric swap...

View of the zip adjustment – very happy with how this has turned out. Beautiful fabric from a fabric swap…

Upcycled buttons from an old shirt

Upcycled buttons from an old shirt

The completed Buttercup Biba Bag

The completed Buttercup Biba Bag

 

Action shot! Also a nice shot of the wool skirt I recently finished (self drafted)

Action shot! Also a nice shot of the wool skirt I recently finished (self drafted)

Another action shot!

Another action shot!

A few things I noticed about this bag. Lots of bloggers have commented that it is too small. I wondered about making it at 125% or 150% – but decided to make it true to size the first time round (I checked my wallet would fit first). I love that this bag is small, it can go inside bigger bags (read work bag, or nappy bag) – and is small enough to ONLY be Mummy’s bag. It only holds my phone, my keys, my wallet, my lipstick. No nappies, no snacks, no toys. My bag – which I love taking out on nights out without the Little lady – it’s emphasises that I am having a night off!Β And the best thing of all? I realised when i finished that it was very Biba-esque, so it is now named my Biba Buttercup Bag. I will be making more of these Buttercup bags. And actually I may also scale it up to 300% and turn it into a nappy bag. haha.Β  I may also also add lots of funky pockets (look at Mel‘s of thecuriouskiwi)

So, on that note – what shall I make from the other leg of THE BEST TROUSERS IN THE WORLD?Β 
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