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New bag – and a deconstruction / Neue Tasche – und ein Auseinandernehmen

Well, I don’t want you to have the first impression of my blog to be the thrown-away ugly things in my household any longer, so this post starts with an ‘after’-pic: My Echino-bag-parade. The weekender on the right and the laptop-case in the middle I made with the original Echino bag patterns I bought at superbuzzy and made them last fall. I don’t know a single word of Japanese, but I could guess the meaning of the strange signs in the patterns, it was a bit like playing Mahjongg, matching curves and combinations in picture and ‘text’. I like both bags from the outside, it was the first time I did piping and I think it turned out well. But I have to say that the open seams inside turn me off a bit, you sew it panel by panel and there is a lining but it’s not hiding the seams. That’s different to the various bag patterns I tried before. So when my bag for work bought long ago (and very cheap at an office-supply) tore inside and wasn’t very clean either, I thought of making a new one myself. I have done Amy Butler’s Messenger Bag twice and Sew Liberated’s Mischievious Gnome Messenger Bag three times and I like them, but in practical everyday use I preferred my store-bought bag. So, Friday night  in a splurge of activity I emptied my bag, took to the seam-ripper and cut off my bag. I took several pics and some notes on how that thing was assembled, because I wanted to re-create my favourite bag, of course with my favourite fabrics and some minor alterations. It was really revealing, in every sense. I saved the zippers and the handle to reuse them and made paper-patterns from the deconstructed panels. Well, and then I started, panel by panel. It’s basically done like the Echino-bags, they just covered the inner seams with corded ribbon. That’s the trick! Now I might even beautify my other bags from the inside, too. For the flap I used laminated fabric I had bought for such a project vaguely on my mind. But it caused times when I was about to bite the machine (and anyone else coming too close!), because no sewing-foot I have on hand was willing and able to feed this fabric through when I wanted to topstitch the flap. I tried scotch tape under the foot, to no avail, but then I faintly remembered someone putting parchment paper between fabric and foot. I did and it worked, though it was more feeling than seeing where the edge of the flap (and my sewing-line) was. All in all I’m very pleased with the outcome of this sewing-adventure, I might even be making more of this kind of bag. Here are some impressions of my endeavours:

Frenchy Bag

Today I made the Frenchy Handbag by Amy Butler, using Ikea-fabrics and a dishtowel-cloth. Because I didn’t have a magnetic snap I used one of the many almost ancient press-buttons I inherited from my grandma. I really like the result, and it was the first Amy Butler pattern that didn’t take ages to complete. I’m not very patient when it comes to crafting, I’m all in for instant gratification, that’s why I like sewing and printing and not knitting or crocheting. So, dear female friends and family: prepare yourselves for yummy little handbags made from this pattern!

Heute habe ich die Frenchy Handtasche vom Amy Butler-Schnitt gemacht, ich habe Ikeastoffe und einen Handtuchstoff dafür benutzt. Weil ich keinen Magnetverschluss hatte, habe ich einen der uralten von Omi geerbten Drucknöpfe verwendet. Mir gefällt das Ergebnis und es war der erste von mir benutzte Amy Butler-Schnitt, der nicht Ewigkeiten zur Fertigstellung brauchte. Ich bin nicht besonders geduldig wenn’s um’s Selbermachen geht, ich brauche schnelle Erfolgserlebnisse, deshalb nähe und drucke ich gern im Gegensatz zum stricken oder häkeln. Also, liebe Freundinnen und Verwandte: stellt euch dieses Jahr auf solche schnuckeligen Handtaschen ein!

Bag Projects / Taschenprojekte

The next days I’m going to try some bag patterns, Amy Butler’s Frenchy Handbag and a bag with round bamboo-handles I don’t have a pattern for, but I’ll make one up, shouldn’t be too diffcult. I just like those round handles and couldn’t resist buying them. 

In nächster Zeit möchte ich neue Taschenschnitte ausprobieren: Amy Butlers Frenchy Bag und eine Tasche mit runden Bambusgriffen. Dafür habe ich kein Schnittmuster, aber ich werde mir eins ausdenken, sollte nicht zu schwierig sein. Ich mag die Griffe einfach und konnte beim Kauf nicht widerstehen. 

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