pretty blouse, handbag, wallet, underwear, baby things and pink books – Handmade by Carolyn

I checked all my not-yet-blogged things, and there are so many! I guess I've been in a real blogging slump this year. Anyway, sorry for the overload, as well as the delay! blog post, and here we go…!

Item 1: a pretty lingerie set. This is of course the Watson fabric pattern of habit, the one I'll be making for the rest of my life, I'm sure… just a gift. Same modifications I always made. (see here)…

I already had all the elastics and pieces, and a fairly short length of bright neon yellow elastic left over from this set…it was fun to incorporate a length of it into each piece!

Item 2; a pretty blouse. This is actually my newest thing…well, apart from some samples for our new pattern, which will be announced very soon, I hope!

This design is the new Nova pattern from Fibremood. It has a very interesting fluted neckline, which attracted me in the first place. I don't know, but I can't resist a unique twist on something! and I just have to try it.

I used a nice length of lightly brushed cotton, which mom gave me when she emptied her stash. It's charming, isn't it?! I added a pocket, just for fun, and threaded a length of elastic through each sleeve hem, a look I've been loving lately.

The back has a center seam with an invisible zip. This is pretty unnecessary, as I found you could pull it over your head quite easily. What I like to do with the end of an invisible zipper is wrap the end with a small piece of fabric, as many invisible zippers seem to have almost imperceptible sharp ends at the end, which will torment you mercilessly if you don't do it. I don't do anything first.

The back has a center seam with an invisible zip. This is pretty unnecessary, as I found you could pull it over your head quite easily. What I like to do with the end of an invisible zipper is wrap the end with a small piece of fabric, as many invisible zippers seem to have almost imperceptible sharp ends at the end, which will torment you mercilessly if you don't do it. I don't do anything first.

Item 3; this pretty little bag… I made it earlier this winter, using a JT Tanner kit purchased during confinement in fact!

It was an exceptionally beautiful kit and I really enjoyed putting it together, even though the three needles provided were broken! however, I finally figured out how to sew this durable leather without putting too much pressure on the needles… :D. and I'm super happy with the fairly professional look of the final product!

I wore it several times, but there was a small problem that ultimately led me to my next project…

Point 4; a small wallet. My new bag is great, but my current purse doesn't fit in it at all, and since the bag is such that a credit card or cash would easily fall out of the gaps, I decided it would fit. needed a personalized handbag! Yes, I'm admittedly weird about not buying things immediately at the moment and I also like to challenge myself, so; I decided to try to make one.

There was a failed version before this final version, which only failed because I cut the zip too short and it couldn't open all the way; but this one is almost perfect, I'm happy to report.

I didn't want to use my precious leather yet! although I might be ready to go soon; instead I used charcoal felt, which I had bought to make a stuffed animal at one point (still not blogged, oops!). Luckily I still have a bunch of oddly colored zippers that Mom gave me at one point and she found two that matched. The wallet required some very careful measuring and alignment, and I'm quite proud of the final precision.

It has plenty of card slots, a zippered compartment for change, a separate car slot which I had originally planned to have a clear plastic window in, but couldn't find the right plastic on hand and I didn't want to go out. and source some either. That's life! Oh, and also a bellows pocket for bills/notes. This time I carefully made sure the wallet could open completely and lay flat.

I wondered how to insert the zipper, finish the raw edges, and finally bind the edges with matching charcoal linen – the same material I used to line the card slots and coin pocket. I hand sewed the linen binding inside, then finally glued the outer layer on top. I wasn't sure how the gluing would work, but it did stiffen the final product in a very satisfying way.

And it fits perfectly in the bag!

Point 5; I don't know if I've posted this before? otherwise, here is… a onesie for our friend’s baby. The design is mine, and yes, I used the scraps for my Watson set, above!

Section 6, 7, 8, 9

some new little books. I always save and cut out leftover paper from paper patterns and make little books from them. It's fun to do this and it gives me a virtuous feeling of zero waste. All materials are waste and leftovers from other projects. I have one in my purse all the time and use it all the time, and they make lovely gifts too, I think!

I think this is enough for now? Anyway, I'll be back soon with more information!

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