Sewing time is still in short supply, I made a couple of bags scrappily. The first is from a really nice fabric remnant gifted to me, combined with some furnishing fabric left overs.
This pattern was made up on the hoof. The criteria were internal pockets to fit passport, phone, cheque book and airline or train tickets, glasses case and kindle, with enough space to carry water, crochet, a sandwich or to pile in bits of shopping. Key holder essential. Strap long enough to use on the shoulder, but short enough to carry in the hand. I made it on a pointed oval base, with an insert to widen the top.
It has one zipped pocket, and closes with a magnetic catch. The interior is made in a strong double faced fabric – drill on one side, a slinkier jersey on the other.
The second is in remnants from skirt made for DD, lined in recycled drill (DH’s trousers) and trimmed with recycled cotton dress fabric.
This pattern is in Sew Serendipity Bags, though you probably wouldn’t buy the book for this alone. It’s basically two rectangles with a pocket, and strong handles. I’ve made a couple of these, and one other style from the same book as shoppers. Both styles fold up neatly.
Here’s the other style from the book I’ve used, cut out ready to sew. This one has a pocket sewn on the front into which the bag folds.
I can’t imagine why I ever used those nasty plastic bags that supermarkets now have to charge for. Five or six home made shoppers take care of a bootful of groceries, look and feel much better and don’t cut your hand or threaten to split. All that, and the happy feeling of not using something that could end up wrapped round marine life.
Can anyone resist browsing and buying patterns even if you end up drafting your own? I found ‘Couture Actuelle’ in the papeterie section of a supermarket. I believe it’s a French print version of Patrones. I had Patrones on order from Spain for a couple of years, but isn’t it nice to pick and choose from a rackful of magazines? The styles are well presented, all smart basics with a twist this time.
I like the collar on this jacket.
This blouson looks good.
A good wardrobe staple.
A great style in plus size.
There are also a couple of children’s garments to sew and a cute top to knit (top right on the style page).