Sunday, January 3, 2010

Silk Adaptation Character - My First Handbag

On the last day of the Las Vegas Shop Hop I bought a handbag pattern called Silk Adaptation Character along with a packet of silks called Radiant to complete the bag. Naturally I started cutting out the silks after I read the instructions, but before...

I read the list of stuff needed to complete the bag. (What the heck is fusible fleece anyway?) I pressed on regardless, and found a "pleasing" arrangement of squares (per instructions) and sewed them together. This silk was a DREAM to sew with. They had you fuse interfacing to the back of the silk before it is cut or sewn, so it is very easy to handle. They also specify 3/8" seams, which seemed HUGE to this quilter, but the silk ravels easily, so it's a good idea. I had forgotten how well fabric moves through the machine using a full-sized foot. I DID have to constantly refer back to my camera to keep the colors in the correct order, but I finally got it all together.

I managed to get everything pressed correctly so the seams would meld, and all my seams match up well- a first for me. I also managed to find the fusible fleece at JoAnn's. Now I just need to decide on a handle style, some narrow cording for "doodling", a zipper, and narrow ribbon for a zipper pull. No worries. lol

5 comments:

Barb said...

Can't wait to see it finished.

Cicero Sings said...

I haven't sewn at all since I got Mingus the pup ... other than making 4 red booties for him and hand sewing up the toys he rips apart!

Look forward to the finished product.

Leanne said...

I love your choice of colours looking forward to seeing the completed bag.

Micki said...

The colours are incredible! I am dying to see the finish!
Micki

jnbjourney said...

L.O.V.E. IT!!! I can't wait to see it in person!!! Are you going to bring it to the meeting next week?