I am all set to make the fourth (and I fervently hope) the final muslin for Simplicity 2444. And I know what you’re thinking. Well, maybe some of you. (Whoever is thinking about fries, STOP IT. I’m not allowed to eat those anymore. . .) You may be wondering why I’m making so many muslins for this one little dress–especially for a dress which I already made.
Well, one, I really love the fabric I have for this dress and I don’t want to screw it up. It will be the first legitimately cold weather dress I’ve made so far.
And second, the troubles I’ve been having (namely, the armholes–yes, I know the technical term is “armscye” but my computer doesn’t think that’s a word and I’m tired of the red squiggles–and the sleeves) are not specific to this dress. Figuring out what shape of armhole will work best for me is preemptively solving tons of issues down the road! I am absolutely willing to take the time now to learn this new technique rather than skipping to something easier.
All that said, I am sick to death of this pattern. So, I need to take a break and chat about something else.
You may realize by now that my go-to, in-between projects are usually bags and clutches and such. They’re easy and quick and useful and can potentially make lovely little gifts.
I could be like those awesome sorts of people who whip out one or twenty tees during a trying project. But I don’t have any knit. Well, I do have some white ribbed knit just like I used for these pants, but I had planned to use that for this cardi in which I was absolutely going to copy Eleyna and we would be bi-coastal twinsies. I even went out and got the pattern. But, I was short about a half yard.
So. Much. Sad face.
But once I clear out some of all this stashed fabric, that cardi shall be mine. We wantsss it, my precioussss. . .
Anyway, yeah–I have more little bags to tell you about.
You’ve already seen this one. . .
And this one. . .
I made it a little twin with the vinyl on the outside to see how long it lasts.
I put bobbins in it.
But, I also made these for my friend Anna (She’s @_hippiegirl on Instagram. She just got a new puppy ((SO ADORABULHS!)) and has a killer sense of style. You should follow her 🙂 ) for Christmas. But, she didn’t get them until Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Happy MLK Day to Anna.
Now that I’ve made my fill of this particular little bag, let me give you some details. The pattern is the Keyka Lou Dumpling and it is free, hurray! It’s pretty small, so it doesn’t require a lot of fabric. I have to say, though, I would not recommend this for someone who’s an absolute beginner. Sewing the zipper on that curve is NOT fun. And after all these tries, I still couldn’t figure out how to get nice smooth edges. Also, because of the design, you end up with raw edges on the inside that you have to cover with bias tape or some other kind of binding. And let me tell you, this part is annoying. Just getting the bag situated so I could sew the ends was a nightmare.
Any outer embellishments were my additions. The bow, I think, is my favorite of the two.
So, would I make this bag again?
Absolutely not. The construction process was not enjoyable and some parts (as I mentioned) were downright irritating. And not once was I really pleased with the outcome. I do think that if the bag were much, much bigger, it would be easier to make and, therefore, less annoying.
And now. . . “Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more.”
The muslin beckons. . .