I finally finished Sidra’s art bag! Of course I could have bought an art bag with a set of drawing equipments inside it already, but that wouldn’t be fun. So I made the bag, and my husband picked a selection of drawing equipments to fill the bag. Well, that’s our idea of fun.
Anyway, the pattern is based loosely on a tutorial found in a Japanese pattern book, but I make it wider, add more pockets, straps, and other details.
The fabric is striped cotton/linen, green stripes for the outside and red stripes for the inside. I quilted the whole bag so it would keep its shape. To make it even sturdier, I made a detachable base filled with cardboard to be put inside the bag. The bag has 3 outer pockets, several inner pockets, and detachable shoulder straps. I put an iron-on crocodile patch on the bag to ‘break’ the boring stripes (and to make the bag owner happy). I also made a bag tag for Sidra’s name, the tag has a pocket so a piece of paper can be put inside for his address and phone number.
When I showed the bag to Sidra, he said that it was better than any other art bag in stores. Baby, that’s enough to make my day.
I was in the sewing room, about to finish Sidra’s art bag, when I saw this white Indian cotton lying around. I’ve used some of it to make a hat
and it was still about 1 metre left. And suddenly I had the urge to make this white dress.
The pattern is basically the same as this purple dress with hood
, sans hood and sleeves. I put 4 buttons on the bust and added a pair of big pocket. The neckline and armholes are finished with ready-made double-gauze binding strips. Love this quick and easy project!
Now I should be making something else, a bag for Sidra’s art equipments, but I’ve been to 2 local fabric stores and didn’t find any suitable fabrics. Those unsuccesful trips resulted in purchase of other not so necessarily things, like these purple and white cotton fabrics. I guess Sidra has to wait for his bag next week, Mama’s being selfish today.
The purple dress is very simple, I used a basic bodice block to make the upper part. The lower parts are just 2 rectangles the width of the fabric, The front rectangle is cut in half for the opening. I was experimenting with unfinished edges (or maybe I’m just lazy), so I didn’t use any facings, except for self-facings for the front opening. To prevent further fraying, the raw edges are double stitched about 1 cm from the edges. The buttons are all in different shapes.
The hat pattern is from a Japanese pattern book, but I made the brim slightly wider. The fabric is Indian cotton. It was a very quick sewing, and I really like the result. I think I’ll make another hat in black.
Karen from Little Sweet Hearts
interviewed me for her monthly interview.
She’s indeed a sweet heart!
Check it out here.
It’s getting warmer now and Sidra doesn’t need to wear thick jacket anymore. But I think he still needs a thin jacket because sometimes it’s quite windy around here.
The fabrics are bought from a nearby store, they are linen, pre-cut to 50 cm. I need two pieces for the jacket, and one for the pants, with almost no leftover (love this!). The jacket uses the same pattern as this navy jacket , but I didn’t put any lining for this one; at the end, they look entirely different. What a big difference some linings make!
The pants have no side seam, kinda like pajama pants. The bottom hems are left raw with only stitching about 1 cm from the bottom to prevent them from fraying too much. The waist is elasticized and it has a pair of front pocket. I put a tiny iron-on patch sheep on the corner of one pocket.
After seeing Sidra in his linen jacket, my husband said he wanted one too ^.^
Jacket and pants patterns are from R&D.M.Co-boys&girls.