08 February 2014

I did something naughty...

With my day off yesterday, I went and bought one these:


And by naughty, I suppose I mean because I had this undefined, unspoken idea that I was going to spend less money this year. But, it wasn't a ridiculous amount of money and well, I just really wanted one! For anyone interested, this Janome J3-24 sewing machine is from Direct Sewing Machines in Bristol. 

Therefore, there is probably going to be a little more mention of sewing around here. I know from experience that if sewing is not your thing, seeing blog posts about it just turns you off. To that end, I thought I might confine any sewing related posts to one of the weekend days. That way, you can easily avoid it if you wish. Since today is Saturday, let's stick to Sewing Saturday (alliteration and all that).

This week, I finished the tote bag with lining and inside zipped pocket. I am really pleased with my first project and have used it a number of times since finishing it on Thursday. The fabric was from John Lewis and the lining and zip from Fabricland in Bristol. It took 6-8 hours and cost ~£5 to make.


I was so happy with it, and had so much fun making it, that I have already purchased the fabric to make one for my sister. Lucky lady!


And now I'm off to get started! :D

Jen

8 comments:

  1. Hurrah! That's a great looking bag!

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    1. Thaaanks! I really rather like it. And still have plenty of fabric left for other projects.

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  2. Nice! I have a sewing machine sitting in my living room waiting to be put to good use! :)

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    1. They're SO much fun! I never expected to become so sucked in by sewing. And I think about — as well as scour Pinterest for — fabric a large proportion of my evenings. I'm looking forward to hopefully moving on to dressmaking! :D

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  3. That's incredible! I'm very jealous of your skills, I couldn't even sew a button on! Looks so neat and the fabric is scrumptious.
    Kim x

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    1. Thanks Kim! Oh well the picture hides a multitude of slip-ups and mistakes but they are certainly what make it a unique piece. I am confident that you, along with most people, could get the hang of a sewing machine. : )

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  4. I really really really really really really really want to learn to sew! Was that enough reallys?

    If you're prolific enough with your sewing efforts, you could always offset the cost of the machine by selling some stuff on etsy. That bag is super cute!

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    1. Then you should really really really really really really really do it! Would there be a class/course nearby? Or maybe a friend could teach you? It's very enjoyable.

      Thanks! That's true, I could do that and have considered it. : )

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