Cooper Satchel

13 Dec

Long time no sew!  Well, that’s not entirely true, I’ve been sewing like a madwoman, I just haven’t had time to post lately- so hopefully this will be the first of many more to come.

Awhile back, I signed up to be a test sewer for Colette’s new patterns and I was selected to sew a fantastic new bag pattern they were developing.  Sadly, because I didn’t respond fast enough, I didn’t get to be a pattern tester- but I have been eagerly awaiting the pattern’s release so that I could see what I missed out on.

It was released a few weeks ago and the name of the pattern is Cooper :)   It was named after a cat, but I’m gonna go ahead and name my Cooper as the honorary namesake.

Ok, on to the bag!  There are 3 versions to sew: messenger bag, backpack or satchel.  I chose to make the satchel.  Here is the front:

And here is the back side:

As for the fabric choices- while moseying around Joann’s, I came across this yellow duck cloth in the remnants and ran with it.  Then while perusing the red tag aisle, I found this great faux suede in grey.  It has this great perforated pattern that allows the yellow to peek through.

For the lining, I wanted something that tied the color scheme together and decided on this plaid flannel.  I’m not sure how it’s going to hold up over time (the pattern recommended something along the lines of ripstop canvas) but it’s super soft.

The pattern was super easy to follow thanks to Colette’s great instructions and online tips.  What I love most about the bag is all of the pockets.

As for customizations, I added feet, a shoulder strap and a couple extra studs on the front flap for embellishment:

And of course, I had to take a picture of the two Coopers together:

All in all, a very successful project.  I am looking forward to making another- maybe a backpack.


25 May

I have recently completed a mis-mash of projects!

First off, an embroidery project that I’ve been working on forever but kept putting down because I was sick of staring at black embroidery floss…

This design was based off of an original print I fell in love with on Etsy.  It is going to live in the craft room.

Next up is a wreath that I have wanted to make for years.  Literally- I have been holding onto some of these fake oranges for at least 5 years…finally got around to making it:

Next was a project that I was really excited to work on- I helped my friend Mykal make a head piece for her wedding!  She is an over the top bling queen, and really wanted to incorporate feathers and birdcage netting, which I’ve always wanted to try, but never had a chance to until now…

I am so hooked- I think I might have to make some of these to but in the store.

Lastly, I made my robot lovin co-worker a classic bot based off of one of my tin toy robots:

Ridiculously Adorable the Retail Space

2 Mar

I have a big announcement.  RK & I have opened up a space to sell our crafts at a co-op boutique in our home town! Very exciting stuff…but also very stressful, as we threw this altogether in approx 3 weeks.

The primary items we will be selling will be our jewelry, but we will also sell the occasional sewing project, hand bound journal, feather headbands, and of course, bots.

Oh, you wanna see some pictures?  I was hoping you would ask ;)   Well first off, the name of the space is- what else, but ridiculously adorable!  Here is our shop sign:

Here is an overview of the space, then I’ll break down each area:

So on the back wall, we have a jewelry table with all of the necklaces & bracelets, plus a few earrings:

To the left of that table, we have an unused door from my house which we used to hang up RK’s handmade scarves and gloves.  I wish you could feel the yarn through the monitor, they are deliciously soft:

And to the left of that, we have the magnet bots:

To display the bots, I used cookie sheets purchased at the dollar store for them to stick to.  To label them, I created cards that look like polaroids from cardstock, and did my best to draw in an appropriate background for each bot.  Here is a closeup of one of the trays:

The table facing the bot table is our main earring display, along with some journals and headbands.  The half moon tables that are the base on each side were actually purchased as a single table from a 2nd hand shop.  We separated the halves, and added some back legs, (which were generously donated from our buddy Rob.) and slapped on some white paint: 

Thanks again Rob!

Truth be told, pretty much all of the furniture we used was picked up hastily last week at Goodwill!

The screens that are holding the earrings up is from an old fireplace screen that I picked up at a pay by the pound (wait for it……) Goodwill!  I strung picture hanging wire across the sides to hang the earrings from, and voila:

I made all of the earring display cards from cardstock, and my dad kindly printed off clear labels with our shop name  for us to put on the cards.  Thanks for all your patience dad :)

So today is the big grand opening of the store, complete with a ribbon cutting with the Mayor! 

It was quite the whirlwind to get this space up and running, and am glad the initial push is all over with.  I have to give a HUGE thank you to all of our friends & family that offered their help and emotional support through all of the stress and rush to pull this together.  You guys are the best!

Finally Some Sewing

28 Jan

I made 2 dresses in the last month and wore them this weekend.  The first dress is a Colette Macaroon:

This is really more of a wearable muslin, as the bodice is highly modified with sloppily matched seams on the sides.  But not so sloppy that I won’t wear it ;)

The other dress is a vintage Vogue reissue pattern, # V8728.  I did a little stash busting for this project, a beautiful Michael Miller print of eiffel towers all over in teal, red and white:

In both cases, I was able to omit the zipper, and both dresses came together relatively easily.


22 Dec

I whipped up some new bots lately, first off, the very iconic Beatle-bots!  Here they are all decked out in their Seargent Pepper’s Lonelyhearts get ups:

From left to right: George, John, Ringo, Paul


The next foursome are none other than the teenage mutant ninja turtle-bots:

From left to right: Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello, Raphael

Some Like It Hot

20 Dec

Made a little something for the kitchen…

I Miss Sewing

31 Oct

I miss sewing big time.

My house is still so not done, yet I keep buying stuff to put in said house, because I don’t own anything but craft supplies.  But I have to put the house stuff somewhere, and guess where it ends up?  On top of the craft stuff…which means no sewing, or any crafting at all- I literally can’t get to my supplies.

Crafting is like my therapy, and the house, work and personal life  have been stressful.  I don’t feel like anything is getting accomplished, so I ineviteably end up sitting in front of the tv, which makes me feel guilty about doing nothing.  So I picked up a new craft out of desperation- embroidery.  Turns out I really like it!

Here’s a few projects I’ve finished:

I call this one “dog wash”.  It’s from a vintage pattern I found online.

Believe it or not, I copied this eiffel tower from a picture in a kid’s Klutz press book!  When I can get to my fabric, I intend to turn this into a throw pillow.

This cameo pattern came from the book, Sublime Stitching.  Don’t know what I’m going to do with this one yet.

Lastly, is this beaut.  I created this based off of an original art print I found on etsy.

So yes, embroidery is fun, but I can’t wait until I can get back to sewing.