Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Project 16 of many. . .




I finally finished the Claudia Bag. I don't know what it was about this piece, but I fought with it all the way to finish. Hopefully now that I have one under my belt and the patterns and samples made the next one will go more quickly. The tough part was sewing the leather - sometimes my machine liked to sew it, and sometimes it did not. The tension on the machine had to be adjusted to how sharp or semi-sharp the needle was. So, if it was sewing fine on a slightly old needle and I put a new needle in, it would stop sewing correctly. When I started making this bag I was using all the scraps from the bridesmaid dress project, so I had no idea how much fabric it had taken. Later I went back and calculated how much it had used and it was over 6 yards of silk just for the flowers! Good grief! I was really lucky to find a leather store just down the street from me (or maybe not so lucky as now hundreds upon thousands of ideas are spilling forth and I don't got the means to support the habit :/ ), without it the bag would have been all silk. . . and I think the contrast of the leather adds a lot. Now I just need someone with a nice camera to take some shots of it for me.

5 comments:

Ashley and Eric said...

It is gorgeous!! I really love it!

JW said...

It's beautiful. I would like to see the inside.

McMurry Family said...

There are pictures of the inside on my etsy page. Click on the picture and it will get bigger

mpm said...

It reminds me of the tourist type handbags from Florida in the 1950s. These were the same size and overall shape but in straw and various bright colors.

I am still confused if you made the leather part too, or is is a covered bag you bought?

Need to send to Brad.

McMurry Family said...

I made the entire thing. . . it took forever! I'll send it to brad, what's his email?