Sew Paradise

More gifts!

Sailcloth duffel McCalls OOP

Just finished sewing a recycled sailcloth duffel for my brother (the sailor, from CA). I like how it came out and am going to work on the numbers for it shortly.

Silk brocade envelope clutch Vogue Pattern OOP

I also made a clutch for his girlfriend, but alas, it was that gorgeous silk brocade which is the hardest fabric to work with, and where I put the snaps in, it’s tearing. So I’ll have to remake it, only this time fuse interfacing to both the lining AND the outside first. Grrr. But it did only take an hour at least. And it’s gorgeous fabric.

I remade the purse, this time using two layers of interfacing, and interfacing over the purse snap prongs inside. It came out better than the prototype (which I kept for myself), so I think she’ll love it. I lined it in a coordinating japanese cotton. It’s the perfect size for a wallet, phone and lipstick.

More of the christmas sewing is here.

I was downstairs for a bit organizing and putting away patterns. At first it was like “oh the possibilities!” but then it deepened into “oh I’ll never sew all of this” kind of overwhelming sadness. But though that’s probably true, it really needs to be about the possibilities. Endless options no matter what the situation, no matter the event, no matter my lifestyle changes. There’s no one that says I have to sew them, only that they are there IF I want to sew them.

By paradise

I'm Ann. I've been sewing since I was 9. My first project was a denim wrap skirt. Thrifting is a way of life for me - both eco-chic and financially savvy.

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