Tuesday, March 31, 2009

False starts

After a little bit of a false start, I'm just going to post a new purse quickly. There was a bit of confusion about this over the weekend, so I ended up deleting my original post. But now that everything is cleared up, I wanted to show it off!

The purse features Japanese Floral fabric by Florence Broadhurst from Signature Prints. It is just the most stunning design, a gorgeous colour and so beautifully printed!

I really love how this turned out. To see/read more about it or if you'd like to be the proud new owner, go check it out in my Etsy store!

Funnily enough, when I logged on to write this post, I stumbled across a post on another blog about Florence Broadhurst too! Go check it out: More Ways To Waste Time.

PS. I have gained permission to use this fabric for commercial use. Thank you to those who contacted me previously about this issue.

PPS. I totally forgot - if you like this purse, I would love it if you would vote for it in the latest Etsy poll!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Please someone...

Take the temptation away!!

I made another InReverse bag last night and I really really want to keep it for myself! I'm hoping that someone will buy it quickly and take the temptation away...

Not much else to be said, so just some pics...

To save me from myself, please go here!

Oh and next up is one for the boys!

Sunday, March 29, 2009


A few weeks ago, I mentioned some new bag designs were on their way, including one ohhh so simple bag. Yesterday I started work on them and the first one is complete and ready to go to its new home!

It is the InReverse bag! And since I'm a bit sleepy (lazy?) on this Sunday, I'll just copy and paste from the description I already wrote: It's a cute little bag with one outer pocket that features two different prints. Unlike most reversible bags, you're not turning the whole bag inside out, just the pocket. Turn the pocket to one side and you are showing off one print. Turn it in the other way and you're showing off the other print! Like I said - simple!

The idea actually came about when I was making the bags for the Rainbow Comfort Packs for the bushfire kids. You'll note that it's very similar to the car one that I made then. When I was making that bag, I turned it inside out (as you do a thousand times when making a bag) and the pocket was inside out, but the bag still looked and worked perfectly. That happens all the time, but on most of my bags it doesn't work well. But for that style of bag it is perfect and seemed so logical to make the pocket look good on both sides so you could choose what you wanted it to look like on any given day.

I've been saving the last little piece of the Echino Bird fabric for months and months to make my own bag. There was just enough of it to make two InReverse bags, so this one is for sale and one day soon, I'll make my own! And it will have the cars on the other side too cause that's my second favourite!

Oh and if you love it, you can buy it here.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Regarding the post I just deleted

Thank you to the people who commented on the post I just deleted about the purse I made using fabric by a certain designer. I called the company who makes the fabric. They said it is ok to use for things I am selling, as long as I don't use the name of the company or the designer to market it. I hope that I understood correctly.

At this point I have taken the purse out of my store until I get further clarification as to whether I am allowed to sell it or not.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


My plan to make one thing a week that is not an order is coming along well at the moment. I've just finished another new bag! And it is another zippered bag! I've been wanting to make one like this for soooo long, but was a bit stuck on the zipper vs lining issue. Everything I could find said that lining had to be hand stitched into this type of bag. My Adorn work may give the impression that I like hand sewing, but that is not strictly true! Slip stitching is NOT my forte! So I turned to Nikki again. I knew she'd have the answer, and she did - in the form of her City Bag pattern.

Now I know my bag looks an awful lot like Nikki's, but I didn't actually use her pattern. I just used the instructions that came with it! The main difference with mine is that it has a completely separate panel for the base because I didn't want the seam to run through the middle of it. So the pattern is mine, and the techniques are very gratefully borrowed.

All in all I'm pretty happy with The Shipshape Bag!

What's up with the name you ask? Well, I usually find that naming the bags is harder than making them... So as usual, I wrote a list of the words I associate with this one, then hit up the thesaurus. One of the words on my list was tidy, and when I looked that up, I got shipshape. It also works with trim, which was another word that should have been on my list.

Ship"shape`\, a. Arranged in a manner befitting a ship; hence, trim; tidy; orderly.

If you like it, it is available to purchase here.

And, thank you Nikki!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I'm too tired to write much about this, but wanted to post my latest bag on here tonight. It has been quite a challenge to get this one done, and as a result, I nearly named it Plan E! It's the first I've made with a top zipper set in like this and I'm really happy with the outcome. And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the vintage fabric and will be just a little bit sad when it goes off to its new home.

Anyway, enough of my rambling - here is the Spring Zip Bag!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Why is it?

... That the best ideas come when I have a splitting headache and already too much work to do?

Most bags I make (with the major exception of the nappy bag which took months to perfect) work the first time. I've been really lucky like that. The one I just thought of will take some experimenting I believe. We're talking loops, circles (ie curves galore), pleats. But if it works, it will be very cool and I don't think I've seen one like it ever before. Except in a dress!

More will be revealed as soon as I get a chance. There are others too. One which is so ridiculously simple, I can't believe I didn't think of it before, or haven't seen it everywhere. It will probably come first.

But for now, my eyes are blurry and my head is throbbing, so I best stop looking at this screen cause as much as I like to deny it, it doesn't help!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Another something new

I've decided to make a concerted effort to make more new things for my shops. I think it is the best way to beat the monotony of custom orders which sees me making the same bag (or two bags) over and over. So below is a new one. As often happens, it is not exactly what it was going to be when I started, but it turned out pretty cool!

The print is Joel Dewberry - Orchid in Raspberry and it is teamed with a purple boucle for something a little different.