Edith Evans from the 1952 movie, The Importance of Being Earnest
Yes, yes, a handbag!
Even though it was my first full day home since my trip to South Carolina and I've lots to unpack and the housework to tackle, I promised myself the indulgence an afternoon of sewing. Not only did I embark on a handbag, but I cut out and ironed on the fusible-fleece parts of three purses. One of them I nearly finished, too, but I discovered I'd run out of Gutermann's glue for the frame. But at least the sewing bit is done, and I had a delightful time working on it. Here's what it looks like so far:
I've had this wonderful lace-overlay cotton fabric remnant stashed away for a few years now, just waiting for a worthy project. It sings "springtime", doesn't it?
Now you simply must see the lining!
I chose a lively bit of green gingham to continue to spring theme, and this time (unlike my most recent purse lining experiment) I got the gathered lining pocket attached to my complete satisfaction, and then trimmed it with rick-rack. (Oh, frabjous day! Callooh, Callay! she chorted in her joy.)
In order to combat frustration, I sewed the lining before tackling the exterior of the bag to keep me from getting too hurried. This tactic worked admirably, and I actually found myself enjoying making the lining instead of finding it tedious, as I usually do.
I can hardly wait to get back to sewing again tomorrow. More handbags, yes--but something in a completely different vein, especially for cat-lovers this time.
Do pop back in for a look!