9/20/12

What's Up: Accessories

Hey!  I must say, I have been having the time of my life the past couple of weeks.  My little business is doing well and with Belly in kindergarten and Mooper in daycare two days a week, I can really crank out some work.  I feel much more even-keeled having work days again.  And I love being able to give my sole employee a paycheck every week now!  She really deserves it . . .

I've got tons to show so I thought I'd break it down into categories.  I had a small swirl of business in my Etsy shop, selling two of my upholstery swatch/scrap custom wallets and one pre-made wallet in the same week!  I think the wallet is improved with the zipper closure and I'm excited that I got to have some practice with the new design.  It definitely helps to get into a rhythm when handstitching the zippers in place.







These wallets really bring out the obsessive side of my personality.  I could play around with the placement of the internal fabric pieces for hours!

Jill, of Custom Cookies by Jill, ordered a handbag a few months ago and I only just cleared out the orders in front of her to get it made.  It's based on the bag pattern in the BurdaStyle book, with some (I think) improvements: shorter leather straps/handles, thermolam fleece interfacing to give it more structure, a cell phone pocket and a zippered pocket.  I'm thinking about ways I can further play around with the design, because the bag is a great size for an everyday handbag.






And because I wanted to figure out the right combination of interfacing for the bag, I made one for myself to test it out.  The fabric I used on my bag is from one of my Economy Shop hauls, so it probably cost me about $1.50.  New fall budget bag for the boss!




And yes, that is a Hancock Fabric's sale pamphlet peeking out from under my wallet.  Got to be prepared.




4 comments:

  1. Haha! I keep the Hancock ad in my purse at all times, too. I love the shape of that bag.

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  2. Wow. I'm super impressed with the zipper application on the wallets! Did you hand sew the bias tape on, too? They look great!

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  3. @ Liza: I'm glad I'm not alone in this! You never know when you're going to need that 40% coupon . . .

    @Amy: Thank you, Amy! I sewed the bias tape on the machine (first the inside then the outside)as there's only so much handstitching I want to do on these. I've been trying to figure out a way to machine stitch the zipper but I can't think of a way where it will still look nice . . .

    @Candice - thank you, thank you!

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