Fabric

Pepto Flower Bag

Still not in garment sewing mode here. I have a few projects that are partly done but I’m just not feeling their next steps. Lately when I’ve been going in my sewing room, it’s whatever seems like the best thing to work on. So what was the best thing to work on today? A rather large clutch/crossbody bag.

I’ve made bags in the past but usually without a pattern. It’s kind of a crazy free for all. What do I need in the bag? Lots of pockets? Do I need to carry my whole life in it? Do I want it large or small? These and so many more thoughts go into my bag making. Well LBG Studio just made it a lot easier for me. They have the Lexie Foldover Bag pattern. It can be a clutch or crossbody bag. Do you want it large or small? Well they have that option. Do you want extra pockets? Zipper pockets? Accents? A whole butt load of pockets? YUP! They have all those options in this one pattern. It’s really unbelievable!

When I sat down to determine what I wanted for my bag, I decided I wanted it all because why not? I chose:

    Large Size
    Front Accent
    Front Pocket
    Front Welt Zipper Pocket
    Internal Pockets

It’s really crazy how many options you can have with this bag and I have to say the instructions are awesome at illustrating them all. Also, I’m horrible at reading instructions. I just don’t. I figure I know what order things should go in since I’ve been sewing for so long and that is so not the right thing to do with this. I started by sewing pieces together that shouldn’t be so I had to rip them apart and that was all I needed to realize that I don’t have a damn idea of what I’m doing. Even after this realization I kept trying to skim the instructions (I don’t like instructions) and kept getting lost and confused. Every time that happened and I actually read the instructions it quickly got me back on track.

Let’s take a closer look at the bag!

Here’s two pockets in one shot. The welt, zipper pocket that always seems so intimidating but never as bad as it seems. The other is a deep front pocket that you can see the majority of my hand going into. It goes to the bottom of the bag. This bag is serious when it comes to pockets.

I couldn’t get a good shot of the inside pockets. Probably doesn’t help that I have a bunch of stuff in the bag. I started using it right away! On the left side of this pic, there’s a set of two pockets. They’re made from one panel of fabric so the pockets are side by side. Good for small stuff like a mirror, chapsticks, three lip glosses and other random things that usually run rouge in your bag.

I did choose the adjustable option for the strap. I got this little slider for $.25 at a local fabric store. I’m happy I chose that option because I change the purse from a crossbody to a shoulder bag. It’s nice to be able to have a choice.

You can see on Gert that when I open the whole bag up it’s really tall. I can fit a bunch of stuff over and fold the top over. It doesn’t have to necessarily make it down to that magnetic snap. Everything in the bag is secure though. You have the zippered top so no worries of anything falling out!

This pattern is truly amazing! The options alone are worth the buy. I’m already planning on making this bag again in denim. I have a lot of leftover bits here and there and I think it would be super awesome and versatile.

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Tumbling Keyboard Cover

It’s time for me to try something new! It’s good to expand the sewing horizons right? I have this fascination with Mister Domestic. He’s primarily a quilter and a makes some amazing things. I love to watch his weaving videos. He does beautiful quilts that are made from woven strips of fabric. I’ve been wanting to give it a go and on a small scale is totally the way for me to try it. I wanted a keyboard cover for my Logitech keyboard that I use with my iPad.

Lots of prep goes into this fabric weaving. You need to cut a ton of strips of fabric. I cut mine at 1 1/2″ wide and there’s no need to cut it on the bias so that makes it a bit easier to cut. I cut three different fabrics for mine. I’m sure you don’t need to but if you want the block look, you’ll want three. Even though you’re not cutting the fabric on the bias, you’ll want to finish them like they are bias tape. I didn’t use a bias tape maker to iron them out. I took the edges and pressed them towards the middle. I wasn’t too worried about them being perfect.

I spent a lot of time staring at the videos that Mister Domestic made of this block pattern to figure out when is the next over or under. There’s a certain pattern to the whole thing: two under, one over or is it the other way? I’m not 100% sure now. Needless to say, his videos are the best and can teach any bonehead (me) how to weave fabric.

Mister Domestic uses some sort of board to pin his strips to. I’m not that spiffy and instead I used the foam interfacing that I had for the keyboard cover. It worked rather well. It holds the pins tight and you need the iron on interfacing to press the strips onto. It’s what holds it all together.

I was so proud of how well the large piece came out that I made another little one with the scraps that I had. So cute! I decided to use it as a pocket on the front. Do I need a pocket on the front? Nope! It’s too adorable not to use plus it gives it a bit of pizzaz to an otherwise boring front.

There’s a flap on the top to keep the keyboard inside the cover but it’s not really necessary because that sucker is in there tight. I added a bit of Velcro to keep the flap down.

And there you have it! That’s my first little toe into the world of fabric weaving. Damn proud!

Repeating Pattern

My sewing life has been on repeat lately. Multiple pairs of Thurlow shorts have been made over the summer. I’m currently working on my third pair of Jamie Jeans. But I don’t think there’s been another pattern that has me smitten as fast as the one in this post. What pattern is that you ask? Well if you’ve been following my blog you might think it’s Butterick 5526. I have been turning out quite a few of those. In actuality, it’s the Sorbetto pattern by Colette.

342 days ago I made my first Sorbetto. I’ve now completed my sixth. That’s the same pattern six times in less than a year. I think I may be obsessed. Take a look below at all my versions.

1 Nerdy Sorbetto, 2 Blackout Sorbetto, 3 Pillowcase Sorbetto, 4 To Be or Not To Be Sorbetto, 5 10th Anniversary Sorbetto, 6 Repeating Pattern Sorbetto

How come I love this pattern so much? It’s fast, easy, comfortable and I don’t have to make it the same way twice. Let’s talk about number 6 shall we?

This one started with “$2 for 1 yard of colorful fabric? Yes please!” I picked up 1 whole yard of fabric from Hobby Lobby in the clearance, end of bolt section. I knew immediately what to make with my tiny scrap of fabric. However, I did want to make this one different from my previous ones. I wanted to add a couple pleats to the neck line. It would make the top more airy and add a bit of visual interest.

I cut out the back bit first. Then I started on the front. Crap! The fabric isn’t wide enough to account for extra fabric for pleats. That idea went out the window. Oh well, a regular Sorbetto still makes me happy. When I say regular that means all my typical adjustments. Scooped hem, 1″ removed from the center top and then grade down from the narrower top to the bottom. Think a-line skirt.


I did have enough fabric leftover to make my own bias tape. Since the fabric is so colorful I figured making bias tape from the same fabric would be best. I haven’t had the bias tape show since my first Sorbetto so why not on this top?


The bust dart really hides well in this busy fabric. You can see the bias tape in this shot too. It doesn’t hide but I think it blends really well. How can the colors not make you happy? I think I was in major need of something colorful! I’ve been so stuck making black or grey because they go with everything.


Check out those creases. Lookin’ good! I’m sure it’s from sitting in my chair at work. But look no bra straps! Possibly another reason to like this shirt. No criss cross bra. No strapless bra. Good old regular bra friendly.


Oh by the way, did I mention this is my 6th one and I’m super stoked? Love me some Sorbettos! Is there a pattern that you love as much as I love this one?