Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sewing Stylishly

The Summer 2012 issue of Sew Stylish magazine is about to hit newsstands, and when it does you can check out my "Quilted Convertible Bag" project and pattern to make yourself your new favorite summer accessory.  The project is a gorgeous chain strap shoulder bag that converts to a fold-over clutch, and it's made from quilted silk. 

Sew Stylish, Summer 2012
The example project uses a large scarf as the fabric, but the idea and design lends itself to all kinds of interesting variations.  I think it would be a great way to show off those special little tidbits and scraps you've had tucked away in your stash or scrap bin.  Pieced together for pattern-y awesomeness, quilted in a 1" grid to gild the lily and then perfectly detailed with shiny, blingy bits.  Yum.

For geekier palates, today's yum is another great canvas bag up for grabs at over at Etsy:
olive robot flap
I've got a few more of these still to list, both plain and embellished.  And as always, if you'd like something in a different combination of materials or with (or without) a particular embellishment feel free to give me a holler.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Post-Whirl Peek

Here's just a couple of new things I didn't get a chance to show you before the crazy weekend of Art-A-Whirl:
I am totally, utterly obsessed with this Dia de los Muertos themed stuff for summer.  Something about bright orange canvas with the pewter leather just screams sunshine and breezes:
Muertos Messenger

And more canvas-y awesomeness, my new fave for being lightweight, fantastically durable and great to work with.  It's pushing all my handbag buttons lately:
olive tiki messenger

I've also fallen hard for a couple of great new neutral color leathers.  I first created this tiered, pocket-laden bag in black with white stitching as a traveling and sightseeing bag for myself.  Subsequently dubbed the "Paris", I've been filling custom requests for it in various colors ever since, as it seems to be the perfect combination of chic yet adequately sized and functional.  At long last I got around to making a few for show stock, and I've got just this gorgeous tan one left after the weekend.  It's soft without being fragile and feels great in the hand:
Paris bag

The messengers pictured are up for grabs on Etsy.  The Paris bag possibly coming soon...

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