I have two more projects to show you from Christmas sewing, but before I do I'd like to say thank you to every one who chimed in on the previous post with advice about how to get my bulky seams to lie flat in my Butterick skirt. I think I may need to add a clapper to my sewing tools. It was great to read about some other alternatives too, because I don't currently have one. I also wanted to address Janine's question: "Do you need to wear cooler weather clothing in Hawaii much as I got the impression that the temperatures were always well perfect - not too hot or cold." I don't have to wear cooler weather clothing that often. However, because I live upcountry, the temperatures are cooler in the morning and evening, and I do have to wear a long sleeve shirt or pants until the sun warms things up. The outfit I showed you would be one I might wear to church or to a building where there is air-conditioning. Living here for the past six years, with no air-conditioning, has made me less tolerant to slightly cooler temps. Ha ha, I've become a cold weather wimp!
Okay, back to the latest project. These bags are made from a pattern called The Essential Bag by the Country Quilter. I think I mentioned this pattern back in March or April of last year. I love it because: it whips up quickly, you can use all kinds of fabric for it, and the bag is useful for many things. I decided to fill my bags with stationary supplies. I was thinking the bag could be a nice wall decoration in a home office, and the recipient would know right where a pretty pen and cards are. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the one bag I gave away, but I made these two to have on hand for future gifts.
|Hand-stitched sparkly red beads along the flap edge.|
Andrea made. I will be ordering that pattern and using some of the new fabric that arrives to make one or two of them.
Finally, I thought I would try to post occasional pictures showing how I wear the clothes I've made throughout the next year. Some items I don't end up keeping very long, but there are some that I go to time and time again. Here is an example of what I wore yesterday. I love this knit top. It is such a great layering piece. I definitely want another one this year. It is blogged about here and the pants here.