My Mom was a master seamstress. When I got married she made all my bridesmaid gowns and made my entire trousseau, including my unmentionables.... I watched her sew and thought to myself, how much I would love to be able to myself. In Home Economic classes in Junior High and High School, I tried feverishly to sew myself, but it just didn't work. I remember the disappointment I felt. I was so hoping it was a heredity thing.
I tried making my son a pair of pajama's when he was a baby. I called Mom several times to find out what the instructions were saying? I couldn't even figure how to get the pj's on Trey when I was done. I never tried again.
Then I moved in next door to Barbara Clark. She creates Alter-Couture and can sew very well. According to Barbara, she said, " I just know you could sew great, if you would let me teach you, Trey was a baby a long time ago. " So, I decided to take her up on it and we went out and bought materials and a couple of patterns.
I learned to make sachet bags, cosmetic bags first. I thought that was quite easy. Then I moved on to dog pillow's. I was thrilled with the finished product.
In previous post's I have shown my handy work, and I am quite proud of myself for picking it up so easily this time.
Maturity does wonder for a person.
I had canvas bag's that I bought to paint on. Instead of painting I decided to stamp some circles and see what happened. After I stamped and spray painted circles, I wasn't happy with the color, I decided to try a little orange dye.
I was quite pleased with the finished product.
Last week I cut out some patterns for purse's and bag's. Yesterday, I set out to finish the hobo bag. I used the material from a vintage table cloth.
I am so very pleased with the outcome. And, it was rather easy! Ha! So Happy! I lined it with a very soft, sturdy cotton fabric. It also has a reinforced base, so when filled it will stand up instead of flopping over.
Last week Babara and I set out to design our own pattern for a purse. She does this all the time with her alter-couture clothes, and said she wanted to start training me how to do this. So, with Barbara's insight and experience, I set out to create my own "AllBeckysCreations" introductory purse.
I had a great deal of material left over after I made "George's pillow" ( refer to a previous post). So, I thought that summer was an excellent time to introduce the nautical design. It is a very durable fabric and completely lined with a sturdy cotton fabric. (Very soft too!) I used a small cord and button to secure the top. I had previously made a cosmetic pouch of the same material, (fully lined) and I used some piping around the seam. I decided to sell both as a package for $57.50 and if sold separately the purse is $50.00 and the cosmetic pouch is $15.00. As you can see, there are savings buying both together. Check out my Etsy shop at - http://AllBeckysCreations.etsy.com
As you can see, Saturday July 13th was a very productive day. And it was so much fun! I am so proud of myself, and so thankful for Barbara.