It has been a long time since I have done any selfish sewing. And I have only done selfish sewing once. It was way back in March of 2014 when I made myself this quilted jacket for my birthday - My Birthday Suit. Check it out if you are in the need of a good laugh.
Have you ever wanted to make yourself something - other than a quilt?
A top? A bag? A pair of cool shorts?
For a while now I have been looking into getting a new purse. When my old one wears out, I usually just grab one from the second hand shop. But last time I retired my second hand bag for a new one when I splurged at Pay Less shoe shop when they were having a sale. I liked the new purse a lot, but being made of "fake leather", it did not last long enough. Since then I am back to using my old second hand handbag.
Before my daughter Erin got her driver's license I used to take her shopping in nearby Kitcher at the two malls they have. But I never shop for myself there. However, I did recently mention I needed a new purse and told her I might want to check out a name brand bag from Coach. Erin thought their products were far too expensive and so I never did see what they had to offer.
But I really wanted to make my own handbag. I am really a quilter and not much of a sewist. But then again, in making the quilted jacket and also one for my mother, I enjoyed the new experience and finally decided that I was going to make my own new purse.
First the pattern. I purchased the Companion Carpet Bag pdf from Sewing Patterns by Mrs.H on Etsy. Wow! Am I sure I still want to do this?!!! The pattern is 24 pages long!
I told you all year that I am quilting from stash. But this gave me an excuse to purchase something new. So of course, being as I wanted to support my blog sponsors on the sidebar, I clicked and clicked until I found this and this at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory. And they were both ON SALE! Bonus!
I am not a purple person. But I can't resist the cuteness of these two pieces. And something else for the lining? Woodland Critters in White
Next I headed over to Emmaline Bags for the hardware. I purchased the Barrel Hinge and other do-dads I needed, but she did not have any handbag handles in stock. So back to Etsy in search of some genuine leather purse handles which I found at Purse Making Supply.
Okay. Is that it?
No. Looks like I need something sturdier than batting. Ordered up some Flex-Foam by Pelon. And now to wait... And, in the meantime? Read over that pattern - again and again.
Have any cool patterns for clothing or bags you want to let others know about?
Let me know in the comments if you have some experience in selfish sewing that you would like to share. Or if you are inspired to now plan some selfish sewing this summer.