Monday, October 5, 2015

Buon Viaggio

September was a crazy month of home repairs and random sewing. I completed two bags in anticipation of our upcoming holiday. While we are gone, Mr. Romance will celebrate a big birthday. Let's just say it starts with MEDI and ends with CARE! We will be traveling with my high school bestie {who also has a birthday while we are on holiday} and her husband. I made two bags; one for me and one for Debi.

The first bag I made during a sew day with my friend, MaryAnn. We met on Instagram and finally managed to schedule a sewing day a few weeks ago. I pulled some Cotton & Steel fabrics and added some Robert Kaufman double cloth to make a 241 Tote for Debi. MaryAnn contributed the jacks print which was sadly missing from my stash.
I fused Thermolam to the outside fabric to make it more substantial and to help it hold it's shape, then quilted the navy linen print with some straight lines in a crossing pattern. It gave it great texture. I also fused a lightweight interfacing to the lining to help keep the bag from collapsing.
241 tote

I made the strap a little longer and a little wider and also padded it with the Thermolam to make it sit comfortably on the shoulder.

One of V & Company's first prints makes a good lining. At first I was worried that the white lining might have been a wrong choice, but then MaryAnn reminded me that the lighter color helps to be able to see what's inside the bag. An added zipper pocket for securing a passport or money will help while we are traveling.

So here is Debi's bag. I'd like to keep it for myself!
241 tote

For my bag, I wanted a more boxy looking cross-body bag. I just started sewing and this is what I came up with. The bag measures 12"x12"x2" . The outside is Cotton & Steel linen with three additional C&S prints for the lining to all the zipper pockets and the interior of the bag.

cross body bag

This bag has four zippers, three on the outside and one on the inside. Once I get it all filled I know I will need to open every zipper looking for where I put things. Do you do that, too?
Oh and that jacks print...I liked it so much I ordered it in both colorways and used it for the lining in my bag.

To make the print line up at the side seam, I sewed two "phantom seams" on the back to mimic the seams where the zippers are installed on the front of the bag. The exterior fabric is fused to Thermolam before construction to give it added body.

The strap measures 3" and has a double layer of Thermolam for extra comfort on my shoulder. There's also an inset zipper across the top.

I think I'm ready for our holiday now.
I'll also be taking a few of my new favorite fitting t-shirts from Amora Lovely Threads Shop.
cross body bag



Unknown said...

Love these Di. Great prints! And love all the zips on yours :)

mascanlon said...

So made me went off and bought fabric! You really are the zipper queen I think. I used to do quite nicely with garments so some day I will try a pouch or bag.

Debbie said...

Lovely bags! Have a great trip - can't wait to see photos!