So I've been posting about my SoYouThinkYou'reCrafty entries the week after they are in the competition - so today I should be posting a tutorial about the Miss Mandy Bag.
BUT, I am still working on making a pattern for it, so this won't be a tutorial post....but I still want to talk about the bag I love!!
Let me start with a story. I was at walmart and saw a lady with a bag that I loved from a distance. But I'm not one to talk to people I don't know, so I just admired it from afar. But then I kept thinking and thinking about it, trying to work myself up to talk to her - but I couldn't! So I went about my shopping. THEN, when checking out, the lady with the bag happen to be talking to someone I knew - perfect, my IN. So I went to say hi to the person I knew and somehow worked in a way to ask the lady if I could take a picture of her bag:
HERE: (I can't seem to grab the image from their site). So it was inspiration with the piping on the front - but even thought I like the looks of a flap, I knew I didn't want it because I love to just drop things right into my bags. So I came up with the features I wanted and got to work.
First up, picking fabric - this might have been the hardest part - I can never decide!! I had it narrowed down to these three and finally ended up with the one on the left. When I first got all the Amy Butler Soul Blossoms as a 1/2 yard bundle, I thought this particular one was SUPER ugly - like "when am I ever going to use that?!?". But it's grown on me because now I love it. Funny how fabric taste changes....
Speaking of the fabric, I was actually on top of things and remembered to line up the pattern - so professional. See the bag of my bag, all aligned and centered perfectly:
So to brag, I think I really did a good job with my sewing. I thought "wow, I can actually sew!!" - my most favorite part is the detail on the front made with piping -
Pattern to come, hopefully soon......