So many diversions. Twitter - you have a lot to answer for!
Here we are anyway...... let me introduce my ever-popular "Sophie" bag in her new Winter guise. This version is in a beautifully soft 100% wool plaid in a bright zingy cerise/forest green/deep grey combo. I fell in love with the fabric as soon as I saw it. Didn't love the price quite so much - by golly, but wool is expensive! Couldn't resist it though, I'm a sucker for cerise, and the funky plaid was calling my name. Didn't realise until I started flicking through some magazines that plaid seems to be "in" this season - I'm not a follower of fashion at all. (more a follower of anything I can fit into).
I've lined the bag with cerise corduroy, and there's a big room pocket inside. I've gone across the edge of the tuck line with a feature ribbed ribbon all the way around for a touch of brightness, and used the same in the centre of the fob. The bag is interlined with 4 layers of fleece. This gives the bag a lovely puffy appearance, whilst being lightweight and ensuring it keeps it's form well. In the photo there is nothing in the bag, and yet it still hangs beautifully.
The handles are strong and sturdy, and very comfortable to hold. The length is just right to wear over a shoulder, or drape across a bent arm. It's also not too long that I can't walk along without worrying about it trailing on the ground.
And at some point, I WILL get the pattern down in PDF form for download!
I will always be pleased to make up this bag as a custom order - in any colourway whatsoever. It works equally well in quilting cottons, upholstery fabrics, or in this case suit-grade dressmaking fabric. I simply adjust the weight of the interlining to suit, and ensure the bag has sufficient substance to hang properly.
Did you notice the mitts I'm wearing?
Shame on you, it's only taken me two years to finish them! (admittedly I found them in the bottom of my work-basket half-finished - which is very much the story of my life). Let's take a closer peek;
I think I'll finish today's post by including a couple of recent photos.
So there we are for today. My latest make, and the latest me.