Thursday, 15 April 2010

creative spaces - pleats and ferns

 Finally, finally, finally I have something to show for my creativeness this week. Photographic evidence!
These past two days I've been slowly pottering in my sewing space. It's still a bit smelly down there, from the flooding and moldy carpet. {Massive flooding a while ago in our downstairs room - most of Sam's extensive magazine collection was ruined, and the walls grew some interesting looking mold}. But with the curtains and windows wide open today, and the sunlight trying to peak in it was quite lovely down there. 

My sister picked Ari up from school, which meant I have a few extra hours. {Thank you!}. Lucky, this bag took much longer than anticipated. That's what happens when you design as you sew.... and you change your mind quite a few times.

But I'm almost very totally happy with this. A few tweaks and it will be quite exactly as I wanted. As it is now, it's a bit bigger than I planned. That's the problem with wanting to use up all of the fabric, and not make scraps - I always use the extra 3 - 4 cm, which really does all add up. Next time the bag will be the same size as the drawing and planning and calico mock-up.

Green screen printed ferns on black hemp / organic cotton, lined in orange silk that's been sitting waiting in my stash for oh so-so-so-so many years. Hmmmmm. This sure is one lovely bag that I am going to enjoy using. 
I'll be back in the sewing room later this week, sewing up some variations for my market stall on 30th.

Visit more Creative Spaces over here.  I am sure you will probably find many moments of inspiration.

PS - please come back tomorrow, cause I need your help with a little something.....


  1. it's stunning! love the print and colours and shape ~ perfect :)

  2. ooh, the orange lining would be a lovely surprise when you peeked inside, gorgeous

  3. Looks great. That orange will not only look good but also make it easier to find stuff inside.

  4. wow! that is one beautiful bag and how clever are you to have made it up as you go along. i love everything about it, the screen printing and i think the pleats make it just right :)

  5. The bag looks wonderful. Designing as you go obviously agrees with you.

  6. looks great!
    love the colour combinations and gorgeous print.

  7. Very pretty bag!

  8. The print is gorgeous, and it my opoinion that a big bag is a good bag. I like your manifesto. It rings true to me. xxNick


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