dinsdag 14 januari 2014

I hate winter. No, really.

I am never so happy that I can make my own clothing as when the weather becomes truly vile. Store-bought clothes just don't cut it. 

Clothing for women is designed to be pretty. It is made to be representative, to make you look like you fit in or make you stand out. It will help you draw attention to your assets, and hide that part of your body that you feel so bad about*. It is available in many wonderful colors. There is also a multitude of style options; one day you can look like a housewife from the fifties, the next day you're Miley Cyrus.  

However, one of the things storebought clothing CANNOT do, is keeping me warm. Seriously: shirts routinely end a little past my elbow, pants are unlined and sit way too low at  my waist. My bellybutton is not meant to withstand such drafty conditions! Let's not even talk about sweaters:  materials that would not keep you warm in summer, let alone winter and necklines so low that my bra is the only thing that keeps my bust from freezing off. 

Luckily, I know how to knit and sew. And I have no shame, so I WILL wear everything at the same time if I need to. As I did today. 

I haz ALL  the warmz......

vrijdag 27 december 2013

Cooperbag by colette patterns

Cooper bag by colette patterns. by snowwhiterosesred

Love at first sight, it still exists! This pattern fills a void in my life: it's a simple bag with enough interest to make the sewing fun. 

The pattern can be made up into a messengerbag, a bagpack or  a bike satchel. I made version 3., the bike-satchel.

I decided to paint the faux-leather with a spiral motive and add studs to them. I left off the rivets, because they competed with the studs.This was actually much less work then I anticipated. It wasn't hard, and I'll definitely consider doing it again.

The lining is a type of nylon, very strong, waterproof and with a rich color. Perfect for lining! I interfaced it with fleece and craftfoam to give the bag a little body.

The pattern does not have a zipper, which is a personal pet peeve of mine. I absolutely will not carry a bag that doesn't close safely and properly. I guess they omitted the zipper so that they did not have to label the pattern intermediary, but again, I think the pattern is for advanced beginners/intermediary sewists anyway. 

To protect my bike from all the hardware, I added two leather tubes to the back-straps. They slide over the clasps after you fasten them. Just make two tubes that are smaller at the top than at the bottom, and slide them over the straps before you attach the clasps.

Great pattern of bag of misery?
This bag is not difficult to construct, but it will be hard for a beginner to finish some parts of it nicely (straps, back).  I'd rate it intermediary for that reason. I feel some essentials were missing from the construction, like proper interfacing or the option to install a zipper. However, the bare bones of the bag are just as gorgeous as they look in the pictures. 

Two things to keep in mind:
1. if you use heavy fabrics you'd better have a great sewing machine, otherwise the final seams are all but impossible to do. Tip: Do not use your contrast fabric to line the front pockets! it will be much too thick. Use your lining fabric instead.

2. It uses some very specific hardware. Finding it might take some time.

All in all it's a nice bag with lots of space for you to add your own ideas. I love that I now have a bag that matches my bike!