The Better-Than-Basic Bag – Call for Testers!

#betterthanbasicbag - call for testers!

I am thrilled to announce that I am looking for testers for my latest pattern, The Better-Than-Basic Bag! If that photo isn't enough to tempt you, let me tell you some more... The Better-Than-Basic Bag is an oversize soft-structure flat-bottomed tote with a leather-accent exterior, and a zipper pocket dividing the interior. The instructions … [Read more...]

Road Tripper Duffle Bag

Road Tripper Duffle - pattern by Betz White, sewn by

I was one of Betz White's pattern testers for her Road Tripper Duffle Bag. It was fun being on the receiving end of a bag pattern again, especially for a designer of Betz' caliber. She has thoroughly impressed me with the clarity of her written directions, even in the "rough" edit that I worked with. Duncan was the muse for this project. He is … [Read more...]

The “Manly Poppins” – a DIY Camera Bag

DIY camera bag, foam in lining -

Do you sew for your man? I must admit that I don't very often. We planned this project so long ago, that I can't remember if he asked for a camera bag, or if I offered to make one. But at some point I did promised and then it took an embarrassingly long time to follow through. (Sorry, honey!) The goal was to start with my Mommy Poppins Bag … [Read more...]

Matching Bag Set

Mommy Poppins Bag and Wallet, designed by

I think I finally figured out why I love making bags so much. Bags have the pleasurable challenge of 3D design without the body image crap that always comes up when I sew clothes. Planning and executing is a sure stress reducer for me and pre-Sewing Summit jitters resulted in these two Sacks o' Happy - another Mommy Poppins Bag and a clutch wallet of my … [Read more...]

An (in)Finite Sweater

(in)Finity Sweater

Disclosure: As a contributing designer to the Sew Fab Sale, I received received copies of all the patterns, including the one mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Edit: the sale is now over.  One of the best parts of being part of the Sew Fab pattern bundle is that I got to get my mitts on some of the … [Read more...]

Self Drafted Maxi Skirts

Self-Drafted Maxi Skirts

It's been 3 months since I made my first of three self-drafted maxi skirts. Nothing was fitting, it was getting hot, maxi skirts seemed like a good solution. I was surprised by just how easy it was to draft my own pattern based on my body measurements. For serious! It turns out drafting an a-line skirt is just about one of the easiest things ever. … [Read more...]

Meg’s Mommy Poppins Bag

Meg's Mommy Poppins Bag - Pattern By

Here it is! The last bag tester bragging post! (At least for now. Please, send me pictures of your bags!) This one was Handmade by Meg K. Meg is one of those ridiculously talented Jack-Of-All-Crafts that I forced into being my sewing buddy after I saw her lovely wares sold at a local festival. (My email introduction went something like. "You sew … [Read more...]