yay! i finished the number one item from my selfish sewing top ten maybes, a new purse!
funny thing about the nora bag... this was the first pattern i drafted on my own ever, more than three years ago! (check out this way old post for some of the back-in-the-day versions. it's so funny to look back at old posts, isn't it?) the nora bag was originally drafted as a custom purse for my friend Terri, and i think that most of the women in her family ended up with one.
there is something about the geometric shape that has always appealed to me, and even though i haven't made one in ages, when it was time to make a new bag i thought i'd dust off the old pattern. (conveniently, i recently cleaned my crafty closet so i actually found it, no small miracle.)
this bag is completely reversible with a zippered pocket on each side (zipper pocket tutorial here). i also pieced my fabrics together to make a pleated pouch pocket for the exterior (you can find my tutorial for pouch pockets here). up until i added that pocket, i was loving the fabrics, loving the pattern, but just not loving the project overall. somehow that pocket just made me fall in love with the whole bag... don't you love it when it works out that way?
and how great are those fabrics? the solid is a lightweight denim i've been hoarding from a trip to fabric row in Philly. and the printed fabric... well, that is a handprinted print in gold on cream denim from Baker Street Fabrics, and i am so smitten with it!! you might remember that i used a print from Baker Street for these prefontaine shorts (that have been worn exactly never, so much for my excitement over Brenna choosing such awesome fabric).
*bonus alert* in honor of selfish sewing week, Sarah of Baker Street Fabrics is hosting a fab giveaway for two handprinted fat quarters!! just stop by her blog, Sew What Sherlock, to enter!
i'm partial to a bag with a cross-body strap, so i knew that i wanted to make these straps long enough for that. thanks to some lovely hardware from Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H, i was able to make the strap adjustable! now if i want to change it up and wear it over my shoulder, i can. and even if i don't decide to do that, i can adjust all i want for wearing with bulky winter coats that will be here before we know it.
you can check out the selection of hardware from Mrs. H right here. i feel like such things can be a real pain to find, so i'm always happy to know of a good source.
what have YOU been making?? here are some items that stood out in the selfish sewing flickr group:
clockwise from top left: Washi Dress by Verdant Bents, Sudadera de Gotas by Pandiellando, Tiered Skirt by thirtynine, Wiksten Tova by Sew Caroline.
Made with Moxie featured stitcher: Brianne from Ali Cat & Co.
imagine gnats featured stitcher: Jennet of Feathered Nest Studio
don't miss Jill's day three makes and features here, enter the pattern giveaway here, join the selfish sewing flickr group here, and use hashtag #selfishsewing on instagram and twitter.
*don't forget to enter the handprinted fabric giveaway from Baker Street Fabrics right here*
happy selfish stitching!