Monday, November 14, 2011

I'm Back!

Oh my gosh....
it has been forever since I have had a chance to post on this blog.
Farming (and especially the addition of 2 piglets)
has kept me exceptionally busy.
On rainy days, though, I do take the opportunity to catch up with a little sewing.

Here is what I have been up to these past few weeks.
A blog friend contacted me to see if I could make a particular type of purse for her.
It was called a Grace Kelly purse and was constructed on a purse frame.

Unable to locate the particular frame for her,
I thought I would at least try my hand at this type of purse.
So, I de-constructed an old bag that I never carry and used the frame from that bag
and some fabric that we bought this past October at a fabric rummage sale,
and constructed this new bag.

It is lined....

and trimmed with an antique doily and button...

Over the past few weeks, 
I have also had a chance to make a few more aprons.
These are made over my 1940's style pattern.
This time I shortened the length to make it more contemporary.

I made the bias binding in a coordinating fabric.

I love the detail of the back of this apron.
It fits all sizes as it is quite generous in width,
with very long ties.
The ties actually slide through slits in the back panel and then tie in front.

Another version of the same apron...

Made from the same fabric,
but different coordinating fabric.

Another bag that I made in the messenger style...

from an old feed sack...
lined in quilted fabric 

and trimmed with antique buttons.

I have so many other projects on the cutting table,
and oodles more to follow them.
If only I had a few elves to help me complete them!!


Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I love your color choices - very creative too. When do you have the time to "do it all?"

Anke said...

You've been so busy, and the results are beautiful! I love the aprons!

missy max said...

WOW...Love those aprons..great job on the purse...I'd love to be one of your elves...

kpaints said...

A few elves would take all of the fun. Love all the goodies, especially the old fashioned aprons. Lovely purses too.

Katmom said...

Oh My Word! the 'Grace Kelly' clutch turned out wonderful!
as for the 1940's apron, cute... but I am never surprised at your creativeness... You Rock!

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

My gosh are quite the busy woman! This purse is beautiful and so is the grain sack purse and the apron's below this post. You do such a wonderful job on your sewing projects and I can say that because I see it in the apron you made for me. Everything is BEAUTIFULLY made! I'm sure your blogging friend will be VERY happy with her purse. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Maura :)

CraveCute said...

Love the aprons, really cute!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Love that bag! I never learned to sew but sure wish I had. Your aprons are lovely. Hope your day is great. Tammy

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