Dollie and Me

I apologize in advance if this is an incredibly short post.  I’m trying to type as much as I can in as little time as possible.  I have no idea how, but I hurt my back yesterday and walking, sitting, existing, has all been excruciating!!  So, I’m sharing my post and back to bed for me.  Boy am I glad I chose this week to do pattern reviews!

The Pattern

*Monday I showed you the pattern.  I just clicked over and kept receiving an error, so I shared a link from Craftsy.

I downloaded this pattern the day it was released, I fell in love with it right away!  This is the second pattern I’ve gotten from them, although the first was paid.  I haven’t attempted it yet, but now I will.  It just so happens that when I saw the June Dress, I knew they were M.F.E.O. (made for each other).  I picked the fabric and gave my youngest daughter the choice in vinyl colors.  Her options were; blue, white, tan or turquoise.  I was secretly hoping she’d choose blue, but she went with white.  I know how hard she is on her things too, so this choice is still questionable.

I set out to cut everything and realized my vinyl piece was not long enough to make the handle.  I ended up doing an improvised fabric handle at the last minute.  While I made some rookie mistakes, I am pleased with the overall outcome of the bag.  Many more of these are in my future (once I stop feeling lousy ) and I already have the fabric adorning my dining room table.  It’s all ready for me!

Making the Cut

This is always where it gets real for me.  I’m so attached to my fabric after buying it, I’m so afraid to make the first cut.  Once I do, there’s no turning back.  If I’ve measured wrong or had my fabric the wrong way, it’s all over!  <–DRAMA, drama, drama… I can’t seem to avoid the worry, even in the simple things.  But I managed to overcome my fear, and I cut into my fabric.  With this pattern, it will seem like you have far too many pieces for the end result.  I kept a printed picture of the finished bag for reference because I didn’t trust myself to find the right pieces.

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**Apologies again!  My camera and I weren’t BFF’s that day.  I couldn’t (or wasn’t patient enough to) get my lighting or settings right.  Knowing I’m still learning to use my DSLR, you’d think I would wait for the “magic hours” for pictures.  Patience, as you may know, is not my strength.

After ALL of my pieces were cut, it was time to tackle installing my very first magnetic snap!  I was terrified!  Imagine, being afraid of a tiny piece of metal 🙂  But, that was me.  Biting my nails, frantically searching Google (my new beau) and praying I wouldn’t blow it all right here.  So, I decided to be a little smart, and I ASKED!!  I went to the Facebook page of Swoon patterns and someone directed me here.  I could have kissed her!  And, I could have kicked myself.  So many abandoned projects because I just knew the snap would be anything but.

The end is…not the end

When I was winding down, those last few steps felt like they would never end.  I’d never done a bag like this before and you couldn’t convince me that it was going to be okay.  And my machine hates vinyl.  I have the teflon foot but the vinyl was still an issue.  This made me re-think the whols shabang.  Then, I turned it right side out (prematurely) and decided I’d keep going.  I had to sweet talk my machine in order to finish up.

Right when I thought I had the hang of it, my machine started skipping stitches!!  I wanted to just call it a night because anything that is wrong with this potentially evil machine, is just not something I’m capable of fixing.  Some quick searches revealed that it was likely me thread choice.  I have a terrible habit of using the same thread for every.single.project.  This will stop!  I made a trip to the store and bought some heavy duty thread.  My next bag should go much smoother.  I will also probably use an xacto knife to cut the tab so my edges are smooth.

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So, yes!  This pattern is definitely suitable for beginners (to any who have or will ask) and it’s an afternoon project (unless you’re me).  It will also yield professional results.  I plan on buying more patterns as my girls and I are bag fiends.  Being able to make our own makes it so much nicer.

Anyone else have the problem of sewing at a snail’s pace?  No matter how long they say a sewing project will take, it always seems to take me double the time, easily!  *sigh*  I still am learning to love sewing.  I know all of my posts lately have been sewing, but I promise to change it up soon.  I’m just trying to make myself get comfortable reading different patterns and using my machine.



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