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131  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage-inspired: 1950s Tapestry Bow Bag with Straight Handle on: May 05, 2008 04:20:19 PM
Hello again everyone!  In a previous post,  I mentioned about a book on making vintage bags.  I just finished making one of the featured bags in that book.  According to the author, this style is from the 1950s, when bow trims were typical.

The front



Bamboo handle and bow trim



Back zipper opening



Quilted lining



Finished bag size is 13" (from handle down)  x 14" (widest width) x 3" (bottom gusset).  The bag is very roomy and super sturdy as I had interfaced the tapestry fabric and the inside in quilted.  I really like the fact that the bag opens from the back -  I find this quite unique.  The buttons were supposed to be wooden to match the handle but I had to make do with plastic ones that looked like wood.

I plan to make more vintage style bags so please watch out for them!  Comments much appreciated!  Wink
132  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: May 01, 2008 05:59:51 AM
If you get your hands on the plastic later for the bottom, you can always cover it and then just stick it on the bottom with velcro (or nothing, it'll be weighed down with whatever you put in). The bag is just lovely!! I love the colors of the tapestry, and the shape is one of my favorites Cheesy Great job all around

Hey, thanks for the tip!  I'll keep that in mind.  Kiss
133  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: April 29, 2008 05:54:57 PM
Oo what's that book called, if you don't mind me asking. I'd love to look for one on Ebay Cheesy

The book's title is "Making Vintage Bags (20 original sewing patterns for vintage bags and purses)" by Emma Brennan.  It's a relatively new book (first published in 2005).  I found it in our local library. 

The featured bags in the book are fantastic and the instructions are very clear.  Good luck finding it!  Wink
134  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: April 29, 2008 03:02:10 AM
Your wonderful comments are much appreciated!   Kiss

I recently came across a book on making vintage bags and am now in the process of preparing materials so I can try out some of the beautiful patterns.  Can't wait to share them with all of you!
135  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: April 27, 2008 02:50:34 PM
wow, if I saw this bag in a store I would probably spend a lot of money for it... I totally envy your sewing skills!

I don't consider myself skilled at all. I'm sure you can sew a bag like this yourself!  Roll Eyes
136  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: April 26, 2008 08:01:39 PM
Beautiful bag!
Did you used fusible interfacing? I haven't had much luck with it. Is there a certain brand you use?


I use fusible interfacing in my bags, but am not particular as to the brand.  I find that machine-basting the outer edges help a lot as sometimes the interfacing does not stick well around that area.

Maybe somebody else can recommend a good brand?
137  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: April 26, 2008 05:04:01 AM
Your title caught my eye - I love Mary Poppins! 

I also love your bag, I love that fabric, it reminds me of the 1930s I think.  It looks like it's beautifully put together.  I don't know what kind of sewing machine you have but I've never dared sew anything quite so heavyweight with mine - did you have any problems with that?

I have a small, ordinary Singer sewing machine.  I simply changed the needle to one that is appropriate for heavyweight fabrics. 
138  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Remembering Mary Poppins....my Old-fashioned Overnighter on: April 26, 2008 01:09:17 AM
I've been working on an overnight bag the past few days.  My son's first impression of the bag was that it looked 'old'.  Well, that's exactly the look I was after...old-fashioned...vintage...

Here it is in different views.  I edited the photos to give it an antique feel.  Wink 









Doesn't that kind of remind you of Mary Poppins' carpet bag?  I used upholstery tapestry fabric.  First time I worked on a heavyweight fabric.  It was quite hard sewing all the layers, especially slip stitching the lining to the main bag.  But the important thing is that I've done it!  Roll Eyes

Finished bag size is 10"x18"x6".  This bag is similar to logsio's funky travel bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0) but it is just a bit smaller and the shape is different.  The process of making it is basically the same.  I interfaced both outer fabric and lining so the bag is quite stiff.  However, I wish I had template plastic to line the bottom.  Well, next time....

Lastly, here is the bag in full colour.



Would appreciate comments!
139  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Wonderful Japanese Fabric! on: April 23, 2008 05:15:09 AM
Found a wonderful japanese fabric over at Lincraft and immediately envisioned it as a bag.  This is what I came up with:

The front



Straps extended



Ric-rac and yoyo detail



The inside



Finished size is about 8 1/2"(along the top) by 11 1/2" (widest portion) by 3"(bottom depth).  Quite roomy.

This bag is very similar to the previous bags I recently posted here except for a bit of variation in the shape and front detail.  I see this kind of bag all over the net and they are quite expensive.  It is actually pretty easy to make and will save you a lot if you just make one for yourself.  Roll Eyes

140  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Mum's Beef Pot Roast on: April 22, 2008 05:31:09 PM
So, exuse me if  I'm being dense, but, do you actually boil the pot roast on the stove?  I've never seen it done that way

Yes, you got that right! Just simmer beef until its tender.
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