This bag reminds me of an old suit jacket with elbow patches. The fabric is a vintage hounds-tooth type polyester knit. I used a thick, microfiber type fabric for the bottom of the bag. Front of the bag
I am really proud of this one. I've been saving this vintage corduroy for quite some time, hoping my sewing skills would improve enough to dare cut into it. Finally the day has come. I didn't use a pattern or measure anything, I just saw it in my head and made it. I am thrilled with the outcome.
I had a lot of fun making this bag. I used some repurposed smurf bedsheets for the lining, a red polka dot cotton print that I had leftover from making xmas stockings and the outer fabric is a thick suit type material.
My friend had a lovely vintage bag and I liked it so much I made my own! It's not exactly like hers, but very close. I love that it saddles, I can throw it over an arm chair. Plenty of space inside. The back has two large deep pockets, perfect for phone, sunglasses and keys. The lining is a vintage bedsheet. The shell fabric is a yellow canvasy type material, thrifted.
This year, we love Curious George. I made everything but the yellow shirt and George. - The yellow pants were originally thrifted yellow scrub pants. Had plenty of leftover material to make the tie. - The hat is felt, I made my own pattern. - The belts are black cotton and yellow felt for the buckle. Mostly sewing with some hot glue here and there.
My mother in law has some precious items handed down to her from her grandmother and mother.
One is a piece of embroidered fabric, looks like a heavyweight muslin - it's been folded for a long time and has some pretty serious creases.
The other is a silk handkercheif that her father got in Tokyo in WW2 in 1948, with a portrait of him handpainted on it. As far as I know, it's never been washed. It too, has been stored folded for quite a while.
While showing me this stuff, I told her what little I knew about storing and caring for vintage fabrics. I noted the creases and said it's good to take that stuff out occasionally and refold a different way.
However, the creases are so severe, I told her it may be better to lay them out for a while to see if the creases ease up. I told her to make sure they weren't in sunlight and all that good stuff.
I'd really like to help her get the creases out of these items so they can be framed, that way they'll last a lot longer.
Any advice on getting the creases out of either item?
The embroidered muslin seems like it may be okay to hand wash with a very mild soap, although I'm not sure what kind. Then hand dried and gently pressed. Does that sound right?
I'm totally lost on the silk. For one, it's hand painted and I have no idea if the paint is water soluble. What a tragedy if she lost it. I'm not sure what heat would do to it, either. Not sure if ironing is a possibility, even at a low setting.
I'm moving in a couple months, so I didn't want to make a mess of the wall. I was also dying to get that big pile of stuff out of the trinket box (pictured) and somewhere I could actually see what I had. Hooray!