I finally made a bag using sushimifune's rocking tutorial from here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10189.0
I had a really neat textured fancy fabric, but the texture would be too much for a whole bag, so I paired it with a woven stripe.
I decided to line it with some pretty blue flower print from Jo Ann's.
Then I wanted piping on the pocket edges.
And I wanted Chinese knotted closures
I wanted fiddly detail, and LOTS OF IT.
I made mine without using the rings, since I didn't have any. The end result is reversible, which I didn't plan, but I like!
I did a lot of very careful cutting to keep the stripes straight, and the diamonds of the textured fabric all running at the same angle.
I made the piping for the pockets using some of the striped fabric, cut on the bias. My first go at the knotted closures gave me pretty knots, but they were too small. I reserved those for the pockets, and made the knots again, about twice as wide, and was happy.
I decided to call the bag "Biscotti" after my sweet girl rat with the beautiful beige fur, and in honour of Sushimifune's home country.
In the post following this one are scribbled out pictures showing how I divided Sushi's pattern to make a contrasted bag on one side and with piped slash pockets on the other. They're big pictures, so get a latte and a cookie while they load.
"I am Latias the tortiseshell sewing assistant cat, and I approve of this purse. Zzzz."
Biscotti, the brown texture and stripe side:
Biscotti, the blue print and piped pockets side:
Darwin the hairless rat, taking the purse for a ride:
The Chinese knot closures, made from the blue fabric, and the three
vintage buttons. Makes Biscotti look like a chemise, no?
Bisc's fabrics, and the decorative machine stitch I used to tame the seam allowance and add interest:
The pocket closures that used the first try at making Chinese knots:
The lining of the pocket, a lightweight vivid blue twill:
Thanks for looking! I hope Biscotti inspires other Craftsters.
Thanks to Sushimifune for her excellent tutorial.