Hey, all. I've had a busy weekend-I finally got around to finishing a new purse for me, and a wallet. Overall I'm pleased with both, but I could stand some concrit--and advice--especially on the wallet.
First up-Lots of Pockets. I saw a few of them here and thought they were cute. This was my mockup, and I'm glad I made it-it's too small for my taste. The shell is white corduroy from my stash; the lining is actually a former valance, also from my stash. No interfacing, and as you can see, the snap is misaligned so the tab is crooked.
But I liked it, so I made another. This one I expanded 3" in both directions. The black corduroy shell came from my stash; the lilies from Hancock's. I like lilies.
I used fusible fleece for interfacing, which worked really well, I thought. The only hitch is that one set of darts on the bottom don't line up. You'd have to turn it upside down to see it though, and if you do that I'm likely to take it back and whack you with it.
A neat detail is the cords on the tab go horizontally, while the body goes vertically. Completely unintentional on my part.
Then there's the wallet.
I used this tutorial (http://elily00.wordpress.com/tutorials/wallet/
). I didn't have any problem following it, but I should have made a mockup of this too, with something simple like denim. What a PITA. I have no idea what the outer shell is; I got it Walmart and at the time, thought it was some sort of microfiber. It wasn't vinyl like I'm familiar with, that's for sure, but it was a pain to work with whatever it was.
This is where I could stand some advice. I didn't topstitch around it, and here's why:
See that pucker on the left edge? I sewed along the spine of the wallet and got that. I had the same problem in the basting stage; whatever the outer fabric was stuck to the presser foot. How do I prevent that? I'm afraid that if I topstitch around the edge, it'll end up puckered everywhere. I'd like to learn how to handle it-I've still got enough left for a simple ID holder.
All in all, not a bad first try. I learned a lot, it doesn't look too horrible, and I'll probably make another one.
edited because I can't spell today!