A lovely online friend has asked me make a clippy purse for her. You know the kind, one with a nice metal frame… I’ve told her I haven’t made one before, but that I’ll have a go… As I’m a complete beginner at the art of the clippy purse I decided to buy a kit from U-Handbag for my first attempt, because I wasn’t really sure where to start… and I have discovered that me + glue = an awful sticky mess + panic attack. The sewing bit was fine, but as soon as tried to get the gluey fabric edges into the gluey frame, the cr*p hit the fan.. I just totally panicked and tried to shove the fabric in any old how, all the time worrying that the glue would dry…
It doesn’t look too bad from a distance – although it is a bit lop-sided.
I have been working on scraping the glue off, but just as I think I’ve found it all, some more appears…
So I am thinking about using a sew-in frame instead. As I am often am, I am really inspired by this gorgeous tutorial over at Annekata. I had my doubts about sewing in a frame, but this one is just so lovely, I can really see the potential. Meanwhile, if you have any good resources for this sort of clip frame purse building, then I would be really glad to have your suggestions!
In other news, I have finally finished my Tova, for my blog-name-twin Kerry’s sewalong. It was odd the way that Tova-fever suddenly broke out on the little bit of the web where I hang around. I was looking for summer shirt patterns and pinned this and this, and this… then just a few days later, Kerry announced her sewalong, and it felt like fate! So here is my lovely new shirt:
It’s by far the nicest thing I have every made for myself, and I owe a lot to Jenny Gordy who created this lovely design, and to Kerry, who has put together lots of brilliant additional info and tips for the nervous dresssmaker. But I’m also extremely pleased with my fabric choice, which is one of the beautiful organic handloom cottons available Ray Stitch. It was lovely to work with, and has created a beautiful, slightly sheer top, which will be wonderful as summer cover-up.
I’m off to London tomorrow for 24 hours of new baby greeting, partying with friends, and museum trips – will see you Sunday! Hope you all have equally lovely plans for the weekend.