Friday, June 24, 2011

Pintuck Bag Mini Project

I found this sweet little book on my front porch two days ago. It's made by the same woman involved with the Alabama Stitch project books. It's clearly written, with room for your own interpretations. It definitely has a Japanese touch to some of the designs, but mostly for the pretty simplicity. You can make most of the projects with items in your stash and scraps. So I tried the Pintuck Bag. I figured I could make a couple of them as gifts.... let's see if they pass muster.

So here's what I found in my stash. Some contrast Sulky thread, my pintuck foot and some almost go together cottons. Since this is an experiment, I didn't worry to much about making it perfectly perfect.

The pintucking foot at work. And it worked well. I'm happy, as I have dreams of making a fully pintucked shirt that I saw in a Katherine Hepburn flooring ad.... I think I'll be able to manage it....

The pattern is coming together. I misread the pleats as being randomly stuck down. Turns out I should have left them in one direction or another.... but I don't mind, you'll see, it doesn't really matter. I tucked in both directions, following quilting rules so that the fabric didn't warp.

And now the almost finished bag. I backstitched the seam allowances together in the bag corners so that they stay put. I will also put a pocket or two inside before I seal it all up. I'm just trying to figure out the handles... It's going to take a minute.

Front and back with a hint at the top showing inside lining.

I also fussed most of the day with my V1240 dress. I had sewed a few things backwards and inside out, and spent most of the fussing unpicking..... but it's an hour from being finished.... tomorrow.