Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Lola Goes Shoppin'
Here is my finished Lola Goes Shoppin' bag (pattern from Izzy and Ivy designs) inspired by a bag from Ness. I mentioned the inspiration back in this post.
I used some very thin plaid shirting from Fabric.com for the outside and Michael Miller's pennant fabric from the Mini Mikes line for the interior. The scarf around the bag is purchased. I wished when I received the shirting fabric in the mail that it wasn't so thin. This is the very reason I don't buy much but quilting cottons through the mail. I used two layers of sew-in interfacing to bolster it a bit, but another layer of interfacing or some decor weight fabric between the layers wouldn't have hurt.
The construction was straightforward until I got to the bias binding around the curves. I couldn't, for the life of me, get the bias tape to curve around without making the fabric curl. I don't know what I missed in the instructions, but I ended up squaring off the corners on the straps and completely cutting off the binding covered by the tabs that hold the rings to the purse.
Even though the step I thought would be quick and painless was the most frustrating, I'm glad to have a special bag for winter. It's unlike anything else I own and pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.