Sunday, September 8, 2013
Case in point: my go-to bag up until yesterday was one of those re-usable bags that indie stores print their store names on and give away when you spend a certain amount. I'm pretty sure I acquired it a few jean purchases ago, and since I only buy new jeans once every two years, that gives you an idea of how old this thing was. I had actually turned it inside out so the visible side was an increasingly faded black, with one of the poorly stitched side seams split halfway to the bottom. It was truly in a sad and barely serviceable state.
But we all need something to haul our crap around in, right? So I picked up some cream-coloured canvas, brought some black twill out of the stash, and went to work with a Salme tote bag pattern (which has disappeared from their site since I downloaded it sometime ago??). I was initially just going to cut out the fabric and sew it the following day, but it came together so quickly that I just went for it. Clearly there aren't a lot of bells and whistles: it's a bag. With some colour-blocking. And a handy inside pocket for my cell phone. But this is what it means to make your own wardrobe: it's not all cute tops and fun fabric. It's also the plain everyday stuff, and to be fair, I'm quite excited to have a bag that won't dump my lunch all over the bus every time we hit a sharp turn. Yay!
So I haven't done a sewing post in a bit, and to be honest, I was planning on something a little more exciting than this...but rest assured, it's only a matter of time. I went a little coat crazy during the last couple of weeks, so once a few finishing touches are applied, there will be some pretty exciting things happening up in Quixotic town! Also, unrelated to anything sewing/knitting, there was some pretty fantastic drama during my first week back teaching. I'm talking thunderstorms and power outages, folks, and that was just on the first day! Nothing like trying to calm down twenty-two 5 and 6-year-olds in the dark while one of their classmates repeatedly yells "we are gonna DIE!". Good times :)