Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Recycled Coffee Sack Turns Into A Tote Bag

Fabric: Burlap Coffee Bean Sacks
Lining: Malachite 2 Cotton Silk from Spoonflower - 2 yds $54

I don't know if you all remember but a while back I posted about some upcoming projects and this coffee tote bag was one of them that I finished just in time for my mom for mother's day. I'm proud of how this turned out, and my mom seemed to like it as well even though the second thing she said was 'I wish it had a pocket on the inside' which I sort of knew she was going to say. I should've just sewn in a pocket, but I was short on time, and burlap is frustrating as hell to work with. I quickly realized that after I constructed the outside shell of the tote sans lining when I was trimming my seams. I looked back to make sure everything was trimmed and instead the seam had come apart. I'm wondering if maybe a zig-zag stitch would have worked better? I have more construction pictures, finished pictures, and ideas for my next tote (I have enough fabric to make one more of these) after the page break.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Wardrobe Overhaul

Top Row From Left: 1, 2, 3, 4
       Bottom Row From Left: 1, 2, 3,

I've been thinking a lot more about my wardrobe, especially since I have been trying to plan what patterns to purchase in the upcoming months. At first I was just going to buy seasonal things, but I really decide to stop and think things out more especially after following Coletterie's Wardrobe Architect Series. The series really made me put a lot of thought into my style, styles I think I like but don't really work well on me, colors, and pieces I love wearing. More than that it really made me focus on what sorts of things I want to make in order to build up my wardrobe with pieces that will be well made and last for years. I don't really want buy trendy things or cheaply made things that I rarely wear, that don't fit well, or that I end up tossing out/giving away after a year or worse a few months. The above items are silhouette's of pieces I would like to have or add to my spring/summer wardrobe. Some of the things listed above are exact pieces I want to make and others are examples of types of things I want. Click the link below to keep reading about my color palette and patterns I'm planning on using to make some of the above outfits.