The Range Backpack

I have been desperate to share this for some time, now my little sisters birthday has passed I can at last. The Range Backpack from Noodlehead. It’s the first complex bag I made on my own. I’ve created a few totes, shopping bags before but this one had so many more pattern pieces! I actually made a matching Carry All Bag from Crafty Sew & So but forgot to take a photo! To be perfectly honest I was thinking I would never make a bag again by the time I cut out and interfaced all the pieces. However, when I got to the sewing I was absolutely in love with the process.

The fabric was a mix of Ankara wax fabric from Dovetailed London and quilting cotton from Crafty Sew & So (i mention Crafty a lot in this post, full disclosure I do volunteer with those lovely ladies though none of what I’m writing is sponsored). Everything is interfaced! The waxed cotton with mid-weight fusible interfacing and the lining with light weight fusible interfacing. I decided to make things difficult for myself by adding Bosal In-R-Form single sided fusible foam to the contrast base and back panel. I’m glad I did because it gave the backpack a sturdy and professional feel, though I did break a needle and bend pins whilst sewing the two foam pieces together. Top-stitching was a delight for this project and truly makes the bag unique. Quilting the back panel with different colours was super fun. I recommend buying a couple of reels of high quality thread for top-stitching as you’ll be going through a fair few layers. Despite the time it took the bag was simple to put together with clear instructions. I assumed it would be difficult using the hardware but the directions took me through it step by step, the adjustable straps look so professional!

My sister was very happy with the result! I had just enough fabric to create a face mask, this is the 3D mask pattern, Crafty Sew & So have a pattern with written instructions and video tutorial by Marie of Stitch Odyssey. This is my favourite mask to make and wear, even better than the fitted one I mentioned in a previous post. the way the mask is designed ensures it stays put even when talking, yawning etc. Personally I add fusible interfacing to the main pieces as it give the mask a bit more structure and keeps the fabric from being pulled in by a sharp breath. the other benefit of this design is the small amount of fabric required, an excellent scrap buster and super quick make

I’ve a few more makes on the go, including more masks a pair of Flint culottes and Closet Core Pouf to make use of all those fabric scraps.

Thanks for reading folx, stay safe if you can

Dresses & Shorts & Slippers, Oh My!

A migrain struck once again. I am getting pretty sick of these. The weather has probably had big impact, muggy days followed by thunderstorms. There’s still an aura circling the corners of my eyes. The heat needs to break with another storm. Anyway enough of my complaining and onto the makes!

A full photo of my Cardamom Dress! It’s gorgeous and summery, the fit is mostly good, the only thing I will do differently next time is add a couple of inches to the bodice, as my waist falls a little lower than the pattern allows and lengthening it will also ensure there’s no pulling about the chest.

I originally brought the fabric to make a kielo dress, it’s still in the works but I had a desperate need for shorts this week. Happily there was enough left over to whip up a pair of Flint shorts. They are perfect for this weather and came together in only a couple of sewing sessions.

So I pattern tested these for Crafty Sew & So. Utterly incongruous with the weather but adorably never-the-less. I’ll be writing up a blog post for Crafty which should be coming out in about august alongside the kit.

I cannot go into much of what i am doing with this fabric as its going to be part of a present. however I couldn’t resist showing off this stunning Ankara Fabric from Dovetailed London. It’s a fabric shop across using the Shut up and Sew Vendor/Shop List its a collection of BIPOC and Allied sewing businesses curated by Jacinta Green aka @pinkmimosabyjacinta. If you’re interested I narrowed down the list to retailers in the UK, It’s in the menu above.

Thanks for reading, I wanted to add It’s important for us all to keep the momentum of Black Lives Matter going. Be it buying from Black businesses, signing petitions, writing to your MP, educating yourself or speaking with family we cannot let the world slip back to “normal”. For more Information on how you can help check out Black Lives Matters.

This is not a moment it’s the movement.

My Shot – Hamilton