Friday, 28 January 2011

The "Everything Wristlet" Experience - Part 3

Now , it is time to finish this lovely purse.
Here is a picture of the matched and pinned top folded edges of the exterior and the lining:
I only machine stitched the long front and back sides, because it is to difficult to make a nice , clean turn for the short sides, where the center pocket is attached.
The front was easy:
The back was more difficult . I took the stitches out at least 3 times, before I had a straight line where I wanted it.
I finished the side seams by hand, using an (almost) invisible stitch.
 As a finishing touch, I added a beautiful removable brooch.
Here is my stylish evening clutch:
This everything wristlet is worth the effort.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

The "Everything Wristlet" Experience - Part 2

The outer bag is finished.
Next, I inserted the zipper in the lining panel. My zipper is 25 cm long , so I cut my zipper end pieces wider then 10.2 cm. I centered and placed the zipper and end pieces like it is drawn in the book.
This is what you get after you folded the zipper and pieces over at the stitching:
Then you have to pin and stitch the folded edge of the 20.6 cm line, to the other halve of the zipper. This is a bit tricky , because  if you stitch through the back of the pocket, you have a nice zipper but a closed pocket.
Where the lining is attached to the end pieces ,I stitched through the back, stopping at the point where the zipper coils begin. Here is a picture from the back:
Then, with an open zipper, you can edge  stitch along the zipper coils.
This is the result:
Next time, I am going to make my pocket deeper

Now ,I moved on to the center pocket.
At first this was a bit of a struggle. A picture would have explained more than words.
My first problem was where to put the Peltex on the card pocket panel. The book says to place it down from one short edge, but I think it has to be the side where you pressed the crease. 
I measured 15.3 cm (not 14 cm) down from one short edge. The 14 cm long Peltex piece fits perfectly along the crease with a 1.3 cm seam.
Here is a picture at stage 8b:
Then I folded the panel along the  marked lines like it is suggested in the book.
I got this:
The short edges didn't match, so I went back and skipped the 36.2 cm marks.
Now I got a perfect fit; look:
I made a second pocket in exactly the same way and stitched both together along the bottom edge, using my getta grip clips, because the layers are to thick to pin .

Next step: to put the center pocket in between the lining.
This is clearly explained .
Here I have inserted the center pocket between the left side edges of the lining.
It is not easy to make the gusset and stitch a straight line. You cannot move the center pocket completely out of your way, rather bend it out of the way.
I did the same with the right side. At once you will see that the center pocket fits perfectly and is almost floating between the sides of the lining panel.
Have a look:
Now you are ready to bring the exterior and lining together.
To be continued

Sunday, 23 January 2011

The "Everything Wristlet" experience - Part One

I am a fan of the new Amy Butler book 'Style Stitches'
I already made myself the Cosmo Bag.
Now I went for the Everything Wristlet; the larger version.
I first made the exterior; this was easy. Follow the book step by step and it will work out fine.
I used fusible strong interfacing (Vilene S520)  instead of Peltex. It is much easier to handle. no fussing with keeping the Peltex in place while ironing the interfacing.
The edge stitching gives a special finish.

Also the flap is easy to make and attach to the main panel. 
I left out the handle.
The edge stitching gives the flap a beautiful finish.
Don't forget to attach the magnetic snap before you stitch the exterior and lining flaps together.
Next, I installed the zipper on the lining panel and made the card pockets.
To be continued...

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