Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Pocket Purse

It's done! I could have completed it yesterday but I stuck my nose in a book and couldn't seem to get it out. The book is finished though and so is the purse. I think my niece will be thrilled and Shelley Detton did a fabulous job putting together the pattern. Here's a look:
At this point I had not finished tacking down the ribbon on the interior top edge but you get a pretty good idea of the final product, as well as a look at how gorgeous my black-eyed susans are.
So take a moment to head over to Shelley's and have a look at her designs...they are far better then mine and she has the pattern to boot.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Pocket Purse in Marabella

I am still so excited to have been selected by Shelley Detton to be a pattern tester for her "Pocket Purse" design. I have been on pins and needles to start it all week but had a commitment from an aquaintance to do some sewing and thus could not start on it until yesterday. So when I wasn't getting things in order for the cub scout pack meeting we were doing last night I was getting a start on this cute purse. I had had the opportunity to go earlier in the week to select fabrics and chose Marabella by Amy Hamberlin of Katie Cupcake. I choose this fabric group for two reasons, the first being that I intend to kill to birds with one stone, so to speak, in doing this pattern test. Not only will I test the pattern but I will give the resulting purse to my niece for her 14th birthday this next Sunday. She loves purple and green so I thought this the perfect choice for her.
The second reason I chose this group of fabrics is again related to the colors. I purchased some purple and white ties for my boys for Easter this next year from Children's Place at the End of last Easter Season and had plans to do something in purple for the girls. Then a couple weeks ago this pattern popped up on the Moda Bake Shop and I knew right away that this is what I wanted to do. So I purchased what I hope is enough for not only the purse but for the skirts and appliqued tops for the girls as well.
I managed to construct the outside of the purse in between prepping for pack meeting and am loving how it is turning out. With any luck I will get the chance to finish it tomorrow and share my findings with Kelley. She has done a fabulous job and I can't wait to make a few more, perhaps as Christmas gifts.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Palest Aster

The beginnings of a gift that is from the September 1991 issue of Decorative Crochet.

Friday, August 20, 2010


to be selected, that is to be one of Shelley Detton's pattern testers for her "The Pocket Purse" design. My heart is racing with excitement. So the plan for tomorrow, go shopping and find some amazing fabric to construct this beauty...wish me luck.

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Miss Sarah was invited to a birthday party for a friend this week and so a gift was in order. Not wanting to have to run to town for something I decided to look at my meager stash to see what I might have on hand to make. Recalling that I had some pink and purple butterfly fabric I went through my patterns and came up with this pattern from Simplicity. Making a couple changes to view B and adding a bit of inspiration (apron) from Angel of Ta Da, Creations I put together this little outfit for the birthday girl. Sarah was thrilled with it and enjoyed the chance to model it before taking it to the party (is that bad etiquette for gift giving?).