I recently won some crazy cute Japanese Kawaii fabrics from Kats recent giveaway. They are perfect for little girls- (and maybe big girls too). I started with a gift for my baby niece who I meet for the first time this week!
I have been wanting to make this pattern from Jenny Ryan's Sew Darn Cute for ages and the Japanese fabrics were perfect for this project. Add a bit of linen and out comes a rabbit/bear cuddly. The eyes and the buttons are all made felted wool and I used Sashiko threads to stitch them on I just know the ears and paws are perfect for a baby to chew. Next Lula's turn, a gathered clutch using Anna from Noodlehead's tute. I love her patterns, the shapes are crisp and simple and just what I look for in a pattern. I know some of you think I am some sort of super sewer but any sort of zippy pouch always takes me ages and a lot of unpicking.
As usual this one drove me a little crazy. It is the zip that fells me, or more accurately the zipper foot. I have a Janome Jem Platinum sewing machine. It is small and light which is why I bought it as I used to have out it away each time I sew. I love it with the exception of the zipper foot- it is on the right in the pic below.
It is just too lumpy. It is hard to adjust where you stitch along the zipper as it likes to sit next to the zip- sometimes closer than I would like. This leads to problem with a lined pouch as the lining then has a tendency to stick in the zip and needs hand stitching to keep the fabric away from the zip.
When I stitch the side seams you need a zipper foot to overcome the bulk on one side and the Janome foot is too wide again. I resorted to my Feather weight, Minty, and its lovely skinny zipper foot (on the left in the foot pic). Minty did a lovely job but only when I had remembered how to use her- that took an hour and a half to refresh my addled brain with threading, getting the needle the right way, threading the needle right to left etc- all basic stuff but I had forgotten it all.
It finished pouch is pretty though and Lula is very happy with it. Sometimes I see little stacks of pouches for sale on Flickr and other people's blogs and I marvel at the apparent speed and accuracy and uniformity with which they can produce so many. I can produce detailed log cabin all day long but zippy pouches I fear will always elude me!