Monday, May 31, 2010

At craft camp

I made two bags and had a fabulous time with some great friends. This was our second Crafty Mamas craft retreat. Last year I was recovering from my sewing marathon to prepare for the Kamaroi Fair. This year I was determined to make a couple of things for myself. I decided on two bag patterns that I owned and have wanted to make, the Tamara Tote and the El Porto.

Friday night I made the Tamara Tote from some Robert Kaufman Cool Cords that I had in my stash. Yes, it's the same fabric as Mollie's soon-to-be Muriel dress.
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Spotlight dots for the lining.
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Can't go past some Farbenmix ribbon
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So after I warmed up with Tamara, I was ready to tackle El Porto. Nancy says on the pattern, "the destination is the journey". I think it's an apt description.  I used some hot pink corduroy and one of my favourite fabrics, Alexander Henry's mini calaveras.  There's a touch of Stenzo on the mezzalunza pocket because I thought I was being clever and stuffed up the pocket.  In my infinite wisdom I didn't pack extra calaveras fabric.  Luckily Lisa had brought my Stenzo fabrics with her.

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Ribbons on the side and a chunky purple zipper
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Gusseted zipper pocket
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Media pocket on the strap

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Inner pocket.  I just sewed it to the lining.
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Side circle pocket.
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It was nice to have a 'project' to work on.  I may not have sewn as many items as my friends, but I have two items that I am very happy with.  I also learned that it is possible to sew on another sewing machine and still do an ok job, but I did pine for my baby.  

Will says, "Thank you Peta!" He insisted on wearing his Milo today when he saw it.
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Thank you to Lisa and Suzanne for the use of their sewing machines.  A HUGE thanks to all the girls for a fabulous weekend.  I can't wait for next year.

15 comments:

Jolijou said...

oh, you've already been! now I get it :o))
sounds like you had a great time!!
love the bags and will in his milo.
xxx andrea

michal said...

such pretty bags! (and a boy :-))
I wish sometimes I didn't live across the world... so I could take a part in your events!

Karen said...

They are great bags Sara - the el porto is amazing. Will looks very happy with his milo, great smile.

Crafty Mama said...

Sara, thankyou for coming all that way to be with us. I enjoyed sitting next to you and sharing your journey lol. My ears have almost recovered from the onslaught! And, all worth it, ACE El Porto!

Tas said...

You know that I love the bags. ANd the El Porto is a baptism by fire for sure (at least it sounded like it from the noises coming from your direction lol) But well worth it for the end result! See you there again next year :)

Beetlehouse Designs said...

These bags are fantastic.

JulieT said...

Wow These bags are so beautiful! and sounds like you all had a fab time

Vic said...

Wow - I am impressed that any of you managed to get anything done at all!

No I'm not... you're all superstars! LOVE the first bag... yummo!

Tanya said...

obviously I totally missed out- what a great job you did on your bags Sara. Hopefully I will be there next year.

Natalie said...

Gorgeous bags! I think you were very productive, I don't think I could make an el porto in that time frame!

toadstooldots said...

wow, the bags are amazing. love them, both.

nerines said...

They look terrific and so neat, also really love all that colour on your cutting table.

Lesley said...

Love them Sara!!! Just stunning!!

picanini said...

Beautifully made bags Sara - WOW, what a lot of work they were. You must be really pleased with how they turned out.

Steffi said...

Very beautiful bags,Sara!I love it!Great fabrics also.