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.
Spotlight dots for the lining.
Can't go past some Farbenmix ribbon
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.
Ribbons on the side and a chunky purple zipper
Gusseted zipper pocket
Media pocket on the strap
Inner pocket. I just sewed it to the lining.
Side circle pocket.
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.
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.