I spent yesterday cleaning and feel so much better because of it. This is the kind of house where piles of things appear all over the place and build until they look ready to topple over. I tend to be too busy to do anything about it for a while, then it starts to get to me and I spend a couple of days putting everything away and clearing all surfaces. I am trying to train the boys to tidy their own things, they are learning but the reality is it’s always going to be me that has to do the majority, so I may as well just get on with it. I instantly feel less stressed when the house is tidy (or tidier, it’s never going to be properly tidy!), especially when the hallways are clear….I’m pretty sure there’s some Feng Shui thing about clean hallways?!
Anyway, I’m back in the sewing room today and thought I’d better get this promised post written.
So, the big difference with this purse (the acorn one, as the title suggests) is that I was starting with the brooch and making a purse to match.
Shortly after finalising the purse pattern, I pretty much ‘saw’ in my head a two-tone version to go with the acorns. An all tweed one wouldn’t work, as the acorn would get lost in the tweed pattern so it was clear that it needed to have a plain top part and then a nice tweedy bottom. Please excuse my crude sketches, they were more scribbles I made one day but I stuck them in my book so I could remember the thought process.
I bought quite a few tweeds in an attempt to get the right combination, but settled on a cream cashmere wool that I already had in and some new herringbone, that has lovely flecks of red and yellow running through it. This photo gives you some idea of how much fabric is involved, the pleats take up quite a bit, in both length and width.
For the lining I couldn’t resist using some beautiful Heather Ross ‘Snow White’ fabric from her Far Far Away 3 collection. I have become a FFA addict, but more in that another time. It was a bit of a challenge to try to get an interesting bit of the print into each purse lining but I do love this fabric and like how bright but golden the yellow is. I really like golden and mustard yellows but HATE lemon and acid yellow….no idea why.
Something I wanted to try changing was the shape of the purse. In my head (and my scribble sketch) I had imagined the purses to have more of a slant to the sides, I’d tried to achieve this with the first two batches, but the slant wasn’t exaggerated enough, so I made the purses wider at the bottom and a little lower in height.
A thought generally with the purses is that you could change the brooches over, this colour combination works just as nicely with the buttercup brooch as it does with the acorns.
The cream wool fabric is very thick so these were even more of a challenge to sew, but worth it, I think.
When I showed one to my sister she said, “oh lovely….is it a pencil case?”. !!!!!!!!!!
and I appear to have got a bit mixed up when sewing and have produced a ‘left handed’ purse…in that, I mean that the zip is set to pull from the right to left (something determined by the placing of the inside pocket). What a muppet. Still, if you’re buying and want it ‘left handed’ do let me know and I’ll send you the one below.
They are listed here.
Guess what my husband said when I showed them to him……”is it a pencil case” – ha ha ha!!
I’ve bought some purse frames to have a play with, I hope to try to keep the two tone tweed idea, as I like this but not sure the pleats will stay. These are intended for myself and gifts for friends, but I’ll show them when finished.
Thanks for such a great response to the tweed purses in general, I have packed quite a few up and they’ve gone off to their new homes, I was so pleased to get such a positive reaction and especially happy that the price didn’t put anyone off. Also, this is the last of the shop posts for a while, I know my blog has been a bit product heavy but it’s just that time of year and it’s mostly what I’ve been sewing.
Right, back to cleaning, now I’ve started I might as well move onto the playroom…..If you don’t hear back from me, send in a search party 😉