Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Dress, A Bag, and a Trip

On Friday I found a cut out and ready to sew dress amongst my disaster of a sewing area.

On Saturday I managed to get it put together, and on Sunday I wore it.

Excuse the blurry picture (I'm also trying to hang onto Wilbur's leash) as it's the only one I have at this time, and since this was a picnic I didn't wear my cork sandals.

Next time.

I added an exposed zipper to the front which I thought was kind of cute.

I also made a cork zipper pull out of a sliced cork and a key chain thingy.

I'm still having issues with the back. It just seems to balloon out but at this point I don't care.

It's comfortable.

Then I decided I'd better get to work on the one yard piece of Sunbrella fabric that I bought on sale for $15.00 a yard (normally $30.00).

I used Nicole's Beach Bag pattern. I've used it in the past here , here, and here.

This time however, I chose to make it unstructured. The Sunbrella fabric felt similar to canvas so I didn't interface it at all. I used duck cloth (from my stash) for the lining so once again, no interfacing.
One magnetic snap is used for the closure.

This is the back view.

I used big grommets in the bag and home dec braid for the handles.

I knotted them on the inside because I thought the knots would look too busy on the outside.

And the only reason I used red was because JoAnn's was out of blue.

The inside pockets are lined with rip-stop nylon from my stash ($1/yd from WalMart).

I wanted this bag to be light weight and breathable for our summer sailing trip.

A matching zippered wallet.

Can you see the slider I added to the cord? I cut out the Ralph Lauren label from the selvage and used it. I doubt if it will fool anyone but I like it.

And the back of the little wallet.

And folks!!! This is it!!

Tomorrow we will spend the day packing.

Thursday morning, bright and early, we will load our vehicle to the gills with a dog, a drugged cat, and tons of supplies.

Friday we should be setting sail for the summer.

And I hope it's not an omen that I'm possibly experiencing the worst PMS episode on record!


becki-c said...

That dress is so cute! I even like the exposed zipper, which ususally just looks like a mistake to me. In this dress it makes it look rather 'henley' It looks perfect for your adventure!

You will be bloggingstill I hope...

Shauna said...

Holy cow, you are INCREDIBLY crafty!

Cyndi said...

Hey Laura, I'm glad I "caught" you before you left. I love your dress and your bag, and Wilbur looks too cute with his Lei! Hope your launch is perfect and I can't wait to read the stories you'll have about your adventures!

Godspeed, my friend, and Bon Voyage!!!



Mid-Life Cruising! said...

You are so talented! Looking forward to hearing about your summer sailing adventures.