This may look like an ordinary bag, but it’s not. This bag may look like something I made an evening – maybe as a last-minute gift for someone, but it’s not. This bag. THIS BAG represents hours…HOURS of creative energy.
You see, it all started a couple of months ago when I first met Tim. Well, it’s name is actually Timtex. I’ve used Peltex craft stabilizer for a long time. Even when a pattern specifically called for Tim, I substituted with Pel. Pel was accessible. Pel was cheap. Pel seemed to work just fine. But then I met Tim, and everything changed. Tim is pricey. Tim is sturdy. Tim made me think I could think up a new design for a purse. And so it went. This weekend I decided to give my purse idea a try. It’s simple, really: Tim could just wrap himself in a U shape and provide the body of a bag with a curved bottom. How hard can it be? Well, as it turns out, for me, it can be very hard.
Models A & B went straight into the trash. Here’s Model C:
At this point, I was still using cheapo fabric and Pel for the liner. But even though Model C didn’t work out, I thought I could certainly get it all worked out in Model D. I was so confident, in fact, that I used some nice fabric.
What got me hung up with Model D was the curved bottom. I couldn’t maneuver around the curve on the machine which led to some hand stitching which never goes well with me.
Fine. I’ll get rid of the curve…and Model E ended up being about 2 1/2 inches tall:
Back at the drawing board, I drew a new pattern piece and started over – with good fabric and Tim. Model F is the Groovy bag above. It’s not exactly how I like it. And I know I couldn’t make it in exactly the same way because it was still really difficult. Like the degree of purse contortionism that was involved:
And this was not part of the turning process – This is how the bag looked under the presser foot! And btw, I just googled “purse contortionism” and it looks like I’m the first on the web to ever use that phrase! I feel soooo famous.
So all that work and what do I have? No curved bottom – just a purse that looks quite common, and certainly doesn’t require Tim’s inspiration. I’ll give it one more try. Soon.