Adjusting to going back to work has been a bit harder then I had anticipated, I didn't even sew at all during the first 3 weeks! Even now that I'm settling in it's a challenge, though I have managed to put a few things together. I've been thinking a lot about the direction that I want RGO to take. I LOVE making bags, but now with summer weather upon us (except for the last few days-gotta love Ohio) I can't stop thinking of all the cute summer dresses I can make! Then my son started getting a little jealous so I figured I might as well try some boy clothes. A lot of my friends have had babies recently and that got me thinking about making some baby stuff-LOTS of possibilities! So many ideas!! I can't really nail it down to just one area right now, especially now that I see fabric all day at work and get ideas from asking customers what they're making. I decided I will just make what I want and figure it out as I go!
First up is a bag that is based on this first bag. I had these changes in my head for a while and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!
I moved the pleats, gave it a longer top panel, and changed from the 2 shoulder straps to a wide adjustable strap. The finished size is 12" wide at the top, 17" at the bottom, 12" tall (without the strap) and the interior can open up to 9" deep. The strap is adjustable from 26"-46". I used pink piping and pink canvas for the interior top panel and multiple pockets. It closes with a magnetic closure.
I made another bag, an Isabel bag variation, with a concealed zipper top, but it needs a little tweaking before I'm comfortable with showing it off. I used the orange circles fabric (see it here) and it turned out so cute! I'm hoping to get it ready soon. I also have a new bag that I just drew up the pattern for that I have some great fabric for that I want to get done soon too.
I made a few dresses for my daughter and finally conquered my fear of knits, as well as a few projects I did for my son. I'll be doing posts on these soon.
It's good to be back! I'm going to work hard to keep this going and hopefully you'll enjoy some of the ideas I have!