You'll have noticed from my recent Facebook and Instagram posts that I've been steadily acquiring vintage and vintage style fabrics and the more vibrant the better!
I've been trying to work up some new designs to do them credit! My first design looks fine (if you don't look too close!) but was so fiddly I can't possible do it again and stay sane! I think a square bag cross body bag is the next step...
Here's a prototype ready to be stitched. I'm trying a new method of assembly this time. usually I make the outer, then the lining and sew them together round the top, inside out and then 'give birth' to the new bag through a small gap in the lining stitching, by pulling it all through! The new method stitches the lining in as you go, I think you still have to give birth, but you end up with a completed bag inside out just to turn the right way round! Anyhow-I'll let you know how it goes - I like a new challenge!
One of my regular clients has requested a little Zippy in lilac to wear in the Springtime. She has one in black already and loves that she can wear it securely across the body and have both hands free when she's out shopping.
I've made a start, shaping the corners with a little bit of hand-stitching, carefully positioning the zipped front pocket and making the long cross body strap with a vintage buckle. I've included a fiddly little loop to keep the strap in place when it's adjusted and the zip pulls inside and out are 'China Town' beads from San Francisco!
Next comes the lining-I've found just the right colours in this stripey floral cotton.
Right, all done and ready for a Spring outing or two!
Hello, I'm Ruth Overton. My nickname as a child was 'Ruthie Toots' which is how the name 'TootsTotes'