I finished the bags this morning - I do so like this cotton fabric. If I had to restrict myself to only ever sewing with one fabric it would be cotton. I suppose I would choose a weight slightly lighter than this for more versatility and I would hope I got lots of colours and prints. But it would be cotton.
Woo, this photo gives me vertigo. I have put the tote over the end of the ironing board and have pressed the seam open. I am going to sew down the seam allowances even though the pattern doesn't call for it. I think it makes it neater and more durable.
I like this pattern because it gives you a zippered top on the tote - makes things more secure. You don't have to zip it up if you're carrying a baguette or something but I like the option. Here, I am pinning the top onto the bag.
Once I got the top sewed on, I remembered that I like to sew down the little seam allowances at the open end of the zipper - again for neatness.
Finally, here are the two bags. I made them with the idea that I would give them to Mum, although I am not sure she would use them. This is also a test to see if she is reading my blog (hi Mum!). If she doesn't think she would get use out of them, I'll have to think who else might like them. I already gave away a bunch of these bags two Christmases ago so I'm running out of folks.
Next, because I'm not going to FabricLand for red buttons at least today, I am planning to make that dress again. I wore the grey rayon dress to school last night and thought about the two lengths of blue rayon I have stashed from a couple of summers ago when I bought it on sale. One print is a small geometric and the other is a medium floral. I thought I would make the dress in the floral and use the geometric for the underside of the collar, the facings, tabs and one side of the belt.