Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cell Phone Bag, Patterns and Fabric- Oh My!

Last weekend, I had a sew-in with a friend.  We had a good time, chatting and sewing, and she made an awesome Vegan soup for dinner.  A while ago, she made her own pattern for a cell phone bag that I admired.  For our sew-in, we both made that little bag.  It holds not only a phone, but has a pocket for license and cards and a clip to hang keys.  There's a D-ring attached to the top of the bag and a Carabiner to clip it to a belt loop,  or attach the long strap to wear cross-body.



The fabric is a crazy upholstery sample that has little tufts of thread that reminds me of eyelashes.  I love this little bag, and will make more.  There are many times I don't want to carry a big purse but need my license, a card or two and some money.  This will be perfect.

Jos has McCall and Butterick patterns on sale this weekend.  I'm working on pants for my Designer group challenge, and through a blog (I don't remember whose), read that ConnieCrawford's pant draft was good.  So, I picked up her pants and jeans patterns, and a couple of other patterns, as well.


It was my lucky day, because I found some decent fabric in their RedTag section.  Usually I find crap, but I came home with a really nice black/white/metallic stripe knit.  This knit is beefy-not the thin, wimpy stuff.  I also found a red knit, that's a nice weight for a drapey something.  The gray knit is thick, textured with a metallic in it.


My brown pants are still not sewn, and are waiting on a hanger.  I have nothing brown to wear with them, so I have to find a pattern and fabric to go with them once they're done.  Meanwhile, I decided I want to make jeans.  I'm using McCall 5894.  I worked on that pattern today, and have the jeans cut, machines threaded.  I'm using a yucky Jos denim for the trial pair, and have some denim on order from Fabric.com.  Or course, that's always a surprise too.

Sewing jeans tomorrow.

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Mary Beth said...

Your new little bag looks so cute and handy! I, too, have "orphans" throughout the stash and closet. Sometimes it seems we can't sew fast enough.

Andrea said...

Love the little bag! That would be perfect for going out on walks.

Sherril said...

Love the cute little bag. That would be perfect to wear on my Disneyland excursions. I wish I knew if my Jos would have that stripe, then I would run right down and get.

becki-c said...

That looks so handy!
I love that striped knit, it looks really good sitting next to the red. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

Faye Lewis said...

Love your little bag. You did great on the sale table too.

sharon said...

Yes, the Crawford pants pattern is pretty good, but tissue fit to check the back rise. If you look at the pattern piece it is quite a lot -- perhaps more than you want. I used the 1 x and cut off 3 inches at center back waistline, grading to the side seams.

Corrine said...

Well, aren't you the busy bee! Your little cell phone bag is such a good idea, I see many use them. I am anxious to see what you think of the Connie Crawford pants. Most people find they run a little large, I have only made one or two tops from her line, never pants.

Linda T said...

What a great haul! You have enough to keep you busy for a while - lol. That little bag is adorable and so practical!

Jean said...

That's such a cute bag -- great idea. Congrats on finding good fabric at Joann's -- I always find it difficult to find things that I like!

Diana said...

That little bag is just too cute and a great item to have!!

Sharon said...

Perfect little bag and you did well at the sale table and look forward to seeing what you create with them.

Sister said...

Cool bag, and congrats on the cool fabric. Can't wait to see your jeans - is this the first time you've made them?

O. Jolly said...

The cell phone bag is absolutely awesome. I just love that it has so many features. :)

mrsmole said...

I make Coni Crawford pants B5222 for all my clients no matter what size. There is a big jump from XL-on up as the center back seam rises high with the larger sizes. It is easily reduced once basted and tried on. If you need the larger size for your hips, go for it and trim down the center back seam but it sure comes in handy when my larger ladies sit down and they don't want to expose their undies.I have examples of different ways of using the pattern without a waistband, some with elastic sewn in flat and flipped, some with home made facings on my blog http://fitforaqueen.wordpress.com/

The Slapdash Sewist said...

What a handy bag! I keep meaning to make something like for carrying my keys while biking...

Beverly said...

Love that little bag!

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