Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Lost in translation



I spent the entire day yesterday working on a new bag, using a pattern from one of my new Japanese craft books. It's nice to work on projects that aren't for inclusion in the store, but this one got me all riled up.



Unfortunately, the measurements and diagrams were not enough - I wish I understood Japanese. I had some issues with the pattern and ended up winging it towards the end. All I kept hearing was Tim Gunn's voice "Make it work!" So I tried...



I'm not happy with how it's falling and folding. I think the strap is a bit too wide, it's causing the flap to fold in a really awkward way. I also think I need a thicker linen or I need to use a stabilizer. I was so disappointed, but I think I'm slowly getting over it and have managed to convince myself to give it another go tomorrow :-/

2 comments:

IamSusie said...

I love Japanese craft books, but the bag making instructions are tricky for me too, especially since sewing in 3-dimensions boggles my brain a little bit. The thing is that we have no clue what would be the materials they'd recommend. If this has a lining, try using some iron-on interfacing. It really does give that professional sturdiness that is nice for bags and pouches.

Really, it does look cute! Once you get the hang of this, It would be a good addition to your store.

Z said...

i think you just handed me my new project. I wanna give that a go...
I once again...love it!