Monday, March 03, 2008

Bag turned wristlet

Are you sick of my new favorite pattern yet? I thought I'd try it out clutch/wristlet size. I'm not sure how much I like this size, but I may play around with it. I'm having a difficult time with interfacing lately. I hate all the choices of interfacing at Joann's. A few months ago I had a 50% off coupon and I bought a whole bolt of fusible interfacing. Now I'm falling out of love with it because it is very crinkly. It's pretty stiff, but ick. I hate the wrinkles. Maybe next time I'll opt for the sew in interfacing. For the wristlet I tried fusible fleece, which I normally love, but it's pretty bulky in the zipper area. Anyone have any input on the whole interfacing situation??


We're having lovely spring weather today, which I am thoroughly enjoying. It is really windy though. Isaiah made me laugh so hard when we were outside saying, "Too windy, go away wind." I couldn't agree more!

16 comments:

beki said...

I have a love hate relationship with fusible interfacing. I find that it works differently on different fabrics. The whole interfacing thing is so confusing!

lera said...

I'm not sick of it. I love the new clutch/wristlet twist.

(Maybe you need to add more seam allowance near the zipper ??)

Deirdre said...

GREAT topic -- I too love the fusible interfacing *in theory* but in practice find that it causes my fabric to become all wrinkly. I wonder if the fabric / interfacing needs to be washed to create a perfect harmony, but then the fabric loses that crisp, freshly off the machine look.

If I come up with a better solution, I'll let you know.

miss chris said...

Sorry, I don't have much advice on the interfacing thing. It scares me. I wonder cutting it short of your seam allowance (with the fusible fleece) would help with the bulkiness...

I think your new pattern is cute. And I love the katie jump rope fabric in there, too!

Anina said...

Nope, no interfacing advice, but CUTE wristlet!

Jenn Maruska said...

Oh - that's pretty, Katie!

I don't know what to tell you on the interfacing. I go to Joanns and there are so many different types. It's a bit overwhelming.

I used fusible fleece on my new bags.

Good luck!

FinnyKnits said...

You HAVE been busy with this pattern - wowza!

And, really, it is supah cute - I'll cross my fingers for you :)

Lindsey said...

Oh how cute! I really love all the fabrics together.

kerri said...

I can't get tired of that pattern. It looks like a ladybug butt. I'm sorry I can't think of another way to say that. You know, the way ladybug's open their 'shell' a little bit to let their wings out, that is what this pattern reminds me of. And it is the cutest thing I've seen. I love it!

p.s. if you ever make one in blacks and reds I'd be so tickled.

Stephanie said...

Katie, looking at this beauty of a bag is making me giddy! I love it!

Try cutting the fleece out of the seam allowance...(ie, cut the fleece the actual dimensions of the bag). That should make it easier to work with in the seams.

Katie said...

oh, i love this pattern. so cute. I wish i could help with the interfacing. it does drive me crazy. I have noticed wrinkles in my stuff too.
I did use batting once in a bag and I loved it. If course you don't want to do this if you want the bag to be really stiff, but it did hold it's shape pretty well.

jessi said...

not getting sick of it one bit.

And on the interfacing - what brand are you using? I find the craft fuse to be a little too stiff for bags, but the featherweight fusible seems to be just right. I use this on my bags all the time. I find though that to avoid wrinkles you need to start with a well ironed piece of fabric and then use a really hot iron and really smooth everything out flat. Feel free to ask more questions - I use fusible interfacing all the time.

Dee Light said...

Another great bag!

meg said...

I like the wristlet even better than the bag!

The Jen said...

Love the bag and the wristlet. The shape is excellent. And, I'm a huge fan of sew-in interfacing. I use very dense (although thin) poly quilt batting as my interfacing. So far, so good. ~jen~

African Kelli said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that wristlet! You are getting so creative with all of these. Good for you Katie!