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Monday, 8 February 2016

Faux Wool Kennedy Bag

Last week I took a day off work so I could have a sewing day at a friend's house. I took a few half finished projects hoping that I would be able to get some of my many many WIPs finished.

All in all it was really productive day. I cut out my new Kommatia dress pattern and made my usual alterations to the pattern by shortening the bodice between the waist and bust and then adding the length back in between the waist and hip. I have some great sparkly geometric jersey from Abakhan for this dress - I can’t wait to get it cut out!

I also finally finished the Kennedy bag that I’ve had cut out since last April. Luckily, past-Charlotte had been really rather organised for once - all the pieces were labelled and stacked so putting the bag together was a breeze.

My favourite thing about this bag is the lining. It’s made from really soft, 100% cotton lawn with a gorgeous matryoshka doll print and it makes me so happy every time I open the bag.



I’ve was also very impressed with how well my machine coped with all the layers. The only part where it started to struggle was where the straps attached to the bag. There are about 14 layers there and 12 of them are pretty thick (the outer fabric, interlining and leather). In the end I switched to a finer needle instead of the heavy duty one that I had been using and after that there were no more skipped stitches, go machine!

All in all I’m pretty pleased with how the bag turned out. The strap is a little short and the body isn’t quite a stiff as I would like resulting in a bit of a floppy bag but in my opinion, the lining more than makes up for it.

Here's another close up of that lovely lining for your viewing pleasure <3

Don't you just love those little Matryoshkas?
What's your stance on linings? Do you love prints and bright contrasting linings? Or are nice matching linings more your thing? - I'd love to hear your opinions.

Until next time,
Charlotte
x

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