Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Amy Butler's "In Stitches" hanging toiletry bag

So since I'm all excited about school and will be living in a dorm for the first time in my life I'm trying to think of all the things I might need. During my undergrad I always lived off campus and so I knew what ever I used at home I would need in my apartments. But now I'm going to have to downsize drastically and one of the things I'm going to have to get most used to is communal showers/bathrooms (I shudder at the thought). Anyway, the point is I bought Amy Butler's book In Stitches about three years ago and remembered seeing a hanging toiletry bag that I thought would probably come in really handy for dorm life. I've been working on this sucker for 3 days on and off, well more off than on, and I'm having a bit of trouble on the bottom inside lining of the bag. Once I conquer that bit, I'm thinking an hour more and it should be done. Then I can take pictures of it and show it off in all it's glory.

One thing that I don't like about the patterns in this book is that she has a list of all the materials you'll need for each project, but the amount of fabric that she has listed is incredibly exaggerated. As a beginner I take her suggestions as truth and buy all the fabric she suggests, but when I'm done with the project I have SO MUCH fabric left over. Seeing to the fact that I'm not rich right now, that's wasted money because I don't have plans for the left over fabric and I'm not much of a "stasher". On the contrary I LOVE getting to the bottom of a product and the satisfaction of knowing that none of it went to waste, but that's off topic. Anyway the point is that for this project (hanging toiletry bag) when I went to Fabric Land for the boning and Timtex I got the nicest lady, which is unusual because I always get snooty older ladies who laugh at my sad attempts at sewing, and of course why am I even trying if I don't know what Timtex is, sorry again off topic. Anywho, this lady suggested how much she thought I needed just by looking at the picture of the toiletry bag and actually she also mentioned that all of Amy Butler's patterns ask for incredible amounts of fabric (as she rolled her eyes and said, "Oh yes, Amy Butler, that young designer"). So she saved me money plus the fact that the material I'm using for the bag is coming from a pillow case I bought at Value Village.

On another topic completely, I now have only 29 lbs to go to hit my goal weight. :)