Sunday, January 4, 2009

The sporan bag

Well here it is. It took a little longer than expected due to me not having a sewing room. I cut it out using kitchen snips, not something I'd recommend. 

I had a few "ah ha" moments when I was sewing this. The first relates to me thinking I could be clever and just use top-stitching thread in the bobbin and avoid having to completely rethread and change the needle every second seam. But when you sew something upside down you can't actually see where you are going. As a learning experience for you, I draw your attention to the top stitching on the pocket which veers about half inch away from centre front. Enough said.

It's so long since I sewed a big print that I forgot you need to centre them. Wouldn't this bag look a little more stable if the blue stripe ran down the centre? Just a thought for your edification.

Other than that, not bad, not bad. I believe the queen of loud prints, Ms Donatella Versace, would struggle to top this tartan. You'll be pleased to know that there is still some of it left, should you find yourself anywhere near the Scottish shop in Dunedin. Apparently it's been on the shelf for 10 years, "The kilt maker just can't shift it, it cost $26 000 to have a bolt woven so he's decided not to restock it when it runs out."  

So don't tarry people, once gone, 'twill be lost forever.

Bag: Favourite things little should bag, pattern number 065
Fabric: Otago Tartan, 100% wool, woven in Scotland


  1. 'Any one would be proud to hide behind that' said Bill. The first thing he said was 'Its beautiful' and it is. The button just finishes it off perfectly. Louis said 'cool tartan'. They all crowded around the computer when the photo came up and I said 'wow'.

  2. I didn't know it was off center until you drew my attention to it. Come to think of it, neither did I think it was loud (or bilious, for that matter) until you mentioned it. The power of suggestion! If you're ever in the mood for animal-ish prints, beware. Drape the fabric and take a few steps back to see if any suggestive pictures jump out at you. I once purchased this rayon with tiger stripes [eyes rolling upwards]. When I brought it home, I noticed those stripes made angry eyes at me. Lots of angry eyes.

  3. I believe your sporran bag is the cutest thing I've seen on Pattern review in a long time! I showed it to my hubby and he thinks I should make one too! so watch for mine....I must add a clip for my miniature flask. I'm adding you to my blog list! you are very funny! Amy thanks you for the inspiration!

  4. I almost wish I'd bought some of that tartan now. The sporran bag is spectacular! Sylvie just said "Is that her special one?". Yep, it's your special one.

  5. I want that! I want that! I want that! ahem. Excuse me. Pardon me, I had a little moment there. And I haven't even read what you wrote yet, just saw the picture.

  6. That is fantabulous. I love it.

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