Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hold On To Your Hat #1



I’m beside-myself-chuffed. I FINISHED something. That sound you heard was the Mr fainting from the shock. I found the button, lurking forgotten, at the bottom of the button bowl and experienced a wave of excitement at the notion of all ’round closure. The Margaret Sling Bag is now ready for an embarrassingly late birthday delivery tomorrow. Which is about the same day the recipient is expecting a delivery of her own and when I go straight back into the ‘sin’ bin, catch-up crafting for a newborn. At my current level of productivity the poor kid can expect something somewhere in 2011.

It’s the ‘worn across the body’ version of the bag, really comfy to wear, but quite a bit bigger* than I thought it would be. The model was heard to be muttering stuff about WorkSafe practises and an ouchie arm, with all the ‘handle in the air to avoid tripping’ thing. On the other hand, the model’s approach to tripping about in her mother’s heels is a whole lot more stalwart than her mother’s ever was.



The bag is fully lined with two pockets and a really nice pleat detail reflecting the outside design, which unfortunately you’ll have to imagine because better photography was superseded by a heel catastrophe and the 37th band aid requirement of the day.



* This is because, predictably, I did not read the instructions first and also because the shoulder bag style (with a deeper pleat) is shown in the tutorial images. But it’s a really well written Oh, Fransson! pattern, a breeze to follow and there’s more of that Ikea fabric in my stash for another – hopefully earlier than 2012.

22 comments:

Angus in Northcote said...

sometimes, you just need to be the first comment, even when you've got nothing to say.

trishiekoh said...

You're funny!
Congrats on finishing the bag, it looks really good and i like the fabric you picked.

beck said...

Angus, (oops when i first typed this I left out the g!) you little superstar, sometimes there is nothing to say is there? Tania, the bag looks spesh and I too like the fabric. Hope your friend likes it too, what's on the cards for the baby? Something wonderful I'm sure xo

Becky said...

Well done on finding the perfect button, and on the finished project!

Hope the Mr made a full recovery ;)

Tas said...

Ah, I have finished 2 very old projects in the last 2 days- with 1more to go. Such a feeling of (somewhat belated) satisfaction. I also made a bag last week that was a lot bigger than I expected- my 2 and 1/2 year old model didn't last long under the weight either. But no heels or bandaids required (her mummy doesn't own any heels) What a lovely stylish bag- and the button is just perfect!

CurlyPops said...

Oooh gorgeous! I do love a pleat on a handbag and that button is perfect.

One Flew Over said...

One great looking bag...and aren't Elizabeth's patterns fantastic, so detailed.

See you tomorrow night?

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Love the bag - it looks fabulous.

I'm also loving the buttony puns whether accidental or intended ... notion of all round closure ... haw, haw ....

Bek said...

Very nicely done. Worth the wait I'm sure. Button is perfect! I love IKEA fabric, but have never managed to get any. Whenever I am there, the service staff vanish.

Sherrin said...

I love the bag! Great fabric. Yay for you for finishing. I too am a start many projects but finish few type of person.

Amanda said...

Very nice!!! Nothing like a finished project :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It's lovely and I'm surprised you can bear to part with it !
Poor old model .....hope she's recovered from her Naomi Cambell fall . It's hard work being a trend-setter .

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Congratulations! I know the relief of the finishing - sadly I also know the agony of the growing pile of UFOs. Can't think whose fault that might be.

Perfect button indeed. The bag looks great.
That doesn't sound right.
Ahem, the bag looks FABULOUS!!! Was that better?

Cheers,
AJ who has just finished (yay!) prototype MKI and now has to go make an actual bag. Without it becoming prototype MKII.

Sandrine said...

That a great bag Tania and I really love that wooden button you found in your bowl:), your friend is very lucky!

craftschmaft said...

Oh that's gorgeous Tania. I really love the wooden button colour with the charcoal. Congrats on the finished project.. I have too many UFO's to count!

Lola Nova said...

Oh it is stunning! The button really brings it all home. I love it, in fact I do believe I am having a covetous moment, excuse me.

We have moved on to the bandaid stage where, "No blood, no bandaid," works most of the time, because a kiss is better for those types of owies. However, there are those days when a bandaid, a kiss and a cuddle are required, blood or no.

Nikki Cardigan said...

The buttom is perfect Tania. The fabric is beautiful and you've done a great job on the pleat and pockets. All very fancy!!

As for 2011, it's good to have goals!

Madeline said...

That button is absolute perfection! Love it!

Umatji said...

Great bag and your finish rate is waaaay higher than mine, even if you blexagurate, which I suspect you don't. (blexagurate: exagurating on a blog for the purpose of making yourslef look more shiny and amazing)

Karin said...

Great bag, congratulations on finishing it. It looks great, the button is really cute!

Gina said...

Errr, don't know why I didn't comment on this post before, but I like the way the bag has turned out. The button rocks. Lovely work T.

Pippi creates said...

Great button choice, it has finished it off really nicely. Love your cute little bag model, sounds like she needs a raise!