I’m a heat wimp. Which is why I’m glad I live in the Pacific Northwest, not far from Seattle. Our average summer temp is around 75 or so. Saturday, it was 90, Sunday 91. Way too hot for this pregnant lady. Today is better…only 83. Thank the Good Lord, tomorrow it will be back into the 70’s and I can get out and work in our garden. The weeds love the heat and are trying to take over.
The heat also is affecting my sewing. My sewing room is a converted sun porch which faces west. And of course, we do not have a/c. Very few people here do. My sewing room is a good 10 degrees hotter than the rest of the house, so I haven’t spent much time in there. But I caught a break this morning when my little ones slept in and I was able to finish up the custom Aviary Bag before the room heated up.
Isn’t it beautiful?? It was a bit of a challenge (in a good way!). I combined patterns for the Coming and Going Bag with a standard tote bag. Getting things to fit together took some doing and a mock up bag that my girls claimed as soon as I snipped the last thread. Then I decided I didn’t like the pockets and pulled it apart to redo them. What do you all think? Here are pics of the front and back (or back and front):
Finding just the right place to cut out the sparrow panel is always fun. I wanted a bird on the front, and on the back and on the end. It made my piece of sparrow print look like swiss cheese, but I did it:
And here are the infamous pockets. The first time, the pockets lay flat against the lining and ended up being pretty tight…I tried putting my cell phone in one, a camera in another, etc and they started pulling the lining and the stitching. So I redid them a bit bigger and pleated the bottom so they will hold everything without pulling.
Well, all that is left for this last custom order before my break is a wallet…I should be able to do that tomorrow and have the bag & wallet and a couple of other goodies in the mail on Wednesday. Then I can start working on the, ahem, looonnnggg list of orders for my family. First up will be some simple knit skirts for my oldest daughter, who goes off to Grandma’s and day camp next week.