being a grey and rainy january 1st, the only sensible thing to do was to remain indoors. apart from a soggy dog-walk, i happily partook of solely indoor domestic activities today. i stoked the fire. i made hearty soup. i baked some lovely cheddar biscuits. i let the dogs in and out approximately 157 times. and i sewed!!
just before the holidays, i came across a brilliant pattern for a simple, unstructured, reversible bag. the pattern is offered on this marvy blog by novita, aka ‘very purple person’. if you sew and/or appreciate handmade clothing and accessories, you must have a look through her work. she is enviably talented, has a great sense of style and is generous enough to share some of her patterns and ideas with the whole wide world. so, back to the bag. it’s ever so sweet and worked up quite quickly. the hardest part was deciding which fabrics to use. i chose a soft grey paisley print for the exterior and a classy neutral print of a map of paris for the interior. i had a lovely time reminiscing while pressing the fabric…retracing steps i’d taken along the seine and the streets of paris too many years ago…sigh. but i digress! i decided to add an inner zippered pocket and i must say that i’m pretty chuffed with the results . i see myself making many more of these in the future. thank you, novita!
though i hadn’t planned it this way, i kind of like the symbolism of creating a new bag on new year’s day. maybe i’m getting a little too sentimental this evening, what with the backpacking memories and all, but this bag has that ‘new pencil case/first day of school’ kind of feel to it, you know? what a nice and nesty way to start the new year. cheers!