Friday, December 4, 2015

Best Laid Plans...

Sometimes the plans we make don't work out and we end up doing something completely different.

My original November MAGAM was the Elegant Escape Dress and I got as far as cutting it out. However when I prepared to sew it up I realized I had completely overlooked the need to pattern match the rather large leaves on the fabric. With a seam centre front and centre back this was hideously noticeable. Myrtle was not impressed and lurked in her corner muttering things like "What did you think you were doing?", "You should have known better" and "It's not as if you didn't have enough fabric."

At about that time Fadanista started a Japanese Knot Bag sew-a-long in conjunction with Facebook group "Sew-A-Longs & Sewing Contests". Just what I needed to take my mind off that badly pattern-matched dress.

I had a remnant of border fabric left over from a quilted back-pack I made in 2008.The pattern and the fabric came from the Perth Quilt and Craft Fair that year.



I downloaded Fadanista's pattern and joined the sew-a-long.

 The result is a cute little bag which could be quite useful and a nice way to use up a remnant I had been saving for something special.

 No sooner had I finished it than I injured my back helping to shift some furniture  - very bad idea - I have been out of action more or less since. After two weeks I am gradually improving and managed to make a quilted case for my 7" tablet using a tutorial I found on the internet and that is the extent of my sewing for November. 

I may tackle the dress for December MAGAM but I've rather lost interest in it. I know the mismatched pattern centre front and back will mean it never leaves the house. Will have to see what happens.


  1. Very impressed with both your back pack and your Japanese Knot Bag. The fabric is lovely. Sorry to hear about your failed pattern matching and your back injury. Glad to hear you are on the mend and back to sewing again.

  2. Thank you Jean. I will finish the dress as I don't like UFOs hanging around I am looking ahead to January. I think I might sew a simple top in georgette. I've never sewn with that before.

  3. So glad your back is beginning to feel better! The bag is cute as is the backpack you had made previously. Nice quilting design for the tablet holder! Looks cute and useful. Hope you are on the full road to recovery soon. :)

  4. I'm so glad your back is beginning to feel better. It's horrible to have a bad back... Get well soon :)