Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Gracie and H.A.

H.A. = Halter Apron

I made my halter apron from the pattern I received from Tenth Muse Studios. Sorry for the poor photo quality - it is raining yet once again here in New England. Some nice thunderstorms today. There was no lighting to be had aside from the house lights and they just didn't cut it. My daughters and husband all liked this apron. I was a little leery about sewing the whole thing together and then turning it inside out but it worked well. I think next time I'll add an inch or so to the waist piece. I have a long torso and really wanted the tie to be down just a bit more but that is the only complaint I have about this pattern. If you want one you can go here to buy it.

This is Gracie.

She's the Gracie Handbag by Lazy Girl Designs. It was easy to put together - although I think their directions leave you with a tad of a sloppy inside. I'm sure if my thread colors matched my fabric it would not be so noticeable to me. I did not have one shade of green to match the striped fabric. Bummer. I haven't embellished it at all. I'll let the girls have at the buttons tomorrow to see if they can find the 'perfect' button to put on the flap.

See that inside fabric. That was a free yard I won from Sew Mama Sew. I finally used it. And, there is enough to make the lining of another purse. Yippee!

The only con about this pattern is that it wants you to purchase a Bag-E-Bottom. I had no idea what it was when I read the back of the pattern in the store and the employee that checked me out did not ask if I needed it. I finally figured it out once I watched the video available on the Lazy Girl Designs website - a Bag-E-Bottom it is a hard acrylic bottom for the bag. Newsflash - I'm not one to follow directions. So - I improvised and covered some Pellon Peltex with fabric and slid it into the holder and now I have a semi-hard bottom on my bag. I think if I really wanted to I could put another piece of Pellon Peltex in to make the bottom more solid. I'll test it tomorrow as is to see if another layer is really necessary.

I don't think I'll ever call her Gracie though. I've always called my purses Percival (pronounced Purse-i-val) after Percival on Little House on the Prairie. He married Nellie Olsen - for those that don't know.


Sherry said...

I love the colors of your apron and the style looks great on you! The bag is really cute too! You did a great job!!

Anonymous said...

What a great clip. Mrs. Olson always was my favorite. The bag is really pretty--those big flowers are perfect for the scale of the bag. I was going to ask how you interfaced the bottom when I saw it on the SMS forum. I wonder if one of those bottoms is difficult to sew with. I know you can use plastic canvas, but I've yet to do so with much success.

mysteryhistorymom said...

Fabulous apron and purse! You have been busy! Loved the Nellie clip! We have such fun watching Little House on the Prairie...

I bought the Prairie Primer on ebay, but you can get it from various places, although it's not easy to find. Good Luck! I believe I paid about $25 dollars. I think you'll really like it! How did you like Winter Promise?? Lori

Allison said...

love love love your bag!!!! that fabric is so cute together, good job! Thanks for stopping by and linking! -Allison

Reluctant Housewife said...

that halter apron is CUTE!

Heather said...

love the bag! great colors:)

elsie123 said...

I've made the Gracie bag a couple of times. The first time I used 2 layers of the cross stitch plastic for the bottom piece, and for the second one I got an acrylic plexi-glass type sheet from Home Depot and cut it to fit. There are options out there that are more convenient and don't cost as much as the one they mention. Good job on yours, the colors are pretty.


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