bag obsession

I first learned to sew because I wanted to make skirts and maybe some dresses. a pretty simple goal I think. I learned over one of my winter breaks and came back to school with my little featherweight and some simple patterns. thankfully I was living in the south, so it didn’t matter that it was january and I wanted to make skirts. after a few skirts, and a dress here and there, my mind started to wander to bags. I am my mother’s daughter after all, which means I have a deep obsession with shoes and bags. making shoes is pretty much out of my league, but bags I can handle. so then I went on to making bags, probably more than one person needs really. I don’t think I have any bags left from that time, I gave most away I think. eventually school got in the way and then my knitting obsession kicked in and bag-making was pushed to the wayside.

camera snap bag

this sort of cycle seems to have repeat itself. I started sewing again to make some clothes, but I somehow became enamored with quilt-making instead. and, of course, bags were soon to follow. something happened this summer where I had more ideas than time. I just kept doodling in my sketchbook and tried to work on each idea as I could. maybe it was taking that screenprinting class that did something to me. somehow it got me back into that creative state I’ve missed. funny how school does that to you.

orange and turquoise clutch (with a snap this time!)

some of the sketches were quilt ideas, but more and more were for bags I wanted. I played around with the shapes and sizes until it looked like the picture in my mind. I was pretty stoked when it did, not so much when it was the total opposite. in the end though it didn’t matter, I just loved the sketching and sewing. I love combining colors and shapes, sometimes in unexpected ways.

grey roses tote

this is a really long-winded way of telling you about my little shop. I’ll be honest and admit that I’ve been delaying this back because of nerves. but the few people I’ve told have pushed me and have kept reminding me that you have to take chances. so here I am taking a chance. I really hope you like the few things I’ve made. I’ve loved making them.
now I’m just going to go hide for a bit. there’s some tomato jam I’d like to make.

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  • Steph September 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Witnessing that parade of bags on your blog, I thought you might open a shop… Congratulations!!!
    They are lovely, those little clutches especially. And I adore that turquoise blue camera pattern tote.

  • Mary September 19, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    i think your bags are adorable – you are very talented. good luck on your shop, i think it is really going to work out!

  • Mandy September 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Oh, please no. I have enough bags already! Stop tempting me!
    (ps. I totally get the nerves thing, but yay! you did it!)

  • grumperina September 19, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Fabulous. I’m so glad you’re offering your bags for sale. I love the different shapes you’ve created.

  • Leah September 19, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I am so glad you started selling your bags! They are amazing & anyone who gets one is darn lucky!!
    Oh & tomato jam?!? Yum! I made some a couple of weeks ago & it was wonderful!

  • Emily September 19, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I love your aesthetic, and I’m sure your shop will be wildly successful. I’ve already done my part to help. =)

  • Jamie September 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Lovely, really. These are made with a lot of care and thought. Good luck with your shop!

  • Tricia L. September 20, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Congrats on taking the plunge! The clutches look awesome!

  • Karen C September 20, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Congrats! And please don’t hide on us – we love your creativity!

  • lucinda September 20, 2010 at 9:10 am

    i love your shop!
    i must get me one of those frame purses! just what i need…
    keep up the most excellent work.

  • Sara September 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

    awesome bags! i love the quilted clutches. congrats on the new store.

  • Seanna Lea September 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I love your grey patchwork clutch, but it is already sold out!
    (admittedly, everything would be better for me if they came with handles, because I like having my hands free to do other things, but even so I wanted it badly…)

  • Em September 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Nice work! That clutch is sooper cute.

  • Amanda Elizabeth September 21, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I love love love it! I’m so proud of you for opening shop! Everything looks PERFECT!!!!!!! xxo

  • Susanne September 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Your bags are beautiful. Good luck.