Geo Clutch: Sewing for Me

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

I did a little sewing for me recently. A clutch purse with geometric prints in indigo and white.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

I realize a clutch is not the most practical of purses, but it’s a style I really like. And these geometric prints from Hawthorne Threads’ new Isometry Fabric Collection seemed like a fun way to indulge my fancy. I couldn’t choose just one of the prints, so I decided to feature a different print on each side of the bag (and the lining!), and I love the look of the different designs combined when the clutch is folded over. And, seriously, what’s not to love about indigo and white. The crisp combination says “summer!” to me. I guess the colors conjure up sailor’s suits and other nautical themes, but are just so much more modern in the geometric precision of this collection.

And if indigo doesn’t make you as giddy as it does me, the Isometry collection comes in an array of colors — including an amazing azalea. The background fabric in these photos is another Hawthorne Threads design, from their Zambezi fabric collection.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

And I dare say the gold metal zipper looks just fetching with these colors.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

The arrival of this new fabric collection was like kismet for me. I’ve been searching for geometric prints for another project I’ve had my eye on for a while.  This clutch was the test run to see how I liked these new fabrics. They are actually digitally printed – just like paper! – and you can read more about the process on the Hawthorne Threads website. Very interesting.

I made this clutch big, both to accommodate a nice fold over and to allow it to fit my ipad and a few other goodies when unfolded. I also used fusible fleece interfacing between the layers to give it some nice thickness and padding.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

Sewing this clutch made me realize it’s been a long while since I’ve sewn something for myself. I definitely need to rectify this situation. Jeans and t-shirts move aside. I’ve got plans.

Geometric Clutch by fromwholecloth.com

 

All for a Good Cause

All for a Good Cause

I hinted in my last post that there has been a lot going on around here. Yes, indeed. Among other things, I’m sewing for the tatas. Say what??

Well, it started out that the amazing trainers at the gym where I work out have organized a fundraiser to support breast cancer research. Great cause, great people, great event. Local to New Haven? Looking for something to do this Saturday night? Check it out – Train For The Tatas.

And then it turned out they were encouraging local craftspeople and other business folks to sponsor booths at the event. Perhaps I got caught up in the moment, riding the wave of enthusiasm as the trainer chirped on about the event to the crowd at our early morning group conditioning class. I decided to spring for a booth to sell some of my creations. You know how you hear people describe someone’s enthusiasm as infectious? Well, this trainer is a morning person, and obviously quite motivational since she’s able to persuade me to voluntarily hand my body over for torture lift, jump and sweat at an hour when sleeping would be my strong preference. I am not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination. Certified night owl.  Apparently this is what happens when I’m allowed to make decisions in the early morning hours after sweating and lifting heavy stuff. Oh yeah, I feel empowered and take on new experiences. I suppose that’s not a bad thing at all!

I’m excited for the event but, I must admit, I’m also a whole lot of anxious. Yikes, putting one’s stuff on display is unnerving. I’ll just focus on the fun stuff for now.

Like tags.

And bags.

And more bags. I donated the clutch and tote bag as raffle items.

I couldn’t resist playing up the pink in keeping with the breast cancer research theme of the event.

A polka dot surprise inside!

And a sneak peek at some of my wares. Flirty skirts!

Is that a bunny in your pocket?

Despite the anxiety running through me today, which will likely only build tomorrow, I am excited to be doing this. And I know tomorrow night will feel magical – there is nothing like being in a room full of women joining together to support a great cause. Maybe I’ll see you Saturday night?