The first project was for a cute little clutch by Sew It Love It website. I was sent the pattern, and told to make the item, review it, give any recommendations and send in pictures. Since I was wanting something homemade and fun to give to a friend for a birthday, I decided I could do both with this project.
I had some cute scraps of fabric, but sadly they weren't quite enough to use for this project. Not wanting to compromise the size since I was pattern-testing, I went to Hart's Fabrics (oh darn!). I was happy to find some other fun skull/dia de los muertos fabrics to use, since that was what I was aiming for when I had this friend in mind. This time of the year there are some really great fabrics! This pattern also called for some wide ribbon to tie the clutch together, another thing I love to purchase at Hart's. I also found some other fun scrap pieces to use in the future and the lining I found is from the bargain scrap bin.
The pattern was pretty darn easy to follow, I only got tricked up a couple of times when I assumed something instead of reading the instructions carefully. I have already discovered this is something I need to work on. Carefully read the pattern all the way through to see why you do certain steps and then read each step carefully again so that I do things the right way. At least while I am trying to learn this whole sewing thing!
All in all, this project did not produce any headaches, let me use up some leftover interfacings I had, and also gave me a chance to sew a little with a satin fabric for the first time.
On to the visuals!
This one had: The cute clutch, Nutella and biscuits (that's cookie to you, dahling), two little bottles of Jameson whiskey, a skull flask, a scorpion sucker (in honor of The Drive movie we had just seen together) and Lady Gaga's perfume!