Monday, March 17, 2014

Two projects finished a million to go!!

My Form and Draping class is over.  The dress form is completed and I also learned some very basic draping and pattern adjustment skills.  The class, part of the Master Seamstress program at the University of Rhode Island , was well done and I am really tempted to take additional classes.  It is a 2 hour drive from my house so it will have to be something I am really interested in doing... maybe a Chanel jacket!!

I also finished the purse I was designing.  It turned out to be a real stash buster!! I finished beading the pocket on the front that I received as a gift (see previous post),  the brown leather was from an on-line tambour beader friend that passed away and left me his supplies, and the side panels was a remnant from a finger labyrinth I made for our church fair.
Back view
Shoulder Strap
Side view
Inside pocket ... another left over 
I have been using it for the past week.  The front pocket is made with steel cut beads so I have to be careful and not get it wet. 
It is pretty sturdy but it was not sewn on a professional sewing machine so I have to be gentle.  
Spring is in the air at least I am wishing and hoping it will be and
I will change to another "springier" bag!


  1. Wow, your work is incredible! That bag you've made is truly a work of art!
    big hugs,

  2. Your lovely beaded bag is a true heirloom. Treasured Beaded Bliss...

  3. Utterly beautiful and a momento of a friend too : )

  4. Fantastic work on the bag! It's really gorgeous.

  5. Hi Shirlee, pleased to meet you. The bag is beautiful, a real work of art. I have just found your blog and am your newest follower.

  6. That purse is a stunner! So good of you to rescue such a beauty and then take it to a new level. Sorry to hear your class is ended but I know you, you'll be hooking up a beautiful garment in no time.

  7. Well Shirlee I agree totally with Sherry that this is a true heirloom - a piece of art to be treasured.
    Your beaded work is stunning!
    Thanks for the kind comment you left about my Friendship book too!

  8. OMG Shirlee...I clicked into your blog and instantly thought I died and went to heaven. Your work is just sooo stunningly beautiful! I'm a fan for life. Looking forward to many more jaw dropping visits! :)