Halloween

Photo: new day of the dead/skeleton cottons now in stock!
I want to experiment with creating a simple fabric bag. I was thinking of perhaps a shoulder bag made with Paisley or washed linen material, when I came upon this real funky pattern at Facebook. I think it is so apt for this time of year. Besides, I’m not a conventional person at the best of times. I remember passing by a shop one day, and stopping to look at a bag with a similar pattern. I think this skull pattern is so full of humour.
Photo: new day of the dead/skeleton cottons now in stock!
Here is a lighter version of the skull pattern. I think the darker one stands out more for this time of year.
There are more delightful patterns where these came from at Murphy- Sheehy’s Facebook account. I particularly liked the bird and the Russian dolls.

Murphy Sheehy is a unique specialist fabric shop established in the 1940s. Three generations later the same family provides an expert service in the heart of Dublin city’s fashion district, Castle Market.

Update:

As of now, I haven’t purchased the designer material for the bag. Nonetheless, I hope to rectify that during the course of the weekend. I’ve already started on the lining, which is made of very serviceable calico.

I cut out a large shape of a bag with inbuilt shoulder handles on a thick piece of paper. It’s shaped like the bodice of a dress with straps. It’s very simple pattern. I then placed the bag shape on top of cream coloured calico material, and cut it into the shape of the paper pattern. I then proceeded to tack the appropriate edges. I’m still in the process of tacking.

A hint: Whenever you buy fabric make sure that the assistant does not cut the material the whole way through with a scissors. Instead ask assistant to tear material with hands after first incision has been made with scissors. Also make sure that the assistant does not go against the grain of material. Disastrous and unprofessional if that happens.

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