Last night, I felt this overwhelming urge to continue on the AKA bag project. Despite being a wee bit exhausted, I finished attaching the magnetic clasps and pressed on to complete the sewing of the bag lining. Following GeGe Crochet's bag lining tutorial, I was pumped. I measured, remeasured, added a little *just in case*, cut my fabric and headed to the ironing board and sewing machine. It was getting late, but I was determined to finish that bag lining.
I worked until the bag was complete. I even made my on iron-on labels and attached my label on the inside of the bag. You should have seen me....I even did a little jig. You should have seen her (the bag lining) looking back at me with such *pride* to be constructed so well, reinforced seams and all. I even took a picture of her with my camera phone.
Then today I accompanied a friend out of town and since I wasn't driving I decided to handstitch this bag lining to the bag. Only having a little sleep, I had forgotten to replace my sewing pins into my trusty little bag that always accompanies my crochet projects. No matter, the lining was *perfect*, right? So I started stitching it in place as I went with my transparent thread.
As we reached our destination, I realized that I was nearing the last section of the lining....only to find out that I had more fabric than I had crocheted bag. WHAT???? See, had I pinned the lining, I would have noticed that and could have gathered the lining. Who can gather the last 4 inches and say it looks okay? Not me; it's the way I'm wired that won't allow me to do that. Why did this happen? The tutorial was perfect (thanks, GeGe); but it was the part I added *just in case* which I didn't need. Trust the tutorial, Libby. You've gotta trust.
So, the lining must be ripped from the bag and restitched into place using gathers or I won't be satisfied. Like I said, it's the way I'm wired. LOL
We're almost to the finish line, good people!
The lining has a double pocket which includes a pocket for a cell phone and
a pocket for other things pocket-sized.
p.s. I dropped my thrift shop sewing machine off at the sewing machine shop today. The shop owner commented, "well, the motor runs and that's a good thing". I should know something either way by the end of this week or the beginning of next. Crossing my fingers.