Did I say I was disappointed with how this bag turned out?  I’ve changed my mind. I’ve been carrying it for a week and it’s very roomy without feeling big and awkward. And, I have had so many compliments here are at wardrobe refashion and on Flickr, how could I not like it?

So, if you would like to make your own wasp bag, you can download the pattern from here. I hope the instructions are clear – it was so hard to get it out of my head and onto paper with words and pictures. I would love any feedback you might have, so that I can improve it.  Happy sewing!


friday five

31 August 2007

:: when craft goes ba-ad

  1. tampon crafts – for any time of the month
  2. knit grafitti
  3. elvis wigs
  4. you knit what?
  5. bad craft


30 August 2007


::  lemons


:: snowpeas


:: silverbeet


:: tomato flowers.  Maybe this will be the year I manage to grow tomatoes successfully.

I am working on a pattern and instructions for the wasp bag which should be ready by Monday.  I hope.  And I love all your stories about thrifting in the giveaway thread.  Go on, don’t be shy.


26 August 2007

I bought this dress at Vinnies, for $3, and it split up the back the first time I sat down in it. Yet another hint from the universe to try things on before buying.


It’s a beautiful linen and fully lined. Too good to chuck out.

So I chopped it off to make a tunic top. I used a bit of the skirt to make facings for the vents at the side.


I made those pants too, about 3 years ago, but for the last 2 years they’ve been languishing in the too small pile. I finally got around letting out the darts and side seams which took all of half an hour. How many clothes are lying about unworn because no-one has half an hour to adjust them? Feeling very virtuous after that, I also mended the zip on a favourite dress, which has been split for, oh, about 18 months. That took 5 minutes.


26 August 2007


:: birthday present for Sally.

Can you guess what is is?