I just wanted to share the two versions of Alicia Paulson's "Jane" market bag I whipped up yesterday. These were fun and quick makes, perfect for hauling piles of books and exams to and from work, so I think there will be more of these in my future.
The first is a gift, and hopefully the recipient is not working her way through her Google reader today! I really do think I'm safe in sharing this one, so here it goes: I bought the
With the construction steps fresh in my mind, I made myself one of these market totes from a small stash of 19th c. reproduction fabrics (combined with some natural Essex linen for the front panel and lining) that -- I must admit -- I love.
I added one step to the construction for this second version of the tote: I created bottom edge seams to give the bottom of the bag more definition (and to keep things in the two exterior pockets from slipping down too far). I imagine others have done this as well, since it seams an obvious addition to the pattern -- if I had more time, I would tour around the "Jane's market tote" flickr pool -- but I just thought I'd mention it :)
My taste pulls me in a few different directions, exemplified in yesterday's output: I am drawn to modern fabrics (they got me into sewing to begin with) but I also love feedsack reproductions, 30s fabrics, and yes, even some of what have come to be known as "civil war" fabrics. I think all of these can co-exist harmoniously in my stash cabinet. Anyway, the 19th c. repros made for a very grown-up bag, one I can certainly use at work.
Now back to the ghost stories.