Well I have finally finished my very first bag - without a pattern or any instructions - and I feel very pleased with it.
My eyesight isn't too good, even with contact lenses and reading glasses, and despite having a little needle threader thing - I felt that I needed a threader to get the threader into the needle LOL!
Another lesson learnt the hard way thimbles - are not just a novelty from the Victorian times - my poor fingers are pin pricked - I am going to use a thimble!
I am particularly proud of this part. It probably doesn't look anything special or exciting - but it is as far as I am concerned as I managed to fit a magnetic metal catch - which was quite a feat in itself - and not a trace of the fixings show through the fine material!
The inside of the bag before I stitched it up. I managed to put the sewing machine needle through my thumb next to my nail! I had a bit of a job trying to raise it to get it out! It makes me feel ill just thinking about it now!
Isn't she lovely! Well I think so. The colour variants in the photos are due to my taking some photos under a light as it was getting dull - so those photos look a bet redder, rather than the purple.
I cut and coloured some lace, and sewed two pieces, to suggest a 'butterfly'. I don't trust myself yet to try and embroider a body.
It took me hours to sew on the threads on the right hand side of the lady. The tiny beads are made of glass, and they catch the light wonderfully, and turn different shades of purple, pink, green and amber.
I sewed more beads in her hair, and had to sew a new necklace for her, as the other one broke - I used thin elastic for that - so it's a good lesson to learn.
An option for a finish - a golden clip
Another option for a finishing touch - or maybe I will add the 'flower' I made - but I thought it looked a bit heavy. You can see the flower in the post below.