April 25, 2016
One of my goals for my time off was to try out sewing. I'd spent a lot of time investigating the perfect backpack a couple years ago and while in Japan in January, really admired a lot of the backpacks and men's clutches that I saw. I decided to try it out. This was an easy decision because my SO was interested in the same thing and had already gotten a sewing machine set up in my apartment.
My first project was to tear apart a pencil case he'd made in an introductory case and sew it back together. It was a good way to get familiar with the sewing machine. Sewing straight lines, thinking about the order of operations, and doing the reverse stitch to end each section.
I'm on my second project now. An archery bag. Here are my requirements:
I pulled a basic bag together that could hold a quiver and had a flat bottom. Making a flat bottom from a cylinder was the most difficult and most fun part of this project. I had looked at a few other bags and borrowed some ideas about how to create a flat bottom.
It wasn't pretty, but it made a flat-bottomed bag! Then I started thinking about adding pockets and realized I was going to have a hard time trying to fit my sewing machine into a tote bag.
I really really love pockets. Gotta have 'em. So I deconstructed my bag and cut fabric for pockets and started all over again. This is great because it means I can do a better job the second time around. More practice!
After 3 hours, I got the pockets in, handles, and made the bag's cylinder shape.
Next time, I'll work on the bottom again. I'm having a great time. So far I enjoy this a lot more than many of the other projects I've tried to do. I love the spatial problems of taking flat cloth and making 3D shapes. I also might enjoy it because I'm not worry about the details, or making sure this looks good. I'm happy to be prototyping.