Well, it may not be my last post but I am going away for a month to cold, cold Melbourne and may not have the opportunity to say anything for a while. Rest assured I shall still keep up with all of you though.
Instead of packing and setting my house to rights I have spent my last evening whipping up a bag for myself. The pattern is based on one from gretelies.blogspot.com. (Sorry. I am still having trouble with working this link thing.Sometimes it works for me and sometimes not.This time it isn't.) The fabric is a heavy, pure wool that I bought nearly 30 years ago on a sale table at Lincraft for $4.00. I always wanted to make a coat with it but it would have had to have been a sleeveless one because there wasn't enough fabric.
I cut out some lovely appliques but when I laid them on the bag panel they looked horrible. So the finished bag is just plain black with a couple of gorgeous buttons from my collection.
It has two zippered pockets - one attached to the top for valuables and another to the bottom for personals. I chose a burnt orange fabric for the main lining because I want to be able to see what is down the bottom and I think black is too dark for that.