September 5, 2014

Swimming ladies everywhere

Remember that mental Amy Butler bag I made a while ago? Well I wasn’t totally honest with you. Although the instructions were undoubtedly as batty as an extremely crazy bat, it was also frustrating because… I was making 3 at the same time! 
Any sewist can tell you that is madness, with or without nutbags directions. However, I was practically FORCED to do this undertaking by the sudden appearance on my Instagram of the Swim Team collection by Windham Fabrics: 
I mean, really.
Who wouldn’t?
So I broke the no-fabric-buying rule that I had arrived upon that very morning in my car, and immediately ordered a bunch of it, to make a birthday bag for my best friend in the UK, and one for myself as well, because this was too good to be entirely selfless. 
Here is the one side with the delightfully rotund front crawling ladies: 

And here’s the other with bodacious sunbathing babes!

Needless to say, the Crafty Foxes were *literally* foraging in the scraps bin when I was cutting this out, so expect to see these ladies popping up elsewhere in the future! I also have some little bits left here and there so I have to figure out some little projects that would showcase them in their full beauty. Any ideas, dear ones? 
The final bag came with me to Nantucket, and served well as a beach bag, not to mention being stuffed into my bike basket all day. It was a touch grubby when we got back, but a quick go in the washing machine and it’s good as new! Those ladies are invincible.

24 thoughts on “Swimming ladies everywhere

  1. Oh oh oh! I love that fabric! Hold me back from buying all of it! Love the bag. 😀

    1. Jenny says:

      BUY IT ALLLLLL Bwhahaha

  2. lovelucie1 says:

    This is absolutely fabulous! The fabric is to die for!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks, isn’t it great?!

    1. Jenny says:

      Crazy cute, right?!

  3. Marjie says:

    That fabric is a hoot, and your bag is wonderful. I expect the lucky recipient of the second bag to be thrilled!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Marjie, and yes, she did like it 🙂

  4. I think “I’m not buying fabrics” pledges should be broken as quickly as possible, particularly if it’s cute fabric.

  5. dottiedoodle says:

    I love, and have, that fabric! May I suggest a notebook cover for one piece of your scraps? I made one in it, and it looks great! (Tutorial on my blog). It looks wonderful as a bag.

    1. Jenny says:

      Aha, great idea, I will check out the tutorial!

  6. An idea for using scraps– the visible pocket pieces for the Prefontaine shorts (or other pocket pieces for skirts or pants).

    Which bag pattern is this? looks familiar, but I can place it.

    Cute bags!

    1. Jenny says:

      Oooh swimming lady pockets, I like it! It’s the Amy Butler Sunday Sling although I can’t really recommend it… It’s trickier than sewing a dress!

  7. Heather says:

    So cute!! I love it!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks heather 🙂

  8. Margo B says:

    Absolutely adorable!! Love these bags and totally worth scrapping the fabric buying ban!!

  9. Carolyn says:

    Oh, such adorable fabric! That is like the perfect beach bag. 🙂

    1. Jenny says:

      It is/was! Sadly autumn is coming on in now, but I think it will have to go on a mid-winter jaunt somewhere warm with me..

  10. Annika says:

    i want this as swimsuit fabric!!!

  11. tanyamaile says:

    That’s definitely the perfect beach bag! I just love that fabric!

  12. Sophie-Lee says:

    Holy flip this is AMAZING! I wonder if I can still get hold of some of this fabric…

  13. That is the cutest fabric! I’ve got to get some!

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