Friday, August 22, 2008

FO - A Girl's Best Friend Wallet

Closed wallet
Closed wallet

Pattern: A Girl's Best Friend Wallet from JennaLouDesign

Fabric: Don't know... But I can check if anyone's interested. (Sewing is too new for me to know about fabric.. Ask me about what yarn I use for knitting and I can tell you, but with fabric? Nah. Not yet.)

Project time: August 16th, 2008 - August 21st, 2008

Modifications: I made two modifications on purpose. The first one was to turn the zipper around. I like opening zippers from the left going right. The second one was to only add one seam across the card pockets (instead of two) as I wanted to be able to carry more than one card in each slot. I was afraid it might turn out to be too tight if I did the two seams.

Thoughts: I love the fabric and I think it turned out great as a wallet. I'm sure nobody else has a wallet looking like this. :)

Open wallet
A view of what the open wallet looks like.

However, I'm not sure I'll stick to this wallet to be honest. I've never had a wallet with this design before (opening it on one of the long sides) and I don't know if I can get accustomed to it. I also find the wallet to be a bit too wobbly and soft... There are parts that have fusible interfacing attached to them, but I wouldn't have minded some more. If I make this wallet again, I'll probably add two layers of interfacing on those pieces instead of just one.

Bill pocket
The bill pocket behind the card section.

I had problems attaching the card pocket section as I didn't really understand the written instructions when attaching the bottom card pocket. It said to edge stitch it to the back panel and I did just so. With the 1/8in seam allowance that was stated in the beginning of the pattern for edge stithing. I wasn't sure this was correct and when finished I think I made a mistake there, as my bottom card pocket is deeper than the above and I don't have as much space between the uppermost and the wallet edge. I have no desire to go back and correct it though... But it will probably bug me as I have to dig for the cards in the bottom pocket slots.

For coins and bills
The coin pocket and the section for bills behind it. (Those are 100SEK-bills...)

It also bothers me that I see my interfacing when I open the coin pocket. I'd like to have fabric there on the zipper side but I don't really know how I'd have to change the pattern to get that to work woithout strange seams... I'll think about it some more if I make another one.

I do think the end product looks fancy though and I'm happy I made one!

Wallet and Skorpan
And the obligatory picture of one of my cats and my finished object...


Lisa (JeepGirl) said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT, ANNA!!!!! I wish I was as good as you are at everything!! It is just beautiful!!! The fabric is fantastic!!!

Manders said...

Another gorgeous FO Anna !!! if you ever need to just sew one for practice ... I know where it can go when you've finished with it ;shifty:

Anna said...

Så fin den blev! Undrar just om det blir ännu roligare att spendera pengar om man har en sån?!
Nu har jag utmanat dig på min blogg!

Wendie said...

I'm the same way about my fabric - the big names I can remember (Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry), but anything else just leaves my mind as soon as it comes off the bolt. The wallet is fabulous! You did a great job.

Anonymous said...

Very elegant! -Shell

MsOktober said...

Wow, you made that? It's beautiful. It kind of reminds me of Vera Bradley's designs. Nice work!

Miss Behave said...

Hey there,I just wanted to let you know that I ordered the wallet pattern and surfing flickr I found your blog. Otherwise I would have been really annoyed about the interfacing showing, but thanks to you I could fix this!!
I just used Steam a Seam instead of interfacing for the zipper pocket to add the same fabric to the back. So again, thanks so much for blogging about this!!