Sewing is a lot like life...sure, there are patterns for just about everything, but in order to love what you do, or love what you make, you have to change the pattern to make it your own regardless if the change is a fraction of an inch or the length of a yard. And more often that not, those choices you make to change the pattern do not work out exactly the way you hope. It can be frustrating and challenging, and sometimes you have have to rip it all apart at the seams and start completely over. Which requires patience. A lot of patience. But in doing so, you create something that is far more rewarding, and far more beautiful, then what you started with.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I had a feeling this would happen....

So....I had a feeling this was going to happen. But before I tell the story, I need to set the context for what led up to today....

Context #1 : I recently made a shoulder bag for my momma in the Amy Butler Frenchy pattern, which I love. Well, my oldest sister (we will call her Sis from here on out) liked it and mentioned it to my mother so in turn my mother asked me to make Sis one for birthday, which is coming up in the month of August. I then went out and found the perfect fabric for my Sis's bag and just finished it this weekend. As a reference point, here is my mom's bag. I obviously can't show you my Sis's yet or it would ruin the surprise.

Context #2 : My other sister (we will call her my Seester from here on out) emailed me a few weeks ago and the conversation went like this:

Seester : "If you were going to pick one of your shoulder bags on etsy for me, which one would you pick? Just curious."

Me : "I wouldn't pick any of those for you my seester because none of them look like you. While they look like me, they don't look like you. The only reason I have not made you one yet is because I haven't found a fabric combination that looks like "you", but when I do, I will make you one. And don't try and be sneaky and buy something from my store. You are my seester for crying out loud."

Which, I have since found fabric that I think looks like her, though you can never really be sure about this sister because she is extremely picky. And picky doesn't even begin to explain it.

Fast forward to this morning when I finished Sis's bag and immediately fall in love with it. I should've known better, but I was so eager to share, I texted a picture of it to my Seester.....big mistake. She texts back "I hope that is mine, if it isn't, it shoud be". Uh oh. And here now lies my Seester has now seen my Sis's bag, but won't see her own until it arrives on her doorstep. What if she is let down? What if she likes my Sis's bag better? Then what? As my 3 year old son would say...."Awwww Nuts".


  1. Well....Sis could end up liking Seester's bag, and they do a swap. It could be that you picked out great fabric choices for them, just one for the other! :)

  2. Hello! I am a new follower from The Nutritionist Reviews. Looking forward to reading most posts!

  3. Not completely familiar with the term "etsy" but I suspect it means you have an online store where I would be able to browse and perhaps buy one of those fabulous bags???
    Please email me details in case I don't find my way from here, pretty please!

  4. Yeppers. That bag is totally cute.
    Gorgeous fabric combo.

  5. Could you not make them the same bag? Or find material that is very similar? You know like the shades are slightly different. Just a thought.

    I just found your blog and really like it! =)