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Monday, February 09, 2004

12:29 AM  

Kerryn from New Zealand had sent me pictures of the bag she made from my pattern in the Stitch n Bitch book and I am just getting around to posting them on here now...

She lined it with a beautiful floral pattern and I must say that it looks stunning!!!!
Since I haven't gotten around to learning how to sew yet, I asked her how to put the lining in.

Dear Tina,
The lining is pretty much the same as the measurements for the knitting. I added an inch when cutting it out to allow for seams, and just sewed it up on the sewing machine. The trickiest part was sewing the gusset on (a bit of guess work about attaching what bit to what was involved), but that part is practically invisible so dodgy seams are not such a big deal. Although, with a lining like this you can actually make the bag reversible, so maybe seams are important! I collect a lot of old fabrics, and this is the first time I have used them for linings. Linings are actually quite under-rated, I have now learned they can be a really important part of the look.
After I sewed the bits together on the machine I hand-sewed it to the bag (with the wrong side facing the bag, ride side facing the world). If you use cotton of a similar colour to the knitted bag then you really can't see it. I just sewed it up the top around the opening of the bag, there's no need to attach it anywhere else, that's just too much work.
cheers, from Kerryn.

Thank you for sharing Kerryn!
So happy to see that my little pattern is inspiring people around the world :)



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