Full Moon Tote Bag PDF Pattern

full moon tote bag

My first PDF sewing pattern is now up for sale!  It is called the Full Moon Tote Bag.  This is my first foray into selling my patterns, so I’m not sure what to expect, but it’s been so much fun so far!

full moon tote bag

I first designed this bag a few years ago, and I sold it in my online shop, but this is my first time selling the pattern for the bag.  I had wondered about selling my patterns for a while, but I had no idea how to go about it until recently.  I wanted to start out with a relatively simple pattern for my first PDF, and also something that wouldn’t need to be graded to different sizes, so I thought this tote bag would be a good choice.

full moon tote bag

It is simple, but not boring, and involves more than just sewing straight seams.  The circle on the front of the bag is sewn into, not on top of, the front panel, so there is an opportunity to practice sewing curved seams.  The pattern also includes all the necessary pieces to do an interior facing and a lining, as well as an interior patch pocket.

interior tote bag

Fully illustrated sewing instructions are included as well.

There is also lots of room for customization with the circle:

circle tote

The version pictured above was sold in my shop.  I plan on putting up a tutorial for that version at some point if anyone is interested!

full moon tote bag

Now that I’ve tested the ropes with the Full Moon Tote I can’t wait to get started on my next pattern!  It will definitely be a garment pattern and it will most likely be a dress with long sleeves.  I’m hoping to get it released by the fall so it is ready for some cold weather sewing.

Until next time!

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Linen Mini Kaftan for Summer!

linen mini kaftan

In addition to my blue shibori dress, I’ve also added a mini kaftan to my summer wardrobe!

linen mini kaftan

My birthday was in May and as a present to myself I went fabric shopping!  I love linen and I wanted something easy and comfortable for the hot weather, so I thought–KAFTAN!  With big pockets of course!

linen mini kaftan

I used my own pattern, and I adjusted the neckline a little from the last time I made this one.  I changed the v-neck to a u-shaped neck and I lowered it about 2″.  I think I lowered it a little too much.  I like the way it looks, but on such a loose fitting garment it doesn’t stay in place very well, so my bra straps peek out from time to time.

linen mini kaftan

Why do I look so bummed here? Don’t I know that I have a fancy new kaftan on?

I also added big patch pockets.  What is it about big pockets?  I’ve noticed my pockets have been getting bigger and bigger with every dress.  I wonder when I’ll reach maximum satisfactory pocket volume?

summer linen kaftan

Wardrobe Assessment

playing dress up

The other night I was really bored, so I decided to play dress up!

I had decided a while ago that I wanted to make all of my own clothes and have a completely made-by-me wardrobe.  I’ve been making a lot of clothes, but I don’t have the greatest storage system, so most of them get folded up and tucked away in storage boxes and I end up wearing the same group of easily accessible basics most of the time.

playing dress up

It was good to see the progress I’ve made towards my goal, I always feel like I’m not getting enough done.  I took pictures of my favorites, a la Cher in Clueless:

I don't trust mirrors, so I always take Polaroids.

I don’t trust mirrors, so I always take Polaroids.

It was a really helpful exercise!

handmade wardrobe collage

I need to make some pants…