When sewing gets practical and fitting success



I have a nice leather handbag that was a gift from my hubby.  Lovely tan leather but the insides were a shoddy lining that frayed horribly at the seams, split open in multiple places (seams were all unfinished on the inside) and I was forever losing handbag contents in between the lining and the outside.  Not to mention how grotty it was all getting.

So I bit the bullet and relined the bag, adding in a couple more zippered pockets to the interior which I find more practical than pockets.

I was expecting to make a total mess of it but it was surprisingly easy – I cut out the old lining, used it as a rough pattern and made up a new interior using some nice cottom fabric – also a gift from one of the hubby’s Vietnam business  trips.

All the zippered pouches and pencil case gift-making experience came in super handy and I managed to construct the internal zippered pockets without too much trouble.

I then slip stitched by hand the lining to the original stitching, which feels very secure and also relatively easy to remove should I ever feel the need to do this again.

So some quick pictures on my phone just to document it.  Super practical sewing but as I use this bag every day it I get a thrill now when I see the new and vastly improved interior.

While I was at it I also decided to test my kimono knit top fitting theory by using the same changes to make a collarless Cabarita top in a plain blue knit fabric (just some kind of basic t-shirt fabric but with a one-way stretch and very little recovery)…

I only have some dodgy phone selfies for this at the moment but the fitting adjustments worked well the second time round so I am ready to cut into my nice jersey crepe for  this pattern.  Oh, and the back bow/collar detail?  Thats called cutting the neck bands out of the back pattern piece and the patch up job turning out surprisingly looking like I meant to do it.  And a bow, because the back seam does not neet exactly lined up just for fun. Instead of the collar I cut a long binding piece and ran it the whole way round the neckline.  I used a hem binding as it was a tad short but I didn’t have enough fabric to make it longer.

For something I was just whacking together to test fit it turned out very wearable.  And yayy.  I’m excited about the fitting success for this type of top, as I have never got them sitting/feeling right before. Win!

  • Sharon

    Very impressive bag remake and high five for the fitting adjustments working for your new top!

    • Thank you very much Sharon. 🙂 You are so kind and encouraging.

  • Very impressive bag remake and high five for the fitting adjustments working for your new top!

  • Thank you very much Sharon. 🙂 You are so kind and encouraging.

  • Shar

    How great that you were able to salvage your handbag – the inside looks so pretty and I know I can always use more pockets! Good to know that the changes you made for the Hummingbird will work for the Cabarita. I have the PDF pages printed out, but not assembled yet. I love the bow detail and it definitely looks like an intended design feature. Isn’t it great when that happens?!

  • How great that you were able to salvage your handbag – the inside looks so pretty and I know I can always use more pockets! Good to know that the changes you made for the Hummingbird will work for the Cabarita. I have the PDF pages printed out, but not assembled yet. I love the bow detail and it definitely looks like an intended design feature. Isn't it great when that happens?!

  • You must post better photos of your Cabarita hack! I need to see more, more, more!

  • You must post better photos of your Cabarita hack! I need to see more, more, more!

  • Lovely lining – and such simply improvement 🙂
    Your top is siple and practical and I love your simple solution on the back neckline 🙂

  • Lovely lining – and such simply improvement 🙂
    Your top is siple and practical and I love your simple solution on the back neckline 🙂