When my daughter saw the Amy Butler free pattern for a business card keeper she wanted to try it, but as all sizes were in inches, and the instructions too difficult for her, she asked me to do it (it's an ideal pattern for cards of credit-card size, not only business cards). Having finished my blouse (pictures still to be taken) and not in the mood to start something else yesterday evening, I said yes.
This is the result.
Part of the fabric is cut in the wrong direction, as my perception of what the direction of the parts was, wasn't correct. The instructions are very different from what I'm used to, and require careful reading.
I must say that I quit the project yesterday halfway, as it didn't make sense to me any more. Cause must have been Friday night after a few days of very hard work, and I was very, very tired. These instructions must be read carefully and line by line, and I marked the lines that I finished.
What I don't like is being told each time that I have to backstitch each end of the seam. It distracts from the instructions. Just tell at the beginning and only tell when you don't have to do it (which in this pattern is never). But with careful reading it's a good pattern.
At least good to try the instructions for an Amy Butler pattern, as I have two bag patterns in my stash that I want to try sometime.
Regarding the closet-cleaning Melissa asked what I do with the clothes I sewed myself. I'm ruthless, just do them away. When I really like something though I don't wear it any more, I leave it in my closet, otherwise it will go to goodwill.
And on a completely non-sewing note, but on blogging. I always had problems with the layout of my posts. On my new notebook computer Windows Livewriter was pre-installed. I like the features it has and am particularly fond of the possibilities of using tables, which I use to align text and pictures. Adding pictures is easy too.
As always with these kind of programs: some things could be better, but for me it's much,much better than writing my posts in Blogger itself, or in notepad first. It speeds up my writing of posts (did you notice?). It's a free program that can be used on a Windows computer with XP or Vista.