Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Wallet 1.0


Prototype wallet (1)So after a bit of time thinking, drawing and sewing, here's my 1st attempt at a wallet. Don't look too closely or you'll spot a few mistakes. Put it this way - it wont be appearing in my shop any time soon! I've found that it's very rare for me to hit upon a design that you're happy with the first time round, and this time is no exception. There's quite a few slightly dodgy sections here!

Prototype wallet (1)The positives: I'm really happy with the outer section - it looks very simple and (I hope) sophisticated - although I must say it's really hard to go wrong with this yummy Amy Butler fabric. I also like the layout - 3 card pockets, a little section for change, another pocket for receipts, shopping lists, stamps and all that other ephemeral I seem to collect in my wallet, and a section for paper money (that you can't see - it's in between the outer fabric and all the inner pockets.

The negatives: in my enthusiasm to get it all finished I forgot to topstitch the pockets, which means they look a bit wonky and a bit home-made rather than handmade... There's also a bit too much clumsy stitching and bumpy seams for me to be completely happy with it - that was mainly because I miscalculated the seam allowance, so had to squeeze everything a bit too much so that it would fold up right. The main design problem is that seam down the middle of the inner section - it makes everything far too bulky and hard to sew and fold. So, I'm off to have a rethink... By the way - if you want to leave a comment, I would love to knwow what you look for in a wallet..

7 comments:

Gemma said...

I like it! Design and fabric colours are great.

Georgina said...

Looking good - I find that I have to make several attempts before things come good - and you would think that a wallet - all straight lines - would be a quick fix. I love yours, with just the right amount of pocketty spaces!

Izabela said...

it is looking great, as I am not a sewer I never noticed lack of stitches on your wallet's pockets and was thinking reading your post where the mistake is? for me was perfectly made...

but if you ask me what I look for in a wallet, I would have to tell the truth that it has to be very small and cozy but from the side it has to have plenty of different pockets and a lot of space inside and the photo pocket too (always photo) and my last wallet I bought with a chain for a key that I will never loose my and don't have to worry about it at all :)

I just thought that one day I might make blog post about our wallets... how they look and what we missing there and what we carry in them...

xxx

MitziMakes said...

It's looking really good!!

Amber said...

Well...I like it despite the errors you see in it! :)

Craft Matters said...

Thanks everyone. It actually looks better in real life, and I was fairly happy with it until I took the photos!

Emma said...

i can only see the first pic but it looks brilliant... you're brave at doing button holes - these are my nemesis as I can never seem to do them neatly and they have been known to ruin a finished article. I now use elastic loops (hair elastics) which is a mega cheat, or poppers.