I finished DQ's garment bag last night. This was one of the biggest sewing undertakings I have ever done. I would still like to figure out a way to attach the hangers in the top of the bag. Thinking of putting a wooden dowel rod inside of some fabric and stitching it into the bag... I need to think more about it, though. Here are the photos.
The front of the bag when folded in half to be carried
The back of the bag. My negative body image had me making the strap waaaay too big. Had to cut it down and re-do it three times. Go me.
Side of the bag when folded over - clasps to hold it together.
Zipper part of the bag where clothes are put in.
Zipper unzipped a little ways.
Back of the bag when unfolded and hung up.
I am glad this is done (aside from fixing a rod in the top). It was a huge undertaking for me. If I sewed these bags for others... I would charge around $150.00 - $200.00 per bag due to the supplies and work put into it. That is the bad thing about sewing. People can't always afford what something is worth. The embroidery of her name alone took me 9 hours because I had to do it by hand. Then I had about 15 hours in sewing the bag. Granted... it was my first time, and as I get better acquainted with the bag it would go quicker. But it was quite the project.
Now I have 5 tote orders to fill! I cut out some pieces last night after cleaning house to get started on them tonight. I also have 5 purse orders for the Soap Store Lady. Oh and my boss asked me to hem three of her husband's pants and fix one of his jackets for her. So my little sewing business may pick up yet. Now to think of a name... and get tags made...
I'm still Whole30 compliant. I'm still not sure what I will do once the 30 days are over. I feel really good. My only complaint is how little I like what I am eating. I just eat to nourish my body. I know that is really the only reason we should eat.... there are just so many delicious foods in this world. I am a sugar addict. I am so afraid one bite... lick... or taste will have that Sugar Dragon ruling my life again. So I just really need to do some thinking and figure out what is best for me. M can't wait till 30 days is up. He is planning the biggest cheat day ever once they are up. He is looking so forward to day 31 that he can almost taste it. Like a kid in a candy shop. I believe it is b/c he doesn't really truly get why we are doing this. He went along with it to humor me, and that's about it. Makes me a little sad for him.
Yesterday while I was sewing two baby sparrows flew into our sliding glass door. One of them died instantly. The other was merely maimed, it wasn't using it's wings, and one of it's legs was being held at an odd angle, unable to move. I started crying, and asked M not to let it suffer. He has a heart of gold, and I could see he was dreading having to euthanize this animal, but knowing it would be cruel to let it suffer. He put it in a box and carried it out the the back of our yard, and was out there for some time. He came back into the house a little bit later and told me I would be happy to hear that he didn't have to kill it after it all. I asked if it died on it's own, and he said no. He said that the little guy was fighting so hard, trying to climb out of the box. So he laid the box on it's side so he could get out if he wanted. The bird sat there for a few moments, then shook it's head, then stood up and flew away. M said that he had too much fight in him to die. I was sad for the bird that didn't make it, but so happy that M didn't have to euthanize it's nest mate.
So taking a lesson from the bird. I have too much fight in me to give up. I have too much drive, passion, and desire to be the best I can. What about you?