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Thanks for all the well wishing with the sunburns and lost photos.  Despite all that I want to reassure you we had a wonderful time!

The question did come to mind while I was traveling, once we make our wonderful crafts and then blog about them, what happens after that? Do they go into the oblivion of our closets? Do they get pampered in relation to our store bought goods? Do they ever get washed 😯 ?

Well, I am normally one of those people that actually use what they make and since I crafted so much before my Hawaii trip I wanted to tell you how each one faired during the journey

Weekender Bag:

This bag really does hold quite a bit of stuff. I used this as my carry-on and it worked out really well as it was perfectly sized for the overhead compartment and was easily accessed during the trip. If packed with a lot of stuff it did become heavy after carrying it around the airport for a while as the straps are not super padded.

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One big thing that occurred during the trip was that the stitching that holds the strap to the side of the bag was not strong enough to support the load. It was not a lot of stuff, but if you actually fill the bag it does put quite a bit of stress on the handles. Despite following the instructions for backstitching at each end, the one line of stitching with just a few backtack stitches was just not sufficient. The bag still held up to the challenge though because of the 3 to 4 times the handles were stitched to the bottom panel of the bag.

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Advice: I would do something similar to the “x” above to reinforce the straps at both the bottom and top stitch point and backstitch across the entire top and bottom stitch line, not just a few stitches.

Layed Barcelona Skirt

My Barcelona Skirt also worked out well for the trip. I was amazed at how many times I actually wore skirts during the trip and may be inspired to wear them more often. I will have to work on fit a little more as the back was a little gappy as my badonkadonk is bigger than my waist causing some fitting issues. When I returned I machine washed the skirt and it frayed quite a bit, which was expected, and took on a wonderfully different look.

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This is after the 10 minutes it took to snip all the frayed edges resulting in a pile of this

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which came from the front AND backside of the top layer of the skirt.
Advice: Hand wash! At least in my case. I don’t know if the skirt will take too many more runs through the washing machine as the fraying on some parts was pretty deep. But I love the frayed look so like I said before, this will be cared for as delicately as I would my hand knits.

Blue Sky Sun Hat

Unfortunately I have no real update for this hat because this hat is a sun hat NOT a wind hat and it was pretty windy the entire time I was in Hawaii, especially at the beach. When the wind would blow it would flop down or back and threaten to take wing and fly away.

Advice: Make sure it is sunny not windy when wearing.

Please note: I still love all my projects and recommend them highly, but like people, they are not without their quirks 🙂 Just trying to let you all know how they faired in action. Good Luck!!

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So the Finished Object parade continues with another Amy Butler original. My mom captured this ahhhh soookey sookey picture of me and it just epitomized the hat. I feel so classic when I wear it. It has that Fedora feel with the floppy, stick in your bag, everyday appeal. BTW my earring are courtesy of this lovely artist. I actually subscribe to her etsy store so that I can see all the lovely things she makes.

Fabric: Michael Miller Dandy Damask
Inspiration: Amy Butler Blue Sky Sun Hat
Modifications: 1/2″ shorter brim, Used a 5/8″ seam for the final crown construction seam, 3/8″ shorter crown
Difficulty: 4
Enjoyment Factor: 9
Sewing Time:
Probably 3 hours

The Good:

  • Speed baby, Spppeeed! This thing was done so quickly it was amazing. The most time consuming was figuring out what modifications I needed to make to tailor fit it to me.

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  • Love the fabric which is a heavier weight fabric. At first I thought it would be too busy, but then I thought about the fact that this is a huge brimmed hat so being incognito is kinda out of the question, therefore making the actual pattern heavy nature irrelevant.
  • Did I mention speed? Also, Amy’s pattern directions really keep any confusion at bay, as usual.

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The Bad:

  • Not really a bad, but I did make some modifications to the pattern to custom make the hat to my liking. These were all mentioned by Amy in the pattern, but we all know we like for the project to finish up the first time through minus mods.
    • I reduced the last construction seam on the crown to make it fit a little more snug than the 1/2″ originally in the pattern.
    • For the crown I made it 3/8″ shorter because it was skimming my ears when it was only the crown and I tried it on. Good for a knitted cap, not so much for a sun hat. So I trimmed off a little, but the trimming also made it a little less snug slightly negating the first mod.
    • Lastly I reduced the brim by 1/2″ because I thought I was going to be swallowed in the overall size when done. I probably could have lived with the size, but thought this change would make the hat a little more manageable for me.

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The Ugly:

  • Pay attention to the directions of your seams. If you seam them together without care they will become bulky and make a ridge on the top of the hat instead of the really flat dome at the top. I got a little bit of that, but nothing horrible. You can’t tell unless you are running your fingers across my head, but it is a word to the wise.

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Thank you gals for all the wonderful compliments on my Weekender Bag. For all those waiting for the courage to begin, I say just go for it! Once you do you will not regret it (although you may need a transfusion due to the loss of blood from pin pricks 🙂 )

So now that my grand pièce de résistance is complete, I have moved on to the Amy Butler Blue Sky Sun hat.

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I actually moved on last week and just completed it yesterday. It is in the queue for a photoshoot, hopefully this weekend.

In the meantime, I will work on finishing up the Orangina shell, which I am now on to the 6″ of ribbing, and start working on the next Amy Butler tribute item for Hawaii.


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