Friday, August 19, 2011

Summer Sewing

We reached the island well after sunset, swathed in a haze of salt air and fading light. The place was Two Harbors, a small outpost on the Catalina isthmus. We spent three days there, camping in canvas-walled cabins overlooking the cove. That first night we hiked along the bluffs under a black sky, looking down at the port lights reflecting off the water. Summer nights here are scented; coastal sage and native grasses, wild licorice, warmth and dust.

For this trip I did a little last-minute sewing. The Two Harbors Tote, a sturdy, drawstring, beach bag with rope handles for a bit of nautical flair. I found some coordinating fabric by chance, which resulted in the Seafarer Clutch — just the thing for ferry tickets and collected shells. I illustrated step-by-step instructions for both projects so you can see how I made them and maybe try them yourself. Click here or on the banner above to download.

38 comments:

Sewandthecity said...

I love the photos, and the beautiful bag! It made me long for the beach!

country girl said...

Gorgeous and so practical!
Enjoy the island!

Sealicious said...

This is wonderful!!! I lived at the marine lab for a semester. That side of the island is a magical blend of wildness and peace :)

Thank you for "taking" me back there for a moment!

Anonymous said...

These are lovely! Thanks for the pdf :) /Limar

Katie said...

Gorgeous pictures!!

Joy said...

Such beautiful photos! The bag looks absolutely awesome!

Connie @ Daydream in Color said...

This is so adorable! You make me want to grab some fabric & hit the beach with these cutie projects!

Jan's camera said...

Your photos are beautiful. Love the beach bag. A wonderful vintage style

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Soooo Cute! Love the free pattern. Thank you. :)

PuppyLovePrincess said...

ohmygosh, that clutch is just beautiful!

Ariel said...

such lovely pictures!

~Ariel
adreamersdaze.blogspot.com

JAF Gifts said...

That's a lovely pattern for the clutch, thank you very much for sharing it to us! :) I'm not very skilled at sewing, but this is worth a try!

Nicky

PHILO said...

oh I ♥ this pics!!! thanks for this great ides!

xoxo
http://miss-philo.blogspot.com/

elissa :: ebb & flow said...

beautiful. i'm forwarding this link to my sister. we're always looking for new sewing projects to hone our skills. thanks for sharing!

VICKI IN AZ said...

i enjoy your blog so much. it is just beautiful, you craft words in such a lovely way as well as all of the beautiful things to delight my eyes. i just had to tell you thank you. i am looking forward to creating some of you tutorials. be well blog friend. xoxo

sara tee said...

that tote is so precious, it's the perfect beach bag! i love the simple stripes as well

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Cinna said...

Found your blog today and it´s really creative and inspiring, for sure I will be back! Have a nice day! Cinna in stockholm

M said...

your pictures are beautiful. photoshopped i presume? :P jk!

Anonymous said...

Love the journal, really enjoy your blog !
Karin, Amsterdam
www.beschuitmetaardbeien.blogspot.com

Elis said...

They both look fantastic! I don't think I am talented enough to create something that looks so well made.

SuzyMcQ said...

Hello,
I have looked and looked, because I didn't want to bother you, for the fabric you used on the tote, but I can't even find anything close. Would you mind sharing, possibly?

I thoroughly enjoy your blog, your aesthetic and photography. It has a quality few blogs are able to match.

Please, as time permits, keep it up.

Livy said...

Hi Suzy,

Thank you for your kind, kind comment! The fabric I used for the tote is called ticking; it's made of cotton and of a sturdy weight. You can usually spot it at chain fabric stores — I went to JoAnn Fabrics for mine, but depending on the store they may be in different areas. The store I usually go to keeps them on the end of an aisle near the fabric area with the muslin, while some other stores I've been to keep them near the decorator fabrics or near the canvas duck cloth. Just ask for "cotton ticking" and hopefully someone can point you in the right direction.

And of course I will continue blogging! Working full time has really diminished my rate of posts, but I love it too much to give it up.

Thanks again for the encouragement and good luck hunting down the fabric!

Livy

Sketch of Senses said...

Just found your blog today! Love it! The photos are amazing!

Lily@TileSupply said...

I am so in love with that bag!!!

White Tapestry said...

This is great...Looks like I have a new project now!

trinketsandtalmud said...

Hi,
I'm new to your blog,
I just wanted to say that I love your creativity and I'm so inspiring to use your patterns and designs!
Thanks so much!
xoxo

emily said...

love it!

Clementine said...

I just found your blog - so beautiful! I love your photos; a real inspiration! x

Annalisa said...

darling.

smiles,
anna

http://helpfulannalisa.wordpress.com

Anthony Spence said...

Its a beautiful blog..Thanks for sharing it here..

Kate Austin said...

Makes me sad that the summer is over ... gorgeous bag and lovely photo!

teastain said...

oh, so beautiful! Just came across your blog...definitely adding you to my favorites list. :)

christine said...

Oh my I love these pictures. x

Gina@ A bit of whimsy! said...

The clutch came out great. Thanks for the instructions. Love your blog!

Rennae said...

I am dying over that boat fabric, It would be perfect for my sons room. Are you please able to share any details on it? Thanks in advance.

Mia Rivel said...

Beautiful Blog Miss, have an amazing day =)

-Mia xoxo
http://naturezfinest.blogspot.com/

Cussot said...

Can I point out a couple of errors in your instructions for the tote and clutch?

In Step One of the tote instructions, it says to baste two bottom circles together "right sides together." I believe you mean "wrong sides together."

Then, in Step Two for the clutch, it says to place the rectangles "wrong sides together" before sewing them, whereas I believe you mean "right sides together" in that case.

SuzyMcQ said...

HI Livy,
I stumbled upon this post today and noticed your response to my post, which I had never seen. I was interested in where you obtained the fabric for the clutch. I continue to look for it as I have a nautical thing going on in my home and would love to use it for a project I have in mind.

I worked for Pottery Barn so do I know ticking! It's the other fabric that haunts me!

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