Micro Mod His and Hers Sew-Along: A Grand Day Out!

micromod sew along pair | whipstitch

The last few days, I’ve been playing with microMod from Rob Bancroft of Green Bee Patterns & Design!  Alexia and Rob have such a cool thing going over there: husband and wife, along with her mom, all running their own design company and putting out not just a whole mess of great sewing patterns, but also making this gorgeous fabric!  MicroMod is an all-organic line from Cloud9, and it is dreeeeeaaaamy.

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I love the idea of a His-and-Hers Sew-Along.  I loved thinking about how I would use this fabric and what ways there are to do a non-gag him-n-her project.  I knew I wanted one of the Everyday Handbags in MicroMod–because it feels so mid-century and delicious and just right for the shapes.  Today’s bag is very Audrey (not on purpose, maybe that’s just where my head has been these past few months) and I wanted something that would play nicely with an Audrey-style bag, but for him.  A wallet?  A pocket square?  A bow tie!

micromod sew along bow tie tree

Both of these projects are sewn out of the Vertigo print in teal, from the microMod line.  A fabulous handbag and a sassy bow tie make me think of a night on the town, but this fabric doesn’t feel like a nightclub or a dark restaurant to me–more like a grand day strolling the park, hand in hand, or a cafe on the sidewalk, enjoying the fresh afternoon breeze.  Can’t you feel it, y’all?  Don’t you want a teensy dog to walk while you swing this bag and his hand, so you can glance over and see him smiling above his rockin’ bow tie?

everyday handbags shoulder bag hanging

This final handbag from the Everyday Handbags class has sweet rounded corners and straps attached to the sides of the bag with hardware.  A magnetic snap holds your goodies inside, and two interior pockets keep everything sorted.  It’s large enough for a day bag, but tidy enough for dates.  Day-time dates.  Lunch dates.  Dog-walking dates.  The kinds of dates people go on when they have lives that aren’t rushed or over-scheduled, where they can meet for an hour in the afternoon and enjoy one another’s company for the pleasure of the relationship and the memory.  The kind of life I think most of us most want to have.  And doesn’t the fabric feel like that to you?  It totally does to me.  This print (you can get it from Hawthorne Threads or Pink Chalk Fabrics) is modern and clean and whimsical and joyful, all at the same time.  I just love it.

everday handbags ecourse shoulder bag overhead

Measuring 13″ x 8″ plus straps, this bag is such a great size (if I do say so myself, and I do).  I love a handbag that I can tuck under my arm and carry but that I can also dangle from my hand like in the movies (Audrey again!) or those sophisticated ladies on a Paris street.  This one has just the right structure and stiffness for that, but the organic cotton of the microMod–dude!  It has such a soft hand and a smooth touch, almost like poplin in its smoothness.  It’s a delight, and makes the bag feel and look much more expensive and professionally made than it really is.

micromod sew along bow tie | whipstitch

Same goes for the bow tie: my husband’s other bow tie is black satin (naturally).  This one rivals that in how smooth and crisp the fabric is.  Seriously, I loved sewing with it, and the bow tie itself was a snap to put together.  I used a template from the Seasoned Homemaker (although I’ll say that one of her comments pointed out this is a little on the small side, and I agree–I would lengthen a bit if I made it again), and it went together in under 30 minutes.  For reals.  Hint: trim your seam allowances down before you turn right side out and it’ll go much more quickly!

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The Everyday Handbags class begins April 29 and there are still spots left!  See all the info and register right here.

The His and Hers Sew-Along is in full swing, and there are a TON of great projects to see!  Follow along and at the end of April you can enter to win an amazing grand prize: A fat quarter stack of microMod by Rob Bancroft from Cloud9 fabrics, the entire Green Bee Patterns collection, a microMod sewing bag, and a Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine! (Open to contiguous US residents only.)  Check out the full list of folks participating:

April 2 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee
April 3 – Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 – Amanda at the Craft Junky

April 6 – Rachael at Imagine Gnats

April 8 – Heather at alamode

April 10 – Holly at Bijou lovely

April 13 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee 

April 17 – Faith at Fresh Lemons

April 18 – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt

April 19 – Deborah at Whipstitch

April 20 – Jacey at Jaceycraft

April 22 – Krista at Krista Withers Quilting

April 24 – Jenny at the Southern Institute

April 25 – Amy from sukie don’t ya know

 April 26 – Jen from Betty Crocker Ass

April 27 – Sara from Sew Sweetness

April 29 – Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey

April 30 – Amber from One Shabby Chick

May 1 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE

everyday handbags micromod shoulder bag

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  • Leslie R.
    April 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning my Bow Tie Tutorial. One method I’ve used to increase the size is to lengthen the short ends in 1/2″ increments ~ then make a test muslin. That way, it will perfectly fit the neck of the wearer.

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks for that tip! My husband has a larger neck that most men his height, and we have struggled with his bow tie in the past–I suspect that if he didn’t have a larger collar size this would have fit perfectly. As it is, I adore it and it will fit our son just fine! Thanks for the great template!

  • Gill
    April 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I love this fabric! Great bag too!

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Thank you!! I love the size of this bag the best–and those little rounded corners. It’s the little things in life that make it sparkle, yes? 🙂

  • Tamie
    April 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I love the handbag. It does look to be the perfect size.

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Just enough for the wallet and phone, not enough for the blankie and Goldfish crackers. That’s my new rule now. So glad you like!

  • robin
    April 19, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Love the fabrics, and the bag. Cute!

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      I cannot even put into words how great it feels–just smoooooth. Remember the old Heather Ross fabrics when she was with Westminster? These feel like that, but more substantial. Sooooo good.

  • Lisa E
    April 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    The bag and the bowtie are beautiful. I also really enjoyed reading your description on how they would be used on dates!

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      Ha! Yes, I may have been a little (ahem) obvious in my fantasizing. I’ll have to work not to ask my husband to read this post with a wink-wink and a nudge-nudge. A girl can dare to dream. (But doesn’t it sound lovely and European and urbane??)

  • Michelle
    April 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I was waiting for your turn on the micro mod tour and your projects were worth the wait. As always

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

      Oh, Michelle!! That totally just made my DAY. Thank you so much! I’m really delighted that you like them–I was so pleased with how they turned out. Here’s hoping the tie will fit my hubs–otherwise, we all know what our son will be wearing to prom in ten years! 🙂

  • Lisa Marie
    April 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    This looks like such a great fabric line! I would love to carry a purse like that, but there’s no chance I’d get my husband to wear a bow tie!

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      I am really, really impressed by the quality of the fabrics from Cloud9 and the texture and colors on this line in particular–you should totally go get some. It’s dreamy! Use it to make one of the bags from the class! 🙂

    • Deborah
      April 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

      Also: my husband swore he’d never wear a bow tie–until he started seeing them in Esquire. If he were a Dr. Who fan I might’ve gotten him into one sooner, but as it was, a few months of fancy men’s magazine bow ties and now he’s got three. Doesn’t wear them often, but when he does: soooo cute.

  • Marie
    April 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Love the style of the bag! Always loved Audrey, Sabrina is my favorite movie, she really had amazing style! She would definitely carry that bag!

  • Pam S
    April 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    The bag is gorgeous, and I so loved your post about dates!

  • Cecilia
    April 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I love the purse.

  • Becky Greene
    April 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I love this fabric and this purse design! Your description really makes me want to live the life you described! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Carmen
    April 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Beautiful bag – I want one (off to check out the class now)

  • Deborah
    April 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    I love the bag you made – that fabric is perfect for it!

  • Karrie Smith
    April 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I love that bag! It’s so cute.

  • Shalini
    April 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    HI Deborah will you be sending an email out soon regarding the things we need to buy for the course? I have signed up and really looking forward to it.

  • Patricia
    April 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Love the bag AND the fabric!

  • Elizabeth McDonald
    April 25, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Oh, this fabric is perfect for the bag, AND for the bow tie too! I love them both.

  • Fawn B.
    April 25, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I love this bag; it is gorgeous. The bow tie looks so fun. You’re right, this is absolutely an Audrey Helpburn kind of post! Now I want to go watch Funny Face or Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

  • Debbie G.
    April 25, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Hi Deborah, these look so beautiful! I hope all is well with you and your family. We are anxiously awaiting some nice Spring weather here soon. By the way I am totally loving your book “Stitch Savvy”! I’ve made a few things so far and I completely LOVE the knit top pattern. I’ve made three tops for myself! 🙂 Yay!!

  • Kirsten
    April 25, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    That bow tie is really cool – I might try to make one for my daughters grad ball partner to match her dress later this year!