Ever wished you'd not started something. That's how I've felt on several occasions these last few weeks, since I had the brainwave that I would design my own zippy pouch for the Mouthy stitiches swap. Out of my depth also sprang to mind once or twice.
This was my inspiration
And by the way, I don't buy designer sunglasses. These were given to me by my very kind SIL when she bought some new Christian Dior, or similar when we went to Egypt last November. It looked such a useful shape, but a quick paper prototype proved that I was never going to get that wedge shape, not in a million years. However, I thought I might be able to manage a flat one, similar to the sketch below
I made a rough prototype
Then on to the real thing!
Boy oh boy was there some cursing and swearing going on whilst I made this! There are some aspects of it I'm really pleased with. I love it that it's my design and I worked out how to make it with a little help from my husband, who solved some of the engineering dilemmas!). I love the size and shape - you could hide your grannie in here and find her again no problem! And I love the applique on top - it's a traditional Japanese Twisted Chrysanthemum in not so traditional colours.. Of course, there are things I'm slightly dissapointed in. I had trouble turning the corners at the back. I ended up using the same technique that I use when making corners on binding, but it's a bit too pointy like a Madonna bra. Getting the stiffener (vinyl flooring) to stay in one place was a challenge. This has been turned inside out and ouside in so many times it's a wonder there's a pattern left. But overall, I think it's good enough to send out to my partner - who I'm pleased to say has already said she likes it!
I've had some really encouraging comments on flickr (thank you everyone) and many requests to do a tutorial. I've never done one before but will give it a go. I'll try to change the construction slightly to iron out the bits I don't like. I might have a go this weekend, but will have to make sure I don't disturb the rugby!