Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Introducing Miss Julie: The Second Pattern in the Swoon Vintage Collection

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I have been doing quite a lot of bag sewing lately, although as usual, I am too lazy or busy to blog about them. However, I had to make an exception with the last bag I just sewed, as she is beyond fabulous! So I decided to roll out the red carpet (or in this case, five yards of interfacing) for this royal beauty's introduction.

I am pleased to introduce you to my tester version of Miss Julie, the Second Soon-To-Be released pattern of the Swoon Vintage Collection!

Julie: The Ring-Top Handbag
I am pretty much in love with her! I have to say that I set a record with this bag when it came to picking out the fabric I would use. Usually, it takes me forever to dig through my ridiculous stash of fabric, often coming away thinking I have nothing I like or trying to decide between different combinations. As soon as I went to look in my stash, this fabric, which I have had for close to two years, immediately caught my eye and there was no deliberating about it. I knew it was perfect! By the way, both the exterior and interior fabric are Benartex prints.

I have also had these bamboo handles (which I bought at Jo-Ann's) for ages and was thrilled to finally use them! One thing great about this pattern is you can make your own handles out of fabric and some inexpensive tubing or you can use pre-made ones, like I did. The pattern includes excellent instructions for making the handles. I will say, for me, the most difficult part of sewing this bag was top stitching along the bottom of those handles! But it can be done, with a little dose of patience and determination.

Another thing I love about Julie is her vintage look with a slight modern, convenient touch; that is her removable strap, which allows for hands-free carrying.

The strap is optional and even if you include it, it can be completely hidden as the strap connectors are tucked nicely away.

Julie has two slip pockets (both an interior and exterior) and plenty of room inside to tote around all the items you could need for a classy night on the town.

Julie will be released this week, and you will be able to purchase her two different ways, either as an individual pattern or you can purchase the Swoon Vintage Collection Subscription. The Swoon Vintage Collection Subscription includes all 12 vintage PDF patterns that Swoon will be releasing over the course of a year, at a very discounted bundle rate. You will receive each of the 12 patterns as they are released. In fact, you get them earlier than the general public! More details about Swoon's subscriptions are available on the Swoon website.

Now put on your pearls and heels and some lacy gloves and take Julie out on the town in style! :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Celebrating 350 Likes with a Giveaway

Over the weekend, Accents by MeMe Mae reached over 350 likes on facebook! And I haven't forgotten my promise to celebrate with a giveaway! It just so happens that today I listed a new item that I am pleased to announce will be the prize of this giveaway: the 3/4" Initial Charm Necklace!

Initial/personalized necklaces seem to be the "it" thing today, as I see them everywhere! I really love their simplistic elegance! Anyways, one lucky winner will receive this necklace, with their choice of initial and one of three styles of an 18" chain. All components are lead and nickle free. Anyways, feel free to check out the shop listing here for a more detailed description of the necklace. Thank you all for your support!

*Giveaway opened to US residents only.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Introducing Melody: The Expandable Tote

For anyone who has followed or read my blog, you know I have a thing for Swoon Sewing Patterns! Okay, maybe more than a thing, maybe a borderline obsession! ;) LOL I have had the privilege of testing Swoon patterns for over a year now, and you might think that eventually the patterns would become routine or you know, less surprising and impressive. After all, how many amazing designs can one person continue to create? Wouldn't they run out of ideas eventually??? Perhaps, this is true for some pattern designers, but it definitely isn't the case with Swoon!

Once again, the lovely Alicia has wowed me! It is my privilege to present to you Miss Melody: The Expandable Tote!

Isn't Miss Melody a classy, sweet girl? She has definitely won the affections of her Swoon testers! (Pssstt a little bird told me there are some lovely pictures at the end of this post of some other Swoon testers' Melody's!)

And why not!?!?! This girl has some special features that make her unique, beautiful, and functional. As said above, Melody is an expandable tote, which explains the need for her side magnetic snaps! Not only do they allow the bag to expand or close with a simple, quick snap, but when closed, I think they had an extra special dimensional touch! Also take note of her side seam stripes! Love this feature! Talk about adding a fun pop of color!

Another special touch: The SNAP TAB! Love this functional touch!

As you can tell, Melody also has her own unique style of handles, which I loved making! Vinyl tubing is an optional touch for the handles, which will give them more dimension. I didn't have any on hand, but the beautiful thing is that I can still add them! :) I also love the o-rings! Hardware just adds a special touch to any bag I think.

Melody also has a mediumish size interior pocket, perfect for holding your phone, keys, lip gloss, and some cash or a small wallet. (Please excuse her wrinkles! She is still a little rumpled from her turning!)

So my final verdict??? PERFECTLY SWEET! Melody is an easy sew for experienced baggers and a safe project for even the inexperienced bagger to approach! Regardless, it is a project with beautiful results! She is just the right size for toting around the essentials and adding some jazz to your style! :) Stylish, functional, and perfect like all things Swoon! Make sure to be watching for her release on the Swoon website! I think I heard a rumor that she will be released sometime this week, like maybe FRIDAY! Just in time to whip out say one or two or ten for Christmas presents!!! :) While you eagerly await her release, check out these other beautiful Melody's by some very talented Swoon testers! They are sure to inspire you!

This Blue-Eyed Beauty was made by Sincerely Jen!

This Alice Wonder was made by Heather of Squatch!


This Featherlicious Delight was made by Sandra of Sew Sandra!

This Pop of Elegance was made by Trish of Lemon Drop Creations

This Budding Blossom was made by Amy of Silly Sea Turtle!

This Suave Suede was made by Sheri of Sassypants Satchels!

And last, but definitely not least, is this Floral Gem made by Amanda of In Stitches!

If these lovely Melodies don't inspire you, then I am afraid nothing will! ;) But I know that won't be the case! :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bracelets Are In The Shop and Giveaway Announcement

Bracelets hit the shop Wednesday, and to celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway on the facebook page. Two lucky winners will receive a free bracelet of their choice from the shop! Enter here today! Just look at these pretties!!! You know you want one. :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Long Time No Blog

Oh boy! I have been so negligent with you my dear blog! It was one crazy long and busy summer, as my husband and I bought our first house and completely remodeled it ourselves (pictures to come one of these days)! There are still some things to finish but the inside is practically brand new and we are loving it. We have been living there for almost two months; however, as soon as we moved in, I started my final two grad courses for my program, so I have done little organizing and unpacking....simply the essentials. Currently, I am in the final week of school and as soon as I am done, I will be tackling one box at a time. Of course, my first priority will be getting my sewing room completely unpacked. :)

Also, with the completion of our big summer project and the end of grad school for me, I am looking forward to devoting more time to sewing, blogging, and my little shop. I am in the process of creating a new addition to the shop: BRACELETS!!! :) I shared these pics on my facebook page over a week ago, but I will share them here as well.

Don't you love the simple, sweet look?

I am so into the nautical theme!

If all goes well (meaning I put the pedal to the metal and get my final assignments finished and submitted), I hope to have these lovely ladies up and listed in the shop this coming weekend. So be on the look out! :)

Well time to get back to writing my final grad paper! Happy Sewing all!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Secret Mess of Bags and Life

Today, I was thinking about sewing, as I often do, but instead of my normal sewing thoughts (what project can I make next? which fabric should I choose? when can I justify my next Girl Charlee order?), I was thinking about the sewing process, particularly the inside of the bags I have sewn. Don't ask me how I got on that thought! I have no idea. But this led me to thinking about how hidden between the beautiful finished lining and exterior of a bag is a mess.....a mess of white interfacing, thread pieces, seam allowances,

stitching lines, zipper tape, and the wrong side of a zipper pocket.

No one but the sewer usually sees this concealed mess. Mostly everyone else just sees the finished product, all neat and tidy, picture perfect!

But this unseen, unsung mess is what gives the outward picture its perfect form and beauty. Without it, the final product would not be there. This is kind of like people and life. So many people just see the outward, put-together person, and not the inner, tangled threads that have shaped and formed that visible persona. Often times, we don't take the time, think about, or even care to know what lies behind the surface, but perhaps if we could see, we would appreciate the outer all the more.

Who would have guessed that thoughts of sewing and bags could be so philosophical!?!? ;)

*Bag pictured is the Stella Weekender by Swoon Sewing Patterns (affiliate link)!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrating 150 Likes!

Today, I am celebrating 150+ fans on Accents by MeMe Mae's facebook page! Yippee! Thank you all for your support!

Anyways, I promised a giveaway for 150 likes and here it is. Two winners will each receive one of these Golden Summer Hair Tie Sets. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. You can earn up to three entries. Be sure to sign in so your entries count. Giveaway ends June 24 and I will announce the winners the following day. Good luck everyone! :)

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