Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tailor Board

I know I haven't kept up this blog, but my dear husband has worked out in the shop and now we are offering the tailor board for sale.  This device is used in pressing and sewing of  clothes, especially tailored garments.  There are many curves and points to get that crisp line.  You can now purchase on line from SweetPersimmon

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Handbags and Chanoyu

I just wanted to let you know that I my handbags were featured at Portland Sewing's Fashion Show last Saturday and I will have a booth at Portland's Handmade NW on May 3 and 4. The sales support the Heart Research Center.  (Also go to support this blog)  If you can't make it, I will be putting some of my creations on SweetPersimmon.

There will also be a chanoyu presentation at the Japanese Cultural fair for Children's day in North Portland.

Children's Day Festival

Saturday, May 07, 2011 from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PT)
Historic Peninsula Odd Fellows Building
4834 N Lombard St.
Portland, OR 97203
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Kodomo No Hi Japanese Children's Day Festival ~ Japanese Food and Deserts ~ Games ~ Arts and Crafts including Origami and Caligraphy ~ Aikido ~ Jujitsu ~ Taiko ~ Tea Ceremony ~ Kamishibai Storytelling Open to the Public.  Admission is Free! Saturday...
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Bags for Sale

Here are a few new bags I have for sale in the shop.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What have I been doing?

I know I haven't posted here for ages,  but this year I have been taking sewing classes, and patternmaking classes and generally sewing my heart out.

I've upgraded my skills, my equipment, and my designs this year.  I'll post some more photos.

Here are a few bags currently for sale:

Friday, May 28, 2010

Coupons for discount Handbags

Hello, it's been a long time since I posted here.  I have been very busy, and you know, I have been making handbags and all sorts of other sewing stuff I don't have time to go into right now.

Until the end of June, I have a special offer for you if you'd like to get 30% off my handbags at Artfire.

Suede pouch with leather gecko

Leather gadget bag

Orange Sherbet Paisley Baguette


Black and White Sweetie

The Ultra Travel Bag (Bone color only)


Sophisticated City Bag

Shunsoku Bag

Leonine Bag

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Sale

First Annual Ryokusuido
Holiday Show and Sale 2009

Please come to our Holiday Show of Japanese
Antiques, Kimono, and Obi, featuring wood fired
tea utensils by Richard Brandt, and Handbags and
Fashions by SweetPersimmon at

Nishiura Ryokusuido
Japanese Arts and Antiques
3826 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97232

(503) 236-8005 or (503) 262-8369

Friday Dec. 11 7-9 pm
Saturday and Sunday
Dec. 12-13 12-5 pm

Please join us Friday evening for drink and refreshment
Tea will be served in a traditional tea ceremony room
on Saturday and Sunday

Friday, November 27, 2009

Baby bag repair

I have been meaning to post this, as the purple baby bag I made last month came back.  It seems that an overzealous brother-in-law thought the front pockets were one big pocket with velcro and ripped it open, only to find out that they were sewed shut and he tore a hole in the body of bag.

Yep, it looks pretty ugly, huh?   I put off this repair for a week, because I had no idea how to go about fixing this.   First thing I did was take out the stitching that divided the pocket.  I figured if he thought it was one big pocket, other people would too.

Investigating the damage, he tore through the outer fabric and the fusible interface but because the fleece was not attached to the fabric, it didn't get ripped, but now I couldn't just go through the lining to repair it because the fleece is stitched to the outer fabric all the way around.  I didn't want to completely deconstruct the bag to make this repair.  What to do, what to do?   Well I took a piece of medium fusible interfacing and positioned it under the rip with the fusible stuff facing the wrong side of the outer fabric and carefully pulled the fabric together. Then I ironed (pressed) the outer fabric until the rip was fused back together.  Great, but still it LOOKED like a repair.  So I took a piece of scrap fabric and fused ultra hold no sew bond, the kind you use for applique,  and then cut with a rotary blade a nice rectangular piece and fused that to the top of the outer fabric.  Because the pattern is small and irregular, the fused piece sort of disappears.

So what do you think?  In most light from average distance, you can hardly tell that it is repaired.  Up close, however, you can see the patch.  I wanted to make sure the pocket was not floppy so I undid the lining about 2 inches and put a magentic snap inside the bag, and one on the front of  the pocket.  Now when someone rips it open the snap will come loose, but you can still put your hand in either side of the front pocket while it is still snapped to get things out quickly.