When we first started rehearsing together away from Napa School of Music, where we got started, my band practiced at my house. Partly because my family and neighbors are easygoing and able to handle the cacophony of loud noises broadcast out the windows. But mostly because we had a drum set in our living room, left behind by our youngest daughter, then living in a university dorm.
A full drum kit is a lot less portable than other instruments and equipment, so it made perfect sense. Eventually, our drummer bought Tessa’s drum kit and we began taking turns hosting band rehearsals.
I have a case for my bass guitar, and the amp has a handle to carry it with, but the cables, microphone, tuner, sheet music, etc., I toted in this charming bag that Howard gave me. He thought it was groovy, I guess. I think it’s a little garish, even for me.
I had my eye on this Melody Miller fabric for quite some time. I held off buying it because I didn’t know what I’d do with it, and it’s such a large-scale print that I knew it needed something big to show it off. (Since when do I need a reason to buy fabric, right?)
It finally went on sale, so I bought a piece, along with some Lush Uptown – a perfect match – and Pink Chalk Studio’s Mail Sack pattern and sewed myself a new gear bag.
Once I cut out the pieces, though, I decided I wanted a few more records on the outside. So I cut a few more singles out of the remaining fabric and machine appliqued them onto the bag pieces before I stitched it up.
Top 40 for sure! I added a key fob to the inside, helpful with such a deep bag. The zipper pocket is lined with some of the music print that Howard got me from Ikea.
I made a small alteration on the other pocket, making the right side bigger, and putting two pleats into the left side of the pocket for my cellphone.
I love it, and so do my bandmates (well, at least the female ones; the guys couldn’t care less). It holds everything and it was a great pattern to sew — clearly written and nicely illustrated. The pattern’s glue-stick method of sewing in zippers is my go-to technique from now on!
Body: Melody Miller’s Records in Ambrosia, Robert Kaufman Classic Threads Stripe in Multi ∞ Lining: Lush Uptown Woodgrain in Moss ∞ Pockets: Lush Uptown Painters Palette in Sky, Holiday Music from Ikea
Selfish Sewing: Do you sew mostly for others or for yourself? What would you make if you gave yourself a whole week to make things just for you?