Saturday, 21 July 2018

The Ogden Ida Swap

I happened upon the #OgdenIdaSwap Instagram / Blogger sewing challenge a while ago and immediately signed up. I was sent the name and address details of my sewing swap (fellow Yorkshire lass), Diane and then almost forgot I had to send the items by the 22nd July.

The swap was organised by Jen and Laura at Cotton Reel Studio. You could sign up to make both the True Bias Ogden Camisole AND the FREE Kylie + the Machine Ida Clutch OR just the Ogden or Ida. I chose to make just the Ida as I knew I had some gorgeous smaller fabric remnants that would be perfect for the Ida clutch bag.

The fabric combination I chose to use were the remnants of one of my favourite SOI Shift Dresses in a black floral linen with a cerise pink silk lining.

Luckily, the construction of the bag by Kylie + the Machine was a blast. Kylie has produced such detailed and easy to follow instructions which means it's a very fun and fast make! I decorated Diane's parcel with some beautiful Liberty print patterned paper and sent it off on Wednesday. Diane contacted me this morning and she is really happy with her gift!

Attaching the zip
Hand-stitching the opening in the lining 

The only 10" zip in my stash happened to be orange which perfectly complimented the floral linen fabric!

The only purchased item was the magnetic closure which I bought from Ray Stitch in Islington

I received this beautifully made Ida clutch (below) from Emily J (@esova) on Thursday. It came wrapped with a pretty ribbon and a hand-made marbled card inside. I also really love the patterned lining! What a useful little clutch bag in a perfect black and charcoal grey plaid woven fabric. Thank you so much, Emily!

A big thank you to Jen (@jenlegg4) and Laura (@cottonreelstudio) from Cotton Reel Studio who organised this really fun sewing swap.


  1. The bag you made and gave are both lovely! The lining and plaid look awesome together, lucky you. Super projects to use small leftovers as well. I didn't manage to participate as I haven't been sewing much and have been distracted by other things, but I like these gift-y swaps. Next time.

    1. Thanks Kate. It was great to use the last few sections of the floral black linen and pink silk!

  2. These are both lovely! I love the lining in particular

    1. Thanks.
      I agree - the lining is so pretty!

  3. Hi Caroline, glad to hear that you like the clutch! I love taking part in exchanges like this. Got your lovely letter as well, thank you! Would you be alright with me using one of your photos of the clutch I sent you on my Instagram, as long as I credit you?

    Thank you, Emily

    1. Hi Emily, of course you can use the photos!
      I'm glad you got your letter and thanks again for such a beautifully made Ida!

  4. Those are lovely gifts. You parceled yours up beautifully. Jo x