Inside a seamstress's bag

The handbag; a female's best friend, companion in those dark [and fun] days, the carrier of all our needs and essentials. Not to mention dominator of our outfits, and the blessing of my life. It has come to my attention that I seem to buy a new handbag as a sort of reward for myself after I've accomplished something. I only realised this after I was explaining my reason for purchasing one bag in particular. And then it hit me; ' Ahh, so that's why these bags have sentimental values.' I suppose I think of it as a treat -  from me, for myself, as a well done, you deserve this! 

Would you like to know the reason why?


Let me tell you a little trick my sister taught me (which links to why I have created the unintentional habit of treating myself).

So I was having a difficult time with my long sewing hours. I would either overdo it and sew non-stop, cutting off all contact with everyone. Or I couldn't look at the sewing machine at all, dreading that I'd have to go back and finish a garment. But this had to stop as it was ruining my sanity.  And so I remembered my sister once teaching me that to get through those long days of sewing, I should section my sewing days into hours. Sew, and then a treat break to keep me motivated. But you can only allow yourself treat breaks after you have finished sewing a certain section. During this break, it was also a great time to communicate with the rest of the world and reply to emails. The emphasis is treat and motivation. These two combinations would help keep things balanced without overdoing one or the other, and it would be a sort of mini well done for what I have achieved. Even if it is just finally sewing the hem of that abaya made out of that fabric the sewing machine truly hates (yes, the fabric that makes you want to give up on everything, and go marry a rich husband so you never have to work again).  Oh come on, don't tell me you guys have never had those thoughts before. Alhamdulillah, they only last for a few seconds and I am back to my happy life. 

You see, this trick of a treat break to keep me motivated has stuck in my mind unintentionally. And without realising, it has transferred into my normal life. After a particular hardship or energy consuming week, perhaps even months, my treat break would usually be a handbag. Okay, I know it's a bit bigger than a snack, or a slice of scrumptious carrot cake that one might assume as a treat break. Come on girls I am sure on some tiny level you agree with me when I say us girls can't get enough of handbags. It is our way of communicating. But in my defence, if you buy the right bag it can be a great investment piece and can last for many years.

Inside every Handbag, you will find the contents, and the contents are just as important as the bag. Therefore I have made a tag post, for the inside of my handbag. But the difference is that this tag centres around careers in particular, or relates to the theme of a blog. 
I have tagged some awesome bloggers and Instgramer to share the contents of their bag with us. So please do check them out.





Inside a seamstress's bag
So this is what I would usually carry with me when I have a client fitting. Let's say I have learnt the art of minimalism when it comes to packing. It could be because of my love for mini bags, and I find any excuse to wear one. But when it comes it fittings, mini bags are just not ideal, because of what I will carry. Before I would carry lots of sewing gear, needle, thread and snaps. But now I will carry as little as possible unless I will taking fabric or applique with me to the fitting. Now let's start from right to left: 

1: First off -  sunglasses.  To say I have an obsession with sunnies is an understatement. I LOVE them, and I wear them pretty much nearly every day. When it's sunny - yes, when it's not sunny - yes, during winter - I'm embarrassed to say yes. As I write this, I'm hiding my face in shame, but I will still carry on doing it. I can't help it guys, it's so convenient! I get teary eyes walking the streets, and sunglasses are great at masking those eyes (they're also great at masking half-dead eyes, when you've been up all night sewing, which is what I usually do just before a second client fitting - but hey! you keep my secret, I'll keep yours). And definitely my RayBans.These were the first expensive sunglasses I bought and have lasted me a good eight years, so in a way, they are pretty precious to me.

2: My phone is pretty important (not an understatement). If I forgot that it would pretty much make life very difficult. Which is not a good idea.

3: Tape measure: in order to measure the clients, or measure a garment they want to be adjusted.

4: Chalk:  to mark new adjustments on a garment.

5: Pins: I use these for pinning the new measurements of a garment so that the client can try it on.

6: Scissors:  for cutting, obviously. But this is a pretty rare occurrence. I know a few times I've gone to visit clients and spotted a few stray threads which I have to cut. I choose to take mini scissors as there are more convenient. But since we're on the topic of scissors - story time! I remember while I was studying fashion, my friend and I made the V&A Museum our third friend, which we constantly needed to visit for inspiration & sketching. We would always visit straight after we left from college with all our fashion tools, books, set squares and let's not forget our huge scissors (which we used for cutting fabric, no other reason). Try to explain that to a security guard, though. And so, it became a part of our routine visit to get stopped by security who would search our bags and find it baffling why we would be carrying such huge scissors with us. They'd take the scissors away and we would have to collect it after we left the Museum. Lesson learnt kids: don't take big scissors with you to places that don't need it.  The conversations will be uncomfortable and most people don't understand its actually for work. 

7: A cute pouch to keep all the handy sew stuff safe, and all in one place.

8: The measuring book:  all client fittings are recorded in this book. Easy to carry, and gorgeous. 

9: A pen: can't forget that one.

10: Chapstick for my lips: lol. I will be talking a lot. And I shouldn't have an excuse to have dry lips.

11: The BAG, this bag actually has importance for me. As many of my bags, this one has a story behind it. My best friend was recently in London (She doesn't live in London) I see her maybe less than 10 times a year. So it is pretty important when we see each other and we make the most of our time together. We were out and were casually strolling when I saw the Kurt Geiger store, I dragged her in with the intention to show off a bag that I was recently drooling over, but had no intention to buy it because of the price. And right in front of us, was the said bag on SALE! I ended up buying the bag and she ended up buying a black ostrich skin like purse. We both walked out delighted and knew that we were going to cherish this moment because we don't know when the next time we get to go shopping together will be. 

There you have it - my basic seamstress bag. This is what I would carry when visiting a client.

Is it what you expected it to be? 

I now tag:
Step inside my handbag Blog & Instagram

Inspired and fabulous Blog & Instagram

Love hijab Girl Blog & Instagram

Amour Vita Blog & Instagram

Halal Heat in The Kitchen Blog & Instagram





20 comments

  1. I love this post and especially your bag! It's such a lovely colour, definitely a statement bag! Thanks for tagging me in your post.

    Nazira xx

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    1. Habibti thank you, I can't wait to read your post on the inside of your bag x

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  2. Sunglasses were a must for me when I was living in Dubai, but now I am in the UK and don't go out daily so it's not an essential. I have my baby's things in my bag mostly.

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    1. I do believe mothers bags are interesting they are great at balancing personal stuff with their kids stuff x

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  3. Woah that is quite a detailed post on what's inside your bag. Didn't realize it can mean so much to us when we actually choose to write about it.

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    1. Yes, the inside of a handbag is important especially when you take it to work. Even more so when your blog revolves around your work ;) Thanks for the comment x

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  4. Of the many things I want to carry along with me all the time, I just want one bag in the world and that is Hermione's (Harry Potter) --- then again this the real life and not fantasy. I like bags that are really spacious, bigger... better... But things get lost sometimes, so either I would get an organizer for the bag or just arrange my things in their own "containers".

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    1. Lol Hermnoes bag ;) I like the idea of bag organizers, by bags are usually very messy inside.

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  5. Such a cute bag! I also always keep my sunglasses, chapstick and phone in my phone along with kleenex, lotion and hand sanitizer.

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    1. Thank you, you sound very clean and orginized x

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  6. Ilove the bag and yes you're right! There's no excuse for dry lips LOL.

    I LOVED visiting the V&A growing up but my heart was in the National Gallery

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    1. I haven't been to the National Gallery in such a long time, I think I might go this year just to remember what it is like.

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  7. Omg can I just say that I'm in love with your bag and that pretty gold notebook?! Also, love all your photos <3

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    1. My Love thank you, I love YOU just for saying all of those kind word ;)

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  8. So that is what is in every seamstress's bag huh! haha I love the purse too!

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    1. Thank you, you can say this is what is in a mimimalism loving seamstress bag

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  9. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Masha Allah! I also recently learnt the task-reward system. Makes hardwork seem like a piece of cake. Alhamdulillah. I also did a whats in your bag post recently...talk about great minds...��

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    1. Thank you my love, I am on my way NOW to your blog to see what is in your bag, cant wait o read it x

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  10. just came over from your sisters blog about the tag, i had to see what you had in yours :) love it

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    1. Thanks my love, did you like what was inside her bag x

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