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scroll sleeve

Added Feb 6, 2011

by Passiona Cottee

Sydney (Inner We...






A place for everything and everything in its place.

The Christmas macbook air, finally has its place. The store had plenty of sleeves for regular macbooks but none for the slimmer ‘air’. Sure it would fit. But it would be roomy and lose its best asset, its slight frame. And, well, they weren’t as pretty as…

The scroll sleeve. The Alabama Chanin style hand-stitching is both form and function: it accents the scrolls and holds the batting in place. The outer fabric’s weave has two facing sides (like a damask ). Both are featured: one on each side.

This is a ‘toile’, of my own drafting and design. Its regaling appearance belies its humble composition. The scroll fabric is from the local community centre: industrial excess. Likewise the zip. The lining half price from tessuti. And the leather tab on the zip is from a book binder’s remnant box on etsy.

I learnt
1) for the first time about Mila Schon an Italian fashion designer who’s name is woven into the lavish lining.
2) more about choosing between the serger and the sewing machine. I followed the principle “the sewing machine is for precision” and add to it my own, “hand sewing is for the impossible!”

Material Notes

OUTER: decorator fabric. MIDDLE: Bamboo and cotton batting. LINING: Mila Schon Acetate. NOTIONS: Zipper; Leather.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Geek, Romantic
Blends, Leather/Fur


macbook air

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    Feb 14, 2011, 07.23 AMby nessys

    Oh Honey this is just precious! I love that you can get fabric from your local community centre! Why do I not have just such a centre in my community??? Why? I ask you!

    The lovely hand stiching sucks me in, every time. I just adore it and I love the fact that you use it in both a practical and understated way.

    PS – That puss warms my little heart! That you for including this dear friend in the photoshoot! So sweet!

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      Feb 20, 2011, 11.33 PMby Passiona Cottee

      Hi Nessy, yes, the local community centre is great. If/when you come to Sydney (?), I will take you there. There are not many like it. A real stroke of luck, for me.
      Handsome the cat just loves being on top of whatever I’m doing. He single-handedly delayed this project to no end (almost). Trust you’re well. Chat soon.

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    Feb 12, 2011, 03.27 AMby freakusbzzz

    I might need to make one for my iPad (xmas pressy to myself)

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      Feb 14, 2011, 11.08 PMby Passiona Cottee

      oh, iPads are so cool! on the lounge, in bed, (even in the car!)

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