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D-ring and Corner Detail
Circuitry Fabric Lining
Apparently, it's a bag for men only. Who knew?
A bunch of variations on a bag.
I did view C.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Mostly, excepting my changes. Their bag looks very stiff, and it must have been crammed full of tissue to get it to look that way in the photo.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were fiddly and a little confusing, so I changed them.
The instructions call the contrast the lining, even though I would consider the public side, neon green flap to be contrast. That was annoying.
The want you to put the bag/sides together, then attach the flap to the outside of the bag, then attach the lining. To me, this made no sense, so I sewed together the public side of the bag and the lining side. Then I sewed them together, leaving a gap to turn later.
Since I did find doing the corners a little hard, perhaps it would have been more attractive to do it Simplicity's way? But it also could have been the thickness of my fabric.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It was simple, with only three pieces.
I liked that I was able to use silly fabric for the lining.
I cut the pattern and fabric out on Saturday and finished it on Sunday, so it was a quick sewing job.
I like that I used the entire spool of heavy duty thread. I was left with only 5 inches! Since I don't need to keep that thread in my arsenal, I'm glad I could toss the spool.
Joann's house brand cotton duck in navy for the public side, washed and dried on the hottest levels possible to remove all sizing.
Lining was some circuitry fabric I got from G Street's quilting department. My husband is a computer programmer and I wanted to make boxers from it, but it didn't soften up like I had expected, so instead he's getting this bag!
Webbing was husband-chosen in "paprika" color. He wanted red, and this was the closest they had. There was no navy. I suppose I could have gone to REI and had more selection. An idea for next time!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
See above about instructions.
I used a fairly heavy-weight fabric (cotton duck, don't remember the exact weight, but it was Joann's house fabric, I think a 10) and a heavy-weight sew-in interfacing. Considering these things, I didn't interface the lining.
Since I was using up stash fabric, I had to seam together the bits of duck I had, so I used it as the center line of the bag and flap.
I also made a loop of duck and used D-rings to attach the webbing. Because of that, I was able to use an adjustable slider so the strap can be shortened as needed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably wouldn't make this bag again because I don't need another one, but I would recommend it with the caveat that the corners can be hard to get right.
A quick project, and 1 3/4 yards down for the fabric stash contest! I'm pleased with how it turned out.