|Pattern Description: This is a large bag, messenger style from 'Weekend Designer'.|
Pattern Sizing: The bag is large, I can not only put my laptop in it I could also put my desktop in! Look how big it is: messenger bag
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really. It looks like a cute, purse-sized bag in the photo. The pattern doesn't have the straps/buckles on it to hold the flap down, you have to figure that out yourself (not hard but not for a beginner).
Their's; scroll down about half way to 'Push the Envelope': Their bag
Mine: my bag
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy. The bag is made so that nothing is inset, not even the zipper on the front flap.
Fabric Used: Three colors of cotton denim: an ivory and navy check, an ivory corded denim, and an indigo heavy denim for the strap.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The pattern has the front, back and sides all one piece but I wanted the sides to be a different color so I separated the front, back and sides/bottom and added seam allowances. I wrote out all of the new dimensions on the diagram that I printed off and started cutting. I got a little too excited with my rotary cutter and cut the front and back each 4 inches to wide (the original width including half of each side). Oops! I didn't notice it until I was sewing the front flap on so I just put pleats in it to make it fit. It looks good! Pleats: Pleats in the back
I also didn't trim the top seam, where the bag is attached to the lining. Instead I pressed it down and double stiched it to make the opening stronger and give it some body to keep it open when I'm putting in or pulling stuff out of it. Double stiched opening: double stiched top
I didn't have a metal belt tip and didn't want one on this so I just sewed the ends shut before turing the straps and threaded them through a pair of 'D' rings. Straps with 'D' rings: straps and D rings
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew it again, down sized. I recomend it to anyone who needs a large bag such as this.
Conclusion: I love my bag and I needed one this size for work so my mistake is a blessing. (I would have put off making one for work.) I also need a new purse, so I will make a smaller one. My daughter does fabric art/painting so I want to make a plain canvas one for her to embellish for me.
Here is a look at the inside with the large patch pocket: inside the bag