|Pattern Description: Simplicity 1598, Bag B|
Pattern Sizing: US One Size
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, for the most part, I changed the cord strap, and used 1/2 inch metal grommets.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were super easy, although I used a grommet kit which has a special tool to punch out the holes. I think this made it much easier for me than following the directions for the 1 inch grommets as the pattern called for.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the size and shape of the bag. Once made, the bag looked so beautiful, I didn't like the idea of putting in 1 inch grommets that are used for curtains. Finding the right grommet and the right cord became a problem.
Fabric Used: Novelty Halloween Fabric
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Instead of 1 inch grommets, I installed 1/2 inch brass grommets. I used 2 yards of 3/8 drapery cord for strap and tied a knot versus sewing on button. This allows to lengthen strap so you can wear it across the shoulder.
To decorate the ends of the cord: I found two skull bone beads at an Indian store. My husband drilled with some special rotary tool the top of the bead to make an opening so the cord could fit through. The bead was hollow inside. We used melted wax from a candle to plug holes at eyes and bottom of bead. Then, we used a 5 minute epoxy to glue the cord to bead. It was a little messy and problematic - the top of the bead broke off and had to be epoxied as well, when all was glued, and bead had time to sit as recommended on epoxy instructions, husband used rotary tool to sand top sides of bead smooth.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I plan to make several more bags with the adjustable chord. I do recommend this bag.
Conclusion: I love this pattern. This bag is versatile and fun. Sewing the bag was easy, but putting in the grommets maybe the most challenging if you have not done it before.