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Pattern Reviews> Amy Butler> AB025FB (Frenchy Bags)

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Posted on:6/17/09 1:29 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 8 people   
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brooksie99 said... (7/30/13 3:19 AM) Reply
I haven't logged in here for ages. Thank you all for the positive comments.
brooksie99 said... (7/30/13 3:19 AM) Reply
I haven't logged in here for ages. Thank you all for the positive comments.
dirtybirdskyhag said... (5/20/10 10:25 PM) Reply
Thank you, Thank You, Thank You for the tip on the tutorial. The directions for attaching the lining to the main bag are awful. Other than that, this is a good pattern.
xray62 said... (6/22/09 9:48 PM) Reply
I am extremely new to sewing so think I will pass on this for now.
brooksie99 said... (6/20/09 9:41 PM) Reply
Thanks for the positive comments! This really was a fun bag to make, and I'm going to try it again very soon- I definitely want to try it with more interfacing. Sewing the Frenchy was a great eye opener for me; I definitely need to be more exact when cutting and aligning seams- Mrs. C, I know exactly what you mean ;) I just bought a Simplicity Birdie Sling knockoff pattern for $1.99 to try; my cousin is actually going with the Amy Butler original pattern- we'll be sharing our experiences, so I'll be doing a little comparison in my next review.
Mrs. Columbo said... (6/20/09 11:16 AM) Reply
I too made this bag just last week and reviewed on it as well ... I did do the topstitching in step 7b however when it says to go around it again to secure the lining to the bag, if your seams aren't lined up perfectly, your outside will look great while your inside is way off (ask me how I know. lol) I ended up taking it out .. I did topstitch around the top of the bag however and found that to be sufficient ... I've only made three bags but I did take a class last fall .. until then I could not figure out how to get the lining inside the bag!! Great review. I'm working on my second Frenchy now.
marthamyers said... (6/18/09 12:36 PM) Reply
Great pattern. Great result. Thanks for sharing. One other problem I experienced with it - the top stitching between the top and bottom. I found I had to baste it first, in order to make it look even on both the outside and inside. Love your version!
VintageBerry said... (6/18/09 1:59 AM) Reply
Thank you for the detail and the link, I will definitely use your tips when I get to my handbag sewing.
renren said... (6/17/09 10:30 PM) Reply
Well, your review is advancing fast through the gallery with all these summer sewists whizzing through sewing projects. Still, I had to track this review down and compliment you on a flawless review. I especially appreciate helping us anticipate potential snags with this pattern along with solutions to overcome those problems.
JDpenelope said... (6/17/09 5:02 PM) Reply
What a nice first review! Thanks for taking the time to detail your experience with this pattern. I agree with you that instructions for sewing bags can be very difficult to understand, especially when it comes to attaching the lining. It looks like you puzzled your way through it all quite nicely.
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