There are 2 sizes to choose from and both sizes have the option of being finished with
- a tubular bag frame,
- a zipper top or
- a draw string closure.
I chose the tubular bag frame finish. Click here for more details. Pattern Sizing:
Small 8 x 12" (20 x 30 cm) or Large 10 x 18" (25 x 45 cm). I made the small bag using the tubular bag frame as the closure.
I bought the tubular bag frame from Ghee's online store.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes and that's the nice thing about this pattern.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes they are. This is the first time I've made this bag and I found the instructions simple and logical to follow on my own.
The handbag options were very clear and well written.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't like this style when I saw the pattern. Once I saw it made up by a few of my sewing buddies - well - I had to make one for myself. They made their bag up in a Saturday tutorial session. That in itself speaks volume to me.
Leather pieces and silk lining
The leather pieces were remnants but gorgeous in colour.
The lining is a snake skin printed silk remnant so I've reinforced the lining with light weight interfacing.
I've used topstitching thread, a teflon foot, size 4 stitiching and dropped the feeder dogs to sew the leather on my home machine. The shoe repair guy did the final row of stitching to sew the lining to the leather. The shoe guys machine ran out of bobbin thread and at the end his machine needle broke. His work cost me $10.
I also bought 50 wonder clips because the small bulldog clips I was using for the leather were a bit bulky to sew with. Bulldog clips do the job if you don't have access to wonderclips. I bought the wonderclips through ebay.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added phone pockets on both sides of the bag.
I used steam a seam lite 2 when putting the internal pockets together.
I also used double sided tape to seal the leather seams as I went.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes.
I have already ordered more handbag frames for a couple more of these beauties.
Oh my. Even the men in my life think this bag is a winner. Maybe it's because I've used real leather.
If you want a bag that's easy to make ie stressless, go for this bag.