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|Vogue Patterns: 8274 (SHOULDER BAGS) - Type:Accessories|
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showing strap length
another photo, strap length vs. width of bag
purse, side view
purse, worn to the front
clip for keys (optional hardware)
magnetic snap (optional hardware)
dual slider purse zipper
dual slider purse zipper, installed
detail of trim/cording
trim at the top edge of the folding pockets
lining fabric, close up
interior view of lined handbag
another interior shot--trying to show 2 pockets
Portion of Bag Interfaced
The rules ask that we state the percentage of the bag that is interfaced. My bag is almost all interfaced, including the strap, the front and back of the bag, the gusset, and the triangular pieces that make the exterior pockets. The only pieces not interfaced are the two narrow strips of fabric that are referred to as "top" and are on either side of the zipper. I would say about 95% of the bag is interfaced.
None of the choices in the pulldown window is quite right. This is a good pattern BUT there were so many thicknesses of fabric at one point that I broke 3 needles on my newer electronic Kenmore. I finally realized the machine could not power through the thicknesses of the project so I used my old mechanical Kenmore which performed superbly. For a project like this, you need real muscle behind the needle. That's the one consideration that keeps me from giving this a "highly recommended."
Also, I think Step 8 regarding the trim on the exterior pockets might present a problem--I discuss this below.
If you like the pattern and your machine can power through 10 thicknesses of fashion fabric and interfacing, have at it. (I would not recommend the pattern for a beginner--at all!)
(NOTE: I said 10 layers, but on recounting I realized at the bottom edge there are 13 layers: 2 for the back, 2 for the front, and 3 layers for each of those 3 pockets, so that's 13. You could use a lighter weight fabric and a lighter weight stabilizer, and that would help some, but this felt like between 3/8 and 7/16 inches of layered fabric/stabilizer the needle had to penetrate.)
"Package includes patterns and instructions for Bag A: 10" W x 12" L. Bag B: 14 1/2" W x 12 1/2" L. Bags C, D: 14 1/2" W x 12 1/2" L, two separate zipper compartments. Measurements are approximate, excluding straps. All views are lined and have inside pockets."
I sewed Bag A.
See description above for bag dimensions.
My bag, Bag A, is 10" W x 12" L. The side gusset is 2.5 inches wide but the bag expands a little wider.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part, yes. However, I wasn't clear on the darting on the inside darted pocket. I did what looked reasonable and allowed me to end up with the final pocket dimensions.
Also, I think Step 8, which instructs you to sew on the optional trim is probably too late for most kinds of trim to be added. I really think this step should be done prior to sewing the two outside angled pocket pieces together. If you do it early you can use the machine and embed the trim in the seam. My trim was meant to be embedded in a seam, similar to piping.
Another suggestion I would give is to sew the bag together up to (but not through) the step where you sew the front and back sections to the gusset and top. At this point jump to constructing the lining so you can get a practice run sewing the lining insert prior to sewing the more critical exterior parts of your bag. You'll understand how it goes together and become aware of any glitchy things you need to be on the lookout for.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The bag, View A, gives 5 pockets--the 2 interior ones and the 3 created on the outside of the bag by fanfolding a long length of angled fabric. That's a lot of storage and it allows for easy organization.
I also like the crossbody straps since shoulder bags never stay on my shoulder. The extra long straps mean the bag is easy to put in place--and it stays in place.
I used a home dec fabric by Waverly called "Aloha." It has very thick threads; I think it is almost a burlap due to its weight and the size of the threads used to weave the fabric. It is a 100% cotton screen print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The changes I made were as follows:
1) I added the trim to the exterior pocket sleeves in a very early stage. If I had waited until Step 8, per the instructions, it would have been impossible to add the type of trim I used. The trim had an edge, or margin, that is meant to be embedded in the seam. Pay attention to when you will want to add the trim! Evaluate your trim and make certain it can be added as late as Step 8 or if you need to sew it on sooner.
2) I added a snap hook for keys on the outside--it's actually a swivel dog leash clip I bought at JAF.
3) I added a magnetic closure for the top exterior sleeve pocket to help keep contents secure. It also should help ensure the bag does not gape open. (Now that I am done, I think there would have been no issue with gaping.)
4) I used a special "Purse Zipper" from JAF which has 2 sliders for ease of access to the bag.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew it again although I found it quite challenging--but doable. I'll see how much I actually end up using it, however, before I commit to another one.
If you are confident your machine can sew through multiple layers of fabric and interfacing, and you like the design, it's a pretty good pattern.
Plus there are those other 3 views I haven't tried.
The pattern has four useful looking bags. The exterior pockets mean you can keep paperwork and other essentials in easy reach and this feature makes it a good handbag for travel.
This is my first actual handbag pattern so completing the project is something of a milestone. I think the handbag will be useful for those times I need more than just a wristlet. It reminds me of a messenger bag because of the strap length and the fact it is a crossbody bag.
I look forward to making the other versions at some point in time.
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