Summary: 3 purses. Two for my Godchildren with a Guardian Angel prayer embroidered inside the bag as well as a rosary charm looped in the lining. When I gave them the bags, I told them these little mementos were to remind them they carry their Catholic faith with them wherever they go. Usually I give them religious ornaments or religious-themed embroidered wall hangings, but this year decided on something a little different. The bags were very well received. The third bag was slightly different due to fabric constraints, but the size and construction methods were basically the same for all three bags.
This purse pattern was drafted in a smaller size than what was given in the dimensions from Brett Bara's Craftsy class on handbag construction. Also, I added various panels because of yardage issues.
Small-medium sized bag
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It was made the way I wanted it to look.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Loosely followed Brett Bara's basic handbag construction. Did a lot of my own things too.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The basic pattern from the class can be scaled to any size one likes. It can be cut to add whatever panels you want using your imagination and creative juices.
On Black Friday I was lured out by the owner of my local Sew and Vac. These great, large lights (just like Ott-lites) were on sale with a magnifier and flexible arm. It easily attaches to a desk. $129 reduced to $29.99 for Black Friday sales. I picked one up then...the owner proceeds to show me the estate-like sale a man brought in of his wife's sewing supplies. They were selling off her fabric for stuff-a-bag-for-$5. I saw a black patterned flannel-backed vinyl piece as wells as a home dec snakeskin print fabric. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. They would be perfect for purses.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Made the basic rectangle from Brett Bara's bag dimensions smaller.
2. Added panels combining the two fabrics for three different bags as shown in the photos at the top of this review.
3. Added a flap flap with a magnetic closuree. I looked at my own RTW bag to draft the flap and determine placement in my bags.
4. Added a zipper compartment on one side of the lining and two open pockets on the other side.
5. Added an embroidered Guardian Angel prayer on the inside of the bag as well as a rosary charm.
6. Add bag hardware as per the supply list in Brett Bara's class. The hardware issue was the reason why I took Brett's class. I think the right hardware can make the difference between an okay bag and one that looks unique and professional.
7. I had fabric constraints. There was only so much fabric so on the straps I turned both long edges to the wrong side, placed hem tape down the center and topstitched on both sides. It worked on well. You can see it better on my bag because of the snakeskin straps.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'll definitely sew more bags. I've been collecting pictures from catalogs and pinning bags to my Pinterest board. I'm reviewing Brett Bara's class separately when I get the chance. Great class. I already knew how to make a handbag, but wanted to see more info on hardware and get a different perspective on bag construction.
Three nice bags! My Goddaughters loved their bags, and I love mine. I just need to make a matching makeup/essentials bag to throw inside so I can use it.