|Pattern Description: From the HotPatterns web site:|
"The ultimate Mom-with-attitude-Bag, this tasseled beauty is chic, beautiful and practical too. This fabulous tote is designed for medium-heavy fabrics like denim, canvas, real or faux suede and leather, a firm cotton jacquard or brocade, or classic home-dec fabrics.
Lined, soft and roomy tote has an open top, cut-on handles with topstitched trim plus optional purse feet; the interior has- of course!- one large zippered pocket, plus a cell phone & small open pocket.
Optional tassel trim adds a luxe finish.
This chic tote is perfect for all day, everyday wear...use it for work, on the weekends, out with the little ones or on vacation, shopping, lunching or any time you need an elegant but roomy bag. Try your tote with your favorite vintage jeans and a crisp white shirt, team it with a tailored office look, or wear it with a simple shift dress for a great outfit."
One size. It's the perfect "mom bag" size:
Modeled by me
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, the finished bag looks like the line drawing.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part, yes. I struggled a bit with the handles, though (I've never made a bag with cut-on handles before.) This was probably a totally dumb error on my part, but I'll share my mistake in case it helps someone else:
The drawing that accompanies the instructions where you attach the facing/lining to the bag body shows that the facing has full bag handles--it doesn't--the handle section of the facing only goes up as far as to just be covered by the trim (in one of the last steps). So that confused me. And the instructions say to "stitch along the top" of the lining/facing and bag body to attach but doesn't show the stitching line, so I wasn't sure whether to stitch inside the O/U shape inside the handles. I tried to wrap my head around how I'd turn out the bag and did stitch the inner handle section, which was incorrect and required the seam ripper.
The instructions contain special instructions at each step describing what you'd need to do differently if you were making the bag out of leather or a leather-like material. I couldn't find a faux leather I liked locally, which is why I used a corduroy that I liked the color of, but I thought that the special leather instructions were a really nice touch. If I were to make the bag again, I'd use a good faux leather.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I love the finished bag and have been using it a ton since finishing it. It's replaced our awkward diaper bag because I can fit diapers, wipes, a sippy cup, snacks, and all of my own stuff in it. It's open and roomy and easy to find things in.
Dislikes: Again, this is probably due to my lack of experience with this type of bag, but the instructions for doing the handles in a woven could be improved.
Corduroy for the bag body and quilting cotton for the lining.
Bag with lining
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Nothing major. I omitted the tassel only because I thought that a tassel out of corduroy would be silly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If I can find an appropriate faux leather that I like, I'd love to make another one of these. I recommend it to others--just be patient with the handles.
A stylish and very practical bag. Mine has gotten a ton of use already. A perfect "mom on the go" bag.