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|Vogue Patterns: V8139 (Handbags) - Type:Accessories |
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|Posted on:||11/25/12 12:41 PM |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|I enjoy making bags and am always looking for cute patterns. I found this pattern in new condition at a thrift store for .55 so of course I couldn't pass it up. |
I made View A which is a lined bag with an inside pocket, contrasting corners and flap with magnetic closure and self straps.
Front of Bag
Back of Bag
I used all materials I had in my stash (a great stash buster!) This was a pretty straight forward handbag pattern with no complicated techniques. The instructions were easy to follow with the exception of one mistake:
(NOTE: when sewing the flap to the bag back, it instructs you to position it with the clasp side DOWN, but that is incorrect and it should be sewn on with the clasp side UP.)
I made several changes/additions to this pattern. It only included one patch type pocket in the lining but I added a generous sized zippered pocket on one side
and an in-seam pocket on the other side
These are roomier, sturdier and more useful than that standard patch pocket.
I also used plastic canvas rather than cardboard for the bottom of the bag. I inserted it in the bottom BEFORE lining the bag and tacked it to the seam allowances so it wouldn't shift around. Of course cardboard couldn't be sewn into place this way.
Plastic Canvas Bottom
Plastic Canvas Bottom
Although that makes it slightly more difficult to pull the handbag through the lining when completed, it can be done because the canvas is flexible (unlike cardboard which would be bent.)
*Wish I could ask the pattern designers why they chose cardboard instead of inexpensive, easily available plastic canvas???
I also used purchased purse handles. I just substituted tabs where the straps would go in the pattern. I added a strip of contrasting bias tape in the side seams to accent the line where the pattern prints meet.
Side Seam of Bag
I used imitation leather for the contrasting corner and bag bottom. (Had it in my stash!) This makes it quite sturdy and more like a purchased handbag.
Bottom of Bag
Another thing to note is that the contrasting material used for the corners cannot be a fabric that frays since it is unfinished. You simply stitch the piece into place and then trim close to the stitching and the faux leather works fine for this. I suppose an alternative with a fraying fabric would be to iron on the piece with Wonder Under and then do a zigzag or applique stitch all the way around. (I might try that if I make this again.)
Since this pattern was basically free, I can't complain! It is a great pattern, though, and lends itself to lots of possibilities for style and color. The other views are cute too, I might make one of those next time. I like this bag and will probably make it again (once friends and family see it and start asking for one of their own.)
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