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|McCall's: 5824 - Type:Accessories |
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|Posted on:||1/25/13 12:22 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Mediocre Pattern |
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|Available for sale on PR: $12.71 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Laptop Bag & Sleeve|
Pattern Sizing: None
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Meh.
Were the instructions easy to follow? NO!!!! A thousand times no!!!!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Like? Nothing. It's a glorified & fussified version of a kids' backpack, NOT a laptop case. Don't ask me what I disliked. There's not enough bandwidth on the internet to really tell you how I feel.
Let me begin with the instruction sheets. The only thing I can say about them is that I suspect someone who used to work for Simplicity wrote them because they are so confusing!
The pattern piece numbering scheme was a little whack when you consider there's a patchwork cover that you're supposed to construct. Would it have been too hard to letter them A,B,C,D and so on so that you had an idea of what the eff you are supposed to do? And it's UNHELPFUL to have TWO pieces #4 that are NOT IDENTICAL. Same goes for 7 & 5. REALLY????? Who DOES THAT???? Talk about boldly going where no pattern has gone before...
Pattern piece naming convention... Where do I start? It took me HOURS to figure out what the eff they were talking about when they were referring to certain pieces. You'd think that it would be fairly simple: bag front/back, bag flap, bag strap, bag lining front/back, bag gussett, outer pocket, inner pocket, flap pocket. But no.
Construction issues Let's see... I have NO idea why the gusset would need to be in two pieces. That's where all the load is going to be if you put anything IN the bag, so having a seam there is counter-intuitive. D-rings for the shoulder strap. Save yourself the agony and get actual bag hardware with a slider thingy to adjust the strap. You won't pull your hair out like I did. And whose bright idea was it to fuse fleece to the ENTIRE length of the shoulder strap? It's ridiculous. The strap looks like... well... I HATE IT. Also, there is NO stablity/structure to this item. It's like a puffy messenger bag, not something designed to haul technology.
Fabric Used: More awesome Star Trek novelty cotton! Some of it is vintage 70s gold!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I hate extra pockets/pouches. All I want is a bag to put my computer in. So I omitted ALL the extraneous pouches/flaps/nonsense. I omitted piping as I didn't have any and it would've been overkill. I shortened the shoulder strap because it would've been a waste of fabric to make one as long as is called for. I'm short and I don't need a strap as long as I am tall. I sewed it with 5/8" seams *and* sewed around the outer edges to make it smaller. My laptop is lost inside it, it's so huge.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No and no.
Conclusion: This pattern is basically a rehash of the backpack I made for my girls a couple of years ago. I swear by all that is unholy that the backpack pattern is easier to put together. If I hadn't paid $1.99 for this pattern, I'd have felt like I was ROBBED.
If you look at my project photo, you can see that the sheer size of the bag relative to my body is massive. I have NO idea what size computer they think would go in there, but my 15" Acer (not a slim laptop by any means) fairly SWIMS in it. And that's WITH my USB mouse *and* the power supply tossed in.
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