An easy purse (view B) or messenger bag (view A)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were very easy. I don't even have any notes I had to write in for confusing places or changes. I did manage to have my pleats facing the wrong direction - but only I would know that (and now the rest of you do too!)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The bag is open to many creative interpretations. The cover photos look plain, but a lot of additions can be done. I would prefer the handles to be narrower at the point where my hand holds them; they are a bit wider than I like right now, but I think the leather will mold to my hand after a short time.
Fabric Used:This bag was made with all thrifted components. The main part of the bag is a fairly heavy corduroy. The accent panel and straps are leather ~ I cut apart a thrifted leather coat that had been given to me (wrong size - icky style). The bag lining is a mystery, given to me some time ago. The tab ring is from an old thrifted purse I took apart. The lining is fused with interfacing. Leather panel Tab and ring closure Lining
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added a tabbed closure. The bag (view B) has no closure and I don't care to have the top of my purse totally open. It was very simple to add a tab at the same time as I basted on the handles. I found a ring of some substance I removed from a thrifted purse and used it in the tab to hold the bag closed.
I did not add pockets inside (the pattern has none), but this would be very easy to do. I carry most of my purse contents in small interior pouches. I did mean to add a cell phone pocket - then forgot - but I have a pouch for it as well, so no worries this time.
I had no leather pieces large enough for the full handle. So I cut the pattern into three sections, sewed the leather pieces together by barely overlapping them and then treating it as one piece. I chose to cut the handle into three pieces so that I would not have a joining seam in my hand as I carried the purse. By using three pieces the joins are well away from where my hand holds the strap. Three piece handle Making the handles Handles completed
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably will sew it again. I definitely want to make the messenger bag. I have a thrifted black leather skirt to cut apart and have been looking for a messenger bag pattern to use with the leather. I did not realize until I looked at the direction page that View A is simply a messenger bag. It looks more like a purse on the envelope.
I really wanted a brown purse. This meets that need. I enjoyed making the purse - it was easy and looks nice. It would have been even more simple if I hadn't added the leather accents, but I am glad I took the time to make that work. Purse Pattern envelope Photobucket album link