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|Serendipity Studio: #131 (Bijou Travel Trio) - Type:Accessories |
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|Reviewed by:||teri b|
|About teri b |
|Member since: 5/7/08 |
|Reviews written: 4|
|patterns reviewed: 4|
|Posted on:||6/7/13 2:20 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/15/13 2:12 AM|
Pattern Info provided by teri b
|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
|Fabric:||Linen Blend [See other projects in this fabric]|
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By popular demand, Bijou is back and better than ever! All bags feature a padded exterior zippered pocket that is perfect for carrying tablet computers, iPads, or eReaders.
A large exterior patch pocket graces the other side of the bag for small items as well as a zippered pocket on the interior. All of these bags are perfect for travel and fit nicely into small spaces like the area under the seat on an airplane. These roomy bags are the perfect solution to your travel needs. Make your very own set today!
The pattern includes full-size pieces and detailed, illustrated instructions.
Large: 18” wide x 6” deep x 12” tall
Medium: 15” wide x 5” deep x 10” tall
Small: 12” wide x 4” deep x 8” tall
Pattern Sizing: Three Different Sizes, I made all three!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? TOTALLY!!
The instructions are excellent, but I still have the entire instruction sheet marked up with my own notes. For instance: My note: Pin Zipper when installing (the instructions just say "Center zipper and, using zipper foot, stitch." Basically, the notes are reminders like that just for my Virgo type personality...details,details,details. I went slowly and the bags came together just fine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love that it basically felt like I made luggage!! I love the look of the finished bag. Dislike? Such a strong word. Nothing!
Fabric Used: I used Linen/Cotton Blend on all three. Large: Melody Miller. Medium: A DaVinci print I've had for 5+ years, source unknown. Small: Anna Maria Horner Linen in Parenthetical.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did make a couple of changes during construction of the second and third bags. I added a second row of stay-stitching to the main bag pieces for what I call the "wrestling stage" of these projects (and believe me....there WILL be wrestling). When I didn't have the stay stitching during the installation of the top zipper panel, all the layers came apart because of the easing when joining a concave edged piece to a convex edged piece (those two being the main bag piece and the zipper panel piece). Worked great with that change.
Another change I made was to NOT trim down that same final set of seaming (top zip panel....according to the instruction sheet "the most challenging part of making this bag, so hang with me and be patient" and I agree). My sewing machine (a 5 yr. old Viking Emerald) really stepped up for those insane layers, but it just doesn't like to sew those layers when the seam allowance is only 1/4". (Basically, it doesn't like to sew a thick seam only using one side of the walking foot). So I didn't trim. I left at 1/2" and it bulked up the curve and seems to help "hold" the curve in the second two bags, while not so much on the first (largest) bag.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I did! I sewed all three of them, and love them all. HIGHLY recommended to advanced sewists only. I definitely wouldn't recommend it for beginners or even intermediate sewists. So many details, and you really do need to be totally accurate on the measuring, cutting and seaming to make it all come together correctly.
ALSO, IMPORTANT......Make ding-dang sure your machine can sew through (literally) a half inch of thicknesses, because that's what I had when sewing together the main pieces. Two straps with interfacing and two main bag pieces backed with Peltex. Seriously thick. I was very proud of my machine, though I did have to use the "Hump Jumper" quite a bit. Also I used a walking foot (the BEST investment I've made for that machine). I would NOT recommend sewing this bag without a walking foot.
One more note: You WILL have to crush this bag when you're sewing around some of the trickier seams, but don't worry. If you have a serious iron and can steam it like the instructions say, it all (literally) comes out in the end (see pics).
Again, NOT recommended to beginners or intermediates, unless those intermediate types are extremely confident and have plenty of bag making experience.
I love love love this bag. I just wish I travelled a lot so I could have an excuse to make more, but am looking forward to using these probably once a year for our visit to my daughter's in Portland, OR.
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