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|Vogue Patterns: 8274 (SHOULDER BAGS) - Type:Accessories |
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|Reviewed by:||Christie Turn|
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|Member since: 7/2/13 |
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|Posted on:||7/2/13 10:29 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Cotton - Quilting [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Various shoulder and/or cross-body bags. I made view B.|
Pattern Sizing: One size. Finished bag is 141/2" W × 121/2" according to the website. I did not measure.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The construction seemed pretty clear and easy enough to follow for a beginner like me. I’m sure a more experienced sewist would barely need a glance at them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The print was too fun and quirky to be made into a boring square or rectangular tote, but I definitely needed a large size bag to accommodate the substantial print and this fit the bill as both big and not boring, but still within my novice level of skill. The tie embellishment at the top of the strap complements the playful nature of this print too, I think. But the best part may be how well the cross-body style combined with the subject matter of the print naturally begged this project to be dubbed “Cross-Body Hotties!” My only dislike would be the inside pockets are fairly skimpy for a bag this size.
Fabric Used: Never was the word “novelty” more appropriate for this quilting cotton I picked up at Jo-Ann. I can only imagine this is what pre-Industrial Abercrombie & Fitch ads would have looked like. I mean…holy 1776-pack abs! (Who’d have guessed the founding fathers were so foxy?). The lining and pockets are coordinating quilting cotton as well. I used sew-in fleece on the front/back, facing and underside of the straps. I used regular fusible interfacing on the outer side of the straps as I thought another layer of fleece would add too much bulk. Although the pattern did not call for it, I fused interfacing to the lining as well to give the bag a bit more body/support and help hold the overall shape.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: When I got to the step (#17) where you press under the seam allowances and pin the outer and inner straps together before edge-stitching them, the underside strap was too long by about ½ inch. I simply undid the stitches from the previous step where the two ends were joined together and removed ¼ inch from each end.
I thought one of the previous reviewer’s use of Peltex instead of cardboard in the bottom was a brilliant idea—so I did that (thanks, kkkkaty!). I especially love how that makes the whole bag washable without having to keep up with (lose) a removable bottom.
I am not a fan of hand sewing, so I am always contemplating alternatives to the standard hand-sewn slipstitch step for closing up bag linings. I usually just do a machine edge stitch across those couple of inches with the understanding it’s the bottom of my bag and nobody is ever going to see it besides me. But this was a gift for my sister, so like the child spreading icky vegetables out across the plate to give the appearance they’ve mostly been eaten, I ran the edge stitch across the entire bottom seam, so it looks more “finished.” Not that my sister will notice. Or even if she does notice—not that she would care. But at some point in time my mother could dig around in there for an inspection.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might sew it again as another gift, but not for myself. I would not carry a big cross-body bag like this. I would definitely recommend it.
Conclusion: Other than the minor adjustment to the one strap length, this pattern was easy and came together well. It lays across the body comfortably and lands right where it should on the hip. It could be made in a wide variety of fabrics and feels like it will hold up well.
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