|Pattern Description: |
Dress with variations, and a tote bag. I made the tote bag.
I was inspired to make the bag after seeing spankachutoo's PR review of the bag.
Dress is 10-22. Bag is one size fits a lot of stuff.
The finished bag measures approximately 13" tall by 16" wide by 5" deep. It looks more like the drawing on the envelope, than the bag in on the pattern envelope looks. Maybe it's just the angle the bag was taken on the envelope.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think mine is cuter.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, though I didn't really understand why the instructions say to sew on just part of the webbing (strap) on the exterior, up to about 5 inches from the top of the bag, then line the bag, then finish sewing on the webbing. I'm not sure what the benefit is of having the webbing sewn to the lining, especially as you can then see the stitching from the inside of the bag. If I make it again, I will sew the webbing on almost all the way to to the top, then sew the side seams, then sew the piping on, line it, then sew the webbing up the rest of the way.
Also it doesn't say anything about using an edgestitching foot, but it totally makes a difference, at least it does for me, with accurate stitching of the webbing (also used the edgestitching foot for sewing on the hot pink to the bottom of the exterior of the bag).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I thought it looked like a good, basic tote bag, and it's pretty big.
Exterior cat fabric: It's Japanese fabric, Kobayashi, their "Quiet Cats" line. I guess they're quiet because they don't have mouths! I bought some of this fabric at Kaimuki Dry Goods in Honolulu in May, but it wasn't enough to make this bag. So I bought more online at Maigo Cute in NJ
It comes in three colorways. Mine is the green/pink colorway but it also comes in blue/red and pink/purple.
Lining fabric and exterior bottom of bag: hot pink duck cloth (canvas) from Joann's. It pretty much matches the hot pink cat.
Hot pink webbing: Pacific Trimming in NYC.
Hot pink piping: I made my own from fabric I bought in 2006 at the Rag Shop, and used some thick red cording I had in stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Quite a few!
1. My print is directional, but the pattern piece was one giant piece that didn't have a bottom seam. So I folded the pattern in half and added seam allowance at the bottom
2. I added the hot pink canvas bottom to the exterior of the bag.
3. I added the cat fabric along the top interior of the bag, kind of like a facing.
4. Instead of adding purchased ribbon to the top of the bag, I made my own piping
5. Instead of using cardboard for the bottom of the bag, I used plastic canvas that is used for needlecrafting. I actually used two layers of that canvas--it really makes a difference! I also inserted the plastic canvas into the lining so that it is not seen and the bag is totally washable. (The pattern says to cover the cardboard in a scrap of lining fabric and insert it in the bottom of the finished bag.) Also the dimensions to cut the cardboard / plastic canvas to are on the pattern envelope but not on the directions themselves.
6. I also added an interior pocket, and a label that was part of the goodie bags at PR weekend Philly 2010 (it says "feisty". I'd love to know where to get small quantities of random words on woven labels, ones that are already made, not ones I'd have to order)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might make it again, either with different fabric for me, or one for a cat loving friend. I definitely recommend to others. One of my coworkers asked how much I would charge to make one for his wife. My response was "Do you have a sewing machine? You could make one for her." (Turns out they don't have a sewing machine.)
Conclusion: Super super cute fabric makes a super super cute bag! The bag is quite large and fits a lot of stuff. My only dislike is that the nylon webbing has a tendency to fall off my shoulders--but it is well worth it for the matching hot-pinkness!!!
More pix in this posting on my blog.