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I made view C, which is a nice zipper pouch, which comes in two sizes: Small and Large.
Finished, the small measures ~8.5" long by 4" tall.
The large measures ~10" long by 6" tall.
I've made the large twice (once from laminated fabric, once from regular cotton) and the small once, from laminated fabric.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I kept the tabs out, so it doesn't look like the picture on the pattern envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are decent, but I'd like to add/revise/modify the following steps:
1A. Sew cute tag onto the lining FIRST before sewing the bag (I always forget that step!)
2 (revised): Iron on the interfacing (to cotton) or sew on interfacing (if it's laminate)
3. (additional): When shortening the zipper (which I had to do for the Large sie, as Joann's only had 14" metal ips and the pattern calls for a 12"), make sure the zipper pull is below where you're "whipstitching" and not above. Ha ha. Also I whipstitch by using the widest zig zag on my machine set to 0 length.
Also I like to leave 7/8" extra length above the whipstitching as a little something extra for my zipper tab to hold onto.
4 (Revised): I cut the tabs out a lot larger, and center the top section of the tab over a particular element on the fabric.
5. when using the laminate, I use Wonder Tape to hold the folds down, since I can't really press it.
6. (additional): Remember, if you shortened a metal zipper, you will not be able to sew through it. Ha ha ha ha ha (ask me how I know).
I never realized before but zipper pouch zippers always have the zipper pull on the left when the zipper is closed! So in the smaller pouch, I didn't realize that and the zipper pull is on the right when the pouch is closed. And since I think of the Manhattan as being the front of the pouch, it is kind of awkward to pull it open from the right or turn the bag around.
I use Wonder Tape to hold the zipper in place instead of pinning it. I like to use a 3.0 stitch length on my new sewing machine. I put the fabric right up against the edge of the thick metal zipper. Instead of using the zipper foot, I use the overlocking foot on my sewing machine, putting the right edge of the foot on top of the zipper and the left edge is on the fabric. It seems to work a lot better than the zipper foot.
Also when working with laminate, I put painter's tape on the bottom of the overlocking foot. (and I recently bought a teflon regular foot, which is awesome!)
10. I didn't trust that this step would work (basically sewing the lining corner raw edges to the exterior corner raw edges), but it totally did! YAY! and it keeps the lining inside the pouch, which is where it belongs. I might start doing that on my other bags.
11. I prefer to keep the tabs out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was looking for a zipper pouch pattern that had those neat corners and this one fit the bill.
Exterior fabric: Manhattan subway fabric from The City Quilter in NYC, in both regular cotton and laminated cotton.
Interior: kelly green denim in stash, from Joann's.
Interfacing: On my third version I used the medium weight sew-in interfacing from Pam (Fashion Sewing Supply). It makes a HUGE difference as it is very stiff, and the pouch actually stands up on its own AND supports the zipper.
In the picture, the little pouch has no interfacing and is stuffed to make it stand up. The big pouch has the interfacing sewn in and stands up on its own quite nicely.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Just making the tabs bigger, and keeping the tabs out. I also used metal zippers each time. And sometimes I put a funny tag on the inside!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I actually plan to sew this at least two more times!! Definitely recommend.
Cute little zipper pouch!
My blog post about my first (larger, non-laminated) version, with more pix!.
My blog post about my second (smaller) version.
Third post about the larger, laminated version is to be written.