|Pattern Description: |
Direct from the Colette website: "Cooper gives you three different bags from one basic body: messenger bag, backpack, and satchel. These highly durable bags can be made in a range of sturdy fabrics such as duck canvas, waxed canvas, twill, and heavy ticking.
All versions are lined and feature eight large pockets, magnetic closures, and hardware details. The messenger bag (version 1) has an adjustable cross-body strap. The backpack (version 2) has two shoulder straps and a hang loop. The two-handled satchel (version 3) does double duty as a bike pannier."
One size. No fitting. Woohoo!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes except mine was lumpier and bumpier, probably b/c my fabric was not as stiff and I didn't have my bag completely filled. I made view B, the backpack.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but 2 things. 1. For the slider, take note the pattern is written for a flat slider. where both sides are the same I used a slider with an obvious up/down and right/wrong side, which the instructions don't account for. I had to play around to make sure my slider was facing the right direction. 2. It was not easy making holes and inserting rivets with an awl. I opted to purchase a tiny punch instead which made this part effortless. You can still make this bag with an awl, but I found it was worth it to use a punch instead.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the ability to play with contrasting fabrics. I liked how professional it looked even though I am not a bagmaker. I liked the instructions - didn't need the companion booklet. I liked all the pockets. I liked the squaring up instructions.
I know this bag was designed for a beginner so they made it as easy as possible, but i would've liked optional instructions for adding zippers. I just feel better knowing my stuff is zipped up inside. So, I don't recommend putting anything too valuable in here as it isn't very secure since all the pockets are quite easy to get into.
Canvas (I think) and synthetic leather.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I followed the instructions exactly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, i would sew it again. I'm just hoping someone writes a zipper tutorial someday. I have worn it out multiple times, and it is a great day bag for carrying sweater, scarf, and an umbrella all while leaving my hands free.
Overall an easy to construct bag but make sure your machine can handle thick layers. It's a nice day pack alternative to all the eastpack/jansport backpacks out there - i much prefer the cooper! I just wish it had a few zippers. I have more photos on my blog here: http://cathywu.com/journal/kalali/2013/12/12/cooper-backpack-bag/