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Posted on:5/6/14 1:28 PM
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Threads Magazine: 11-2013-28 by nowak  Threads Magazine: 11-2013-28 by nowak  
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
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Pattern Description: "Quick to make" High octane Clutch, streamlined steps make a fast and easy handbag.

Pattern Sizing: 10''x7''/ 25cm x 18cm

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Mostly yes.

The most difficult part was drawing the pattern pieces. You have 3 small drawings that show the shape of the pattern pieces and give you the length of the baseline, the heigh and the maximum width. But the pattern curves in and out and from the small drawings it not really possible to say, what the "minimum" width is. If you draw all three pattern pieces separately you might very well end up with slightly different shapes which will not really match.

I only figured out how to do better after I was halfway done, but I would recommend the following process: Draw the pattern piece for the bag exterior. For an even shaping fold the paper first along the pattern foldlines (horizontally) and then once again vertically in half. Then cut your slightly rounded shape. That ensures a symmetric and matching pattern. Then fold it up, add 1/2 inch seam allowance all around and you have your bag lining. Use the foldline of the bag lining as a base and copy the shape for the divider. (Going up 4 3/4 inches from the fold which is the base of the divider) Add 1/2 inch seam allowance to the bottom of the divider, just going down straight, no curve.

(The pattern adds more seam allowance to the top and bottom of the linig fabric, but if you fold away the amount the instructions tell you, it leaves a gap between outer fabric and lining which was so wide, that in some cases was hard to cover with the zip. After I had figured out there would be a gap I folded in more seam allowance, but that way the lining can get caught in the zipper. I don't know it that is a pattern mistake or if the pattern plans for people who are folding and cutting a little less precises and therefor will need that room?)

The instructions come with photos, so they are easy to follow.

The only tricky part is not shown however: Sewing on the second side of the zipper band. The bag is not very big, so handling is complicated her. At least if you use a zipper of the right size. I did only for one bag, for the other three I had longer zippers (because that was what I could have gotten in the colors I wanted...) which makes intallation very easy. (Take a zip 4''/ 10cm or more longer then open it completly when you sew in the second side. The slider will be out of the way and you have more handling space. After that close the zipper, block the end with some stitches and cut off the surplus.)

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the size, which is small enough to use up remnants (and I had so much fun playing around with them, that I made four bags right away) yet big enough to store the small necessities like your phone, some money, creditcards and maybe even a small book.
And it also makes a great project bag for sock knitters....

Fabric Used:
I used different fabrics from my stash: thick slightly felted wool from a coat, embroidered dupioni silk and two different kind of denims for the bag, different cotton and viscose wovens for the lining, including one "real" lining fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only design changes I made were du to material. I matched the width of the straps to my hardware and I made some "covers" for the zipper ends from trim, because I had used a longer zipper and had to cut it of, which leaves you with a self sewn zipper stop. Which is a little less nice than the metal clamp of the purchased ones.

As described above I used in most cases longer zippers for an easier installation and I did not interface my straps, because I used either very strong and non stretchy fabric or decorated it with ribbons that were strong enough.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I think there will be more to come. They are useful, they can be done with remnants, you can have them match any part of your wardrobe, make great gifts... and are done rather quickly once you have the pattern.

And yes, I would recommend it. With the few modifications I recommended above it will even be faster. (I am missing the right rating... for "highly recommend" I'd expect something to be closer to "perfect" regarding the instructions, so I would say "recommend" or "recommend with minor modifications. )

Really cute clutch, does not need much fabric, very versatile, fun to play with,...

And quickly done. (Though not as the instructions state because the construction process is extra smart, simply because it is a simple project. If you'd like to have it faster, you could close the lining by machine also. :o )

All in all... LOVE!

Will do it again!

(Edit: I apologize for the completly useless pattern number. But the system would not take it otherwize. It kept telling me, how a Burda magazin pattern should be added, ignoring completly, that I had choosen a "Threads magazin" pattern... Of course ther is neither a "11" 2013 issue of threads, it's issue 169 and there is no pattern 28, it's on page 28. I am a big fan of feeding things uniformely into the data base, but forcing people to provide wrong information, just to fit it into the pattern is maybe not the best solution either....)
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degnancy said...
Those are adorable! I think I have this magazine squirreled away in my closet. I need to make a few for me and a bunch for presents. Thanks for the very helpful review!
5/7/14 10:55 AM
supizoo said...
Very sweet little clutches! Thanks for posting your technique.
5/6/14 6:36 PM
persevering said...
Thanks so much for posting! I really appreciate being reminded of this article on the clutch. Congratulations on your sewing success!!
5/6/14 2:59 PM
slmstyle said...
Great little clutches! Thank you so much for the helpful and detailed instructions to get this pattern made. Sounds like the instrutions were not quite clear from the magazine. I also have this magazine issue and thought this little clutch would be fun to make. Very nice results!
5/6/14 2:09 PM
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