I have to admit, when I agreed to take part of "Pattern Parcel #7" I had no idea what I was getting into..... I didn't even know what type of patterns I would be getting but I figured it would be a good chance to sew outside of my comfort zone.....
You can imagine my surprise...and joy... when the patterns were.....BAGS, BAGS, BAGS !!!
Pattern Parcel #7 includes some wonderful bag patterns...but which one should I sew ???
I finally decided on ...the Betty Bowler by Swoon Patterns because I always wanted a bag shaped like this and I had this little piece of fabric that I thought would be perfect for it ....with a little bit of careful cutting...I had just enough!
From that piece of fabric...to this.....bag!
I really liked the front vertical zipper....I had never sewing one...but it was not problem, no different then sewing a normal zipper but it looks special.
The inside is really roomy.....no red but polka dots!
I find the piping really makes the bag but I am still having my growing pains with piping.....love the look of it on bags but for some reason I have to restitch it a couple of times to hide the previous stitching....this is not a problem with the pattern...it is a problem with my sewing skills...I discovered if I created the piping directly on the pattern piece is was one less seam to cover up. But I stll have to practice to get a nice smooth effect....
Does anyone have any tricks or tips on how to apply piping without going crazy ?
...I know...practice, practice, practice !
I also like how the top zipper is hidden ...I haven't sewed this kind of zipper since my clothes sewing days...some things you never forget.
Basically I followed the pattern instructions except when it came to attaching the lining to the exterior.
The pattern says "Pin along the
zipper area and use your machine to stitch right next to the existing exterior zipper stitching
to secure the lining, going as far along as your machine will let you."
There was no way I was trying that...so I hand stitched the lining to the zipper from the inside...took a few minutes longer then by machine but I have a cleaner finish.
The other things that I did different are...I used decorator fabric for the outer, plus faux leather for the center accent and cotton fabric for the handles & lining. I also used a 5mm headliner for the batting, since Soft & Stable is not available here.
I am really pleased with the bag...love how it turned out and as soon as I get good at piping I will make another one.
If you would love to make this bag yourself and support a good course...buy the Pattern Parcel and get sewing !!
P.S. ...sometimes the Gods smile down on me when I sew...this was my spool when I was done!!
Parcel #7 includes:
Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!
How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.
Be sure to check out what the others are making with these great patterns!