A friend of mine makes gorgeous bags and quilts, and she invited a few of us over one evening a few months to get started on a bag for ourselves. We used Amy Butler’s Style Stitches book, and I chose the Blossom Bag. Good lord – making a bag can be just as involved as making a dress. I went from this …
… to this.
A bag model, I am not.
I have to tell you that I would probably not make this again. It’s very thick – the pattern calls for Peltex as the interfacing/stiffener. That is serious stuff. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t get the bag under my presser foot to tack in the dividers.
I had to make the bar tacks by hand. I’m glad for the busy print on the fabric – no one will really get a good look at the messy stitching. I couldn’t get a pin through all of the layers so everything shifted constantly. I don’t have any real experience sewing anything this thick (obviously) – I finally moved up to a 14 needle toward the end. That helped quell some of the frustration. Even my winter coat wasn’t this bulky.
It’s also a rather big bag for me.
I like to travel light and keep my purse or bag flat against my body.
The instructions aren’t easy to follow, even with graphics. I didn’t have to rip anything apart, but I did spend a good deal of time reading some of the steps over and over. I think the next purse I might try will be a clutch, but not from this book. I’m going to try Butterick 5576. I know – I could probably wing it, but I don’t feel like creating it from scratch. My local fabric store, Fabric Hut, as some gorgeous leather that would be perfect for fall and winter.
I like the bag, and I’m glad that I made it. But it might be an only child.
And the hair cut? I just wanted something different. For the cool weather, doncha know.