|Let's ignore the scuff marks at the bottom of the door and the touch up I need to do to the walls, OK? THANKS!|
|Cell phones nestled inside already and four (4!) pockets you can't see....this bag is the perfect size for me!|
So this bag, for me, was about beauty, elegance, and durability. It had to look good, I had to look good carrying it, it had to be big enough (ie. Can I carry my laptop in this comfortably? Yes? Then it's big enough) to carry my everyday items. This is going to be the bag I schlep back and forth to NYC with. This will be the bag I schlep around NYC with.
Making this was a labor of love. I'm an occasional sewer; I can make what I want, when I want, as long as the pattern has great instructions. Otherwise.....well, the results aren't always pretty because I don't sew enough.
So, what went into making this bag?
I read the pattern for weeks after receiving it.
I finally cut out the pattern pieces two weeks ago.
I spent 2 hours last night cutting out the exterior fabric, interfacing and lining.
I reread the instructions again.
I spent ~10 hours today sewing it. No seriously, from about 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM I was sewing this bag. What did I learn?
- Take breaks. Have lunch. Eat dinner. Walk away from it every so often.
- Having a walking foot can save your life! I've never used my walking foot before today and I can't imagine living without it now. A walking foot is almost a must on this bag.
- I don't think her instructions on making the fabric straps are correct. If I had followed her directions, I would have had colossal straps (like 80" long per strap). I took the first strap out, cut it in half, and sewed the ends together to get the correct length.
- Amy must have a tiny phone, because there is so way I could fit my phone in her cell phone pocket. I had planned to put 2 cell phone pockets in my bag anyway (I have a work and a personal cell, so it was a must), but looking at the finished size of her pockets, she must have assumed that everyone making the bag would be lining it in some super stretchy material.
|The final result. Each cell phone inside it's pocket....a perfect fit. I didn't bother with the crease/pleat at the bottom either....too much bother.|