This is my second attempt at this bag. I made a practice one a few years ago, and decided to make one I would actually use. I used canvas last time, and I think that might have been the better choice, but I’m happy with the way this one turned out. I needed a purse a little bit bigger than the one I currently have and this does the trick!
This really is a great pattern. Its really really detailed, and explains everything with photos, so its really thorough and easy to follow. I had a bit of trial and error, but once I made an error, it was really easy to figure out how to revise. And just like that, I have a new bag!
This was the first pattern I have ever purchased. When I saw this reviewed on this blog, I believed I could make it. The instructions are really detailed, and it breaks it down so that someone with basic construction and zipper skills (like me!) can do this! I started out working on it together with my friend Emily, but we ran out of time and were forced to finish it on our own. I worked on it in a few stages, and it is now complete.
I dont think the orange topstitching was a good idea because I’m still kind of messy. ANd i had a little bit of trouble figuring out the top zipper and had to make some ammendments at the end that weren’t in the instructions, but mainly due to me doing something wrong.
I definitely want to take another stab at this bag because it was so fun to make. It makes you feel like you are doing something so complex – it has a pocket inside, an outer pocket, and an outer zipper pocket, adjustable strap – AND the top zips!