Here is the present for my friend Andry, who’s having a bridal shower in a few hours. I was under so much pressure to finish this bag last night. Although I am loving the result, the process was not without drama
I started working on this bag on monday and pretty much spent every weeknight until last night working on it. I intended to make a bag with zipper closure but oh my god the instruction is just so impossible. Installing the zipper itself was not the nightmare. It is the joining pf the top panel with zipper and yoke that caused me to cuss and swear. I spent pretty much two days tinkering with it. I finally caved in and settle with magnetic clasp closure.
Pattern Description: Amy Butler Field Tote bag, a shoulder bag with yoke and piping details
Pattern Sizing: The pattern is super big (27″ at the widest side) so I decided to photocopy the pattern at 70% of the original size. I am not sure if this the right way of shrinking the bag
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instruction is clear except for sewing the top panel with zipper to the yoke. I was struggling so much partly because the instructions are not clear and partly maybe due to my scaling down the bag (I might have messed up the proportion). I was nervous about piping (my first) but it was easy peasy, I used the tutorial from the bag goddess. Basically, piping is a cording from the upholstery department wrapped in the fabric of choice. It is then sewn to secure with the zipper foot.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: love the shape and piping details, this can totally be my day bag
Dislikes: the zipper instruction sucks
Fabric Used: Exterior is Home dec weight Dahlia from Lecien, purchased from fabricworm. The lining is sateen from JoAnn. If you make the bag as instructed (i.e. no scaling down), it uses an insane amount of fabrics (almost 4 yards of exterior, 8 yards of woven interfacing). But in my case, I only need about 2 yards of exterior, 1 yard of lining and 4 yards of interfacing.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
– Shrank the pattern to 70% of the original size (by photocopying it at Kinko’s)
– added a magnetic clasp as a closure
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I still feel challenged after caving in to the zipper, next time I will make it with zipper closure
I love the lining. The sateen from JoAnn is so gorgeous and durable. The pockets make this bag very functional, you can store cellphone, camera whatnot.
Update: The bride-to-be likes it