My new creation, and even if i do say so myself, i am definitely getting better!! (i apologise for not ironing the bag properly before taking the photo, i was a bit excited)
It was made with a pattern by Nicole at Nicolemdesign. and it is called...
Large Tote & SatchelThis pattern is available here.
I have to say that this pattern is the BEST pattern i have ever worked with, it comes with very concise instructions along with alot of quality tips. It contains alot of different ways you can adjust the pattern to create a variety of looks.
It is kind of like a pattern/sewing class in one. I have learnt alot from it and highly recommend it. Her range of patterns can be completed from Beginner to Advanced and as you work through them all you learn a variety of bag making techniques.
I used a navy cotton medium weight fabric, and a lightweight Japanese style fabric for the flap both bought at Lincraft. I have sewn over the pattern on the Japanese fabric with gold thread to create a quilted effect as well as embroidering over some sections of it.
It is the first time i have used D-Rings to make an adjustable strap and i am particularly proud of my zipper pocket inside - i think it looks very professional!
The only things i could have made differently is used some interfacing on the outside of the bad, it's a bit floppy and maybe some in the shoulder strap too.
I am definitely planning to do some more of Nicoles patterns so i can improve on my skills some more.
What do you think??
I am also nearly finished another pattern..
Barcelona Skirts by Amy Butler
I do find Amy Butler patterns not the most clearly written patterns but if you have half a brain on your, you can generally work out whaat they are trying to say. I have sewn everything except the hems, so stay tuned for some photos.
I have used the same fabrics that are in my bag but i am not intending to wear them together as that may just be a bit of overkill!