Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Currently Making....

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 & Satchel

This 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!


Christy said...

I love Nicole's stuff, I stop by her blog every day! No patterns bought yet as I am poor, but someday!!

Liesl said...

I love the bag - its looks great. That was clever to stitch in gold over the fabric. When I first saw it I did think you'd quilted the flap, so the illusion worked!

I really like Nikki's patterns too. The instructions are the best I have seen.

Nikki said...

Awww.. shucks. Thanks for the cmpliments, guys...

I think you did a supurb job on the bag, Katy - you should be proud and excited. Can I link to your post from my web-site?

CGDK said...

the bag looks great - I also thought you were a quilting master! your added stitching gives a great effect.
I look forward to seeing your finished skirts too.

(ps have done a thong design in your honour!)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the bag (looks most professional)- the fabrics you are used are perfect!

Anonymous said...

Great bag - love the colour combos!

Anonymous said...

love those japanese fabrics and u cant go wrong with nikkis patterns. i have been thing about AB's will be good to see what u think

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