Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Last year at the sewing retreat I had a colossal fail (but look how tiny she was!!) when I tried to make a bag. I will admit, it was good for me. This had never happened to me before. And in the time in between I don't think I made any bags at all (except perhaps a library tote for E?) This was a little odd for me because I have made quite a lot of bags and really got sewing as an adult because of them. I've used patterns and made up things, done simple and embellished.
Anyway, last year was a disaster and I wanted to redeem myself (okay, maybe it was sub-conscious...) and when I came across the Cooper from Colette Patterns I knew I had just the right thing.
I spent a lot of time online looking at what others had done to figure out what kinds of fabric combinations I really loved and then I spent a few more hours looking at fabric online to pick just the right combination for me. I searched around quite a bit for the hardware.
I really love the combination of these elements. I feel like the bag screams travel bag and "take me away!" and I adore that. I love a bit of escapism. I was also reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland and I think it influenced me on the interior fabric in particular.
The pattern was a breeze to cut out and put together. There were a couple moments where I got tripped up but that is more because I am not used to having so many instructions to follow than that they were bad. I'm quite used to winging it. I did order the wrong amount of webbing so I made a couple little mod's there. I didn't feel the straps were adequately secured so I did some additional sewing after using it a couple days. But I used it for 3 or 4 days before I managed to trim all the loose threads, so I must have love it.