Wednesday, March 11, 2009
the shopper is here!
pattern: betty shopper by amy butler
fabric: amy butler daisy chain. exterior: wildflowers - navy; lining: mosaic river
other materials/notions: canvas for interfacing, peltex 70 stabilizer for bottom and interior pockets, extra large eyelets
date completed: 11March2009
a gift for: maria. oldest sister
i'm whooped. i took it nice and slow on this bag. i had to read through the modified directions i downloaded three times. something just wasn't clicking the first time through. and the peltex 70, it just feels cumbersome to me, especially when you're trying to stitch on a very long seam with pins sticking you in your thighs.
i love this bag...the shape, the size...but working it through the machine to topstitch gave me a fit! i had the same problem with the madison bag for the same reasons. this design. augh! hard as i tried, i couldn't feed it evenly to get a nice topstitch. it was just bad, for anyone, not just someone who wants it super straight right. after three times of RIPPING, i decided to use a simple star embroidery stitch.
it's not perfect, but i can pretend it's freehand and THAT i can live with it! :D
if i were to make this bag again, i would definitely divid the interior pockets with a topstitch down the middle or in threes. they lay open for the peltex that is heavy given the length and height. you could easily put something bulky in the pocket, rather then in the center without knowing you were. and i'm not wild about the handles...turning under the ends then folding...for the bulk. i want something neater, daintier?! but i have to admit, once through the eyelets, and with a nice knot, doesn't look too bad!
am i just complaining? i really do like the bag! it's just my sewing that can be so frustrating!
you can't tell how big this large shopper is as i've no person on which to model, but it's 28 inches long. yeah, that rocks!
you know, i'll probably sew this same pattern again. in time. LOL!