Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Show Off Bag

Do you ever grab a pattern and think "oh, I don't really need to read the instructions because I am SO FREAKING GOOD AT SEWING that reading instructions is totally beneath me."


That's just me? 

Well, anyway, this bag was a humbling exercise in "why you should read instructions, even if you think the project is simple".  I totally screwed up the order of operations in terms of sewing the straps to the yoke, and ended up with messy stitching. This annoys me to death, especially because I have no one to blame but myself.

It's the Show Off Bag, by Rae of Made By Rae. It's an adorable, quick little pattern, and had I read the instructions properly, my bag might have been less of a hot mess. Also, if I hadn't been forced to sew the entire bag with a zipper foot, maybe my topstitching could have been straight. But alas, it is not. Not straight at all. And I'm showing you anyway, because everybody sews some wonky topstitching now and then.

Don't let my failures deter you from this pattern - it's a great, adorable, very clearly written pattern. I'm FOR SURE going to make another one. It's the perfect size bag for what I need.

I used a wool suiting from my stash on the yoke portion, and the new Anna Maria velveteen for the bottom. Those velveteens sure are yummy, and this is my favorite print of the bunch. 

You can see the hot pink lining peeking out there, which I love too.

So, I'm going to take another crack at this pattern soon, with a proper foot on my machine, and after having read the pattern instructions. Live and learn. :)


  1. It looks good. Maybe you should just stop reading directions all together. On everything in life. That's the lesson learned here, right? But seriously, love your fabrics and nobody will notice that topstitching but you.

  2. CUTE! Oh man, I already bought three of the other AMH velveteens, but now I think I need this one too. SO ADORBS!!!

  3. Yay for your new bag! I made that one, too, and had wonky topstitching -- my thread actually broke in one place. I didn't notice it til I was taking pictures, and I just left it because I'm lazy. :D Why did you have to sew it all with only your zipper foot?

  4. LOL - it's NOT just you, trust me - find some cute ribbon in colors to match the floral fabric and topstitch them over the sections with the wonky stitching. Or do some simple hand stitching (embroidery) with embroidery floss. There's a lot you can do to cover up those areas that are driving you crazy! As far as that goes, there have been times when reading the instructions drive me crazier than figuring it out myself, so sometimes it's a toss-up.

  5. Haha, yeah, I do that too! I thought I was the only one. I glad you like the velveteen so much, I was eyeing some myself!


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