was one of my christmas presents this year, and I absolutely love the bag on the cover. Since I have no idea where to find stripey linen like the author used, I found this lovely print at Ikea. Sadly, it wasn't on super sale (there were a few prints that were $2/yard!), but since I only needed a yard for the bag, it worked out pretty well. I was intending to make a smaller purse from it, so that it would be like a cheap Tokidoki bag, but I never got the bits and pieces that I needed for that, so this fabric was languishing in my stash, and that just wouldn't do.
(ugh, nasty late-night hair! That's what I get for spending all night sewing haha!)
This is really a gigantic bag. I can put my laptop bag and a pair of shoes in it, and it still has room for more stuff. It's definitley going to be my new grocery/library/shopping/toting stuff around bag, just because it really holds everything. I love the design, and it was really easy to put together. I finished it in just less than 5 hours, which is mind-blowingly fast for me. xD
I love how the pocket was attached, but not so fond of leaving it unlined with interfacing showing on the inside. The next generation of this bag will have a lined pocket and a better zipper, so that it will unzip easily. This zipper is very thief-deterrent, because you have to really yank at it to get it open. I suppose that's a good thing.
I think next time, I'm going to use more interfacing in the bottom and the very top, because it's a bit floppy in those spots.
The lining is a really soft cotton that an old boyfriend's mom gave me, when she was de-stashing. It was just the right match for the outer fabric, since it's super cute without clashing. It has little roses in the checks.
I'm totally in love with my new bag, and I'll hopefully make more of the bags from the book to show you! They're all very cute and modern, and so well designed! Toodles!