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« on: June 14, 2010 12:33:41 PM »

this is kind of straying from the apparel that i normally make... but i've been on the hunt for a good handbag for MONTHS now and haven't found anything suitable (for a reasonable price, anyway) Sad i finally just bit the bullet and bought this pattern to make my own:


amy butler's 'sweet harmony'
i made the handbag, one zippered pocket and one double pocket

the pattern was very easy and straightforward... the instructions were extremely clear and once i got past the cutting (which took something stupid like 3 hours - there are a LOT of pieces once you start cutting interfacing and bias strips!) and fusing, everything went together in about 3 hours.

the only beef i had with this pattern was that i ended up buying way too much fabric/interfacing per instruction. i've stated before, i don't buy cheap fabric (my fabric was $22/yard and the fusible fleece was $9/yard  Embarrassed) so it kind of sucks to finish cutting and realize you have a significant amount of fabric leftover. plus my fabric is decorator-weight, so i couldn't make clothes with it if i wanted to! ehhhh.

overall, though, it was a fun bag to make. there are 3 different kinds of interfacing, so it is structured as hell and i would be lying if i said it didn't get a little hairy trying to navigate all those layers at the end. the only word of advice i have for this pattern - don't attempt it if you don't have a heavy-duty sewing machine and a GOOD iron! trust me, you need them!!


this is the fabric i used... also amy butler (hmm i wonder if that is why she had me buy extra Roll Eyes)


finished bag!


other side w/cell phone pocket


side. i love the forked straps


close-up of piping and cell phone pocket


zippered pocket


double pocket


for size reference - i can actually fit my 10.5" netbook in this lil guy! yeah!!

and just for funsies... this made me laugh while i was making the pockets...


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guess that's all! thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!!  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2010 12:54:29 PM »

That is one cute bag!  I even like the print, which is pretty darn amazing 'cause I don't usually like AB fabrics.  Excellent job!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2010 12:55:24 PM »

It's lovely...............
The fabric is beautiful and it's so wonderfully detailed.  Great pics too!
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2010 01:24:53 PM »

This is going to make it to hot topics. I can already tell. You did a great job. It looks very professionally done.
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010 03:38:16 PM »

What a fantastic job...so many amazing features.
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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2010 05:12:02 PM »

Your version looks better than the one pictured on the pattern cover!! The details are impeccable.
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010 05:43:00 PM »

that is one gorgeous bag.   Cool
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2010 09:02:23 PM »

Beautiful work- very professional! I really like your fabric choice, it fits the size of the bag well. Awesomeness!
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2010 05:51:18 PM »

this is such a beautiful bag. you did it really well! great job !!
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