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« on: November 06, 2011 05:35:35 PM »

Today I finished up a tote using the Emily Pattern from ithinksew.com.

I used an Alexander Henry Tatsu fabric from Joann's that I found on clearance on Friday night for the exterior and pockets.  The interior is just an orange broadcloth and the handles are some pieces of a pair of upcycled cord pants from the thrift store.  It came out great but it was a bit of a monster to tackle.  It was probably the most ambitious bag I've made to date and is pretty heavily constructed.  It's made in panels and Every piece (exterior and interior) is backed with Pellon 987F.  As you can see from the pic it's soft looking but it stands on its own.  The finished bag is about 18" high x 14" wide. 

I didn't follow the pattern for the pockets inside.  I always do my own thing with patterns.  As you can see I added a key fob and made a pocket for my iPad ***heavily padded of course***!

Overall I think this is a great pattern.  I would make the handles a little longer next time.  The drop is pretty short and I wouldn't be able to put this on my shoulder if I was wearing a heavier coat/sweatshirt/sweater.  This being my second pattern from ithinksew.com, I feel that is a common thing as the last pattern I made had a small drop too.  In the future I think I will just lengthen them all by 2-3" from the get go.  Aside from that it came together beautifully.  When I started to turn it to finish it with some top stitching I was smiling from ear to ear as I saw the results. 

It is a fabric hog a little though.  It took 1 yard for the exterior and pockets, 1 yard for the interior and 2 yards of 987F.  I think if I switch to a home dec fabric for the exterior I can eliminate a layer of fusible. 

Thanks for looking!  Ask me any questions you want if you plan on making it. 

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2011 05:40:49 PM »

Gorgeous! Love the cord handles, very nice detail. I can see how you'd want them a little longer though. It's an excuse to make another bag, lol.

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2011 05:54:48 PM »

Exquisite!  I love your fabric choice!

« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011 06:06:31 PM »

I love this fabric , i made a skirt with it Smiley you bag is lovely
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011 06:16:09 PM »

thesillyseemstress I'd love to see that skirt!  Would you post/send a pic?  Did you use the purple/orange?  I bought 2 yards of the black/grey/red dragons today.

bunny1kenobi and craftylittlemonkey  Thank you!  And you're right, it is a great excuse to make another one!

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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011 04:30:33 AM »

I LOVE the fabric and the style!  Great job!

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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2011 09:13:30 AM »

LOVE this!  Gotta think of who on my Christmas list could use one . . . maybe me?Huh!!   Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2011 01:26:18 PM »

This is fantastic. So nice and love the fabric.

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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2011 01:42:10 PM »

Oh the fabric is beautiful!! Cheesy I love the way it's made & the pockets are great & I do the same thing, make the pockets to suit the way I want them. And you're right about the handle I would make it longer too, I love the corduroy you use for the handle too!!!  Great job!!! Roll Eyes

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