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Topic: Lotta Jansdotter's All Day Tote in black and pink  (Read 2948 times)
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« on: August 31, 2011 04:41:56 PM »

After years of having this fabric, I've finally gotten around to finishing this bag. I actually ended up cutting out two sets of pieces for this bag so this first bag was dubbed the Experiment, which is a good thing as I have learned quite a few things from my first experience of making a bag.

The combination of the outer fabric, a lightweight canvas, from what I can tell, with white and pink designs on it, and the lining fabric, both a plain pink and a pink with white polka dots, looks really nice all put together. (Pattern taken from Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing.) However, the whole piece really needs interfacing, because the bag literally falls in on itself. I'm sure you can tell by looking at some of the photos. I can't take this one apart very easily as I've stitched some heavy plastic material into the bottom pieces, between the lining and the exterior. I'm not sure what it's called, but I know I bought it for this project. Plus I was ready for that bag to retire. (Other sewers, if you have a poor experiment like this, what do you do with it?)

I'm not sure WHY it didn't occur to me to apply interfacing to the side pieces before I put it together, since I can't really undo everything at this point. I'll definitely make some additional modifications to the pattern the next time I do it. This time, the only major modifications I made were, I lined the two exterior pockets, I left out the key hook thing, and I used some piping on the front pocket instead of twill tape. When I go through round two to make the final product, the one I'll give to my cousin, I'll definitely add interfacing to all of the exterior pieces. Oh, and I'll extend the straps so that it can be worn over the shoulder, and possibly add a snap or invisible magnet closure to the top center of the bag. It's a shame this bag's sides are so damn floppy as opposed to the bottom, as it's so darn cute.

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011 04:46:02 PM »

Cute bag! I love the pink fabrics too!
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011 05:04:27 PM »

Awesome bag!  Great design and nifty fabric. Smiley
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011 05:06:56 PM »

Really cute..
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2011 08:35:32 PM »

You can always take some pieces of boning (you know the stuff that gives corsets their shape) and cover it with a corresponding material, and sew it to the seams. Will add some more character to your bag, and provide some stiffness... 


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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2011 06:19:12 AM »

thanks guys Smiley

You can always take some pieces of boning (you know the stuff that gives corsets their shape) and cover it with a corresponding material, and sew it to the seams. Will add some more character to your bag, and provide some stiffness... 

Oh, I never thought of that. I'll pick up some boning this weekend and give that a try for my next one Smiley thank you!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2011 08:43:17 AM »

It's very pretty I love the colors. Cheesy How about putting a purse organizer in the bottom. There's a easy one to make that works very well. At least it might help. Next time don't forget to use interfacing!  Good Luck!! Wink Here is a link for the organizer.

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« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2011 07:54:16 AM »

What I do with projects that didn't come out quite, but I can't bear to take it apart or throw it away: Give it to a little girl, she'll love it and you won't have to look at your mistakes all the time :-)  although I think the bag looks great - good luck on your real thing!
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2011 06:36:50 PM »

Here's a thought for a fix for the bag (which *is* really cute, BTW) - could you make another lining for it and just sew it in over the current lining?  You could add the interfacing to the lining, and maybe sew through all layers at the side seams of the bag - maybe that would help it hold its shape a bit better??  I've not tried this method, but I think it's what I would do in your circumstances.

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