When Gillian put the call out for sewists to put their hat in the ring for sewing dares I mulled it over for a few days then signed up. I wanted a dare that I could sew using stuff from my stash already. I didn’t make a move on my dare until she posted about sewing dares progress others were making.
The #sewingdare was a great kick in the behind for me to make the bag from The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. I’ve wanted to make it for a long time, I had the pattern all traced and cut out ready to go since the beginning of last year, but I just haven’t gotten around to sewing it. I’ve always found other things that needed to be sewn NOW. Know what I mean?
The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook – Bag
- I made the elastic casings a little deeper to accommodate the wider elastic I was using (2.5cm instead of 2cm in the pattern) I mistakenly added 0.5 cm to the tops of the exterior and lining pieces too, but I made it work by trimming off the amount I added to the lining pieces.
- Cut out a simple wide strap. I had to cut 2 pieces because the fabric wasn’t wide enough. Each piece was about 6″ wide by 32″ long and then joined them with a diagonal seam like when joining bias strips.
- Leftover fabric from this skirt
- 2.5 cm wide elastic
The bag was pretty straight forward to make. There were a couple of times during the instructions when I had to read the instructions twice, but overall pretty simple.
When making the strap I forgot to trim the ends to turn under nicely when I attached them. So I had to unpick the top-stitching at the ends so I could trim the ends before I attached them to the bag.
Changes I made this time
- Omitted the strap from the pattern and instead just cut a
- Omitted the strap loop, cord and tassel
What I Like
- The outside side pockets are handy to slip keys and phone into.
- Very roomy inside
- The strap is simple and sturdy
What I don’t like
- Because the outside pockets are the same I keep reaching into one pocket for my phone or keys, but they are in the other pocket.
- Little bit too slouchy
- The colour is not the best, but it’s neutral and I can’t complain because I used stash fabric.
- Use a stiffer fabric
- Interface the base of the exterior with something very stiff interfacing
- Instead of external side pockets maybe try an elasticated pocket on the front and a zippered pocket on the back
|Pattern||The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook – Bag (had for ages)||$0.00|
|Time||8 hours (* $17-ish Australian minimum wage)||$136.00|
In the end I really like this bag. It will be a great to use as a run-around bag. I’m not sure if I would make it again, but it was fun to give it a try.
The main reason I don’t sew from my sewing books is because my sizing falls outside a lot of the sizing included in the books. I know, I know, I should just suck it up and grade patterns; that’s the whole point of sewing your own clothes-you can make pattern adjustments and make things fit you. I know, but insert-some-lame-excuse-here. #lazyseamstress
For easy reference I’ve now added the sizing to my Sewing Books with Patterns page.
Do you have sewing books with patterns?
Do you sew from them?
Let me know in the comments.