Like all of Sara's bag patterns this one is well designed and a great looking result. Her bag patterns have been raising my standards and techniques with each one I get to test, and this one was no exception.
I decided to step it up a notch in this one and take the gamble on making it mostly (for the exterior) out of leather! I have always wanted to work with leather and am well aware that two of my machines (1927 Singer and Bernina 1130) would have no issues sewing it. I wanted to replace my main black "work handbag" as it is looking tired and the clasp doesn't shut anymore. So naturally I went into Country Leather in Elizabeth street and found an amazing, soft, printed leather in brown tones...no black bag for me this time!
|Beautiful Singer sews beautiful leather...|
Both my machines did super well with the leather and other fabrics and here is the result. I am in love :)
I used the leather for the main exterior panels, an upholstery remnant for the accent pieces, base and inside. I went with the optional purse feet and did my own thing for the straps, which was a mistake as they ended up bulkier than they would have been otherwise which caused me problems all of my own making when attaching them (FFS..will I never learn!).
This was the first time I have done what I was told in the pattern and ordered By Annie's Soft and Stable to use as a stabiliser. Previously I have used some fusible fleece or wadding - and I noticed a distinct floppiness in my Aragon bag which is annoying me. I know why now! I think for this leather one it would have held itself up fairly well anyhow, but even so I am glad I used it for this bag. It's such a great product (no I have not received any incentive to say this, though free Soft and Stable is now something I would sell myself for!! hahahaha) - I have used Peltex 70 a lot in bags and thought that was the schizzle, but this is better as it doesn't hold a crease like Peltex (which still has it's uses mind...). As I live in Australia I ordered mine from here - it came pretty quickly (3-4 days) which is as good as it gets down to Tassie.
Overall this pattern is great. The bag is a nice size and I love the recessed zipper
Now back to sewing stuff for the school fair...sigh!