This time it was a backpack - the Edelweiss. I was interested to find out she had never designed one before because she couldn't "see" one she would like (I think that's what she said). I think it was worth the wait and the musing - because this pattern is lovely.
|Image from Sewsweetnesspatterns.com|
I made mine out of things I had in the cupboard already (score!) - with a bicycle theme:
I had intended this to be for my friend Danica (who rides a lot!) but my daughter Isabelle has all but claimed it, as she fell in love with it while I was making it.
I don't have too much to say on this pattern. Again, the instructions were clear and well thought out, and the construction was pretty straightforward. I always find with bag patterns that there seems to be endless cutting (and this was no exception), but I guess you can't have pockets without cutting them out :) I also sped the process up by fusing a whole piece of fabric to the interfacing and then cutting the pattern shapes out of that, rather than cutting them separately and then fusing them together. Once the cutting is done the sewing really doesn't take long at all.
I love the process for putting in those bordered, exposed zippers, the super neat bound seams inside (sorry - forgot to take a snap of that!), and as I mention above I think the adjustable straps make it look super professional. I added the piping as a tweak, but then of course cocked up the execution of the front pocket flaps - so any wonkiness in those is mine and not Sara's!
Another great bag pattern which was a pleasure to sew :)
p.s. Have you seen Sara is now designing fabric? Great stuff - and there will be KNITS! Heaven :)
p.p.s. I did learn how hard it is to spell Edelweiss during this pattern test, I always try and insert an extra i somewhere...