Saturday, 15 October 2016

Stepping into weekend with my new Coalition Bag

To continue with my personal and professional development in bag making and designing, I have decided to brave the October 2016 pattern from The Bag of the Month Club. This beautiful pattern was designed by Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness. It is larger than most handbags I have made and the finished product measures approximately 13.5 inches long x 8.5 inches tall x 6 inches deep.  

This bag is actually the perfect mummy-size bag for me to watch my children at matches this autumn, as it has enough room to pack my gloves, hats and scarf. Also my coffee and secretly stashed Jaffa Cakes. 

Just when I thought I knew it all when it comes to bag making, this pattern took me out of my comfort zone and proved me wrong. It wasn't complicated, it was just very different from any bags I have ever made before. The construction of it was an eye opening experience and demanded my full attention, which meant watching Criminal Minds on Netflix while sewing was completely out of the question! 

The highlight of the design is this zip closure that runs from the top to the sides of the bag that makes it look like a framed bag. The added side pockets also added extra dimension to the bag. Every which way you look, there is always something that catches your eye and that to me, is very special.

The handle tabs are really lovely to sew although I have adapted the instructions to make it easier for me. 

The long zip tab was the one thing that made me nervous about putting this bag together. But naturally, I picked faux leather to test the pattern, instead of normal quilting weight cotton, like everybody else. That also meant that I am not allowed any mistakes because if I did, I will mark the faux leather and that, is a point of no return. Looking back now and seeing the finished result, I am actually really glad I used faux leather instead. As they say, the higher the risk, the greater the reward. All I needed to do was pace myself and attempt every single stitch slowly and carefully, without stopping to have any squares of chocolate in my secret drawer.

Unlike most of my other bags, I did not put feet on this one. I just LOVE how the accents join together in the centre, at the bottom of the bag and I did not want to take the attention away from that. 

But of course, never forget to bling a new bag with The Tassel! I am so in love with this one. I made it extra big and extra long. My rivets could just about handle the thickness of this one but ahhh....I do love you The Tassel!

With already so much going on, on the outside, I balanced everything off with a simple lining. Just plain off white cotton for my lining material for a fresh, clean finish.  

I am very well aware that the finished product is nowhere close to perfection, but that is the packaged elements that come with handmade items - the quirks, the imperfections, the assymetrical-ity of it all, these are what make handmade items special.

Anyways, The Coalition bag is definitely one to try if you haven't already done so. You can get the pattern by joining The Bag of Month Club, or wait for this pattern to be released on its own next year. But I promise you, this one, is definitely one you wouldn't like to miss. I don't think I will be adding this to my 'For Sale' collection just yet, but I am sure it will make its way there once I have improved  my skills making this design. 

Fely xxx

PS/ This is not a sponsored post

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