Pattern Description: Market Bags with attached pouch. There is a strawberry,flower,butterfly and bird
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? NO
Were the instructions easy to follow? NO. NO. NO.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I had purchased a bag that folded into a pouch that became a rose for $2.99.I thought it was cute but too thin and too small. I thought I could do better. I purchased this pattern because it would be a good jumping off point and because it was on sale.
That leads me to my first of many Dislikes.
1. The regular price of the pattern is $18.95 Canadian. I got it on sale for $1.99.
2. In order to fold the bag up into the pouch, you need to make it from Rip Stop Nylon. The pattern calls for 1.2m or 1 1/4 yds of fabric. Rip stop nylon is $8.00 per metre here. That equals $9.60 just for the fabric.
3. The reason you need so much fabric is to cut bias strips to bind the handles.
4. Said self made bias bindings must be mitred at the inside corners.
5. The sides of the bag are french seamed. The bottom is seamed and the raw edges are bound with more self made bias strips.
Seriously! I am all about old school sewing - no raw edges, inside as nice as the outside, no cutting corners, but seriously. Lets consider that I can purchase a nylon bag anywhere for less than $1. Canadian. I have already spent a potential $30.00 spent one hour cutting and sewing and I am not even finished!
6. It takes way too long to make. I usually use an old pattern from Linda MacPhee. The handles are curved. Therefore I can serge and turn under the edges. I can make several in one hour.
7. I was originally making this as a gift. No one except another sewist would appreciate the time and skill it takes to make this bag.
8. This is not a pattern for a beginner.
Of course there are some good points.
1. It is darn cute.
2. The pouches can be made from scraps.
Fabric Used:Rip stop nylon as per the pattern
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I am too frugal a person to use that much fabric to make one bag. I cut the bias strips from scraps of decorator fabric. That didn't work because it was too thick the make a flat miter. I cut the nylon bias strips. It was not easy to press in the raw edges as nylon melts. I became super frustrated with the inside miter and threw the whole thing in the garbage. I turned to my old Linda MacPhee #880 pattern from the '90's --- yes she still sells and yes it is still great.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I found a way to attach the pouch to my MacPhee bag. I like the idea of this pattern but not the construction.
I would not recommend this pattern to anyone.
|Excuse the wrinkles, that's the way it looks when it comes out of the butterfly. The colour is actually yellow.|
Conclusion: I hate to say it but China wins this round. It is better to buy the bag than make it.
Now that mine is done, I have to use it. It is too good to take to No Frills
or Food Basics. I think I need to plan a trip to Whole Foods!
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