The last minute bail out from our scheduled sew along sponsor left me with the perfect opportunity to give the pattern a try. I stood in front of my fabric stash for weeks, trying to decide what fabric combination to go with. Do you ever do that? I clearly have commitment issues when it comes to pairing fabrics. And I was even worse knowing the project was going to go to some one else. What if I picked fabrics or a color combination that the winner would HATE.
In the end, I had to commit to something or not have a prize, so I bit the fabric choosing bullet and went with the Moda Chrysalis line by Sanae. I think the orange, cream, and turquoise coordinated fabrics make for a carefree and whimsical bag.
The pattern itself if divine. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a nice, big bag pattern. The pattern is very clearly written and has photo's for each step along the way. I love a pattern with lots of pictures, especially when I'm working on something I don't have a lot of experience with (like bag making).
The bag is large enough to literally, "go anywhere" so it's the perfect bag for a mommy-on-the-go. The bag has two outside pockets. The front pocket is divided for easy access to all of those little things that tend to fall to the bottom of your bag and get lost. The back pocket is designed to close with a magnetic clasp or velcro and would be perfect for holding a book or a diaper and wipes.
The bag also has a slip pocket inside which can be divided to include the perfect space for your wallet, phone, and/or keys. The directions walk you through dividing for a pen pocket but I went with space for keys and smart phone.
Because it took me so long to decide on the fabrics and fabric/craft supplies are hard to come by around these parts, I substituted the suggested canvas and medium weight interfacing, with a layer of heavy-weight Pellon. This gives the bag a bit of a stiffer feel but I think overall it will hold up well as the bag gets used.
I'm so hoping that Janay, our September sew along winner, will like it. Like how I just slipped that in there? Honestly, I'l be hard pressed to give this one up. Which I may just do, if I don't hear from our lucky lady. Just kidding. I think. Send your info. along in an e-mail for me, Janay, and I'll get your bag in the mail asap. Thank you for sewing along with me this month, ladies!