Finally I've finished the La Rue bag from the Hot Patterns free download. Here's the actual La Rue Bag
And here's the Melody version. Now mind, I was trying to get as close to the actual one as possible.
I really love this bag but it was a little bothersome to make. The instructions are full of Hot Patternisms like "cut 1 in self" but it's easy enough to figure out what to do. This is a simple bag but, and there is a big BUT, there were problems. The pattern itself was smaller than the 12x20 that it was supposed to be, that was an easy fix, I just sliced it and added inches in the upper and lower section (so as to lenghten the armhole) and I sliced it again and added inches vertically to widen the bag and the armhole. The sewing is very straightforward although this is the project that crapped out my machine, that was my fault though, not that of the pattern. I sewed the magnet into the lining for my smartlyte purse light on my computerized machine. All of you who have computerized machines, DON'T EVER DO THAT! Anyway, I made the lining without the zipper pockets because I hate zipper pockets and I never use them. I just made regular pockets on one side of the bag. My fabric is a woven distressed PVC and really it's totally un-ironable. I did fuse interfacing to the fabric but I used a press cloth and used extreme caution because I have been known to melt fabric (wool included!). But because I couldn't iron it, it was difficult to put the binding on. I did something I'm not very proud of but it got me there. I sewed the binding down and then turned it to the lining and glued it on. I used hair pins to hold it in place while the glue set and then I stitched in the ditch on the right side. It looks good on the outside but the inside isn't that cute. I still have a few finishing touches to do. I have to attach the chain to the "horsetail" (Julie calls it that, she HATES it) and I'm waiting for the tiny brass snaphooks to attach that to the bag and I still need to wrap the top of the "horsetail" and sew the smartlyte pocket closed. When I get the light sewn in, I'll photograph the interior with light. Now I'm free to make Micks shirt, except I got a bunch of cute new Simplicity patterns today. We shall see?