I was so happy to test Sara Lawson’s pattern from sewsweetness scheduled to be released Nov 24th for the Tudor Bag. I have to admit that this pattern was so much fun and very easy to follow (as if I’m surprised it wouldn’t be). As usual, Sara is very detailed in her instructions with lots of pics to guide you along the way. The end results are truly amazing.
I love tote bags and although it’s a simplistic style, the fabric options you pick for your bag as well as the optional features she provides in the instructions allows you to make this a one-of -a-kind tote.
An Ikea opened up in my area not too long ago and I couldn’t wait to browse through the fabrics….REALLY??? FABRICS??? of all the cool things you can purchase at Ikea, I headed straight to the fabric section….pretty sad!!
Anyway, I purchased this fabric among other prints and stashed it in my fabric pile to ultimately get lost until I could find something to make with it. I knew it was going to be a bag but didn’t know when I would use it or what bag style I wanted to use it for. When the opportunity came for me to be a pattern tester, I realized this would work great on the Tudor Bag pattern.
The fabric is called ÄLGÖRT. It’s such a pretty print with beautiful colors and I really wanted to use it for this pattern. The tree was the focal print I wanted to capture on the bag so I sorta-kinda fussy cut to get what I was aiming for. It came out nicely I think! I used two different color zippers if you noticed based on what I had on hand. It wasn’t the intent but it worked for the most part.
I pretty much stuck to the pattern except for the gusset where I added a fabric strip where the shoulder straps would be attached.
Overall, I do love how it came out. I meant to make my handle straps shorter since I was going to add shoulder straps. Now I have two long straps on the bag (DOAH) but it’s okay since I can probably wear it as a cross-body if I wanted to with the shoulder straps.
I used the same denim inside the bag as well. It was hard to find a print for the inside from what I had in my stash but I needed to use it up anyway….so there!! I think next time I will sew a bigger seam allowance in the interior so it’s not bunching up…but no one will care but me.
This is not really a review of the pattern (at least it’s not my intention to provide a review) but I thought I’d take a bit to mention a few things about what I liked about the pattern/process:
Only 1 yard for exterior, interior and accent fabric as well as other supplies needed to make the bag (interfacing, hardware, notions, etc). Not hard on the pocketbook for supplies needed. The instructions called for Soft and Stable but since I didn’t have any on hand, I used headliner which was also suggested in lieu of Soft and Stable. Also, there is only two pattern pieces you have to print and put together but the rest are just different size squares that you have to measure and cut. Not using a lot of printer paper here which was a good thing for me since I was running low on ink and paper anyway.
One thing that I did learn from the pattern was how to get that zipper placket thingy…you know the fabric accent around the zipper on the front of the bag? At first, I was going to leave it off because I didn’t want to have to hassle with it but I’m so glad I kept to the pattern and added it. It was no hassle at all. As a matter of fact, it was much easier than I had imagined and I love, love, love the look of it on the bag.
I feel this pattern could be for a very confident beginner; one who is eager for a challenge (i.e. sewing a zipper). Everything else is just really sewing squares and not rocket science. I realize this is just my opinion but would encourage a beginner to give it a try. You won’t be disappointed! The only hard part is picking out fabrics!!
So there it is! A bag made just for me! I can’t wait to take it work!!