Got the bottom of the bag seamed together and figured out how to make the handles.
So this is my first real seam. This is the outside pockets of my new bag. The fabric is coming unraveled fast, I can see why folks were saying that the bag needs a lining. At any rate, I’m on my way.
I didn’t get to work on the pattern last night. We stopped by Wal-mart to pick up some plain white thread. I hadn’t gotten more than the red color that I’m going to use for the project, so when the direction calls for me to baste two pieces together before seeming them together, I was caught without a contrasting color. So I figured white would be good since it’s one of those all-purpose colors that I’ll be able to use later. They didn’t have any black though and I was going to pick up a spool of that too.
I’m getting a little discouraged though. The pattern instructions are really vague, and the pictures/diagrams that are included are less than helpful. I’m having issues when it tells me to “press under seam allowance”. What the heck does that mean? I think I’ve decided that I’m going to take a deep breath and just jump in. I’m pretty sure I cut out my fabric wrong to begin with, so I’m glad that it was cheep.
I’ve read a few reviews of the pattern on Pattern Review.com and they all seem to say the say the same thing… the directions suck and that the bag needs a lining… I’m not that advanced yet, so I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it on a different project.
- Simplicity 2830 #1 (myordinaryjourney.wordpress.com)
Well, this project is my official foray into the sewing world. I picked this project for a couple of reasons. First it is supposed to be easy. Second, it looked like it would give me the opportunity to learn a few things, and not just practice sewing a seam or two. This project has a ZIPPER!!! (I know… but it’s the little things in life that make it worth wild, right?) While cutting out the fabric and reading the pattern instructions I got a little nervous, but just like my knitting, since I don’t know how hard things really are, I use that ignorance to my advantage and just jump head first into things.
My intention is to keep an online journal of each of my projects. I haven’t been as committed to this endeavor in my knitting, but I think it’s a good habit to get into. For each project I will detail the pattern I use, the fabric, and special skills I plan on learning to complete the project and various notes along the way.
So this was where I was last night when I packed it in:
- Purchased pattern, fabric and notions;
- Put together project board;
- Cut out pattern and fabric;
- Wound the bobbin and threaded my machine;
Tonight I think I might actually start working on putting it together.