New bag!

I needed a new bag. My previous purse was falling apart. The Essex linen did not withstand being carried around on a daily basis. So back in spring a settled on a pattern and ordered some fabrics. I really love the design of the Uptown Saddlebag by StudioKat Designs.

New bag!

New bag!

I like its shape and how it folds. For the fabrics, I chose some canvas that I found at MissMatabi (a Japanese Etsy shop). I was so surprised by how fast the shipping was and didn’t cost much. I’ll definitely order more from her. I also bought a Echino bias tape by Etsuko Furuya and a print from Ellen Baker, both for Kokka. I’ve been a long time follower of Ellen Baker’s blog and I love her simple designs. Both are linen blend canvas and have a beautiful texture. So, I ended up using both in my bag with the canvas.

The purse was my summer sewing project. As I said in previous posts, I was pretty busy with the kids this summer. So, I was doing bits and pieces here and there. And I finally finished it at the beginning of fall. I would say that this pattern is a intermediate to advance level. I’m not a big fan of pattern cutting and this one involved a LOT of darts to align pieces. Even though I’m pleased with the result I’m not sure I would use it again for my next purse. I much prefer using my ruler and rotary cutter for cutting!

The pattern suggests to use some Soft & Stable for the interfacing. This was the first time I was using it. I was afraid that with the canvas it would be hard to sew. But no, it went quite smoothly. And I’m really happy with the result. It does make a big difference on how the bag holds itself. Beside that, I did make a mistake when assembling the back panel. I think my seam allowances for the zipper were too large. I ended up with a panel a bit too short (about ~ 1/2″).

New bag!

I didn’t want to redo it. So, I decided to shorten the front panel and lining. That is why the magnet is so close to the zipper on the front.

New bag!

I’ve been using my purse for about a month now. I would say that I’m satisfied with the result. I particularly love the heavy canvas. I also enjoy the different pockets that were part of the pattern.

New bag!

 

4 thoughts on “New bag!

  1. Kathy Southern

    Nice job on the Uptown Saddlebag! I love the fabric you chose. I’m a longtime fan of grey and yellow! Might i suggest you enter this bag into our monthly contest? I think it would be very competitive and all of our entrants get prizes. It’s fun!
    If you’re interested- drop me a line at info@studiokatdesigns.com
    Either way, your bag put a smile on my face! Great job!
    🙂

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    1. Josée Post author

      Thanks a lot! I’m glad you’ve found my bag and that you like it. I would be happy to participate to your monthly contest. I’ll send you an email directly.

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