Last week, I had a really fun opportunity to test out a bag pattern for a great sewing/crafting blogger -- Kat, from Diary of a Flutter.Kat. She sews amazing quilts and other fun things in New Zealand, and her blog has many free tutorials as well as some terrific patterns for sale. When she put out a request for pattern testers for her new bag, I jumped at the chance and was thrilled that she picked me.
Here is a shot of the "All-In-One Bag" I made (as posted on Kat's Instagram feed):
It really was a blast sewing a pattern and being able to make comments. Kat and I e-mailed back and forth a few times over the past week about various parts of the pattern, and she did make some alterations to the instructions that I and the other pattern testers suggested. The pattern was already in great shape when I tested it, and now it's perfect as far as I can tell.
Here is a shot I took as I started sewing last week. I love capturing all of the various pieces that go into the bags I sew. (Too bad I forgot to lay out the magnetic snap and the material I had cut for the strap. Just ignore the second lobster clasp I laid out -- I really only needed one.)
The bag has a neat shape due to the darts Kat has you sew in at the top on the outside and on the lining. It can be carried like a traditional bag if you attach the lobster clasp to the opposite side . . .
. . . or it can be more of a clutch/wristlet if you attach the lobster clasp at the same side.
I should have put cards in the card pockets to show how perfectly they fit.
There is also a divider inside created by an internal zipper pouch -- so handy to corral the band-aids, chapstick, tissues, etc. that I need to carry.
Here is the view from the back.
It's a purse!
No! It's a clutch/wristlet!
I loved the bag so much that I wanted to try making it again after Kat sent me the second draft of the pattern. This time I tried the alternate strap suggestion involving a ribbon sewed to twill tape, and I think it turned out pretty cute. I'm mad because I accidentally put the magnetic clasp on the wrong side of the flap (it was totally my fault -- not the pattern's!) so the brown should have been the underside and the salmon/coral color on the outside. (Yes, it appears I am on a floral fabric kick right now.)
Here it is converted to clutch/wristlet.
On the other side of the bag from the card pocket is an internal patch pocket that fits my cell phone perfectly.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to test this great new pattern, Kat! It was fun corresponding with someone on the other side of the world (it's something like 17 hours later there, which is pretty cool). Best wishes on selling the pattern -- it's worth every NZ$!
Click here to purchase a digital download of the All-In-One Bag pattern directly from Kat (in NZ$).
Click here to purchase the digital download of the All-In-One Bag pattern via Craftsy (in US$).