June 23, 2016

Isobel Grab & Go from Liz of Moments

Liz, from Moments, and I have tested designer bag patterns together for some time.  I have always admired the bags that she has made and her use of faux leather. Now that she is a designer, I have to say I am so impressed with the bags she is now designing.  They are unique in how they look and so creative in how they are put together.  I was excited to test her newest pattern, Isobel Grab & Go.

I had silver faux leather that I was wanting to use and thought this would be a great bag to use it on.  I combined it with a dark grey faux leather accent and white and grey cotton lining.  The zippered front is actually an outside pocket and the trim that you see is a wrap around slip pocket.  Here you can see the pocket wrap around the back.

The strap is adjustable with the buckle and eyelets  Here is a close up look.

There are several more pleated pockets in the interior.

Isobel measures 11" H x 10" W x 3" D.  It is large enough to hold an IPad.  The top of the bag is closed with a zipper.

Isobel is rated as an advanced pattern, but if you take your time and read and follow the directions, it is doable.  I would not pick it as my first bag to make but, if you have made bags for a while, don't be afraid.  Moments patterns are very well written with lots of pictures.  Liz includes directions for using faux leather but this bag can be made from fabric as well.

You can get the pattern for Isobel on Craftsy here.

June 3, 2016

June Bag of the Month...Lunar Bags...from Chris W Designs

I was excited to test another bag from Chris W Designs.  This time it is from her Lunar Collection for the Bag of the Month Club.  This is the last release for this year's club and I will tell you, it is the biggest ever.
Christine designed travel bags in three different sizes and also added a pocket addendum to allow you to personalize the pockets in your bag.

I chose to do the Full Moon which is the large size.  And large it is!  This is the largest bag I have ever made at 24"W x 17"H x 10" D.

This is the front of the bag.  There is a pocket between the straps that is closed.  The pattern calls for a half moon magnetic clip but since I did not have that available, I used a regular magnetic snap. This bag has handles and an adjustable shoulder strap That you can see in the next picture showing the back of the bag.

If you look closely at the picture above, you can see a luggage strap.  This allows you to slide this bag over the handle of a piece of wheeled luggage to make sure it does not fall off.  If you prefer, you can close the bottom to have an additional slip pocket.

The two side pockets are great for shoes or water bottles.


Inside is a large zipper pocket but there is plenty of room to add more pockets on the other side.

A few words of advice.  Christine writes very thorough patterns.  There are many pictures throughout to increase the understanding of the pattern.  Many people get flustered by the number of pages.  This one is 73 pages, but, remember that includes instructions for all three sizes, pattern pieces for all three sizes, labels, and a text only section for those that want to print only the directions.  This is an advanced sewing pattern.  That being said, don't choose this as your first go at bag making. However, if you have been making bags for some time, maybe it is time to stretch.  For me, the most difficult part of this bag is the size of it. My RA was not happy with me! This isn't a bag that you will make in a day or two.  Take it step by step.  Enjoy the process. In the end, you will have a beautiful bag that others won't believe you made.

This pattern is available this month only for the Bag of the Month Club members.  It will be available to all others starting July 1.

The other two sizes available are the Half Moon (medium) that is 18"W x 14"H x 7"D and the Quarter Moon (small) that is 14"W x 11 1/2"H x 6"D.