Friday, February 19, 2010

Pattern Review

Thank you for all the kind comments on my despairing post.  I was doing somewhat better yesterday, and today Sophie and I are even planning to run to Joann this morning, assuming my morning shower doesn't wear me out.  When I told Sophie we might be going out of the house and running an errand today, she stopped what she was doing, looked me right in the eye, and said, "What?!?"  Yeah, it's sad.

Today's post is very long overdue.  It may never have even happened, except that my dear SIL Stephanie, posted a gorgeous bag she just made, and it reminded me that I never posted the bag I made for my mother for Christmas.  I planned to blog it after Christmas (once she had opened it), but forgot.

So here it is, and a bit of a pattern review too.

This is the Birdie Sling pattern by Amy Butler.  I originally bought this pattern planning to make a bag that would hold all our books, drawing stuff, and what not that we take to church every Sunday.  It is definitely big enough for that.  However, after my mom sent me several links to knitting bags (knitting is her new favorite hobby), I decided to make her a bag for Christmas.
The bag has two inner pockets, one medium sized, the other quite large.  Amy's pattern has you stitch a line through the large pocket, but I left the line out so knitting needles would fit in it better.

This pattern is definitely not a pattern for a beginner.  It can be a little frustrating at times, making sure everything is laying flat, and coming together properly.  That said, the hardest part for me was choosing fabric I thought my mom would like, and finding all the supplies.  The purse is a really well thought out purse.  It has fusible batting lining the inside, which didn't fuse as well as I would have liked, but I think it still gives the bag a nice substantial feeling, without making it too heavy.   I will definitely make another bag with the pattern.

In an hour or so, Sophie and I are off to Joann to find a pattern we are planning to remake to our own needs.  Wish me luck!


Carla said...

Everything about this bag reads 'top of the line', and it's exactly perfect for my knitting fling.
The bag would be wonderful for farmers' markets, also. It's really beautifully produced.

Jenny said...

the bag looks great. thanks for the pattern review.

Bethany said...

Beautiful job and beautiful choice of fabric!

(also, I hope you're back to feeling normal soon)