Saturday, 2 May 2009

Multitasker Tote

Another successful sewing project complete! A little while ago, after attaining better than expected results from an Anna Maria Horner skirt pattern (not because I thought it would be a bad pattern, but because I have a history of making oddly shaped/ill fitting clothes when I try to sew for myself) I took the plunge and ordered a few more Anna Maria patterns and fabrics, hoping that I'd have the same positive results. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon sewing, and this is what I had when I was done:

It's not just a bag, it's a piece of wall art/home decor! I can't explain how much I love this bag! I love the combination of three fun fabrics that could easily stand alone but somehow work together to make this bright and cheerful bag. I love the construction! As a relatively new sewer, I had a blast going through all the steps and seeing what came next. I never could have figured out the origami type construction of this bag on my own. What I value most about the pattern is it's attention to detail. There are four large pockets on the outside, perfect for cell phones and keys, stuff you need easy access to. There's a lovely pocket on the inside with a pen slip and a key loop. These little details really make the difference and prove how well thought out this pattern was. 

I love the top stitch detail around the pockets and the top of the bag, it makes the whole thing look really finished and professional. 

I used my bag for the first time today. It carried 4 Etsy orders to the dog park and then to the post office. It fit comfortable on my shoulder and added a lot of interest to my boring grey and black outfit. I'm pretty much in love. I've already got plans to make more of this bag as gifts for friends.