The final stop on my 'summer bag tour' is the Nanette tote. I don't think I ever mentioned that along with re-making all my samples, I also reformatted all my patterns to make them uniform. When I got to the Nanette tote I decided to add something new, an alternate rounded bottom with darts, which I came up when I was making my blooming bags this spring.
I think I like the rounded bottom better than the original boxed bottom, but that's just a personal preference. If you've purchased this pattern in the last few months, you received the new pattern piece, but if not, just email me and I'll send it to you if you want.
Now this bag here, I'm quite smitten with. That black print is a piece of a napkin I bought at Crate & Barrel a few years ago. I only had a small piece, so I pieced the front of the bag to showcase it. I LOVE how it turned out.
I used canvas for the interfacing (my favorite), but got a little over zealous on the top pieces. I didn't take into consideration that the gray fabric is a canvas and the black is a twill, so any interfacing at all was probably unnecessary. I had to use Richelle to sew through all those thick layers and left out any top stitching. This bag is heavy!! I'm thinking of keeping this one for myself because I'm afraid shipping would cost a fortune....and I really like it :)
Moving on to the dance bag for Lily...it only took me a month, but I finally got her dance bag made. Remember the first version? I made some tweaks (don't quite remember now what they were), but I think they worked. Now I need to find that file. I made the tweaks & printed it right after the first version, and well, that's been a month. I'm not the most organized person in the world!!
The hard part was finding the right fabric. She wanted purple, teal, and lime green. Um, I'm glad we decided on what we did. I planned to add more pockets and pocket divisions for her shoes, but I knew she wouldn't use them, so I made it as is - one curved outside pocket, one inside pocket. She loves it.
I've been using the first version as my own to carry my knitting & stuff. I'm thinking this design would make a nice diaper bag. I might make another, or just use this one. We'll see...