Remember when I said that color blocking was floating my boat right now? I’m still all over it, turning that into my latest bag obsession. Yeah, all those fabrics were in preparation for some bag making.
My first version used a navy denim-ish fabric paired with a pink dot and solid gold (ha, I just got a flash back to the Solid Gold Dancers). I love the colors, but as usual, it was in need of some tweaks. I wasn’t entirely happy with how the bottom and bottom pleats turned out. Part of it was user error in sewing a circle bottom, but I really didn’t like all that bulk caused by the pleats.
It’s still a really cute bag, which Lily had no problem claiming as her own.
For my next version, I used a navy stripe and the same denim-ish fabric. I would have made the entire bag out of the stripe (LOVE the stripe), but I envisioned that white stripe getting mighty dirty on the bottom, and the fabric is an apparel weight, so it needed something heavy duty on the heavy wear parts. I thought about not interfacing it at all to alleviate some of that bulk from the pleats, but like I said, being an apparel weight it needed it.
After cutting out the exterior and lining, I got the brilliant idea to cut my interfacing without the pleats. Having a non-pleated interfacing did the trick - I wish I had thought of that before I cut out my lining! At that point it was too late, so I just dealt with it. It looks a little awkward on the inside having the pleats sewn into the pockets, but it works. And I’m totally crazy about these navy stripes paired with the green lining. And the green button :)
And here I am now on version #3. This time there will be no pleats on the interfacing and lining. It’s not sewn up yet, but I feel like this is the one. *This* was what I was going for. I’ve got all kinds of ideas for this design, so I hope you don’t mind a parade of bags in the upcoming weeks. I've haven't been the best at follow through lately, but what do you think, a new pattern?