Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays. Probably #2 with Christmas being the first. I really wanted to make a super chic bag for Easter Sunday's church service, and I had the perfect one in mind. What is it you may ask??? The Amy Butler "Blossoms" bag. It a free online bag pattern (those are always the best) that I found about a month ago that I have been dying to try. I finished it last night (midnight, mind you), and I don't believe I will be making it again. Don't get me wrong; the bag is FABULOUS. It was just so hard. Here are the pros and cons:
1. It looks and feels so awesome. Love, love, love it. The handle details are so intricate, and the liner set-up is so cool.
2. I learned a new interfacing technique. Amy Butler uses a combination of woven interfacing with Peltex that I have never tried. It made a very firm, structured bag.
1. This bag almost broke my Industrial Heavy Duty machine. We are talking major layers; major bulk. I broke Heavy Duty Needles,which I have never done before. One even broke and shot a needle shard at my neck. I ended up wearing my boy's Nerf safety goggles to finish it. (Yes, Bart made fun of me too....)
2. The cutting stage of this bag took TWO HOURS. There were so many intricate, small pieces of fabric and interfacings for each piece. Yowsers.
3. This bag took so much fabric and interfacings to complete. I don't want to think about how much moolah went into this bag. Yikes.
4. The instructions were hard. Granted, it did say "advanced" on the pattern, but that really isn't my complaint. After making it once, I really feel like I could make it much quicker the second time. The problem lies in the hard to understand instructions. Lots of words, not a whole lot of pictures. There were a couple of times I would read something and think, "What???" and then try what I thought she was saying. After I had attached the piece (wrong) I figured it out on my own. A simple photo or explaining sentence would have helped so much. I still love you Amy, but this pattern exhausted me this weekend! :)
Here is the link to the free online pattern if you feel like giving it a whirl!
So, I am not making this bag to sell. Sorry P&P fans out there. I do have to post pics.....it's just too fabulous of a bag not to. Here it is!