Friday, February 8, 2013

Dot Dot Dash- I DID IT!

I was lucky enough to be one of the pattern testers for Sara's new pattern Dot Dot Dash! I absolutely L-O-V-E the finished product! Isn't it pretty????? I'm not going to lie to you though, I fought with this bag, and I do mean FOUGHT with it! I gave up about 20 times and if it wasn't for Sara's encouragment (along with my VERY supportive hubby's) I wouldn't have finished it!!!
It wasn't because of the pattern, it was great! Very well written, and easy to follow (as are all of her patterns!) It was that inset zipper!!!!!! GRRRRRR!!!!

*calming breath*

I had never sewn one before and didn't think it would be as difficult (for me) as it was. But, I did it! And I couldn't be happier with the result of my labor!
I decided to use some prints from Valori Wells line Cacoon, which I absolutely adore, and a low volume gray to change it up a bit. I used Kona Steel for the lining. 

I was worried about being able to do this bag because of the curved accent pieces, but if I do say so, that part was literally a piece of cake!!!! Sara's instructions were soooooo easy to follow I didn't have ONE BIT of a problem with it!!!! Did I mention I LOVE THIS BAG?????

I love how it's got enough space to use for just about anything, seriously, it could be used for an everyday purse, a project bag (because the pockets themselves are very spacious, you could even fit a FEW projects in there!!!! And with the little accent pieces, they are perfect place for putting some hand sewing needles!), I could even see using this as a (very well organized) diaper bag!!!

Here is my baby girl modeling it for me! It almost swallows her! LOL!

I did the back almost the same as the front, I just LOVE it!!!!

All in all, I think this is a FANTASTIC bag/pattern. If you are a beginner I think it would be challenging but it CAN BE DONE! An intermediate to advanced seamstriss could whip this up without a hitch! I am not sure which category I fall into anymore, maybe advanced beginner?

Oh, one more thing, I did not use the adjustable strap that she gives the directions for, simply because I could not find the proper hardware locally. I didn't really have the time to order online. But I do plan on making this bag again and I will be making it with the adjustable strap. Of course I'll let you guys see it when I get around to it!

So head on over to Sara's pattern shop and pick up the pattern!!! While you are there she has also released the pattern for another FANTASTIC BAG! And I'm positive there is a BUNCH more to come!!!!

Thank you Sara for letting me test this pattern! I truly do love it!!!!


✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This bag looks amazing! I love the two butterfly prints together and that Dear Stella Maasai print...just gorgeous! Way to go with the zipper!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

turned out great..

audrey said...

Oh, I've been seeing this bag around, and I love it! I was wondering how difficult it would be to sew. Yours looks to nice! Thanks for sharing!

Virginia Troche said...

Adorable purse!

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