Pattern Review ~ Grand Revival Flea Market Bag

on July 16 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 10 Comments

From Beth: Robyn made two beautiful bags from the Grand Revival Flea Market pattern. She used Denyse Schmidt’s Spotty Geranium from the Katie Jump Rope line in one of her bags (more information in her Fabric Recommendations discussion). Enjoy her pattern review and be sure to check out Robyn’s introduction too.

Pattern
Grand Revival Flea Market Bag

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Description
Great shoulder or messenger style bag for wandering around town. Cute and stylish, this bag has found a new spot on my favorites list!

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Small-size Flea Market Bag by Robyn, mintyfresh

Materials
Light to upholstery weight fabric, fusible interfacing, matching/ contrasting thread.

Overall Design 4 stars
I love this bag. It’s great to keep over a hook by the door to toss over your shoulder on the way out the door, and functional enough to hold a *ton* of stuff. The pattern includes a number of variations (8 in total), so it’s relatively easy to pick the size and style that suits your needs best, and also leaves lots of room for customization; the pattern itself comes with a few options for closures and pockets.

 

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Inside bag detail.

Written Instructions 4 stars
The written instructions were fairly detailed and pretty easy to follow. Beginner sewers may have a little trouble with the corners of the base & straps– the instructions on how to sew the corners and finish the straps could be a bit more detailed– but everything is ultimately fairly easy to get the hang of.
Diagrams / Images 5 stars
The diagrams are super-detailed and fairly easy to understand. Intermediate or advanced sewers familiar with patterns and sewing diagrams will get the gist of the pattern instructions from the diagrams alone, and beginner sewers will find them good references for the written instructions.
Pattern Pieces 4 stars
Each bag requires 2-3 pattern pieces to complete (three if you’re making the tied strap). The pieces are simple and easy to cut out; with a cutting mat and a rotary cutter it should take you only about twenty minutes or so. The only catch is that the large and small bag pieces come out of the same pattern piece. If you’d like to make both bag sizes there’s a bit of taping and un-taping to be done as you need to split the pattern piece almost in half to make the smaller bag. It would be much easier to have one pattern piece for each size of bag body.
Overall Level of Difficulty Beginner/Intermediate
Even though I’ve made lots of bags in the past, and have lots of sewing experience, I still needed to sit back and think about some of the instructions (the strap, specifically). Other than that, though, the pattern was pretty straightforward. With all of the cutting, interfacing and sewing, this bag was a 1-2 hour project and the end result is definitely worth it!
Modifications + Tips
I actually made two different sizes of bags out of this pattern – a small-sized shoulder bag and a large-sized shoulder bag. With the small bag, I used a medium barkcloth fabric for the exterior, and a lightweight cotton (Denyse Schmidt’s Spotty Geranium from the Katie Jump Rope line), along with a medium-weight fusible interfacing. For the large, I used two lightweight cottons, and used fusible interfacing on both sets of pattern pieces (the pattern itself calls for only one set of interfacing) to give the bag some extra body. I’m sure you could also use sew-in interfacing for this pattern as well. While my preference is fusible for ease-of-use, there’s lots of room with this pattern for personal preferences.

The interior of the bag is essentially a blank canvas. The pattern includes instructions on how to add a large pocket, but if you wanted to make tweaks there’s plenty of room to add other embellishments like a key loop (which I didn’t include in this bag but find really handy in others I’ve made) or multiple pockets on either side of the body. It could also be easily tweaked to add an exterior pocket (with or without a zipper as well). The sky’s the limit!

Fabric Recommendations
Pretty much anything goes with this pattern. I used medium and light- weight fabrics for my bags and liked the results with both.

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Large-size Flea Market Bag in cursive by Robyn, mintyfresh

Conclusion

This was a fun pattern to work with, and I’m really happy with the results. My Flea Market bag has gone everywhere with me for the past few days, and I don’t expect I’ll be putting it down any time soon. Fairly quick and easy, it’s a great one if you have a couple of hours free.

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Cursive bag detail.

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10 Responses to Pattern Review ~ Grand Revival Flea Market Bag

  1. Janice says:

    *gaaah* I am a beginning sewer for sure! I’m done with the corners after much wrestling. I KNOW there has to be a better way than what I did it!

  2. Janice says:

    ok, I’m making this bag right now and am wishing that you had went into more detail in regards to the straps and corners besides just saying people might have a little trouble with it. Any further instructions you can give? Thanks! :)

  3. Pieces says:

    Thanks for writing this great review! I think I’ll give this bag a try.

  4. Roshelle says:

    That is exactly the bag I want to make!

  5. Lisa says:

    Thanks Robyn for the great review, I just bought this pattern from SMS, and now I can’t wait to start it!

  6. Beth says:

    The bags look fabulous, Robyn. The cursive patchwork is amazing!

  7. robyn says:

    Lining up the cursive was a bit finicky, but totally worth it. This was a fun project!

  8. Rachel says:

    This looks like a great bag to take shopping. Thanks for the review.

  9. Kristin says:

    Great review, Robyn! Your bags are terrific. I’m super impressed that you lined up those rows of cursive!

  10. andrea says:

    okay, that is really weird… a few hours ago i went to sewmamasew pattern section and was looking through the bag section to come up with something new and i put this very pattern in my shopping cart, was searching for fabric and got overwhelmed (as usual) and logged off for a while and then came back on to this review! how strange. will defintely get it now, after deciding on fabric. :) thanks!

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