Simone from Brooch the Subject is a stylish mom of two who also loves vintage jewelry. As an independent designer, Simone is in the middle of writing her own patterns, but she set aside some time to review the Tabitha Bag from Flossie Teacakes. The Tabitha Bag and Lis iPhone Holder are PDF sewing patterns; you can purchase and then get to work sewing right away! Visit Simone at Brooch the Subject, take a look at her introduction and enjoy her review today.
Tabitha Bag PDF Pattern from Flossie Teacakes
|A medium-sized shoulder bag. More of a purse than a tote due to it’s size. It’s actually quite a complicated looking little bag once it’s finished. Very interesting!
|I used quilting weight cotton (Joel Dewberry’s line) for my bag as I am not a huge linen fan and fall is upon us so linen is out. I think this bag would also be very cute made in tweed or even a gray herringbone suiting fabric, which would be better for fall or winter. Another option would be to use a plaid flannel and then a contrasting floral in the pleats.
|This bags is really quite complicated in it’s design. If you are an intermediate sewist, it does come together rather easily. I love the pleats on the base of the bag as well as the pleats that are surprisingly formed on the side of the bag. The bag is definitely a purse and not at all big enough for diapers or sippys. I would love to have the option to make this in a larger size. One option would be to cut out and take your pattern pieces to a printing shop and blow them up by 3 times. If you do this, just be sure to adjust the handle length or you’ll end up needing monkey arms to reach inside!|
|I love the fact that this is written in a conversational manner. I think it would make most beginning sewists feel comfortable. Overall the pattern is well written. Florence has included pattern cutting notes as well as interfacing notes which I find very helpful. There were a few times when attaching the trim and the upper part of the bag where there were some overlap of fabric. This part could have been addressed a little better so you understood that these pieces didn’t have to match up perfectly.
|Diagrams / Images|
|This pattern has only hand drawn images. I do believe that photos can sometimes make a pattern easier to understand although the diagrams seemed to do the trick. The pattern relies heavily on you labeling all of your pieces and this is imperative in order to understand which piece is which in the diagrams. Since the diagrams are all black and white, you have to be focused on the letters to identify the pattern pieces.
|The pattern pieces are well labeled and easy to understand. They are clearly marked with how many of each you should cut. It would be nice to have a 1” square measure on each page to check that your printer is printing them at the right size.
|Overall Level of Difficulty||Intermediate|
|Like I said, this is a complex little bag. It does come together rather easily, but you have to be ready to take your time and sew precisely. You should also know that there is some manipulating of the fabric to make the pleats while keeping the top edge of the bag straight. You also need to be able to sew a very straight line to attach the decorative trim strip. Just take your time…
|Tips + Modifications
|I do think this pattern could have included a few more tips. I pressed the seams open once I had sewn the pleat fabric to the main and side panels, just because I think it looks better. When you attach the decorative trim strip and the top section of the bag (in step 13), both of these pieces are a bit larger than the bottom of the bag. Don’t worry about it. These ends will be sewn into the bag once you sew down the sides. Also, once you have attached the trim and top of the bag to the bottom of the bag, I pressed the seam allowance up toward the top of the bag to help the trim piece stay down and even. It would be nice to also topstitch the seam allowances.|
|This little bag is fun to sew and will get easier the more often you make it, as with any pattern! Take your time and sew slowly and precisely. I am overall very pleased with the finished product and am sure you will be too!|