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I’ve been sewing again!

Finally I have been getting some projects done! It feels great to sew and accomplish something. ^_^ First up we have yet another Amy Butler High Street Messenger Bag. This is the thrid one that I have made. I really like the end product, but sewing it together can be a bear. This one was a gift for my cousin Olivia, who turned 16 in March.

Here’s a picture of the outside front. I chose to put the tab on, using velcro, incase she decides to use this for a laptop bag. The tab really doesn’t serve too much of a purpose, so I would recommend leaving it off, unless you like the way it looks. The fabric is called Odyssey from MoMo for Moda.

With the flap out-of-the-way, you can see the outer pleated pockets, though the pleats aren’t showing up very well. These outer pockets get quite a bit of use, so make sure when you are stitching the dividing line between the pockets, you do a very good job stitching it down at the top of the pockets.

The inside of the bag. You can see the zippered hanging pocket and the tool pocket. This is also a very useful part of the bag. I use the zippered pocket inside all the time for loose items, personal effects, and anything that I want to keep contained. The panel pockets are great for pens, notepads, ID cards, just about anything you want to keep on the inside of the bag, but easily accessable.

Finally the back of the bag. This zippered pocket has not gotten much use from my experience, but is handy to have. The pattern does call for an additional zippered pocket on the inside of the flap, but I found that I never used this because it is hard to get to, if you open it while wearing the bag, the contents will spill out of the pocket, and the zipper pull scratched my hand every time I reached into the bag without lifting the flap. I would recommend leaving the zipper off the flap unless you know what you would use it for.

All in all, I really enjoyed making these bags and think the pattern is well done. Number one tip if you are thinking about making this pattern. . . LABEL EVERY PIECE WITH MASKING TAPE. DO NOT USE A DIRECTIONAL PRINT. MAKE SURE YOUR MACHINE CAN HANDLE HEAVY-DUTY FABRIC/LAYERS OF FABRIC. These are the most important tips that I can give you! If you have any questions, feel free to let me know! ^_^ I’m always glad to help.

I also whipped up this table runner for Matt’s mom’s birthday gift. I wanted to do a much bigger gift, but didn’t have the time. I am going to try to get it done for Christmas though. Don’t see how that should be a problem. . . I still have a few months. ^_^

I’m working on a simple pattern for this. Once I have perfected the pattern, I will put it up on my patterns page. I had this fabric in my stash left over from quite a while ago. I was planning on making a set of pillow cases for a friend, but never got around to that. Matt’s mom enjoys cats, so I thought I would put it to good use for her birthday gift. I just hope I’m not overdoing it with the cat thing. ^_^

Please excuse the white balance. . . the lighting in my apartment is horrible. This is the Favorite Things Uptown Coat that I have had forever. It’s a store sample that should have been done last year. . . oops. I did the jacket version after realizing I didn’t have enough fabric to make the coat. I was going to keep this one until I found out that the size I thought I needed was way too large for me. . . (better to be too big than too small I guess.) All it needs are some buttons and it’s done! Hooray!

This shot has a little better lighting. You can see the color of the exterior better. I used a maroon/burgundy corduroy for the exterior and a silk/cotton blend teal for the lining. You can also see the markings for the button holes and buttons. I will make the button holes as soon as I find some fab buttons. This was my first coat, and basically only my second or third garment. I think it came out pretty well considering I haven’t done much clothing and I don’t have a dress form to fit to.

This photo shows off the lining. It looks a bit crinkly, but I ironed out as much as I could. I am pretty proud of the end result, even if it is too big for me. I’m just glad to get it out of my to-do pile. I have a lot more projects waiting and hopefully I will be able to get to them soon! Thanks for listening! ^_^


12 thoughts on “I’ve been sewing again!

  1. Hi I saw you blog and I love your Amy butler high street messenger bag!i was wondering if you can remember what you used for interfacing? I like the shape .im using home decor fabric on the exterior and reg cotton for the lining.i would appreciate some help thanks . Tina

    1. Hi Tina! Thanks for the comment! I’m pretty sure I used double sided adhesive batting. I can’t remember the name at the moment but I want to say it was a Pellon product. Their double sided interfacing. It’s more like a batting though, not just the thin stuff. I also used a heavier weight decor fabric for the exterior. It helps keep a nice shape.

      1. Melissa do you remember if you put the duck canvas layer with it to ?,or did you just skip that layer thank you so much,I have not cut my fabric yet cause I really want to get it right .agian thanks

      2. Now that I’ve thought about it some, I think the Pellon was a single sided thin fusible… And yes I do remember using the duck canvas. It’s been such a long time, it’s hard to remember clearly. I think I followed the pattern’s supply list pretty much exactly. I just omitted one of the extra pockets she called for. But I would recommend cutting out and labeling each piece she asks for. 🙂 Let me know how it turns out!

  2. Melissa was it thin fusible fleece,and does the duck canvas layer just lay without adhesive behind the fused decor pieces.? I’ve made a couple of bags before but not with this much direction I will take you advice and label each piece thanks.

    1. Yes it could have been the thin fusible fleece. I do know I used a Pellon brand though, as that was pretty much the only options I had. And I believe your are correct on the duck. I remember basting the duck to the other pieces. It don’t have the pattern in front of me to refresh my memory, but I’ll look for it tomorrow evening and see if anything else jogs my memory. 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for all your help! I really appreciate it some of the directions just ain’t to clear to me.and I really want the right look not a stiff look thank you!!😀

  4. Hi Melissa
    I have been putting my bag together and most definitely glad I used the thin fusible fleece WOW what a difference so far this bag by far looks very very
    Good I’m still kinda not clear on the drop in tool pocket does that attach some how on the inside or float free?thank you so much for the tips and especially the thin fusible fleece.thanks agian Tina

    1. Good! Glad it’s turning out well! The thin fusible fleece is one of my favorite materials to use. The inner tool pocket is attached to the bag at the top but it floats free at the bottom of that makes sense. 🙂

  5. Hi Melissa
    I finished the bag and it was for a dear friend of mine and she’s probly 6′ or more so it looks proportionate on I really like the Amy butler pattern,I know I’ve read a lot of differnt reviews on that but the bag is stunning I want to make my self one but I will have to make mine smaller.i want you to see a pic of mine but I do not do Facebook or anything else so if you want me to email you or whatever you want to do .thank you agian for all your help,Tina

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