Oh dear. Oh deary deary me. (In my best British accent.) Just what happened here then Miss? The sewing police had better not be reading this or I'll be prosecuted for sure. Thrown in sewing and fabric jail for such an epic failure.
- Woeful waste of fabric
- Wasting precious sewing time without due care for the consequences
- Failure to stop when I could tell it wasn't ‘right'
- Sewing without due care and attention
- Failure to properly execute a muslin
- Sewing while intoxicated? I got cleared on this charge, which is almost a shame because I could have used it as an excuse.
Inspiration had struck while I was asleep. It often does. In this dream, it was just an ordinary day at the grocery store, but I was carrying the bag of my dreams! I can see it now. A simple open tote, sleek, neutral, uncluttered, with a central pleat revealing a splash of the accent color down the center of the bag. Just perfect for popping out to the shops to get a few things.
Then I was suddenly arriving home to find my husband was in the bathroom and had shaved off all of his body hair and had painted his private parts lime green. I'm not kidding – this is really what woke me up with a start! But even then, I couldn't forget the bag.
I started soon after breakfast. Measured out a few dimensions for how big I wanted the bag to be, made a few rough notes and I was excitedly cutting out a few minutes later! Who makes a bag muslin – right? So I had this linen I had been saving for a bag and I cut, interfaced, pinned, stitched. Hmm, right from the get go it wasn't looking exactly like my dream bag. In fact the more I continued, the less it looked like my dream bag. It actually looked more like my husband's private parts, smaller than I imagined and a bit mis-shapen. (Only kidding dear. Have I gone too far – sorry, the bag fail has put me in a funny mood.)
So here we have it, the World's Ugliest Bag. I can see where I went wrong. EVERY WHERE! What was I thinking?
Yes, I gave up and didn't bother with the top stitching to finish. Sigh.
But I love bags and I want to design more bag patterns and sew more bags, so there was only one thing for it, and I signed up for another Class. It's about time I took another class and you can't get better than the Design your Own Handbag from Craftsy.
The lovely Brett Bara is a perfect instructor. I've already watched the first class and breathed a huge sigh of relief. Yes, I can do this. I can make the bag of my dreams – eventually. But clearly not today. I'll just have to be patient, learn a few more skills. The class is already full of inspiration for me. I can see more bag patterns coming your way in the future…
Who wants to take the class along with me? Read to the bottom to enter the GIVEAWAY and win your own class.
If you have never taken a Craftsy class before – why not! If you want to learn to sew/quilt/knit/draw/ etc then they have so many great classes. Some of the features of Craftsy:
- Classes don't expire, life time access
- Money back guarantee if you decide the class isn't for you
- Ability to write notes and place bookmarks on parts of the videos to find things later
- Chat room for discussing with other students
- Ask questions of the instructor and see answers from her and other students on the right hand side as you watch.
- Lots of free classes so you can see how it works and see the quality.
- Some really great sales so if you can wait to enroll, you can get it at a discount
There are also a couple of free classes about how to make a variety of bags, so if the Design Your Own Handbag class isn't within your budget right now, try out one or both of these. Clearly I should have watched the one about how to make a simple tote bag, on the left.
For a list of all the FREE classes on Craftsy – Find all the FREE classes here.
Now for the GIVEAWAY
One So Sew Easy reader will win the Craftsy Design your Own Handbag class for free. All you have to do it click the link in the box below to enter. If you aren't already registered with Craftsy, they will ask for your email address so they can contact you if you win. That's it.
Entries close on 31st March, and one winner will be drawn at random by Craftsy.
I'll be reporting back on how I get on with the class, and sharing and tips and tricks I pick up, and of course I hope I'll be able to design some nice new bag patterns to share with you. In the meantime, if anyone would like the pattern to the bag I made this morning, just drop me a message!
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy