The second bag I made this week was using these fabrics that I purchased last April in Paducah with the intent of making a purse/bag out of it sometime. Getting it stitched up within a year is doing good for me. This bag started again with Geta Grama’s Belle bag pattern from her web page Romanian Quilt Studio, even though it doesn’t look like it now. I wanted a smaller bag again and since I had trouble with the pink bag being too narrow at the top and too long I took care of that right away by reducing the pattern 75% then straightened the sides instead of leaving them tapered like the original pattern. I played with the type and size of the different pockets again too. It is good to have a good basic pattern even though I made the changes that I did.
I am not so sure those buttons on the front of the bag are such a good idea. They look great on the bag but only carried it once and ripped off the large black button when it caught on something in my car when I was getting out. I did sew it back on but if continue to have problems with them they might have to be removed.
This bag too has a long shoulder strap….my favorite way to carry a bag. I just have to remember not to fill the bag too full so it can be as light as possible. I have pared down and pared down the items I carry so have a fairly light weight purse/bag to carry. I picked up one of my daughter’s purses last weekend and I swear she had at least a couple of bricks or maybe a cement block in there. My back and shoulders would complain if I carried a heavy bag.
Not sure what I will work on next….guess we will all have to wait and see.