At last I have managed to enter a contest this year!
Over at Pattern Review there has been a Handbag Contest going on from 15 September to 15 October 2016.
|Sharon’s Take Off Tote|
Now I have had my eye on the Take Off Tote from Dog Under My Desk for quite a while now and this was the perfect opportunity to get this made.
- Xanadu Purple Haze by E Mowder for P&B Textiles Quilting Cotton for the exterior from Spotlight.
- Blue and aubergine Quilting Cotton for the handles and lining from The Remnant Warehouse.
- SF0101 Legacy from Spotlight
- Bra Foam from Metro Fabrics which was a great tip from Alison as it makes the bag stand up.
* The top zipper now hangs over each end of the bag using the zipper instructions for the Avignon Traveller (location 2715). The zips are from ByAnnie, and are the Zippers by the Yard, which I purchased when I went to Puyallup in February 2016 and I was able to make the top zip double ended.
* Added a zippered pocket on the inside using the Basic Zippered Pocket instructions (location 579 in Pockets).
* Added purse feet to the base of the bag using the Structured External Base with Purse Feet instructions (location 1041 in Bases). For the base I used a thin chopping board.
The whole bag and lining are fused with the SF101 and I saved a lot of time doing this with my Elna Press
When it came to the inside slip pocket I decided to divide the open pocket into three for my sunglasses case, Boise earphones and mobile phone.
The back of the bag has a fabulous sleeve that slips over the handles of your suitcase. Alternatively you can make it into another pocket.
I also shortened the strap length by 5cm, as most bags tend to drag on the ground and this is a much better length for me.
I took it away for the weekend and was pleasantly surprised at what I could fit into this bag.
Now there is enough fabric for another bag, but it could be a while before you see that one.
10 thoughts on “Handbag Contest on Pattern Review”
Gorgeous fabric – I love the sleeve that lets you slot it over your luggage handle, brilliant.
that's a very nice bag! I really like the little inner pocket, so useful and very cute too 🙂 In reply to your queries about the tosti and the kelly sleeve caps; honestly both require just a little easing but not a lot. I think they are much of a much in that respect. The kelly has a two piece sleeve with a cuff and is unlined and is allover a much simpler design; the tosti is fully lined, a one-piece sleeve, with lots of pocket variations, has more features and is overall a much more complex thing to sew. It really depends what you are looking for in your planned coat Please let me know if you have any further questions about comparing the two patterns :).
I love all your little changes. Isn't it great to make a bag that suits your lifestyle? Great job.
A nice bag – and to custom size it so it works for you is a great idea. I'm glad you have found some time to do a little sewing.
Beautiful and very practical too. Love the colours.
Nice! Lots of useful details. Good luck with the competition.
That's the real thing alright! The chopping board idea is genius.
Great bag and thank you for sharing all the hints. The luggage strap is a good one! Good luck with the contest.
Lovely colours with exquisite stitching – did you like the pattern/ instructions? Have you made any of the other DUMD bags?
Great bag, love the practical little additions.