To celebrate my friend's 50th birthday, I wanted to make her something personal, as I thought she would get a kick out of that. I decided on a bag for two reasons (1) I already had the pattern and had been looking for a reason to use it and (2) who can have enough bags?!
I decided to use Anna Marie Horner's Sidewalk Satchel, which looked a little more glam than your average tote bag.
For some insane reason, I decided to go with the pleated/gathered bag version, rather than the flat bag version. I should have realised what that would mean - more sewing, more fluffing around! But I think it was worth it. (Well, I hoped it was going to be worth it).
The instructions were pretty good to follow, nothing too bad. I decided to make pockets on both sides of the lining, as it was a large bag and I figure it's better to have too many internal pockets than not enough.
|Internal pocket - big enough for sunglasses, phone, keys!|
|Stitching on internal pocket|
|Pinning the pieces (lining)|
I think Anna liked it, and that's the main thing.