The extent of my sewing skills pretty much ends at straight lines. Which is why quilting appeals to me so much. You can an awful lot quilt-wise with mere straight lines.
The other day I came across a pattern and tutorial for a reversible bag that caught my eye. It looked like a simple pattern and the instructions had only ten steps. Simple, right?
Well...it was a learning process. I haven't sewn something other than straight lines since middle school home ec class. Cutting out the pattern went fine. Cutting out the fabric went fine. I was feeling pretty confident at this point. The first change I made *gasp* was to add pockets. That went ok. I improvised, and the first pocket I sewed on (the plaid pocket) ended up being too small. So I cut out a bigger one for the other side and it turned out a decent size after sewing it on. Then I dove into assembling the bag.
I realized I have no idea how to sew darts. I think I did mine wrong. I think I cut them out right, since they were on the pattern (though I did have to go back and cut them out, since I didn't know at first that I needed to do that until the whole "sew the darts" step). Oh, and once I accidentally sewed the whole darn thing shut, but hey, that's what seam rippers are for, right?
But overall it turned out alright. Not perfect by any stretch, but functional. I had hoped it would end up a bit bigger (which is weird, since the instructions say how big you should expect it to turn out), but it will work for what I initially wanted (a bag to throw my portable knitting project in to carry from place to place rather than the ratty, plastic Michaels bag I've been using). Or I was thinking I could use it as a little purse, enough hold keys, cell phone, camera, a few diapers, and a juice box.
It's somewhat less than symmetrical, but it works. And the experience wasn't so terrifying to me that I won't try something else now!
8 years ago