Have you seen the Lola Goes Shoppin' bag?
The picture of the bag actually reminded me of bag a friend of mine brought back from Italy.
I loved the look of both and who doesn't need another bag, right? :)
Organization of Instructions
So the Izzy & Ivy Patterns are actually inside of a cool folder!
And then a sticker holds it closed.
I love the fact that there are no plastic bags (that's the green in me and a post for another day!).
The pattern has a sketched picture for just about every step.
The pattern is a little booklet that sits inside the folder.
You can store it in the folder inside one of those sheaths made for a 3 ring binder.
Ease of Instructions
My favorite part was the outside pocket instructions.
It read like I had written it myself! In fact it is eerily similar to one I already have drafted for a new pattern.
There is a clearly drawn diagram for each step. Easily followed with descriptions and clear instructions.
Are Additional Manuals Necessary
- You will want to know how to use a zipper foot and sew in a zipper.
- You will need to know how to make or sew on binding.
- There is interfacing, so you need the instructions that comes with the interfacing.
Beginner, Intermediate or Expert
This is an intermediate pattern.
A really brave beginner might want to try it BUT again, I would only recommend it for someone who has sewn a zipper and who has also worked with binding.
Amount Of Time
This took me almost 10 hours to complete
I think the thing that felt the longest was the cutting, not surprising since purse patterns typically have a lot of cutting. :)
Also, I have this thing with binding, I hate to sew it all by machine. So I took a bit longer because after attaching the binding by machine, I finished attaching it by hand. OH, and I made my own binding!
Would I make it Again?
Well my sister wants me to make another one with 20 pockets for her!
I will definitely make it again in another print, when I have the time (like all things, right?)
Would I recommend this to family, friends or other quilters?
I would recommend this to all my friends who sew! As anyone who sews can attest, we always need one more bag pattern. And who could not love this bag?
Final Thoughts and Personal Experience
I made a satin bow for mine because that's what the purse from Italy had on it and I thought it would make a nice finishing touch! :)
Originally I was thinking after finishing up the purse that I would give it as a really nice gift for someone. Once it was finished, I thought I would see how it felt to carry it around...then I thought I should take it for a practice run...then I decided to keep it.
See, it makes me feel pretty! I spend my days working two jobs from home, exhausted from my illness (that's another post too!), chasing after a 3 year old. That means that I don't have too much time to feel pretty lately, but when I put this purse on and go out (without make up or beautiful clothes & those few extra pounds) I feel like the purse flatters me. :)
I bought an extra Lola Goes Shoppin' Pattern to give away to one of you!
To enter, just leave a comment telling me what you think of my new Lola Bag.
And if you don't win, you should definitely buy this pattern...or two, get one for a friend! ;)[EDIT 7/16/2011] Yep, I completely forgot to put a drawing date on this! Can you believe it? ;) So...last day to enter will be tomorrow July 17th. Winner will be drawn after midnight on the morning of the 18th!