Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I'd like to introduce...

Sophia :)

Side View (I used the Green Dancing Mums for the end pieces to bring a little more POP to the bag)

Top View

Zipper Pulls (97 cents at Walmart) - they really do help with opening.

Bag Bottom - Love the feet!

Inside view

It's not too late to join us for the sew-along! In case you haven't heard, Stacy and I are hosting and Amy Butler Sophia Carry-All Bag Pattern Sew-Along this month (the last day to post entries is 4/30). We have 29 participants to date - can't wait to see everyone's creations!

As for my experience with this pattern, overall I'll say that I like it. My least favorite parts were joining the bottom (I made a VERY thick bottom with lots of layers) and installing the zipper to the lining. I think that there has to be an easier way to do the zipper - I'd like to install it with the outer and inner fabrics at the same time, rather than one at a time, and be able to machine sew the entire zipper to both fabrics as well (maybe leaving a hole elsewhere in the bag for turning somehow?). Any ideas by fellow Sophia Bag makers would be greatly appreciated!

The bag is a great size - I'm very tempted to use it as a diaper bag, but I didn't make any special pockets for a sippy cup and all of my cups leak :( My plan is for it to be part of a set with a matching Weekender (summer project?) and it will likely carry toiletries and books/knitting.

I definitely recommend this pattern - just take your time with it and read all of the instructions. You won't regret the time spent with this one :)

For tips on making the Sophia Bag, please visit our Sew-Along discussion thread.


stacysews said...

I love it! It turned out gorgeous (btw, I love the zipper you used for it too - it has much nicer pulls than mine).

Joy said...

Wow! She is beautiful!!! You did a wonderful job! I like that you used the lining fabric for the end pieces as well, it adds a little surprise. :)

Lynn said...

Wow!! That's beautiful!! I really like your zippers as well! I've ordered my fabric... Hopefully it will be coming soon!

Adrienne said...

that turned out so nice! the inside looks great too ... mine is a little off but I'm not gonna redo it that's for sure!

Katarina said...

I'm totally impressed!!!You did a fantastic job!!!Love it;)


Joleo said...

So spring-like - It's beautiful! well done :)

sassypriscilla said...

This is really great. I love the fabric you used. I have all the materials for mine, now I just need the opportunity to get it done!

Shannon said...

It turned out beautiful! Great job:)