I was slow to start, as this January pattern wasn't quite my bag. Most of my bags are a bit over the top... retro in interesting fabrics or odd shapes. This was a bit simple for my taste. I struggled when I saw all the nice submits online and thought I'd never make it. I just couldn't imagine putting work into this so was never motivated to go shop for fabric. Once half of January past with my procrastination I decided to go shopping in my closet and talk to sewing friends about the project. Once I finally got into the depths of my sewing room my closet it's like the materials jumped out at me! Finally... inspiration in such unlikely places. Every bit of the bag ended up being found items. Even before I realized I needed a buckle a friend gave me a bag to dig through from her stash! Once I realized I had everything I needed I got to work.
Here's what I ended up re-using to make a bag my style:
As far as the sewing, the instructions were step by step with pictures. Many of the pictures were difficult to see and tell if it was right side up as it was rarely labeled. I found myself reading slowly and aloud having to talk myself through... which happens sometimes. Here I felt like I did that often. Later I realized there's video support... that would have helped me out quite a bit!
In the end I was happy with the learning experience. There's lots of things I'd do differently but not sure I want to make this one again... especially since I need to get downloading the February pattern!â