I got this done at the last minute before my trip – it still has some kinks to work out before I can start writing the pattern. The interfacing/batting combo I picked looks great but was difficult to sew through, even for me. So that needs to be fixed. Then it needs some minor tweaking to the pockets and has some normal pattern fitting issues. I wanted to take it on my trip because while this is a bit big for most of you to use as a everyday purse, it’s perfect for a “personal item” (extra carry on, basically) on the plane. I can (barely) fit my 11″ MacBook Air in there (in a sleeve) so you can totally fit an iPad.
Now, I wasn’t going to add the zippered pocket to the pattern – it adds 2 extra full size main body pieces to the lining fabric requirements and significantly more bulk, BUT it was incredibly useful running through the airport with boarding passes and my passport. I kept everything in there, by itself, so it was secure but easy to find. What do you think? Am I over-doing it again?
So yes, of course just like the original this has a top zip that totally gets OUT OF THE WAY if you need it to. I find this especially helpful if I want to stuff my jacket or something in the top and it obviously won’t zip. I also hate having the zipper get in the way of finding things, which is why I always have them open up as wide as possible. And you’ll get to learn a new technique! Woo!
Peltex’d bottom. Also thinking of adding an optional “bag bottom sleeve” to the lining. Good idea? Overkill? Speak now! :)
Yes, that’s my Stargate earbud pouch. It matches the lining. :D
I even found a cheap source for hard board bottoms to help avoid that saggy bag look when the bag is packed with heavy stuff. Saggy bag is sad. :( (My laptop is in there… obviously it’s not designed for a laptop.)
So, my aunt saw my bag when I was at the LQS where she works and she loved it but wants it in “purse size”. What do you think? The last time I asked, everyone yelled “BIGGER” so I went with that. This pattern needs to be tested and “shipped” by November 30th. Which means I have about 2 weeks to photograph and write this thing and get it to testers. If you don’t hear from me very much, that’s why. I’ll play and sew fun stuff once it’s in testing. It’s easy to add later, we learned that with the wristlet. I guess I’m asking who would *only* want the smaller version? And if so, what size?
This was today’s “fun socks” Instagram but you can see the next one is ready to cut out!
My cousin Sarah had pinned a couple TARDIS pouches, and with the wristlet pattern done and her birthday coming up, it just had to be done. I kept track of everything for a tutorial, but no guarantees I can get it up this week (see frantic pattern-making paragraph above)… How much do you want it? :) Honestly, the hardest part was getting that “Police Box” part right. I think I spent about 6 hours on it. I tried hand embroidery, free-hand zigzag on the machine, itty bitty applique… This is the perfect job for an embroidery machine. Still, I kind of love it. <3 How can you not? It’s a TARDIS. More pics on flickr.