Friday, July 11, 2014

Pattern Test Drive - The City Bag by You Sew Girl

Sadly it is time to retire our La Virgencita You Sew Girl City Bag sample, it has served us well but we have been sold out of this fabric for a while now and I wanted to try a new interfacing combination on a new one.

This new version is more vibrant and features Spot On Pindot Cardinal Red combined with a panel of Vintage Scrapbook Paris Fashion Black on the front and back. The city bag is fairly easy to sew with the trickiest part being inserting the zipper on the curved top of the bag. Even this isn't too difficult as Nicole's patterns alway have very good instructions and photos to guide you through all of the steps.

The finished bag is approximately 30cm (11-7/8") x 34cm (13-1/2") x 10cm (4") excluding the strap. The pattern includes instructions for adding both a zippered pocket (above) and compartment pocket (below) in the lining, you can never have too many pockets in a bag :)

Hardware is optional for the strap on this bag but it always makes the finished bag look more professional. This bag features an adjustable strap by using a Slide AdjustersSwivel Snap Hook and a D-Ring.

On the La Virgencita City Bag I used Vilene S320 interfacing on its own with no wadding. While the S320 gave the bag a good structure it felt a bit too cardboardy for my liking. This time I have used S320 again but I have also added a layer of H630 wadding which softens the finish a bit as well as providing more structure. S320 is also fused to the strap which is 4 layers thick once it has been folded and topstitched. The result is a thin but sturdy strap that doesn't feel like it is going to break once you fill the bag with all of your stuff.

If you would like to recreate this bag here are the materials that have been used:

- Ky

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