See? One side is pooching out the other is not. Not sure how clued up Ms Blyton's juvenile sleuths are on zip fitting in bags, but my money is on the tapering zip! Never mind, I think it looks pretty anyway!
I made the larger of the two bags in order to maximise what I might be able to carry with me on to a flight, instead of trying to cram everything (unsuccessfully) into a smaller handbag.
There's a ton of room in there and I'm really pleased with the overall size.
I used the Sew Sweetness pattern and some extra, helpful advice from a few friends. All in all, the pattern was easy to follow and the bag came together well. I love that I finally found a use for that Amy Butler Daisy Chain print. I made it with about half an inch to spare on that one. I think if you plan to give this bag a lot of use and abuse you would be best to make it in something a bit more robust than quilting cotton, but as I don't actually travel very often and intend that it will be carry on luggage only, I imagine it will survive well enough with the stabilisers and interfacings hidden in there.
|Not so pretty zip end.|
|And another one|
As I said, I am fairly certain the misshapen sides of the bag are due to my inability to interpret the zip tapering instructions. I think this caused my problems with not being able to get my needle close enough to the area where the bag edges and lining edges met the zip ends. I unpicked a few times but my puzzler couldn't work it out. Since it was most likely the tapering itself that was the issue, without understanding fully how that works I'm just repeating my problem. The result is these funny, bulky "pleats" at my zip ends and a bit of a gap in the lining side of one of the ends too.
I gave it some thought and while one part of me wants to know how to put it right, the other part of me is happy to chalk it up to experience, try to resolve it if there is ever a next time, and just get on and stuff that bag full of necessaries for fun weekends away now and again!
I do believe this finish also constitutes a tick of my FAL Qtr 3 List already!!