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My Betty Bowler bag

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Front of the finished bag!

Created using this Craftsy indie pattern

This project was made from an independent Craftsy designer's pattern:

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Style Retro / Vintage
Bucklebee Bags on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? The exterior of my bag is aubergine upholstery suede. Piping and straps are pebbled polyester pleather. The lining is quilt-weight cotton. I interfaced all pieces with fusible craft-weight interfacing, and used a double layer of Peltex in the bottom of the bag as the pattern directed. The straps are attached with chrome accent rings.

Bucklebee Bags on craftsy.com

I really enjoyed making this bag. I did alter the pattern a bit. I reduced it by 20%, to make it more handbag-sized. I eliminated the stripe on one side and added a padded horizontal zipper pocket custom-sized for my tablet. I added a second flat pocket on the inside of the bag, and divided the flat pockets into sections, which better suits my needs. The exterior of the bag is upholstery suede, the piping is pebbled polyester pleather, the gray stripe is also upholstery suede, and the lining and accent stripe is cotton. This isn't a project for beginners. The pattern is written very conversationally, and leaves out a few technical details (like clipping curves for smooth, round corners) but experienced sewers will fill in the blanks. Less experienced sewers looking for a challenge might appreciate those sort of tips, however.

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01/08/2014 Flag

Very nice. I finished my fabric purchases today to make this -- which I do not need. But I've been intrigued with the unusual shape and vertical pocket on the front. It sounds like your alterations are a good ideas for my uses too. Thanks for the heads up on clipping curves, etc.

08/21/2015 Flag