Saturday, January 29, 2011

Heidi Bag Pattern Review

Hi Everyone!  In case you missed my last post and don't know, I am participating in hand made version of "Pay it Forward".  I still have one more spot available, if you are interested go here for details!

I volunteered to do a pattern testing for Julie of Vibrant Designs new Heidi Bag Pattern.  It is a very cute bag and easy to construct even for the beginners.  She is hoping to get it in her shop for purchase in late February.  I wanted to show you some pictures of my final product using her pattern.  There is very little that I did differently than she instructed and that is just because I am a little "OCD" when it comes to purses!  I neeeeed a pen spot, and I neeeeeed a loop to clip spare keys to!  (I have a real habit of locking myself out if the car, house get the idea!)  You can click on the pictures for a closer view...most were taken in my basement sewing room somewhere after midnight!

This is the lining side with one pocket (which fits my black berry in its case) where I added the loops for keys.

This is the lining side that has multiple pockets where I added a pen slot.
The mid section is big enough to fit 4 passports in it.

This is not a great photo but it shows the handle which you can make to suit your size.

This is a close up of the body of the bag, empty, so you can see the pleats...which I adore!

All in all I am very happy with this pattern and my daughter is already begging for this bag to be hers!

The other project that I completed recently and am very happy with is the apron I made for the Valentine's Day swap at Country Pleasures.  I designed it myself and am working on a tutorial that I hope will be done in time to post so you all have time to make on for Valentines Day if you want to!

This is my first half apron and there were a few "issues!" that I had to work my way around.  Mostly because my brain works faster than my hands and I did one step before I had done the pre-requisite step.... just once..... or twice!  Nothing insurmountable, just taxed my creativity a little lot!
Any way, I really like the final product and I plan to make one for myself and my daughter soon.  There is a pocket under that lace ruffle and a towel loop from the waist (I just tucked a piece of flannel in to it for the picture).  I like that loop feature because I don't like to wipe my hands on my apron (I know...that is the point..but...)  I usually have a towel slung over my shoulder and I thought that having a place to hang a little hand towel would be a great idea, so I put it in the pattern.  I hope that Sue likes her new apron assuming Canada Post gets it to her in time!

Well, it is time to tuck in the little ones so I hope that you all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.


Julia said...

I love the apron! Can' wait for you to post a tutorial!

A Plain Path said...

Oh Penny...your apron is wonderful! You did a beautiful job. I also love the bag. I have to tweek bag patterns too. For instance, zippered pockets are a must for me.

Congrats on your first apron and hope your tutorial works up to your liking!

Barb said...

The bag and apron are adorable.!!!

Melinda Cornish said...

I find both bags and aprons are addictive....once you start, you gotta keep on making them...the bag is so cute, it will make a great sample!

Bree said...

I love the fabric you chose for this - a perfect spring print!

Side note - I have to tell you how excited I was to see you had the button for the Sew Along on your blog as well! I'm not used to stumbling on it when I'm surfing blog land & it always makes me smile. Thanks for participating!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Yes, it's wonderful, even better in person! Thanks again Penny! Have you gotten mine by now? I sure hope so!