Sewn Up Gifts Satchel

Just finished this handy bag for summer. Featuring randomly placed geese silhouettes on a cream and white background, I couldn’t resist making this upholstery fabric into a satchel. The pattern comes from Simply Sewing magazine and is designed by Sue Kim. https://www.gathered.how/magazines-simply-sewing/

There are plenty of pockets inside and out and a top zip too, so everything is kept safe and sound. As well as a grab handle on top there is a detachable long body strap. Perfect for shopping work or class!

I have just added this satchel to my Etsy shop Sewn Up Gifts. Postage free in UK. https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SewnUpGifts

The Aisling Blouse

Pretty square neck

Flattering shape.

Add your own sparkly buttons.

Gathered cuffs

Ready to go!

This is my take on the Aisling Blouse from Jennifer Lauren .

https://jenniferlaurenhandmade.store/product/the-aisling-blouse/

This pattern company is a first for me. I have always used the big four or five pattern companies, only because they were the only ones available from shops, certainly before the internet! When the internet happened I stubbornly stuck with those names I knew!

These are the differences I found in my new sewing adventure!

First I must point out this pattern was included, along with two others, in The Simply Sewing (issue eighty) magazine. Given that I will use two of the three patterns this was a very good purchase given the cost of dressmaking patterns

https://www.gathered.how/magazines-simply-sewing/

Positives

  • Detailed photo on the package and multi sized.
  • Strong pattern paper.
  • Plenty of extra advice regarding measurements with imperial and metric used.
  • Dressmaking terms avoided, step by step guidance.

Negatives

  • Missed the extra marking points for example at the sleeve insertion stage.
  • The thicker paper meant you could not place the pattern so easily.
  • I found the sleeve notches on sleeve and body piece did not match.
  • A small point but you are advised to press the collar for example then push out the corners which makes it more awkward. Also why mark the button placement so early on in the process? It can be done when the top is complete ensuring perfect placement.

In summary I enjoyed the make and am looking forward to wearing it.

Lesson Learned

I will try very hard now to be more adventurous and try new designers and pattern makers!