After what seems like many months where my sewing machine was only used for mending — opting out of Christmas presents meant it didn’t get its usual Q4 workout — I actually made something.
I used Erin Erikson’s Two Zip Hipster Bag pattern (which is very, very thorough.) The embroidered black linen was cut from a skirt thrifted long ago.
I love almost everything about this bag, except that it’s a wee bit too small. This is totally my fault. I thought I was printing out the pattern pieces at 100%, and it was only half way through the making that I realized they were reduced, by maybe 10%. I mean, each piece has the size printed on it, so I could easily have checked earlier. But nope, I just merrily started sewing. Lesson learned.
This review describes the bag as being 9 x 11″. Mine is more like 8″ x 10″. Not big enough to hold an iPad, unfortunately.
I don’t carry a lot of stuff in my bag, so I’m OK with the minimal size. Or I will be, once I get a smaller wallet.
But maybe next month I’ll make another, at the right size. For those days when I want to carry my iPad.