Moaning about preparation stages out of the way, I flipping loved the actual sewing. Like the shirt I made, this is another seemingly complex thing to make, that rewards you with a nice big fuzzy glow of `I made that!' satisfaction at the end. There was a distinct moment, as I was sewing the pocket, with its newly attached tabs and buckles, to the front of the satchel, when I thought, `Yes, I like this a lot.' I had intended to give it to someone as a gift, and now, well, you know. Maybe. Maybe not.
My fabric choice was really influenced by a desire to show off the satchel's design details - I went for small polka dots because the scale suited those little tabs. The finished satchel is on the small side, and so big prints would be lost here. Another thing to avoid is directional prints - the satchel has one big piece that forms the back and front flap, and so you would be forced to either have your design upside down on the back, or, to cut the piece in two and live with an extra join towards the top on the back of the bag. This is not something I want to compromise over, so I will continue to avoid directional prints in any future versions I decide to make.
I sometimes look at the list of additional materials needed for bags like this, and think it can seem a bit off-putting - the different technical bits and pieces involved can be expensive and sometimes hard to source. I switched Lisa's recommended double sided interfacing for single sided, which was easier to find and did the trick well enough when it came to giving an extra bit of stiffness to the satchel. I also rebelled and left out the optional rivets on the side tabs. I don't know about you, but anything involving rivets or metal poppers causes far too much swearing for my liking, and if I can avoid the need for them I will.
|no rivets here|
Thanks to my friend, Rachael, for happily letting me use her lovely bookshop (Rogan's Books, Castle Road, Bedford) as the back drop for these photos. Isn't it lovely?