Last month I saw that Trish at Two Peas In A Pod Design was looking for bloggers to choose one of her patterns to review and I jumped at the chance.
I had a browse through Trish’s etsy shop and eventually decided on the Hazel Hipster.
Trish’s pattern are not pdf’s so I had to wait for it to arrive in the ‘old-fashioned’ way. I must say that while I love the convenience of a pdf it never quite compares with a professionally produced paper pattern with full size pattern pieces that you don’t have to tape together.
I had a read through of the pattern and a look at the style options and Bethan asked if I would make one for her. There are 2 style options, style A had exterior pockets which are straight and B has pockets at an angle (see pattern cover above). The pattern is also in 2 sizes, full size and mini.
Bethan opted for style A and had no choice over the size, I knew that mini would be most suitable for her at 7 yrs old.
The materials list doesn’t list the amount of fabric required for the mini bag but as I wasn’t buying fabric for this project and just using stash fabrics we looked at the pattern pieces and worked out what we needed from that. I traced the pattern pieces onto pattern paper and cut them out.
The bag has interior and exterior pockets and these are lined. When I was deciding which fabric to use for which part of the pocket I wrote a list so that I knew which piece was which as I was starting to get a little confused!
For interfacing the materials list states medium weight fusible fleece. Until recently I don’t think this has been easily available in the UK and I prefer to buy my interfacing in person rather than online so I can be sure of the weight that I am buying. Sometime last year in my local sewing machine shop I came across a bolt of what I would call fusible fleece, it had no label/branding on it and was £3.50 per metre (I’ve seen Vilene fusbile fleece on sale in the UK for £3.60 for half metre) so I thought I would give it a try. I’ve used it in frame purses and it works really nicely so time to give it a try in a bag.
The main panels of the bag (both interior and exterior) are all interfaced as is the outside of both pockets. The pattern piece for the pocket lining state Cut 1 for interfacing but I think this is incorrect as Step 2 of the instructions states ‘the pocket lining panels will not be interfaced’. Fortunately I had worked this out before cutting.
I have used magnetic snaps a number of times before so had no need to refer to the tutorial on Trish’s website. There was no suggestion in the instructions for where to place the snap, obviously (to me) it should be central and I estimated how far down from the top of the bag it should go (bearing in mind seam allowance). I discovered when I came to top stitching the bag that it could have done with being slightly lower as I struggled to sew in a straight line past the snap. I have just now looked at the tutorial and in the comments below someone else has asked the question how to measure for the snap and Trish suggests 1.5″. So I know for next time.
In step 5 of the instructions it’s time to construct the exterior and interior main pieces. The pattern instructs to leave a 6″ opening in the bottom of the bag for turning. I did not do this, I dislike stitching the opening closed on the right side and instead opted to leave a gap in step 7 when the interior and exterior are sewn together at the top of the bag. So rather than sewing all the way around the top of the bag I left a gap of 4″ to turn through. This worked absolutely fine and as I had done as I was told at the beginning of the pattern and read through it all before starting, I knew that I would be top stitching at the end so closing this opening tidily.
The strap for the bag is a simple fixed fabric strap. I was making this bag for Bethan and had in mind that I wanted it to last for a long time so a bag strap that is the right length now might be too short in the future (I am assuming that she still has a fair amount of growing to do!). I used a bag of mine that has an adjustable strap to work out how short it needed to be and how long I might want it to be in the future. I ordered a bag slider and ‘D’ ring set from Sew Who Are You?. The slider is 1″ wide so I cut the strap 4″ wide and 45″ long. I cut the interfacing 2″ wide and fused it down the middle of the strap. I then folded the strap long sides together and pressed and then opened it up and folded the edges into the middle and pressed again and top stitched down both sides of the strap.
I only used one of the ‘D’ rings and made an open ended strap for this 4″ wide by 3″ long and made it in the same way as the long strap.
Finished size of the mini bag is 9.5″ wide and 11″ tall.
Bethan is delighted with her bag, she took it to school for ‘show and tell’ this week and it was admired by a few of the mums as well as her class mates!
In conclusion: this is a well written pattern, there are photographs at every step, a space for notes at the end (which I’ve used for strap measurements ready for next time). Yes, I would use this pattern again, the mini size is a decent size, I’m not sure I would use the larger size. I’m actually thinking about scaling the mini one down and making a smaller one for using most days when all I need is somewhere for my keys and purse. I also think I would add an interior zip pocket and a key fob strap as I’ve done in previous bags.
Thanks to Trish for the opportunity to review this pattern, Trish has very kindly offered to giveaway a surprise pack of 2 patterns from her Etsy shop to one lucky reader. Open internationally.
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