I was determined to at least make one bag this month, and had a neglected cotton top in mind to use as well.
When I printed the pattern out, it was so big that I would have only gotten one of the pieces out of the front of top, so I printed another copy at 85%, which looked a little small, and another at 92%! Not having chosen a fabric to use as a lining, I did a quick look around and decided to make my daughter a bag instead, using some printed cotton that I first used about 10 years ago to make my niece a tiered, frilled skirt. I think the skirt's all worn out now, I know my daughter used it so much that the waistband was starting to fray!
|Bag No. 1 in progress|
For my second bag, I used the 85% size of the pattern. It took a little longer to make, as I had to prepare the fabric by unpicking the top, and interfacing the fabric. I was having trouble interfacing my textured fabric, so I put a towel underneath the fabric to even out all the bumps.
You might be wondering why I would want to turn a perfectly good top into a bag. Well, here's a before shot.
I must say that I didn't notice anything wrong with it, until my husband pointed out one day the unfortunate placement of the circles in the pattern. I felt so self-conscious about it after that, I just couldn't wear it again. And now it doesn't really fit anyway, so it was either put it in a charity bin, or refashion it.
I spent a long time wondering what to use as lining, and when I went to have a look at what I had, I found the perfect fabric straight away. It has the same base colour, which I had thought would be really hard to match.
This is one of my secret stash of Parisians fabrics. I can't help myself whenever I see one, I have to buy at least half a metre. I never have any plans for them, I just buy them to keep for a rainy day.
|My Parisian themed fabric stash|
|A peek inside my bag at the streets of Paris|
I'll leave you with a size comparison between the two bags.
If you'd like to make your own Japanese Knot Bag, Sue has generously made her pattern available as a free download from her blog here.