It’s that time again! Another month coming to an end means another #sewmystyle pattern reveal! This month was quite a bit in terms of patterns. For the first time (to my knowledge), they did a non garment pattern and chose a bag pattern. This month you were also able to pick between two bag patterns from Klum House. You had a choice between the Fremont Tote or the Portsmith Tote. After quite a bit of hemming and hawing, I picked the Fremont.
Now, to be honest, I have never been interested in bag making. I have made a few totes in my day (mostly from quilting cotton), but the idea of making an actual purse has never really been a huge appeal. That being said, Sian, from Kittenish Behavior, has made some beautiful bags and even recreated a designer Chloe bag fairly recently. Between that and the pattern selection for October #sewmystyle, I decided it was time for me to test the waters.
When deciding between the two patterns I really was torn. I liked the ease of the Portsmith (it’s labeled for beginners), but after really studying both, I decided the Fremont was more my style and was actually a bag I could see myself carrying or buying in real life.
Once I had decided on the pattern, I needed to decide on my fabric. I recently was given the opportunity to buy some full sized cow hides at a ridiculous price and bought three (one for me, my mom and my sister). For those of you that are familiar with leather and the size of a full hide, I have a ridiculous amount of leather in my basement. Because I literally have enough of my hide to easily make myself a jacket and a skirt, I thought I could use some of it to try out this bag. I am so glad I did this!
I really, really, really LOVE this bag! It was so much fun to make a quick make as well. I cut it out on a Saturday evening (maybe 20-30 minutes) and then sewed and finished it the next day in 2 hours. Installing the hardware was, by far, my favorite part.
In terms of the pattern, it’s pretty basic. The bag is lined and includes an interior pocket and then the exterior pocket. It closes with a zipper and has handles and the cross body strap.
I will say that when I was gathering my supplies for this make, I got a little anxiety ridden. I did some research on sourcing the various hardware odds and ends, but got totally overwhelmed. Late last week, I finally decided to just order the finishing kit from Klum House and be done with it. I am so glad I made that decision. The straps were already pre punched and the ends were all nice and rounded. The quality of the hardware is fantastic and I know I couldn’t have sourced more beautiful findings. It was a bit pricey ($55 before tax and shipping), but considering the end result, it was so worth every penny.
To sum up this month’s pattern for #sewmystyle, I can only say that this might be my favorite item I've created so far this year. This is huge considering that I wasn’t even all that excited about making a bag in the first place! I think that is what makes me love this challenge. If you really commit to making all 12 patterns, no matter your initial feelings, it pushes you to try new things. I am SO happy I was pushed to try bag making and you can bet that this isn’t my last!
Now, because I had my photographer on hand for this pictures, you can enjoy these “candid” shots!
And, as always, if you’d like to hear me nattering on about how much I love this new bag, you can listen here!
Until next time!