So, I have now finished the Buttercup Bag. As I mentioned in the first post, Rae from Made by Rae is super for giving us this pattern and I definitely plan on making it again. There were a couple bumps. It also took a while since I was taking pictures the whole time so that part will at least be easier next time.
The only real bump I had was that I used the wrong seam allowance for most of it. But it should speak to the robustness of this pattern that it came out nicely anyways. I didn’t notice until I was through the outside of the bag that I had been using 3/8″ instead of the 1/4″ seams the bag called for. As a result, I had to adjust some things like the size of the tabby. That’s my bad. And next time I will do it properly.
Things I love about the bag:
- Great size for going out. With some fancy fabric, this could totally be a great evening out bag.
- Little inside pocket. This is a great size for little unmentionables or a lipstick (see above). I think I might add another larger one to the other side. But only if I used stiffer fabric since it might make the bag a little more unstable.
- Magnetic snaps. These were so much more fun and easy to use than I expected. That alone made me glad to have done the bag.
Things I would do differently:
- Interface the shoulder strap. I like my straps a bit thicker. This one, while fast, felt a bit weak. Next time I would make it my “standard” way of making the strap 4x the width I want, interfacing, folding in and then in half and sewing that way.
- Stiffer bag. The bag is a bit floppy. I think I would use a stiffer fabric (like home dec fabric) or put some interfacing in there. Not sure how it will affect the pleats.
To see the making of this bag, check out: