Yesterday I finally had a finish! I love days like that, they make you feel like you’ve accomplished something. This time it was the Professional Tote pattern from The Creative Thimble! I want to start this review by saying I LOVE THE BAG. I really do.
I just have one thing I would like to address. Patterns. Designers, please give us a pattern! When I bought this pattern this past July I actually was under the impression there were pattern pieces inside the pattern envelope. This, I soon discovered, was not the case. Instead of pattern pieces you get 2 sheets of cutting labels, each label has a dimension on it and a notation as to what size to cut from fabric or interfacing. Now, on the surface this might sound okay, until you realize you have to do this 33 times! Tedious!!!! Just plain tedious and I will say for $12.00 I expected more, I really did. I did not expect to be making the patterns for all of these parts from these sheets.
That was the bad news.
The good news is, despite spending more time than I wanted to figure out each pattern piece, once that was done the bag went together without too much difficulty. One thing I was cursing throughout though…because the lack of a paper pattern…was also the lack of ‘pattern matching points’. That’s right, you have no idea where to match up the pattern on the fabric! You can tell this right off with the paisley in the pictures.
On a positive note, I do love all the pockets, inside and out. Lots of fun places to keep your things, including an inside zippered pocket to store an electronic reader, private file, or anything you don’t necessarily want to fall out.
I was intrigued about this top zipper…
Everything inside the bag gets covered which is nice, especially if you are using this while traveling, nobody can reach in easily and nothing is going to fall out too easily with the zipper closed. As far as constructing this last step, be prepared to have a machine that will go through 6 layers, 2 of those layers are THICK interfacing! I sewed this on my Bernina 170 and didn’t have a problem but I know there are some machines out there that this could be an issue, so just beware of that.
All in all it’s a great bag, just remember if you do decide to make it be prepared to spend a lot of prep time marking up the pattern pieces.
Happy Sewing Everyone!
~side note…this one is going to someone special! I have two more lined up already!