After my successful start to Christmas sewing, with my first teacher’s gift HERE, I moved right along to the next. But was a bit stumped on what to make! I quizzed my friend, and she suggested a satchel. Of course she did – cos she doesn’t sew! lol. Anyway, it WAS a great idea, so I scoured the web for a suitable pattern, and then decided on the Swoon Dorian. If I’m honest, I’ll tell you the photos of the finished products on the site did not leave me enthused. But I trust Melisa Jane and her bag instincts so much (Melisa suggested the pattern), that I jumped in and grabbed the pattern.
And then read it.
And then had a heart attack.
But soon recovered, put my big girl undies on, and got started! A few days later, I had a finished satchel!
Isn’t he gorgeous?? This fabulous bag is for a male teacher, hence the colour (or lack thereof) scheme. I freakin love these two Doe prints by Carolyn Friedlander, and paired it with a great black denim I found in Lincraft. A little tip for you when using denim – try using the “wrong” side of the denim. I was sharing this with my MQG friends on the weekend, and explained how the wrong side of denim gives you a completely different look! The straps there on the front of the bag are actually the “right” side of it!
The Dorian includes pretty good instructions – I only had to scratch my head a couple of times! It has pockets on the front, and there’s a zippered pocket on the back. It’s actually the perfect size for a 13″ laptop, but I decided to upsize it a little, which gave me a little headache when I panicked thinking my straps would be too short! Turns out, they were fine.
I also chose not to purchase the fusible fleece (cos I’m tight) and used batting I already had floating around here at home. Although it saved me dollars, it didn’t save me any time! I had to quilt all of the outside pieces to attach the batting – which I did using a straight stitch about 3/4 of an inch apart. You can’t see it in the photos, but it really gives a lovely texture to the bag.
In another first, I did an adjustable strap! I was pointed towards Handbag Hardware Australia, to find the required bits and pieces. Turns out, they have great Hardware Kits for Swoon patterns! I chose the black clips and antique bronze loops and slides. I even bought an extra set for if and when I decide to make another 😉
All in all – I’m super happy with how this baby turned out! And I’m hoping the teacher it’s intended for is too. I have one teacher left to make for! Wish me luck…..