Deep breath. First I'll show you the cute bag. Then, if you're interested, I'll share my thoughts on the pattern (not good!).
This bag was not a lot of fun. It was fun to plan, certainly, but the actual execution? Not so much.
The pattern: Cotton Way's Sew On the Go Bag. But don't rush off and buy it. Unless you like saying things like, "What?" and "Huh?" a lot. Because I said those a lot.
- Illustrations were small photographs, no larger than 2X3, all on one page. I understand the need to save paper/ink, but I would have preferred to have larger pictures and just use my computer for viewing the illustrations. So frustrating to not understand things. Because of that front zipper pocket, you need clear instructions and illustrations. You get neither.
- Instructions. Big long paragraphs of instructions, with indications to view the tiny illustrations sprinkled throughout. Not a great way to write a bag pattern.
- Method of doing things: there were two instances where I'm pretty sure I did things my own way, because I could never really figure out what she was getting at.
All this leads me to ask if this was even tested? Because my pattern tester would have caught all of this, and more! Kate would never let me get away with this kind of pattern writing.
If you still really want to make this bag, I recommend going to Three Owls Handmade. This list of tips and tricks was pretty helpful at times. But the best advice I can give is to just not bother. There are far better bag patterns out there. Don't waste your time and money. A bag like this should have taken just a couple of hours, tops. I can make a Weekender bag in less time!
Checking this one off the 3QFAL list. Now time to finish some minis!