When it comes to bags I am a complete beginner. In fact, when it comes to sewing, I'm still a novice. I have never made a bag before and would never have attempted one with a lining and a base! I have only ever sewn pleats once (and I'm not sure little ones on a pocket really count), I have never inserted a zip pocket or compartment pockets in a bag lining before, I have never used O-rings. And, I have never used one of Nikki's patterns before. I was more than a little apprehensive.
I made the bag completely from my stash, using a pretty bird fabric from Ikea, some black embroidered suede left over from my first attempt at a skirt (what was I thinking?), and some pretty paisley polycotton I don't even remember buying!
I can't say enough great things about Nikki's pattern and instructions. The level of detail in the pattern made it possible for me to do some scary things I've never done before, simply by following Nikki's well written instructions.
Of course, no matter how fabulously well put together a pattern is, we all still love a good sewing mishap now, don't we?
Can you spot what's wrong with this picture?
No? Can't see the problem?
Does this help?
Yes, it's always a good tip to have the O-Ring inside the tab before stitching the tab closed. Doh!
I can't wait to try another of Nikki's patterns, and if you haven't tried one, give it a go, I bet you'll love it!