Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tote bag - Simplicity 2396

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The Simplicity 2396 is a fairly quick bag to make and does not use a lot of fabric - maybe about 2 hours max from the time of cutting out the pattern pieces to slipstitching the lining to finish the bag.

In a bit of excellent product photography, the bag on the pattern cover looks like it has some body, but in reality, the bag is really quite flat and one-dimensional.

There are no pleats, darts, or boxed corners to give the bag some shape, but the pattern isn't bad if a gift needs to be made in a relative hurry, so long as the recipient is sure to enjoy the shape. Personally, I find a narrow bag opening to be annoying because getting at what's inside can be more difficult than it needs to be.

Again, the bag on the pattern cover doesn't seem to have as pronounced a shape as the one that I made.

In my ongoing effort to get all my sewing stuff under control, I was very, very happy to use the fun Prints Charming print and finally find the perfect home for the flower button.

The birds show up again on the inside pocket.

Finished dimensions: 11" x 14"

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