Monday, September 10, 2012

Messenger Bag with gusset Bag Pattern

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My Messenger Bag with gusset pattern is finally available for sale at my Etsy shop here.

This pattern has taken a very long time to produce. I forgot which century it was when I started working on it. Honestly it didn't take that long to produce. I just worked on it on and off and then on and off again due to my craft market commitments. As you've probably figured, that's a terrible way to work on something that requires a lot of attention. Haha. I wrote myself a lot of notes so I'll remember where I left off. But as always, I can't make head or tail of my own notes.

Anyway, very happy to report that it's finally done. Yay! I'm really far more relieved than happy. I've been friends and enemies with this pattern for a few months. We're still on speaking terms. But it's good we don't have to see each other 24/7 anymore. Trust me. I'm someone who's only good when I come in small doses. Ask hubs.

So in this Messenger Bag with gusset pattern, you will learn how to fit the gusset and I love big pockets so I threw in big pockets. This is not a regular pocket but a pleated pocket. Not hard to achieve at all. It's all in the pinning. ;) Lastly, I've included a long adjustable bag handle. Nothing revolutionary here. It's all in the hardware.

My last 5 patterns were 1 hour projects. This new pattern is not. It's a weekend project. I doubt if anyone could complete it in an hour. I would suggest a minimum of 6 hours the first time you make it. I'm not kidding.

Once again, this pattern would not have been possible without the help of my testers. Momshoo, Suzee and Ms C. I really appreciate their hardwork and feedback. Thanks ladies. I thought it would be fun to let you guys have a look at their makes.

pics courtesy of my testers

Making this bag pattern has drained me from top to toe. I may have to crawl back into my cave and sleep for a thousand years.



punkychewster said...

But hurrah it's done! Yay! I like gusseted bags, and messenger bags. So gusset+messenger bag = win!

Linda said...

I know you feel almost like you've given birth when you finish a pattern! What a nice bag. The samples the testers made are equally pretty!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Jane! I know it must have been a hell of a job, you always put so much effort in to explaining every step of the process in detail. I am sure you will make a lot of people proud showing off their messenger bag based on this pattern. Nice to see the different styles too, so inspiring.

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