A new bag! I purchased this AMH Field Study linen while I was in Portland for Market - and immediately I knew I wanted to make a new bag. But what pattern would I use?? That is always my biggest debate. I was fortunate enough to meet Jessica while I was in town, and she was carrying her Modern Alphabet Bag that she designed for 2013's Stitch with Style magazine. I complimented her on it and she said it was easy if you didn't mind working with leather.
I made my first visit ever to a leather factory store. Talk about intimidating. They asked me what animal I wanted, talked about tanning, dyeing, and what seemed like a whole host of other questions I didn't know the answers to. I found something as quickly as I could, from the sale table. A success considering I had two of three kids with me.
Then I got home and laid out the "hide". Although I have never had any strong feelings on animal issues, I felt strangely guilty. I felt as if I had killed Bambi myself. Well, Bambi the sheep. Because what I ended up purchasing was sheepskin. I kept telling myself that this animal was already dead regardless of whether I purchased this leather or not. I wasn't prepared for this mental game. I have lots of leather.... shoes, bags, belts, etc. I never really thought about it until I saw the skin laid out on my basement floor.
Once I got my pieces cut out, I was a little less weirded out by the hide and began to assemble the bag. Sewing with the leather was surprisingly easy, provided you have a walking foot. It was supple, and although I am historically terrible at sewing curves, I managed these curves just fine! Leather is a one shot material though, once you pierce it, the needle holes remain, so I sewed very slowly when working with it.
The bag was easy to put together. The sides are basically an outside fabric and a lining with interfacing in between. Then the leather gusset forms the short sides and the bottom of the bag. The pattern called for pockets only on one side of the bag. But I love me some pockets!
So I added this zippered pocket after having tried these on my messenger bag.
Now that it's all said and done with, I am loving this bag. It's very large and roomy for all of the 18 mommy supplies I have to carry. I love the Field Study Linen that I was able to fussy cut for the panels to get a rainbow effect for the feathers. AND I am liking the leather - truely. It smells good and it feels so soft, yet strong. I don't know if I will make another trek to the leather shop though.
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