Pattern Review: Dot Dot Dash Bag by Sara @ Sew Sweetness

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I LOVE bags!! And, I really enjoy making bags. I mean, what sewer doesn’t like things she can use every day, are practical and can be tailor-made to fit her picky individual tastes?! So, when I got the opportunity to do a pattern review for what I consider one of the bag queens of the sewing world, Sara from SewSweetness.com, I jumped at the chance.

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I chose the Dot Dot Dash Bag. Oh, the joy of pockets!! I LOVE a LOT of pockets and this one fit the bill perfectly–6 of them! Be still my heart!! And, for good measure, I added 3 more in the inside as I’m an overachiever–ha! As I said, one can always customize bags for one’s individual fetishes tastes.

The pattern was labeled as ‘Advanced’ and I wouldn’t start with this one if this was one’s first bag as it’s a little intense, but Sara gives excellent, clear directions and TONS of pictures. I LOVE pictures in directions as I’m a visual learner and to have a picture is so helpful. I’ve sewn bags from other designers who don’t have many pictures and I still have the emotional scars!! I kid, I kid…

Ok, let’s look at the bag…6 zippers on the outside. Now, if zippers make you break out into a cold sweat, never fear, they really aren’t that bad. Sara does a stellar job of holding your hand throughout the process of installation. I don’t know if you can see the lower 2 curvy zippers on the bottom of the bag which made me twitch a bit when I went to sew them (and for the record, I have a pretty friendly relationship with zippers thus far), but other than putting the one on upside down the first time, they really aren’t that bad.

I used Annie’s Soft & Stable for a stabilizer as recommended on the pattern. This is the first time I’ve ever used this product and I really like it. It’s a sew-in stabilizer that’s a little thick, so it doesn’t let the bag droop–LOVE that! I got mine at the local quilt store, though I asked about 3 stores before I found it. You can also order it online through http://www.byannie.com/shop/category/supplies-and-tools/byannies-soft-and-stable/.

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As mentioned earlier, I did change the interior of the bag in that I added a zip pocket on one side and 2 pockets on the other side. I’m particular on how my bags are loaded and put certain things in specific pockets so I can find them. So, I consider interior pockets a ‘must’ for me on any bag.
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The only somewhat challenging part of the bag to me was the last step and Sara duly warned me ahead of time!! Sewing that second to last seam to connect the top is a doozey! It’s a bit thick, so lovingly pat your sewing machine and give it encouraging remarks throughout that seam and don’t be breaking any speed limits on the gas pedal and you’ll be just fine!! Oh yeah, and that denim needle in your sewing machine works wonders too as well as a walking foot if you have one!

Would I make this pattern again? Yes! It was a fun pattern. One of those that you smile when you think of the experience of making it. If you’d like to purchase the pattern, here’s the link http://www.sewsweetnesspatterns.com/. Check out the rest of Sara’s patterns while you’re there also as she has some for all skill levels.

Thank-you Sara for giving me the opportunity to make this and share my review!

*I was given the pattern to test, but not otherwise compensated in any way. The opinions are 100% my own.*

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Silence, Interrupted

Well, hello there. Yes, it’s been a while. Life seemed to get a wee bit crazy and I blew off my tiny piece of the internet. Oops! While I’ll try to get back on a more regular basis.

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Where to start? Well, I don’t know if you know this about me, it’s a well known secret among my friends, but I sew. Yes, I do. I haven’t shared a lot of my sewing because, well sometimes it seems like it’s a personal thing and kind of puts me out there to be judged and critiqued where I don’t want to be. It’s a hobby, not a career for me. It’s to be enjoyed.

At the beginning of the year, I decided that I should stretch myself. Now, when I say stretch, I don’t mean physical exercise as that would be a little too far out of my comfort zone! But, I decided I wanted to share a bit more of my sewing endeavors. Now that it’s June (baby steps people, baby steps!!) I’ll finally get around to sharing and see how it goes. Yup, let’s put the toe in the water and see what happens!

Truth be told, I failed my first quilting class. Yes, I’m a quilt class drop-out. I would have gotten an ‘F’ if graded and I had continued. My garage sale sewing machine died during the class and I had no idea how to fix it and I was under a great deal of stress in other area of my life, so I had taken the class for stress relief. Ha! Obviously, that was counter productive! But, a few years after that situation, I got a shiny new sewing machine and met a friend who quilted and patiently taught me the ropes. Bless her heart, she’s now created a sewing monster and I think my fabric stash rival hers!! Hey, at least she has one more person to call when she needs that specific color of fabric when the fabric store is closed for the day!!

Now, I won’t be sharing pictures of my sewing stash with you as that’s a little too personal yet! Let’s not get crazy or anything!! But, I do plan to give you a peak into some quilts, bags and who knows what all. Sound like a plan? We’ll start off with a pattern review on a really fun bag…tomorrow!!