So this is what I’ve been working on the past week and a half. It is identical to this bag, complete with cell pocket, wipes pocket and bottle pockets. Normally one of these bags takes 3 hours, but this one has taken over a week. I decided to try to write this bag up as a pattern so stopping after every step and trying to put into words what is involved really took a loooooong time. I finished the bag last night and the pattern rough draft is now finished. I have one test sewer lined up: Teresa – a nice blogless lady who I met through my blog. I don’t feel comfortable asking the test sewers I used with the Seamstress Apron Pattern because neither of them has young children, and this bag takes quite a bit of fabric that could get pricey for a project that they might never use. (Although I’d be thrilled if you wanted to, girls!)
SO. I’m taking applications, sort of. I need one more test sewer. She needs to have sewn at least one bag before and be able to edit. She needs a rotary cutter and a large cutting mat, since this bag doesn’t have pattern pieces. I would love it if she could sew the bag up and send me edits within the next month. In exchange for her hard work, she would get the rough draft now and I will send her a final hard copy of the pattern, and maybe a little something handmade :o). The pattern will be for her personal use only, and I will maintain the copyright. So, because I’m nervous about just sending this pattern electronically to just anybody, I’d really prefer it if I knew her at least a little bit through blogging or otherwise.
Here are the fabric and materials requirements:
3/4 yard 44″ decorator-weight fabric
1/2 yard 44″ decorator-weight fabric
7/8 yard 44″ cotton canvas, duck, or similar heavy-weight fabric
3/4 yard fusible fleece
2 1/2 yards lightweight fusible interfacing
small piece of stabilizer
small piece of 1/2″ wide elastic
1 magnetic closure (1/2″ size)
I know I sound really picky, but don’t let that stop you because I am semi-desperate as well. So if you’re interested, please leave me a comment! Any takers?
Update: Pattern now here.