Additionally, it also drove me insane. This bag was a project full of so many surprises. I didn't realize the bag would be so big, I didn't realize I would need three different types of interfacing, I could not believe my sewing machine could sew through that many layers at once without breaking, and I had to do some pretty fancy maneuvers so sew some of those curves. Plus, this is the first time I've ever sewn in a zipper. It was a little ambitious. This is what happens when you don't read the instructions before starting a project!
I learned a lot though:
- Every time I sew from a pattern and not from scratch, I'm amazed how many ways you can hide seams. In linings, with edging (I made a kind of edging/bias tape for the inside!), sewing other layers on top of messy seams. I don't know why this always surprises me, but it does.
- I love fusible fleece. It gives a really nice soft dimension to everything.
- You should never ever use a highly contrastive thread for visible stitches without good reason. And if you do, you need to make sure you can stitch perfectly.
- It's really important to transfer all the markings on the pattern, no matter how tedious it is. Otherwise, if you wing it, things may not fit together at the end (*ahem ahem handles*) and then you have to go back and alter the pattern.
Small detail that I really liked: Pacman buttons! At first I thought buttons on the bag would look dorky, but then I gave it a shot and now know how to make buttons. Cute!
Detail that I butchered/couldn't do and had to come up with a way to hide: the handle seam. I have no idea how this can be done in an attractive way. The handles basically are hollow, and hide all the junk/messy seams from the edges of the zipper and "gusset" of the bag. I amazingly got them attached despite getting repeated errors from my sewing machine (maybe from sewing over the zipper? not sure) but it looked so horrendous that I improvised by gluing a makeshift ribbon of ghosts over my catastrophic stitching. Now it just looks confusing. But it's a 1000% improvement.
Maybe I should have stuck to ghost oven mitts?