I have made a few bags in my time, but never have any made such an impression as this one. Partly due to pattern, but also thanks to the fabrics, it has to be said. I felt it was time to make a new day bag & had heard how deceptively roomy the Anya bag by So Zo is. Zoe had kindly sent me the pattern as a housewarming gift (so kind!) & with Spring in the air & a few free hours in the afternoon I tried to bring together some suitable fabrics from my stash.
I had initially thought of using some of the pleather I had left from my Madrid tote bag made last year. But then I remembered I might have enough Harris Tweed left for some of the bag, if not all. Excitement raised, I hunted it out & gleefully discovered there was enough (just) to make the whole bag out of the Harris Tweed & use one of the genuine labels too. Don’t cheapen it, I thought & discounted any use of a contrast yoke. Keep to the Harris Tweed. Line up the checks. Find a lovely lining. I looked through my Liberty remnants thinking that a Liberty lining would be classy enough for such a fine tweed. Nothing really zinged though. Especially when I found a piece of pink satin lining. Oh my, the shine! The pink that took out the pink lines in the tweed! It was a match. Cutting & sewing started.
I was going to add to the pattern slightly by including an inner pocket (in bird print cotton ) & instead of a button tab, use one of those magnetic clasps. As long as I could remember where I had stored it. Luckily I did. Considering my flaky memory, the list of ‘things I can’t find after unpacking’ is very short. And now does not include magnetic clasps.
So the thing to remember is that if you are using magnetic clasps, they need to be added / installed early on to both the tab & the yoke piece before you really start sewing. It’s fine though, just use the markings on the pattern & they will meet up once the bag is constructed.
The same with a pocket. I sewed the pocket & attached it to the lining, once the lining yoke was attached to the bag lining piece but before sewing the two linings + yokes together.
Everything else carries on like usual & Zoe’s instructions are mucho comprehensive. There is also a one page quick sheet if you don’t need all the detail.
The Goy-jus Handmade Jane remembers my fondness for Harris Tweed & had bought me some genuine Harris Tweed covered buttons as a birthday present last year. The perfect gift & I am glad to say, I have added two to this bag as a classy finishing touch – they are not exactly the same Tweed pattern, but the colours are spot on. And I still have four buttons to embellish something else 🙂
I am absolutely smitten with the lovely shape & soft pleats of this bag. But it’s the use of this my last last piece of Harris Tweed that fills me most with joy. I know my Dad, who bought it for me, will be so pleased.
Will I wear it with my skirt? I do not know….what do you think?
Let me tell you though …this bag is roomy…I was able to fit my usual stuff PLUS my DSLR without any particular strains – tab closed nicely & bag’s pleats accommodated it all without any fuss. What a star bag …. Its only shortcoming is its owner …insisting on using it on rainy days when perhaps she should have been looking after the precious tweed a bit better (It’s OK, nothing ruined !)
So if you’re on bank holiday today you could find some beautiful remnant in your stash to breathe a new lease of life and productivity into? Making a bag can be such a rewarding project for a rainy day!