Putting my sewing "L" plates back on...
Don't get me wrong- this is a really cute reversible little bag and a great pattern. Comprehensive with lots of photos and really it is the simplest of bags...so why did it take me more than 2 days (not real time "2 days"; I mean "the sewing that you fit in around 3 kids and domestic necessities type of 2 days"; but still significant amount of time given the simplicity of the bag)
I have a new enemy and it goes by the name of bias binding.
I loved making the Mod Kids Kyoko even with all that bias binding but there were few and gentle curves involved with that. This involves putting bias around the bag edge evenly; encompassing 4 layers of fabric plus interfacing. And expecting a neat result. First time. Well, OK , second time will do. Please on the third time...maybe the saying is "The 4th time's the charm"?...and so it went on. Even my dear husband who tends not to notice any specifics of my sewing said last night "Are you unpicking that AGAIN?"
I am a bit of a neat freak with regards to my sewing. So I feel frustrated when I can't get a good result. The result I finally got will do as it is for personal use and I wont let anyone look at it too closely (tee, hee).
But don't you hate it, when after so much experience sewing (in my case nearly 30 years) you just can't get something right and it makes you feel like a complete beginner? It wasn't even like I was learning something really new or challenging.
So, anyhow, Mr (or Ms) Bias Binding. We shall meet again. Be afraid. Be very afraid!
Meanwhile, she tucks her tail firmly between her legs and slinks off to find something really easy to sew...
Very carefully selected close up shot where the bias binding looks pretty darn good!