I've made a few bags before and seeing as my creative time is limited I wanted to make something that I will use a lot, hence my fabric choice. Plus, part of living in France means that you really need a handbag to match each outfit or you just shouldn't carry one ;) There are a few more bags on pinterest that I will make, but I have some gifts that I have to focus on first.
The tutorial is easy to follow and I would recommend it. I scaled mine up, by cutting it about half an inch bigger than the pattern pieces. Sure, I could have scaled it up using the printer, but that would involve knowing how to use my printer...
I didn't really follow the instructions but went went about it the way that was easiest for me. For example, I sewed on the button embellishment with the machine before sewing the lining and outer piece together (who has time for hand-stitching???). I also caught the strap between the outer and lining pieces as I wanted a neater look and, for the same reason, I top-stitched all of my seams (I think this should be done for all bags whether the pattern tells you to or not. It looks good and strengthens the end product).
|Delilah lost inside my bag. Topstitching a bag this size is possible, just a|
bit annoying! Go slowly and stop regularly to check that you're not
accidentally feeding two layers through the machine.
I sewed two pockets into the lining (but in hindsight I placed them a little too high) and I had to reshape the bottom of the bag slightly as my lining piece and outer bag piece didn't line up for some reason...
Would I make the Buttercup Bag again? Yes, definitely! I've used it a couple of times since I made it, but only when it matches my outfit ;)