Fashion School Crash Course: Episode 16 Gunnar Deatherage Designing Like A Stylist

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now available Episode 16, Designing Like A Stylist air date December 17

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This week, in “Designing Like A Stylist” with Gunnnar Deatherage:

Learn what a stylist is and how styling makes or breaks the garments you design. With seasonal considerations, price point and the client in mind, the right accessories, layering and pairings can make an outfit more appealing.

FSCC CW ep 3 GD Fashion School Crash Course: Episode 16 Gunnar Deatherage Designing Like A StylistFind out more on Gunnar, what he’s creating, newest collaborations, his latest collections and appareances at www.gunnardeatherage.com. 

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International Corporation, a leading manufacturer of home sewing and embroidery machines. Brother provided the machines used in the taping of these videos, which include the Innov-is 40e, Innov-is 85e, XR9500PRW, and 5234PRW Serger from the Project Runway Limited Edition lineup, among others. For more information on Brother machines and accessories, and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Sew with Me: Christine Haynes

SewWithMe Logo 300x260 Sew with Me: Christine HaynesOur newest installment in the Sew with Me series comes from beloved author, designer and teacher Christine Haynes. Chances are you’ve seen Christine’s designs before, an unmistakable blend of vintage detail and modern silhouettes for garments that are both distinct and wearable everyday. Take a peek at her set of garment patterns, designed exclusively for Sew News, and read on below to find out more about this talented designer and her lovely, sunny sewing space.

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When and why did you begin sewing?
I learned to sew when I was around 10 years old from my mother, but I didn’t really get into sewing regularly until I was around 18 when I started working at a local sewing shop and purchased my first serger. And I basically haven’t stopped since! I started to really get into making my own clothing because I loved fashion and didn’t have the means to buy what I wanted, so I learned to make it myself.

What’s the garment/pattern/creation you’re most proud of?
I’m most proud of my Emery Dress pattern, as it’s been sewn by thousands of women around the world. It’s amazing to see your design on women of different age, race, size, and taste. It’s become my trademark dress for sure and I’m thrilled it has been so well received.

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What’s your approach to garment design?
I love vintage detailing, but I never want to appear to be dressed in a costume. So my approach is to add in vintage elements, but to blend them with a modern sensibility to create a timeless design.

What’s the most fulfilling aspect of the work you do?
Absolutely the best is seeing people in your designs. I love knowing that people are making, wearing, and living their lives in my patterns. I have seen quite a few Emery wedding dresses, and all kinds of other special situations featuring my designs that leave me so incredibly honored.

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What are the current sewing trends you’re most excited about?
I’m really excited that younger generations are continuing to sew, and that the indie sewing scene is getting more widespread recognition. Keeping the tradition alive and broadening the field are great things for the sewing community!

What do you do when you are not at your sewing machine?
I recently learned to knit and am making my first scarf right now. It will be followed up with a hat, if all goes well! I also love to travel and do as much as I can each year.

What is your sewing super power?
I’m pretty good at estimating small distances correctly! If something needs to be folded 3/8” or 1/2” for example, I can usually get it right on the money every time without using a measuring device. That’s something, right?! (Yes, Christine, totally something!!)

See Christine’s four exclusive patterns and videos at ShopSewitall.com.  Pick from the Josie Sundress, the Anya Skirt, the East Side Tunic and the Departure Shift. 

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Felt for the Holidays!

This past weekend I had the joy of making my husband and I new stockings! I couldn’t resist the Heidi Boyd Sew with Me Reindeer and Santa stockings. The wool used to create these stockings had to be some of the finest wool I have ever worked with! The designs remind me of the classic styles that my mother and grandmother use to have, the perfect pairing with my 1950′s tinsel tree. And the size of the stockings are sure to please my husband. There is enough room to fit a football AND other goodies!

 Felt for the Holidays!

To get your own Heidi Boyd Stocking kits, patterns or videos, visit ShopSewitAll.com!

I am also in the process of making last-minute decorations for our holiday gathering! Check out the darling mistletoe from ‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y! I cannot get enough of all the great decor ideas! And who doesn’t love working with felt?! I personally LOVE it!
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 Felt for the Holidays!

You know what else I love, FREE SHIPPING! For today only, ShopSewitAll.com is offering FREE shipping. Be sure to use PROMO Code SHIPFREE18!
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Happy Holidays!!

-Jessica
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Week 3 of the Cosmo Bag Sew Along- Construction & Customizing

Final Week of the Cosmo Bag Sew Along!

We’re rounding the corner on the Cosmo Bag. We hope you’ve enjoyed Rhonda’s expert instruction. Remember you can always come back to the blog any time to go over details or leave a comment on a problem you are having. I will answer them quickly.  You can purchase the pattern now if you haven’t done so already and stitch up a fun bag.

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Now that we’ve attached the pockets, the hard part is over and the real fun begins as the bag will now begin to really take shape.

There are 3 notches on the Cosmo Bag that are very important and they can be found on the bag front and back pattern pieces. In the picture below, you see the 3 notches marked A, B, and C. The 3 notches will actually help form the bottom of the bag.

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I have marked the notches on my bag so that they are a little easier to see.

 Week 3 of the Cosmo Bag Sew Along  Construction & Customizing

Begin by folding A up to meet B.

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Now bring A and B up to meet C.

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Once the 3 notches have been folded together, stitch the notches down by stitching first, 1/4″ from the edge and then stitching again, 1/2″ away from the edge.

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As you can see below, the folded notches will form a downward facing pleat.

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Place the front and back of the bag together and stitch the side seams and the bottom seam with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Do not stitch the corners closed.

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Turn the bag to the right side and push out the open corners. Press seam allowances open.

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On either side of the side seam, mark 1 1/4″ away from the side seam. You can see that I placed pins at the 1 1/4″ mark below. The marks are important for zipper placement.

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Unzip the zipper and press back the ends to the wrong side of the zipper. Be careful to not completely unzip the zipper since we are using a separating zipper. Once we have pinned the zipper to the top of the bag, we can unzip it, but in the meantime, leave it partially zipped so that you don’t sew the wrong side to the bag.

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Pin the right side of the zipper to the right side of the bag, beginning and ending at the 1 1/4″ marks. Sew the zipper to the bag with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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We will now attach the lining to the top of the bag. Be sure to allow the zipper ends to hang into the bag. As you can see below, it is easy to pinch in a pleat into the zipper, so pay close attention to keeping the zipper flat.

Sew the lining to the bag with a scant, so not quite a 3/8″ seam allowance.

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Once the lining has been attached to the bag, clip the curved seam allowance.

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Pull the lining to the right side. Press the bottom seam allowance in 1/4″.

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Edge stitch the bottom of the lining closed.

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Push the lining into the bag and press along the top edge of the bag.

To help hold the lining in place, I did a stitch around the top of my bag.

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The zipper is installed, and the top of the bag looks wonderful.

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Our next step will be to install the tabs for the straps and d-rings. As I was cutting out my pattern, I noticed that an extra set of tabs was included in the pattern, so 2 #10s, and 2 #11s.

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You will only need 1 of each of the patterns, so discard the extra set.

 Week 3 of the Cosmo Bag Sew Along  Construction & Customizing

Since I am accenting my bag with the leather. I have cut 2 sets of #10s and 2 sets of #11s out of the leather. If you are cutting the tabs out of the fabric, you may cut 1 side in the exterior fabric and the other side in the coordinating fabric. If you are cutting your tabs out of fabric, they will need to be interfaced. Since I am using leather, I will not be interfacing the tabs.

 Week 3 of the Cosmo Bag Sew Along  Construction & Customizing

In our final post for the Studio Kat Cosmo Convertible Bag, we will sew up the tabs and attach them to the bag. We will also attach the clips and d-rings and finish up the straps. So we are almost there!!!

If by chance you have not purchased your pattern, but think you might like to give the bag a try, you can find the pattern HERE on the Sew News website.

Also, be sure to visit the Studio Kat website to purchase your hardware. Kat makes shopping so easy!!!

Until next time….

Sew On!!!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

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Fashion School Crash Course: Episode 15 Carrie Sleutskaya Shortcuts & Time Management

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

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Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more.

Now available Episode 15, “Shortcuts &Time Management” with Carrie Sleutskaya air date December 10.

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This week, in “Shortcuts & Time Management” with Carrie Sleutskaya, taking your time to ensure a quality garment is a must for fashion designers. But it’s also fun to see just how fast you can create something. Learn when to take shortcuts and when not to, plus tips and tricks to get the job done while working on a tight deadline.

You can purchase this episode and past episodes at shopsewitall.com.

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Find out more on Carrie what she’s creating, newest collaborations and her latest collections at www.houseofhalcyon.com

And find her on:

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International Corporation, a leading manufacturer of home sewing and embroidery machines. Brother provided the machines used in the taping of these videos, which include the Innov-is 40e, Innov-is 85e, XR9500PRW, and 5234PRW Serger from the Project Runway Limited Edition lineup, among others. For more information on Brother machines and accessories, and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Friday Freebie: Turn A Friend On To Sewing!

This week for Friday Freebie it’s all about turning a friend on to sewing. Do you know someone who has expressed interest in your favorite passion? If so check out the selection of freebies.

beginner  Friday Freebie: Turn A Friend On To Sewing!All of these books are great for beginners. Amy Barickman is a fantastic teacher and her latest book The Magic Pattern Book will have a beginner sewing up fun fashions. Nicle Vasbinder tells you how to master your sewing machine. And, Stitch By Stitch is awesome for beginners just learning to sew.

For the question of the day tell me when you learned to sew, or who that someone special is that wants to learn to sew. Or maybe you’re a beginner yourself and need a few books to help you learn more techniques, then let me know how long you’ve been sewing.

Two winners will be picked next Friday! And, the winner from last Friday is Marci! I will be intouch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize pack of books!

See you next week!

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Fashion School Crash Course: Episode 14 Peach Carr Fashion Show 101

Get an inside look into fashion design with Project Runway alumni as your guide!

FSCC New 6001 Fashion School Crash Course: Episode 14 Peach Carr Fashion Show 101

Join us each week to learn about a new topic that will help take your sewing, your fashion and/or your career path, to new heights. Explore a fashion designer’s perspective on fit; an introduction into fashion illustration; fashion forecasting; draping—what is it and how to start; styling like a pro; fashion branding dos and don’ts; and so much more. Each video is only 30 minutes and 4.99.

Now available Episode 14, Fashion Show 101  air date December 3.

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This week, in “Fashion Show 101″ with Peach Carr:

When organizing a runway lineup, ask yourself, “What story do I wish to tell?” While you plan the show, keep the story going and always refer to your inspiration to stay on track. From combining garments to model selection to hair and makeup, these tips will help you on your way!

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Find out more on Peach Carr here at Peach Carr Designs and what she’s doing in the fashion industry.

Find the full lineup, schedule and episode descriptions for the rest of the Fashion School Crash Course series at sewnews.com/fashion school and sign up for our eNewsletter to never miss a release! And as each video is released you will find them all at shopsewitall.com.

This series is brought to you by Brother International, who provided the Innov-ís 40e machine, Innov-ís 85e machine, XR9500PRW machine, Project Runway 5234PRW limited edition serger and industrial sewing machine used in the taping of these videos. For more information on Brother machines and to find a dealer near you, visit brothersews.com.

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Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

The Sew News Studio Kat Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along.

We’re now getting into the construction of the Cosmo Convertible bag. You will love this bag, it is so versatile. And, just as a reminder that even if you don’t start the sew along right now, you can always refer back to the posts here. And, now here’s Rhonda!

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

The pockets on the Studio Kat Cosmo Convertible bag are not only functional, they are what takes the bag from functional to eye catching. The bag offers a flapped pocket on the front with magnetic closures, and a zippered pocket on the back. Both may seem a little intimidating, but they are really quite easy to construct.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Before we get started with the pockets, let’s take a look at a couple of the pattern pieces. Once you cut out your pattern, pay close attention to the fact that the bag front and the side back pieces need to be attached. So, tape or pin pattern piece 8a to 8b, and tape or pin pattern piece 5a to 5b.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

The lining pattern for the bag is also in 2 pieces and will need to be taped or pinned together prior to cutting the piece from your fashion fabric.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

The front and back of this bag are interfaced with fusible fleece. Using the front pattern, cut 2 layers of fusible fleece. One layer will be fused to the front and the other layer will be fused to the back. For now, fuse 1 layer of the fusible fleece to the bag front.

Be careful to leave the corner free. It is VERY important that you trim the fleece from the corner. Mark 1/2″ as shown below.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Clip away the fusible fleece from both corners of the front bag. Once the corners are clipped, lay the front aside for now.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

The first pocket that we will construct is the back pocket. The pattern calls for an 8″ or larger plastic zipper. When I made the bag that is featured in the magazine, I went by the instructions. For this bag, I had a wonderful metal 7″ zipper with a great zipper pull that I really wanted to use. The zipper worked perfectly. If you decide to use a metal zipper, it must be no more than 7″ and just be careful to evenly place the zipper in the middle of the pocket pieces to unsure that you have the 1/4″ seam allowance on either end.

 

To insert the zipper, sandwich it between the lower center back pattern piece and the pocket facing. Sew the 3 pieces together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Once sewn, press both pieces down.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Now take the upper center back section and the top pocket piece and sandwich the zipper between these 2 pieces and sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Press the top of the bag up and the  pocket down to meet the pocket facing.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Prior to sewing the pocket together on the inside, top stitch along both sides of the zipper.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Now sew the bottom seam of the pocket together. The side seams will be sewn when the back side pieces are attached to the center back.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Sew the back side pieces to the center back section. If you would like, press the seams to the side and then top stitch in place.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Take the second piece of fusible interfacing and fuse it to the back. Be sure to trim the corners just as we did for the front.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Now that our back pocket has been inserted, it’s time to think about the front flap pocket. On the Studio Kat website, you can find a free downloadable pattern for a pieced pocket. If you have a striped fabric, or a pattern that would work well being pieced, download the pattern and play around with it to form an interesting flap for your pocket. You can find the pattern HERE.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Before we tackle the flap, we need to make the pocket. I used a fusible cotton to interface my pocket. Please do not skip the interfacing as your pocket will be too flimsy for the magnetic closures.

The pocket pattern includes perfectly set holes to mark your magnetic closure position. But, as you can see below, I initially wasn’t paying attention. So please check twice to be sure that you have correctly marked the snap position.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Once the snaps have been installed on the pocket, sew the lining to the pocket piece. Turn, press and edge stitch the pocket. Now stitch the pocket to the bag front. In the instructions, you will find specific measurements to help you correctly place the pocket piece on the bag.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

I chose to use the free downloadable flap pattern for my bag. It gives the flap a little definition and keeps it from blending into the bag like the pocket does.

Baste the edging to the flap.

The inside of the flap was turned back, and stitched in place.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Before the lining is sewn to the flap, interface the lining and then attach the corresponding sides of the closures to the lining side of the flap.

Sew the lining to the flap, turn and trim the seam. At this point you may edge stitch your flap if you choose. I think the edge stitching gives the flap a little more of a polished look.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Now it’s time to attach the flap to the bag. Simply turn in the straight edge and then pin the flap to the bag. As you can see below, I butted the flap right up against the pocket edge.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Fold the flap down and give it a bit of a press and your pocket is finished. And I will add…..

Now wasn’t that easy?!!!!!

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

Before we set our project aside, let’s get the lining sewn together. Simply sew the side seams together to the dots on either side of the bottom. It’s important that the bottom is left open for turning once we attach the lining to the bag.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along Week 2: Construction

In our next post, we will sew the bag together, attach the top zipper, and attach all of the tabs that makes the bag go from a shoulder bag, to a crossbody bag, to a backpack.

If by chance you have not purchased a pattern, you can find it HERE.

Until next time,

Sew On!!!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

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Friday Freebie is Back for December!

For the month of December every Friday, with the exception of December 25 we’ll be hosting a Friday Freebie.

Every week I’ll be having a book gift pack centered on a theme. All you need to do to enter is answer the question in the comments section of the blog and that’s it. On the following Tuesday a winner will be picked randomly and contacted.

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Themes

Friday December 4th -  Budding clothes designer. 5 books in this pack all center around a young girl or boy who is itching to learn how to sew, or maybe already knows how to sew and needs a little inspiration.

Books 

  • Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion: Design & Sew 5 Complete Outfits by Rachel Low
  • Girls Get Stitching: by Shirley Mclauchlan
  • Sew Fab: Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas: Lesley Ware
  • The Fashion Design Workbook by Annabel Benilan
  • Custom Couture: 32 Ways to transform your wardrobe with needle and thread by Helene Le Berre

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December 11: Turn someone on to sewing! These books are perfect for the beginner.

Books 

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December 18: The art of hand embroidery. These books are all about hand embroidery for beginner to advanced.

Books

  • Colorful Stitchery: 65 Projects to Personalize Your Home by Kristin Nicholas
  • How To Embroider by Susie Johns
  • For the Love of Hand Stitching with Jan Constantine
  • The Embroidered Garden by Kazuko Aoki
  • The Hand Embroidered Haven by Megan Frock

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December 28: Since Christmas falls on a Friday and I know I won’t be here, we’ll do this on the following Monday. These is a bit of hodge podge.

Books

  • Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style: Key pieces to sew + Accessories, Styling and Inspiration
  • Embroidery Workshop by Rebecca Ringquist: A Bend The Rules Primer
  • Stamp Stencil Paint: Making Extraordinary Patterned Projects by Hand by Anna Joyce

mix  Friday Freebie is Back for December!Tune in each Friday and make a comment/answer the question that will be posted on the blog. If you have a niece or nephew or grandkid that is interested in these areas be sure to make a comment!

For today, answer me this: Do you have an young one who is interested in fashion, design or learning how to sew? What do they love to sew, why do they like to sew? Fill me in! You know how I love details!

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Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

 Have you ever dreamed of a bag that could meet all of your needs? Be casual enough for a backpack, function as a shoulder bag, and be the perfect cross-body bag? Well, the Cosmo Convertible Bag from Studio Kat Designs will meet all of these needs and more.

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The bag features a front flap pocket with magnetic closures, perfect for stashing anything that is needed at a moments notice.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

The flap pocket is fully lined.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

For a little more security, the bag also features a zippered pocket. Both pockets are on the outside of the bag, so easy access. There are no pockets on the inside of the bag.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

The recommended fabric for this bag is quilting cotton. With all the wonderful prints that are available to choose from, you can truly make a bag that is unique and special. Other possible choices for the exterior of the bag are lightweight pliable fabrics like linen or pinwale corduroy. The only fabric that is suggested for the lining is cotton. If you would like to accent your bag with leather or suede, be sure that either of these are lightweight.

Quite a bit of hardware is required to make the bag.

You will need:

2 each-1 1/4″ wide D-rings

2 each-1″ wide metal snap hooks

4 each- 1 1/4″ wide O-rings

2 each-1″ wide slide buckles

For the Cross-Body option you will also need: 

2 each-1″ wide D-rings

2 more-1″wide metal snap hooks

The hardware can be found at your local chain fabric store, or ordered directly from Studio Kat Designs. You can find everything you will need for the bag HERE on her notions page.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

Rather than make the straps with the recommended cotton webbing, I opted to make my straps out of woven belting. Worked beautifully.

The bag is interlined with fusible fleece which can be found at your local chain fabric store. The recommended fleece is Thermolam by Pellon. You will need 1/2 yard.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

If you would like to make the piece pocket that is featured on the cover of the pattern, you will find it as a free download HERE. If you would also like to accent the pocket flap with the pieced trim, you can find that pattern HERE. Anyone who enjoys doing pieced work will especially love the challenge of the pieced pocket.

The interior of the bag is quite roomy and features a zippered closure. Perfect for security. The interior of the bag is large enough to carry just about anything you might need throughout the day as well as your I-Pad!

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

 

The bag looks as though it would be rather complicated to construct, but the step by step instructions are quite easy to follow. There are a couple of areas where extra attention needs to be paid to the construction process, but we will walk step by step through these areas.

The back pocket goes together in a snap thanks to the 3-piece panel construction of the back. The center panel is actually 2 pieces, so no tricky inserting of the zipper. Once the zipper has been attached and the pocket constructed, the 2 side panels are attached.

 Cosmo Convertible Bag Sew Along: Week 1

Another wonderful option that can be found on the Studio Kat website is in color pictorial guides. Between the Sew News sew along, and all of the extra help that is provided on the website, you will surely walk away with a bag that you can be proud of.

If by chance you have not purchased your pattern, you can order the pattern HERE.

Great style, so many options and step by step instructions combine to make the Cosmo Convertible Bag a must have bag pattern! Once you’ve made your own, beware, as all your friends and family will want one as well.

So grab your supplies! In our next post we will be cutting out the pattern, inserting the zippered pocket and interfacing the bag.

Until next time…

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

www.sewbussted.com

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