And there were a lot of first with this new bag:
first time using one of Sara's pattern which I found well written and easy to follow
first time using Flexform which is lovely and give a great drape to my outer fabric
first time sewing with vinyl (glitter vinyl even to be more rock!) - and that went a lot better than I expected, the teflon foot was useful there
first time with bag feets - I love them
first time with a firm bottom (the bag not me!) and again I love it
The bag went together relatively quickly, it took me 2 evenings to assemble it and I redid the zipped pocket on the outside because the vinyl made it bulky and the sides/corners were wonky.
I learnt a lot from making this bag and using vinyl. I guess one of the most important point I learned was that when using vinyl, it is not necessarily a good time to plan to sew on the wrong side and turn out. Vinyl doesn't fray so it the sides can be kept raw. On the other end, it is bulky and quite unflexible to turn. I realised that quickly when making the handle extenders and the strap.
So of course my bag is not perfect, but I love it. I am glad I made it and made it quickly and I love the look of it. The outer fabric came from my stash from a few years back and good hardware makes it look very professional I think!
This one of my FAL list and one OPAM for August!
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday, Sew Cute Tuesday and Let's Bee Social.