Friday, April 29, 2011
A Tour of the Cosmo
I made the Cosmo Bag from Style Stitches a couple of weekends ago, but i didn't have any fabric covered buttons so i ordered some from joann.com and now it's finally finished. The exterior is Echino Panther Dots and the accent zebra fabric is from flower power. the lining is black kona cotton and the pockets are from cosmo cricket's tailor made.
i love the look of the button. i kind of want to go on a fabric covered button making binge.
the reason i used so many fabrics is that i didn't have enough yardage for just three. in fact, i had to get creative with the panther dots. I had to hack an inch from the bag gusset to fit all of the pieces. the side effect is that the exterior pockets are too small to be of any use. i did stitch across the bottom of one side pocket for a cell phone holder, but on second thought i'm not sure i want to house my phone on the outside of my purse. i think it's too easily lost that way. so the outside ends up being purely decorative. i like the look of contrasting trim anyway.
because of the cell phone thing i wish i had made a smaller pocket on the interior for my phone but these divided pockets aren't too bad. i put my wallet, phone, sunglasses, and thumb drive in the pockets and it works perfectly well. please excuse all the cat hair. we put wyatt in the bag and i carried him around for a bit as a joke. on the plus side, the bag is strong enough to hold a 20+ pound cat for a few minutes.
i added a key ring because with a bag this large, my keys are guaranteed to get lost and there's nothing i hate more than having to dig around my gigantic purse for my keys in the rain. the bag is very roomy. i have no trouble at all fitting my umbrella, a spare pair of mittens, my lunch, and an extra pair of shoes. i'm planning to use this as my carry on bag when i fly to AR this summer and i'm sure i can fit the world in there.
this bag is rated Easy, and it actually kind of is. the construction is pretty straightforward and there's no handsewing the lining, which is one of my favorite features. i consulted the sewalong in case i got confused but really i think it'd be relatively simple to just follow the book's directions. for a bag this detailed and large, it only took me a weekend to construct.
however, it does take LOT of fabric and you have to cut out 11 bazillion pieces. i ended up using my entire stash of heavyweight interfacing. i also replaced the fusible fleece with cotton batting since i didn't have any. i think the cutting is really the most time-consuming part. as long as you're prepared for the slog, i think you'll make it through ok. just know that this bag isn't one you'll finish in an hour or two.
i borrowed the book from the library but there are several bags that i really liked so i'll probably buy this one eventually. it's a pretty decent bargain once you consider the price of amy butler's individual patterns. picking out fabrics was probably my favorite part. i wasn't even sad to use up my panther dots. the bag is a great showcase for beautiful fabric and if it weren't such a pain in the ass, i'd think about making another one.