|PS: How pathetic is it that I can tell 1/2" at glance from 5/8"?|
As I pinned the pattern on the fabric, it struck me that there was something odd about the seam lines. I whipped out the trusty measuring tape and it turns out that this pattern uses 1/2" seams rather than the usual 5/8". I'm not sure why they would deviate from the industry standards here, but there you have it. Bear that in mind if you sew this one up.
Changes I made:
- I tripled checked the placement of the closure after the fiasco with the other purse. Lo and behold, this one wasn't in the right place either, so it had to be moved.
- This pattern is for a bi-directional fabric, which my brocade was not. I split the pattern along the fold line and added a seam allowance.
- Added a strap. It's just a piece of braided trim. I found a chain-like trim that would have been perfect, but I was afraid that it would snag on the brocade. I figured the braid would be stronger and look nicer than a strap of fabric.
- The instructions for attaching the flap have you sewing through the lining. Instead, I sewed it on before attaching the lining.
- Skipped the weird frayed accent. In fact, we skipped all the accents here. I think the brocade is fancy enough that is doesn't need adornment.
Difficulty-wise, how was this? Pretty simple, but recall that I skipped the adornment. The brocade might be a little much for a beginner to handle, but this is mostly straight lines. In a non-slippery fabric, this would probably be a good first pattern. Just keep the different seam allowances in mind.