I can't believe it has taken me this long to make a Swoon Pattern. I've admired her bags for so long now, but always seem to end up with another pattern I just had to make. As soon as I saw this fabric I wanted to make an Ethel Tote bag with it. I felt the fabric and the pattern were both a bit retro, and I love how it turned out. This is going to be a fun bag for spring.
No bag is complete without a little bling. This lovely tag is from Emmaline Bags, add on a few coordinating beads and you're ready to go.
I made a few changes to this pattern, I added a flap on the top to keep all my stuff from spilling out. I decided to leave the front pocket full size, so left off the center seam, and added a magnetic snap. I did however add the seam to the inside slip pocket. I also added a zipper pocket as well. I like to have a safe spot for a few items. I also used the pocket to turn my bag, it was my first time using this technique, and I loved it. It was a bit tricky working it through, but so nice to not have to finish off the lining.
To save some money I went ahead and used some shelf liner from the dollar store.
I got a roll of some nice sturdy vinyl.
It was very easy to cut, and I applied it with a glue stick. I used it as a I would sew-in foam.
It worked really well, gives the bag enough structure and stability.
It did make the seams a big thick. This wasn't too much of a problem until it came to top stitching. Next time I would trim back at least half of it inside of the seam allowance, and just leave a few pieces here and there to catch to make sure it stays in place. I would eliminate the foam from the seams where it overlaps other seams or where the straps were placed. Hopefully it holds up well, I'll let you know if I have any issues with it. But I can't beat that price, sorry flex foam!