I’m so excited to share with you my finished Charlotte bag from Swoon Patterns. I used a template from Tops & Bobbins, which makes everything so much easier, especially when cutting things like vinyl and cork.
I used some fuchsia cork from Sew Sweetness and a custom print from Spoonflower, along with some gorgeous gold hardware. For the lining I chose a coordinating Kona Cotton solid. I actually have the big Kona swatch panel that I sit and match to my colours so that I can get the most accurate match possible.
From start to finish this bag took about two hours all together. I paused to put it away a few times, because of the issues below. I had to reorder supplies and recut some straps.
You do not need to use fleece or foam interfacing, just a double layer of SF101 on the outside and I happen to love that. Working with foam is a PITA sometimes and it’s nice to go with something easy!
The actual construction on this bag is pretty simple, nothing complicated. The accent panels are overlays, so I used some double sided tape to keep them in place while I top-stitched them down. The pattern does call for piping, which I honestly do not like the look of, so I left it out.
I also left off the snap tab, deciding to instead just attach the snap in the actual bag. I think it helps achieve the overall look of the bag better and seems more secure.
The most difficult part was sewing in the sides since the panels are set into a curve and you have to make sure the cork accents are lined up, but. Easy peasy once you get going!
I added a row of slip pockets to the inside for my phone, my vape pen, and my sunglasses.
The MAJOR issue I had with this bag was in fact, a major mistake. The pattern calls for 3/4 of an inch hardware as well as cutting instructions to make the handles end up 3/4 of an inch. HOWEVER, the connector pattern pieces in my pattern (dated 2016) are actually 1 inch. In the end I had to order a whole new piece of cork and just ended up making the straps 1 inch finished and ordering 1 inch hardware, since I didn’t want to sit and trim all the triangle shaped connectors down to fit, knowing it would be impossible to get all EIGHT of them accurate.
I posted on Instagram asking for help and came to find out earlier versions of the pattern have the correct pattern piece, mine does not.
Overall I really like this bag. The shape is awesome, it opens up really wide and the size is ample. The straps are comfortable to throw over your shoulder. I usually wear a crossbody bag, but I’ve had no issues adapting to this style!
Ice Frappe Kona Cotton