Admittedly it took me a bit longer to get this done than I had anticipated (When doesn't it? LOLLL) BUT....that is only because I want to make sure the pattern is the best I can get it! One thing is for sure....I could NOT do that without the help of all my wonderful pattern testers AND my proof reader extraordinaire, Rochelle!
Almost all of the testers had trouble getting the eyelets....That was my fault as I didn't give them enough TIME to order them in! :0 Hence the straps have been added in a conventional manner using tabs...Which, as you will see, doesn't distract from the overall finished look of the bag! I'll share some pics with you shortly BUT first I want to tell you a bit more about the bag! :)
The Lombard Street Bag is perfect for keeping your iPad (Complete with hardcase!) or other similar sized electronic device nice and secure and well protected in its specially designed zippered pocket. The bag also features 2 large front slip pockets PLUS a hidden slip pocket for your mobile phone. There is also a third large front pocket with a hidden zipper to keep your valuables secure. The Lombard Street Bag opens with a recessed zipper leading to a spacious interior, where another 4 slip pockets keep you organised! Add some nice shiny rivets to your adjustable strap and nobody will believe you made it yourself!
Finished bag size = approx. 25.5cm (10”) X 29cm (11½”) X 5cm (2”)
While I recommend using ByAnnie's Soft and Stable for this bag for those of you who can't get it, Headliner Foam is a good substitute! You can also use a fusible fleece, such as Pellon TP971F Thermolam Plus, Bosal Fleece or Vilene H640 but do be aware that your bag may not be as structured! One of my Pattern testers, Camila. is from Brasil and she used a product called "Forrobel". (See pics below).
The pdf pattern for The Lombard Street Bag has 47 pages of instructions which include 81 step by step colour photos. There are 4 photos of the finished bag, printing instructions and test squares to check scale. 13 Pattern pieces are included as are measurements for both Metric and Imperial!
PLUS a TEXT ONLY version of the instructions (9 pages) comes bundled with your pattern for printing purposes, should you not need or wish to print all of the photos! Simply refer to your electronic versions for photos if needed! Saves on ink!
- Exterior fabric: 90 cm (1 yard) of 112cm (44”) wide fabric
- Lining fabric: 90 cm (1 yard) of 112cm (44”) wide fabric
- Fusible interfacing: mid-weight, 110cm (42”) of 112cm (44”) wide interfacing (Pellon Shape-Flex SF101 is a good choice –2 yards)
- ByAnnie’s Soft & Stable: 46cm X 91cm (18” X 36”)
- Matching thread (I use Gutermann Polyester)
- 1 X 28cm (11”) zipper or longer, cut down to size for hidden zipper pocket
- 1 X 30cm (12”) zipper or longer, cut down to size for your recessed zipper
- 1 X 40cm (16”) zipper or longer, cut down to size for your iPad pocket
- 8 X 6mm (¼”) rivets (optional)
- 1 X 2.5cm (1”) inner diameter rectangular slider for the adjustable strap
- 2 X metal oval shaped eyelets: inner measurements, 26mm X 9mm (1⅟16” X ⅜”)
- Small amount of fray stopper and craft glue for setting eyelets
First cab off the rank...as usual, was Maria of Mia Creates! As usual, Maria's work is PERFECT and as always, without fail, I LOVE her fabric choices as they always look classy!
Interestingly Maria kept a record of the time it took her to complete the bag and it was a total of 11 hours and 40 mins! Mind you.....she was checking the pattern for me as she worked BUT....she is also a very fast sewer so this is definitely NOT a project to tackle if you want to make something in a hurry!
The pattern itself took Maria 11 minutes to cut out and tape together and choosing her fabrics, about the same length of time! LOVE your choice of fabrics, Maria - Time well spent! :)
Next up we have Daryl of Patchouli Moon Studio. Daryl used Headliner foam for her bag and I think it looks awesome...you wouldn't know it just by looking at the pics! I really like Daryl's choice of fabrics as well....it really accentuates the look of the zig zag pockets, reminiscent of Lombard Street! :)
Camila is in Brazil and wasn't able to get Soft & Stable so she used a product called "Forrobel" instead! It’s like a really thick wool felt. Looks like it worked a treat to me!
Next up we have Patricia....again...LOVE the look of the accentuated front pockets:
WOW....don't you just love the look of Anna's version? I think Anna's bag is full of secrets and hidden treasures, don't you?
Serena chose bright red for her bag and WOW, it certainly makes a statement! I LOVE it!
Look at the cute apples on the interior fabric:
Next up we have Liz of Moments. Liz told me AFTER she finished, that she chose some very expensive fabric to test her bag! I am glad she only told me afterwards, because I think I would have had a heart attack if I had known beforehand! LOL BUT....I am glad she made that choice now because just look at the results:
Liz wanted her bag to look "cool, modern & hippy" so she chose wild 3D fabric. She has most certainly achieved that! MAN this bag in this fabric just blows me away! LOL If you want to know where to get the fabric ... it is at Irmgard's shop and is called Nina. Liz posted on her blog about the fabric and how cool she found it.
Rachel chose Adventures Graphic Floral Grey by RJR Fabrics for her exterior and inside is Adventures Circles Purple. (Designed by Stephanie Wright of Stephanie Marie Designs for RJR Fabrics - cotton quilting fabric). STUNNING! What more can I say!
The lining fabrics is equally as awesome as the exterior! Here's a top view
A special HUGE THANK YOU goes out to ALL the fabulous Ladies testing this bag and especially with such short notice! I think everyone did a fabulous job and I had great FUN watching all the photos pop into my inbox! I am so pleased I have been able to share them here today! :)
I simply could NOT do this without their help so Kudos to each and everyone of them! PLUS I might even have a few more photos to share with you in a few days time! :)