For one thing, I didn't put the darts on the bottom. I wanted to, because I really like the shape that the darts give the bag, but having never done them before I was a little scared. Secondly, I didn't use a magnetic snap. Snaps, along with darts, zippers, and proper button holes, are things I haven't bothered to learn yet. It's not that I don't want to learn them, it's just that I'm not quite there yet, if you know what I mean. As I've been teaching myself to sew, I've learned that I really can't put a lot of pressure on myself or rush the process because I'll inevitably end up stressed out and accomplishing nothing. Plus, at the time I was making this bag, I really wasn't in the mood to learn anything. I just wanted to expel some creative energy.It ended up being a learning experience anyway, because I had some major problems attaching the handle.My first attempt resulted with the handle being sewn inside the bag between the outside and the lining. Not good. So I had to rip out some stitches and work out a new way to attach the handle. All ended well and I'm pretty sure you can't even tell that I had to improvise a bit with it.
At this point I became unstoppable. I wanted to make more and master the handle. Even though the last bag turned out fine, I was a little pissed that the handle had gotten the better of me. But I didn't have any large enough cuts of handbag appropriate fabric. So I Frankensewed a bunch of scraps together to make a big hunk of fabric and the following day I had this:I tried to choose fabrics that matched, even if it was in a mismatched sort of way. As you can see, I didn't add the darts on this one either, but I did come closer to adding the darts. I held the pattern up to my fabric and marked where they should be, but then chickened out. (Baby steps.) I actually like this one better than the first, I think because I had to get more creative with it to make it work. The lining is the only thing that isn't patchworked together, it's just a small floral print that matches some of the outside pieces:My favorite part by far is the handle.I had large enough scraps to make it out of one type of fabric, but I took some extra time and patchworked it as well and I really think it makes a difference. Oh, and attaching said handle? Mastered it!Now about those darts.
(If you want to make your own Phoebe bag um....the right way, the pattern can be found over at artsy-crafty babe.)