Don't get me wrong. I love the purse. But it was a pain in the butt to make. Well..scratch that. It was a pain in the butt for me to follow the directions. First off, I am a visual learner. I see a picture of a step, and I can figure it out better than the directions can explain it. So when I printed off the pattern and instructions for this purse, I was a bit stumped by the lack of pictures. Nevertheless, I tried to follow along as best I could to the step by step instructions, but there came a point that I simply followed my own rules of assembly. Had I not made a few purses before this one, I would have been completely lost. I think the reason I ventured on my own, was that I didn't know how to make the hidden inside pocket thing. So I just made my own pocket, and then sewed the inside to the outside in the way I knew how. It came out pretty good for a beginner sewer!
I'm sure a better seamstress could have easily figured out the instructions. Remember, I'm still a beginner at the sewing jargon. Just show me pictures!! Maybe that is why I caught on to sign language so fast. It's definitely a visual language!
All that grumpiness aside, I am completely in love with the purse!! It's very cute, and it holds a lot, and I totally dig the magnetic clasp (my first one!) If you want to print off the pattern and make one yourself, then, seriously, don't ask me how to follow the instructions. However, if you want to explore the scenic route of purse making, then by all means, I'm here for you. (You don't know how many times I used my seam ripper on this purse, before I finally just went off on my own and assembled it how it seemed right to me. I must have tore out the same two seams six times. Believe me. I was so frustrated.)
By the way, it was called the Wasp Bag based on the fabric she chose when she designed the purse. In no way, does it involve bees or wasps or hornets, or any other flying stinging insect. With that, I chose a more loving insect on my fabric. The Butterfly. Well, that, and I had enough of this particular fabric in my stash to cover the required amount needed for the purse.
So did anyone else make this bag last week? Tell me what you think.