2 Japanese knot bags – Vogue 7354

This little bag is called a “Japanese knot bag“. This Japanese-style bag closes by sliding the long handle in the short one and is worn at the wrist.
It belongs in the  “click” bags family : Cell phone, Lipstick, ID, Cash, Keys. This is a small bag made to carry the bare necessities.

This bag is lined and reversible if desired.

Pattern

There are several variations for the “Japanese knot bag”, this particular model comes from the Vogue pattern 7354.
You can find free patterns on the web : here (pdf) or here (english too). And finally Martha Stewart version right here.

The Vogue pattern contains different 7 types of evening bags. The knot bag is view A.

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Vogue 7354

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V7354 – drawing

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Sewing

Nothing too difficult in sewing this Vogue pattern.
If I recall correctly, I think that my first time sewing it, I did not found the drawings very clear when it came to sewing the lining to the bag, but by basting fist it’s easy to see if you are on the right path.

Fabric

Relatively little fabric is needed to make the bag (40cm for the fabric and for the lining), so it’s easy to make a bag matching the last outfit you’ve sewn.
Depending on the fabric used you can either make an evening bag or a more casual one… but either way, it’s always chic !
For the two bags pictured below, I used printed cotton as the main fabric, which were leftovers after making dresses. The one with skulls is called “Regency skyll” by Alexander Henry.
For the linings I used plain cotton: pink for the skull bag and red for the cherries bag.

Conclusion

I love this cute little bag! It’s done in 1h30 max, so it would be a shame not to make one.
Caution! Sewing this bag quickly becomes addictive!
[box type=”info”] 12/14/2011 update:
Japanese knot bag regency skull

Japanese knot bag – regency skull

Japanese knot bag

Japanese knot bag – this one is for my daughter

 

Japanese knot bag

Worn, to get an idea of the size

Cherry dress – Simplicity 5531

Pattern

Simplicity 5531
Child’s dress or top, capri pants, shorts, skort, and bag
I made the dress view A

Simplicity 5531 pattern

Simplicity 5531 pattern

Pattern Sizing:
3-8 I made size 6 for my 6 year old based on measurements and the fit was great (except for the length of the elastic !)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes indeed it did !

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the dress is simple to make with only 4 pieces to sew : front, front facing, and the back in 2 pieces.

What did you particularly like about the pattern?
1- 6 cute variations for one pattern !
2- The sizing range : 3 to 8
3- Easy and fast !

Fabric

White cotton with little red cherries and strawberries.

Pattern alterations

I used the measurements to pick the size and the fit was perfect.
I shorted the dress a little (requested by DD)
The only flaw is the elastic length guide. Do not rely on it, fit it on the model directly. I shorten the elastic by 3 – 3.5″.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes to both ! I’ll probably make the skort soon.

Conclusion

This dress is easy and fast to make, the many variations and the large size range make this pattern definitely worth having in your stash !

(the bag in the picture is not from this pattern it’s Vogue 7354 : see here)

Cherry dress - Simplicity 5531

Cherry dress - Simplicity 5531

Cherry dress and bag

Cherry dress and bag

 

Summer bag – Vogue 8466

Pattern

Bag pattern - Vogue V8466

Bag pattern - Vogue V8466

Vogue 8466
Package includes patterns and instructions for four bags.
I picked view A.
Pattern Sizing:
Bag A: 17″ W × 18″ L. Bags B, C: 20″ W × 19″ L. Bag D: 10″ W × 16″ L. Measurements are approximate and exclude strap. B, C, D: lined, inside pocket.Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy.

Likes or dislikes about the pattern


I liked :
Quick and easy ! Perfect for a casual summer bag.
I disliked :
-The seam in the center front and back, It’s ok with the print I choose though.
– To make the strap you have to fold the fabric on itself several times, as a result you may end up sewing through up to 16 layers (depending on how you finish the edges). Mine was 14 layers and my machine couldn’t handle it. So I could only start sewing the strap at about 1cm on each side of its centre. The end result is still durable.
The good thing about this layered strap is that it’s comfortable (it’s also pretty wide: about 5cm/2″).

Fabric


Cotton with a newspaper print.


Pattern alterations


None. The pattern is basically 2 rectangles.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might, it’s so fast to sew. I would recommend it, it’s a no-brainer really but make sure your machine will handle that many layers of fabric !


Conclusion


This is perfect for a quick sewing fix, it took me under an hour, from tracing the pattern to the final result.
This bag has no lining or inside pocket and is roomy : it’s what I call a basic “mess bag”.
I like this kind of bag for summer !

Cotton summer bag - Vogue

Cotton summer bag - Vogue