Review | Amy Butler Frenchy Bag

Pattern Description: Amy Butler Frenchy Bag–“Over the shoulder or close at hand, these vintage glamour bags are quintessensial for keeping you everyday necessities handy.”

Pattern Sizing: Shoulder bag–14-3/4″ wide x 16-1/2″ tall (25-1/4″ tall including straps); Handbag–11-1/4″ wide x 11-1/4″ tall (14-1/2″ tall including straps).

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but you really have to read the instructions because Amy Butler’s instructions are a bit lacking in diagrams. When it comes to sewing, I am very visual, so more pictures would have been nice. See my pictures of some of the construction progress at the bottom of the post.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There is really nothing to dislike about this pattern. I like the large bag, long straps, and the fact that I can fit lots of “stuff” in this bag!

Fabric Used: Michael Miller’s Pod collection from Tonic Living and Fabric.com.

Interfacing: Pellon fusible fleece for the main panels and straps, Pellon Decor Bond for the top panels, and Stacy Shape-Flex SF101 for the pockets.

Notions: One magnetic snap.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I followed RIKA325’s example and added a ruffle to the bag to give it a little extra something. Like RIKA325, I cut out a strip of fabric 3.5″ x 30″, folded it in half and stitched along the raw edge double rows of long stitches. I pulled the threads to create gathers. I also divided the two large pockets in half so I would have four.

To reinforce the fabric where the magnetic snap is inserted, I doubled up on the 2″ x 2″ square of interfacing.

The only thing I did not like was the last step of stitching the outside and lining together along some previous top stitching. I just hate doing double work, especially since it’s difficult for me to sew right on top of another stitch. I wish I had done what another PR reviewer did and just did all of the top stitching in the end, which would sew together the outer fabric and the lining. Next time.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I might sew this again. This is an easy bag, and I think it would make a nice gift. I would definitely recommed this pattern to others.

Conclusion: I love this bag. This will serve as my craft bag to carry to my scrapbook/cardmaking meetings.

Main and top panels with interfacing
Outer portion of bag pinned together
Wrong side of inner top panel and lining
Right side of inner top panel and lining
Adding the pockets
Double layer of interfacing to reinforce fabric for snap insertion

10 thoughts on “Review | Amy Butler Frenchy Bag

  1. I love the fabric you used, and the ruffle really adds something! Also, thank you SO much for posting the construction pictures. I often get confused about pattern instructions, and your photo of the pocket stage totally cleared something up for me.

  2. Ok, you’re seriously one of my favorite things of today! I’ve been having a major sewing bug lately, so I was browsing patterns and came across a review you did. I clicked to go to your blog for more pics & saw you have an Etsy shop (me too!) & have one of my favorite Bible chunks on the side. How cool! And, to top it off, your bag’s adorable! Hope you have a super day!!

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