When I showed my mother the fabric I would use for this purse, she called it “mingly” (MING-lee), an expression she and her sisters would use to describe and outfit that is very floral with lots of swirls and emblishments.
So my Kimberly Bag will also be known as my “Mingly Purse.”
You can view photos of the construction process HERE.
Pattern Description: “A classic, graceful shape sized to make this bag suitable for every event. A girls night out or an evening social! Simple lines and pleats allow for a long zipper, making this bag easy access!”
Pattern Sizing: One size
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing? Yes!!!
Were the instructions easy to follow? No. This is my first time sewing an Amy Butler bag, and I have a feeling that it is not one of the easiest bags to put together. Maybe the Big 4 patterns have spoiled me, but I would have appreciated more illustrations to go with the instructions.
The instructions are easy to follow until you get to the zipper. It was a challenge to get the zipper perfectly positioned along the fabric and spaced ¼” away from the edge of the fabric. Once you get the zipper attached to the exterior main panels, then you have to attach the lining panels. Because of the bulkiness of the bag (fabric, lining, interfacings), you can’t sew all the way to the end of the zipper. So you have to close up the small opening on the outside with some hand stitching.
Attaching the bottom was tricky as well. Because I had a lot of bulk from the Pellon 70-72-70 sandwich as the base of my purse, it was hard to sew a ½” seam along the edge. I switched to my zipper foot for this. Once you sew the long and short sides of the bottom to the exterior main panel, you do the same for the lining, leaving a hole through which you turn the purse back to right side out. To finish off, you simply slip stitch the lining opening closed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the unique shape of the bag.
Fabric Used:Amy Butler’s Nigella Lime Primrose. Interfacings: Pellon Thermolam Plus fusible fleece for the exterior, Pellon Shape Flex (SF-101) for the lining, and in lieu of Timtex, a Pellon 70-72-70 sandwich for the bottom. For the handles, I just used the Pellon 70 that is slipped inside.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I added pockets on the inside (women need pockets!) and some Swarovski crystal rhinestones to both sides of the bag. I used Gem-Tac to apply the rhinestones.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably will not sew this again, as it is a very distinctive-looking bag. I would recommend to others.
Conclusion: I have an outfit in mind for this purse. I think it’s a charming addition to your summer wardrobe.