UPDATE: to vote for this bag – HEART/LIKE and re-PIN my entry on Pinterest!
I could definitely see myself making another Swoon Nora Doctor Bag with prints from the “Evening” colorway.
Here are the fabrics I selected:
- Painting Morale (Main Body, Slip Pockets)
- Growth Pond (Lining Panels, Exterior and Lining Sides, Zippered Pocket)
- Wallpaper Harvest (Handles, Closure Tab)
- Path Marker Slate (Bottom, Top Casing)
All were purchased from Hawthorne Threads – shipping from this online retailer is FAST!
My first go-around with Nora went at a snail’s pace – taking about 30 hours to complete since I was unfamiliar with the pattern and some of the techniques..
With this bag, I kept close track of how much time it took from start to finish. Much improved at 13.5 hours!
It’s frustrating to get around the curve without a) catching the side panel fabric in puckers – and b) encountering seriously uneven stitching, which is very visible on the finished product.
This is the first bag I’ve added purse feet to the bottom – don’t they look so glam?
Except for that top stitching issue on the side panels (and believe me, that’s no small issue!), I love everything else about the Nora Doctor Bag pattern.
One tip I can recommend is that I was able to substitute Stiffy for 1-sided fusible Peltex. Stiffy is a heavy stabilizer available by the 35-yard roll at a much lower price. I fused Heat’n Bond Lite to the Stiffy pieces, then fused them to the fabric. The layers bonded well together and I had no problem with them separating while I turned the bag in and out.
Using Pellon FF78F1 Flex-Foam 1-Sided Fusible REALLY made life a lot easier for me. The pattern advises you to baste the main panel fabric to the sew-in foam stabilizer, then keep the unbasted top pinned together.
When I was making the first Nora, I did do this – and kept poking myself with pins.
Being able to fuse the Flex-Foam to the fabric and having it stay put is so convenient!
Overall, I am pleased with the fabric and hardware chosen for this project and felt Nora #2 was a significant improvement over dinosaur-print #1.
Hope you’re enjoying the crisp fall weather, falling leaves, and the plethora of pumpkin-themed items!