I am so excited I got to pattern test Emmaline's The Butterfly Sling Purse pattern before it was released for the February Bag of the Month. I had so much fun with this. I love Janelle's patterns they are very well written and her pictures, that help to explain the steps in the pattern, are very clear. When you buy one of Janelle's patterns you know that the finished product will look like the picture on the front of the pattern. (I think I nailed it.) lol
I always read the pattern before I start, and was happy to see that I had all the supplies on hand. Of course, Janelle has all the hardware in her shop http://www.emmalinebags.com if you are not able to pick up the supplies locally. Hence, why I need to place an order for the heart shape lock.....Love it.
The hardest part for me with any patten is deciding on fabric. I seem to have a large stash of it in my sewing room. (big large stashes of fabric....there I feel better because I have admitted it.) I have had this decor fabric for awhile as I wanted to make a clutch with it. Soon as I read the pattern I knew it would be perfect for the Butterfly Sling. I used Pellon TP971F Fusible Fleece Thermolam Plus and Pellon 911FF Fusible Featherweight that Janelle suggested in the pattern. Also I found my decorative zippers with great zipper pulls on them.
It is decor fabric that's the same weight as quilting cotton. The only thing to watch for with some decor fabrics, is that the fabric shrinks when fusing on your interfacing or fusible fleece. I ran into problems with the closure strap, as it is a little tighter than I wanted when closed. As long as you are aware of your fabric content, you shouldn't run into any problems when fusing your interfacing and causing your fabric to shrink. Some people fuse their interfacing on before they cut out their pattern pieces, this can help insure your pattern stays true to size.
I wasn't sure if I would like the clear plastic pocket on this purse, as I always find that your I.D. sticks to the plastic and is hard to remove. The I.D. pocket is generous in this purse, so I have not had any problems with getting my I.D. out of it. It has a phone pocket as well, which is handy. Not having to dig through your purse is a bonus. I find there are enough slots for all my cards, as we all seem to have tons of them. Also, there is a place to put my change, even though we no longer have pennies in Canada we do have toonies and loonies that need a place to pile up.
I didn't run into any problems making the purse other that the shrinkage of the fabric. I find it is comfortable to wear and a good size to take out and about. I'm sure I will have to make up a few more of these. Of course, with most of the bags I make up now I have to add a little jewellery to add the bling. Emmaline has a great selection.