Lots of sewing projects in the works, but it's been a little while since I've posted a finish. Well, tonight I'm happy to report that I finished my tote for the Goodie Bag Swap!
I chose Anna Maria Horner for the pocket and center panels (Summer Totem in Tart from Pink Castle Fabrics) and more Loulouthi for the handles. The linen print on the sides is by Yoshiko Jinzenji (from Sew Modern). I lined it with Kona pale flesh, which is what we'll all have in a few months. Hah!
This was my first time making the Jane Market Bag. I really like this pattern and it is very easy to follow. However, I made a few modifications so the bag would hold its shape. I added thick interfacing (Pellon 808) to everything but the lining and stitched pintucks around all edges of the bag, including the bottom. With these changes, I didn't need to add any cardboard to the bag bottom, because it stays pretty boxy on its own.
I also added piping above the pocket on both sides. My secret swap partner is very into simple, functional totes, so I hope she digs this!
I really like how these fabrics play off each other. The bold, feminine florals can really pair well with the strong, masculine lines of the Japanese linen. Who knew?
Linking up to Sew Modern Monday, Fabric Tuesday and Celebrate Color!