Long time no sew! Well, that’s not entirely true, I’ve been sewing like a madwoman, I just haven’t had time to post lately- so hopefully this will be the first of many more to come.
Awhile back, I signed up to be a test sewer for Colette’s new patterns and I was selected to sew a fantastic new bag pattern they were developing. Sadly, because I didn’t respond fast enough, I didn’t get to be a pattern tester- but I have been eagerly awaiting the pattern’s release so that I could see what I missed out on.
It was released a few weeks ago and the name of the pattern is Cooper It was named after a cat, but I’m gonna go ahead and name my Cooper as the honorary namesake.
Ok, on to the bag! There are 3 versions to sew: messenger bag, backpack or satchel. I chose to make the satchel. Here is the front:
And here is the back side:
As for the fabric choices- while moseying around Joann’s, I came across this yellow duck cloth in the remnants and ran with it. Then while perusing the red tag aisle, I found this great faux suede in grey. It has this great perforated pattern that allows the yellow to peek through.
For the lining, I wanted something that tied the color scheme together and decided on this plaid flannel. I’m not sure how it’s going to hold up over time (the pattern recommended something along the lines of ripstop canvas) but it’s super soft.
The pattern was super easy to follow thanks to Colette’s great instructions and online tips. What I love most about the bag is all of the pockets.
As for customizations, I added feet, a shoulder strap and a couple extra studs on the front flap for embellishment:
And of course, I had to take a picture of the two Coopers together:
All in all, a very successful project. I am looking forward to making another- maybe a backpack.