Well sort of... The bag came as a kit. I am usually not one to buy things in a kit - fabrics all cut up, and all notions provided (except the thread). It leaves little room for changes, and I do love to be able to modify things and make it my own. But I fell in love with the bag when I saw it on the Merchant & Mills website - and to be honest, there is nothing I would change. I may make a slimmer version now that I have this one, but that is it. I love the simplicity of it, and the fact that it can go with any outfit I have - and can take everything I owe..
So what to say... it comes in a very cute packaging - I thought that was a very nice touch. The pattern/tutorial is very comprehensive, including pictures as well as well-written instructions.
It took me 2/3 hours - one of Baby MiH's long nap basically (could not believe it when he kept on sleeping). It is all cut for you and you are told what to do - that saves a lot of time! It is made out of oilskin fabric (that you can buy by the yard on the website), with a canvas lining. I had a problem with the gusset - not sure whether it is me or the size of it, but as far as the overall result is concerned it did not matter.
I learnt quite a lot - if I were to do another tote with straps it would definitely be inspired by this pattern.
... with an internal pocket...
This is the perfect summer bag - and at £48.00 - it is not that bad. You do get to keep the pattern, if you wanted to make more of them, in this fabric or others - and yes, I might be thinking of the next one already.
|Mr MiH styling... or showing off his car, I will never know|
* This is not a sponsored post - I paid for the kit, and just happened
to love it and wanted to share it with you*