Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dumb Directions...Or is it me?

So this week was play time for me. I have been SO blasted busy this month I decided I deserved some playtime.

It all started out well and good. I had a goal of getting a small backpack made and a diaper bag. Easy enough.....Right??? NOT!!!

4 backpacks cut out....4 in the garbage. DUMB DUMB DUMB directions. Ok I am not completely stupid when it comes to directions. Yes I do tend to look at pictures and jump ahead. Yes I blindly jump into projects without looking at sizes or fabric amounts. BUT I was a seamstress for many years. I have even made wedding dresses from Vogue patterns even! Let me tell you those are hard! I have quilted now going on 18 years also!

I finally tosses the backpack pattern in the trash and drafted my own. I even added a zipper! Ü. I need to lengthen the straps but I am totally loving this little backpack. Perfect for my bottle of water, a camera, and a hotel card.Heeheehee. For my soon to happen girls getaway with Jerikah to Disneyworld! I am actually thinking of writing these directions up. WOuld any of you like to be my guinea pigs at trying it?

Next though I found an adorable diaper bag pattern. A very good friend of ours is expecting their first. Her little brother is so excited about this baby.He talks nonstop about how much he is going to babysit. His only condition however is that he REFUSES to carry a girly diaper bag. He loves camo.Hehehe.SO I guess you can understand my fabric selections.
Well there I was again. A million pattern peices all cut out and TOTALLY confused! What is wrong with me? I fumbled through this bag for two days until I decided to just toos the pattern again! What a waste of money.


I just winged it and am pretty happy with the results. Not totally what I would of done on my own but I had no choice in some matters. I will tell you I would never ever put binding on the outside of a diaper bag with about 20 layers of fabric again. I honestly think this designer was drinking when she wrote the directions up......

Now I have bibs and burp rags to make to match the bag. He doesnt know he is getting this.Lol



8 comments:

Jody said...

You are my hero!! And of course it's the directions--couldn't be YOU. And you're FINALLY using the pink John Deere camo!! Hooray! Very cute bags.

Frankly Frankie said...

hats off to YOU! I was wondering where ya ran off to :)

Vicki W said...

Patterns with bad directions (and there are a LOT of them) annoy the crap out of me! I feel your pain! I tend to avoid buying patterns for craft type items now because I think that the majority of them are poorly written.

Jen Sue Wild said...

I cant read directions even when they are written correctly, I end up just winging every time I sew something. That's why I draft my owen patterns half the time. LOL.
I love the back pack a diaper bag you made.

myolivebranch.wordpress.com said...

you wing it well!

taylorsoutback said...

Good for you - you need to publish those originals yourself!
It has been a long held thought with me that some designers out there have absolutely no sewing background or if they do, no knowledge of quilting and how it applies.

Have a good Easter & a great vacation.

TerriW said...

Those are fabulous, Becca! I am not a camo fan, but that bag looks great!

Yarni Gras! said...

what a terrific diaper bag....loving it! As for the back pack, yes!!! Post a tutorial....