Friday, December 11, 2009

Stunning Stable Bag

This "Stunning Stable Bag" tote is one I'd admired on Julie's blog, so I was happy to get the pattern while in Australia.

Since I intend to use it for stitcheries and other traveling hand projects, I wanted to make it with colorful fabric.
I was attracted to the pattern because of the way each end draws up...
...and then opens out for a good look at what's inside.
There's no doubt it will hold a lot of stuff! But like Julie, I "struggled with the instructions." Being a pattern-writer myself, if there's one thing I know for sure, pattern instructions must be tested by an objective sew-er.

For the amount charged for this pattern, designers at Village Quilt and Patchwork Shop (Australia) would be smart to re-write these instructions: add omitted information; and replace hand-drawn diagrams with clear computer-generated diagrams.

Poor pattern instructions aside, it's a clever design, and I'm glad I made the effort to complete it.

9 comments:

  1. Linda, thats a great wonderful bag and you know I love bags!
    Edith

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  2. I agree entirely with you on your comments, Linda. I once told the writer of the pattern that the instructions were hard to follow and she told me how others had said they were easy to follow! It's a beautiful bag though - I've made one but have never been game to attempt another!

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  3. Love your Stable Bag Linda! Ditto on your comments!!!!

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  4. Great bag, Linda! I'll just add it to my ever-growing list of "must makes" LOL.

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  5. Your bag is gorgeous!

    A quilting teacher told me earlier this year that Eleanor Burn's patterns are used all over the world - because you don't need to be able to read english to know what to do. I NEED diagrams with my pattern instructions. I'm glad you figured it all out. The end product is wonderful!

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  6. Great bag even though the instructions might not have been. That is too bad. I have read where other bloggers have had problems with patterns.

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  7. super bag... agree completely with your comments re instructions. Maybe thats why I never made it.

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  8. Wow Linda, that bag is stunning.

    Congrats on finishing it. I know of others who have it on the UFO list.

    It's sad but people have been complaining about that pattern being poorly written for years.
    Andrea

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  9. I had a workshop with the designers of the stable bag to make mine, boy, it was a busy day. I love the bag a lot for the room in it but I know what you mean about instructions. Did you know there are heaps of size variations on this pattern since they bought out the original?

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