Hello lovelies,

I’m Simona (Sewing Adventures in the Attick) and this month I chose to make a bag for my blogger network post. Ever so often I like to take a break from making clothes for myself and I randomly chose to make accessories. This time I felt it was time I give hardware kits a go. The one that appealed to me was the Jack Tar by Merchant & Mills.

Because I chose a water resistant fabric for the outside which is very heavy I could not use any pins with this fabric. The only option was to use weights to cut the fabric and clips or fabric glue to keep the layers of fabric together until they got stitched.

And since the outside black, I had to go with a bright colour for the lining. The cotton twill was a dream to work with. And luckily enough, I had matching thread in my stash.

I added pockets to the inside/lining but felt that the outside being black was a bit boring and needed some colour to lift it up. Pockets to the outside were in order too. This provided the opportunity to add some contrasting top-stitching to the project. As my normal thread was not thick enough, I added to strands to top-stitch it to make the thread thicker on the surface of the fabric.

Making the bag is very easy so I did not have any issues with that. However, because the fabric I chose is a heavyweight one I struggled to top-stitch the straps and then sew them into the main bag. In the end I just cut new straps. Folded them and used a zig-zag stitch in the middle to kept them down. Also, I had to re-cut the facing in a lighter fabric and interface it and use this inside instead of the waterproof fabric.

Although I had some issues with it, no one can tell when you look at the finished bag.  I like that the leather strap is not back to match the fabric of the bag. It creates a little contrast and makes you look again.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:    The Jack Tar by Merchant & Mills: This copious bucket bag has space for an almost infinite amount of stuff.  Fully lined with 3 divided internal pockets. The most useful of bags.

Sizing:  n/a one size only

Fabric:   1 m of black water resistant fabric and for the lining 1 m cotton twill

Notions:  The Jack Tar Bag making kit (1 D rings, 4 rivets, 1 veg tan leather strap, 1 magnetic snap)

Modifications:  I chose to make pocket both inside and outside. In the end I was forced to recut the straps and facing (this this used cotton that I interfaced with heavy interfacing) because my machine did not want to sew over more than 2 layers of the waterproof fabric no matter what I tried.

Fit:  n/a

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  yes

Watch out for:  if you use a fabric that’s too thick for the outside you might have issues later with the straps or the facing. In this case consider using a different less think fabric for the facing.

Make Again?: yes.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @Minervadotcom and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick