I was inspired to sew the Dorothy Day Tripper after seeing the beautiful bags made by Diedel Bugs Handmade. A plus was there was a sew-a-long hosted by Swoon Sewing Patterns. All the good intentions were to participate in the sew-a-long; however, my week began and ended crazy.
Since the pattern was already taped and ready to go, I thought why not tonight (Friday). After looking at premade bag pictures, I decided on the exterior layout & interior layout. I began cutting the pattern pieces around 9:30 p.m. Some general observations:
You will need more fabric that what is listed in the materials section.The downloaded pattern requires 1 yard each of lining fabric and exterior fabric. I purchased 1.5 yards of the orange dots and paisley fabric. This was not enough to make the design with the contrasting desired.
You will need more interfacing (Pellon #808) that what is listed in the materials section if you would like to cut continuous pieces. I used the Craft-Fuse for all parts of the pattern that required interfacing. I was short on the interfacing for the handles, but pieced together to make due.
Split the work over at least two days. It is 2:00 a.m. and I’m still fusing the interfacing and fleece.
An easy tip to turn the handles…use needle nose pliers.
Challenging to follow the tutorial. This pattern was extremely challenging to sew together. The tutorial did not seem clear enough for me. I truly struggled from 9:00 a.m. Saturday until almost 4:00 p.m. trying to follow the tutorial. The sew-a-long guide did help; however, there were parts where more detailed pictures would have been helpful.
The pattern pieces did not match up easily. I pinned the tops & bottoms, but had a lot of trouble preventing the pieces from overlapping while sewing.
Make an overnight bag that is uniquely yours.
The new handles included in the sew-a-long offer a more polished bag.
Overall, I am happy the Dorothy made itself together. I see every imperfection. I see that this isn’t my best work. The frustration; however, was absolutely worth every single pin prick, tear, and bad word.