One day while Susan and I were instant messaging, she gave me a link to a pattern. It was an adorable handbag, and I bookmarked it because I wanted to make it. Susan hadn't yet made it.
The instructions are on the JoAnn's website, and for a company that sells fabric and patterns, one would think that they could write a decent set of instructions.
I have been sewing since I was eleven years old. For those not interested in doing the math, that means I have been sewing for over eighteen years. I have followed many patterns; and have made up my own patterns, both from instructions and of my own design.
I bought the cutest fabric for this bag. Since the pattern called for twice as much fabric as necessary (that, I think, was a conspiracy as well LOL), at least I still have fabric to make a decent bag with. The pattern drafting instructions are very unclear, and the sewing instructions are even more so. Oh, and Susan had trouble with it too, but her bag turned out nicely! (unlike mine, which looks like a terribly silly attempt at a purse!)
But, now that I'm interested in making handbags, I think I shall buy an actual printed pattern, and see how that goes. After all, I've got some adorable fabric that needs to be made up!
Alternately, if anyone knows of a good pattern online, please do share with me!