Every time I am almost done a simple sewing project, I always decide to make it "better" (a.k.a. complicated beyond words). This usually translates to a disastrous end product.
I blame patterns. I get near the end of the pattern, the finished project within 2 seams of being done, and I think to myself, "Wow, that was so easy. This looks so good. I should probably make my life a complete disaster now by doing something really hard." I swear that those exact words pulse through my brain.
Case in point: This past weekend I decided to make a lunch bag. I found this free and cute pattern: http://thelongthread.com/?p=
I duly read the instructions and all the comments. I noted that Ellen said "zipper...great idea....some sort of suggestion [along the lines of 'don't use this pattern if you want to have a zipper']...would make zipper easier"
Fast forward 2 hours. Outer layer sewn. Lining sewn. Just need to stitch the tops together.
Kim decides to add a zipper.
Kim immediately forgets that it was suggested that this design would be difficult to add a zipper. Kim goes for it.
Kim spends the next 4 hours ripping, sewing, turning inside out, ripping, sewing, ripping, sewing, flipping, and swearing. Of course, the entire time I was thinking to myself: I could just take out this zipper and go back to the original plan. But I really wanted a zipper!
I ended up having to rip off the metal piece that prevents the zipper from falling off:
The zipper fell off many times. Often when the bag was guts out.
Speaking of guts out...my bag herniated. A lot.
I almost herniated. A lot. Especially when this happened:
In the end, I finally completed her. It wasn't pretty, but I manage to suture up this puppy after a number of botched surgeries.
I do adore the bag. I love that it is lined with waterproof fabric and that the zipper can either be fully zippable or semi-unzippable, and I even love that I wish that I had put a pocket in it.