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Pattern Review: Pat Bravo – Monaco Bag

Threads magazine - 171 - Feb./Mar. 2014 Issue
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Sewing tip: Align and install the bag side half of the magnetic closure just before sewing the bag's top edge closed.

This review was originally featured in Threads #171 (February/March 2014).

Pat Bravo: Monaco Bag

This bag can dress up any spring dress. The bag’s body is just one piece, with triangular side gussets, a shaped flap edge with trim detail, interfacing, lining, an inner zippered pocket, and a metal chain handle. If using a lighter weight fabric than home decorating material, the bag may sag in the center if not properly interfaced. To reduce this problem, our tester recommends choosing a heavyweight interfacing for your fabric. If this still occurs, use boning across the top as a stabilizer. The step-by-step instructions come in a mini booklet with colored illustrations, which are a pleasure to follow. Be sure to trace all the pattern pieces before cutting, as they are on both sides of the paper. Make this bag in leather, velvet, denim, or dupioni for the exterior, and use satin, lace, or beaded trim for the ruffle. The sample bag is in metallic brocade from Mood Designer Fabrics.

(Sized 6.5 in. high [plus handles] by 14.5 in. wide by 3 in. deep)

Sewing Tip: Align and install the bag side half of the magnetic closure just before sewing the bag’s top edge closed.

-Tested by Janith Bergeron, Barrington, New Hampshire

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