So, I was working on the 3rd draft of the instructions for the DittyRoo a while back, and all of a sudden, it just hit me! What if I took some digital pictures of a few of the newer techniques involved in making this new bag, and posted them on my website in the form of a downloadable pdf? That way, if folks (particularly the newer sewists among us) were a bit perplexed about a particular step, they could simply go on line, and see some color pictures detailing the technique. Do you think this would be of interest to folks?
I’m thinking maybe it might, but that meant I needed to whip up another sample so I could take some pictures of some of the more complicated steps. I really didn’t feel much like driving all the way into town to shop for fabric, (with that dumb old cast on my foot), so I started digging thru my stash and found this cool canvas print. It’s much stiffer than quilting cotton, but I usually like to test a new bag out with heavier, fabric a few times anyway (so I’ll know what to recommend), so I combined it with some leftover cotton from StudioE and started sewing and clicking.
The end result was actually much cuter than I thought it was going to be, (the bag that is) and since the bottom and both sides were made up in the canvas, it might actually be a good bag for me to keep for myself.
(I’m as tough on a bag as the Samsonite gorilla!, remember him?)
So now that I’m done, do I recommend fabric other than quilter’s cottons? Well yes… but with qualifications. I’m going to say yes to lightweight denims, canvases and such, but only for 3 of the pattern components, and only with modification to the way fleece and interfacing is normally applied, (when using cottons). I’ve included the details in the fabric recommendations section of the instructions.
And as for the pictures I took, I’ve organized them into a few tutorials which you will be able to download for free on the DittyRoo
page of my website.
It’ll be easy to tell which steps have pictorial support available, because there will be a little camera graphic to the side.
It’ll be interesting to see how this new feature is received. It was pretty labor intensive, so if you think this is a terrific idea, or if you think it’s just plain dumb, it would be very helpful if you let me know. We can either try to expand this type of service with the next pattern, or we can totally dumpit, if it’s not worth the effort. We’ll let the feedback we receive, be our guide!