So picture the scene last night. I'm sat on the sofa watching Homeland and teasing Hadley, by email, about swapping her prize out for some brown fuggly fabric (which I'm sure is what she was secretly hoping to win.) and I picked up the pouch I made for me and admired it for about the 100th time that day, when I realised there was a design flaw. The external pocket on the flap would empty the contents of the pocket every time the pouch was opened. Not to mention the strap was pulling the pocket out of shape. Then it dawned on me. It was not a design flaw. I'd put the pouch together wrong. The pouches were still usable, just wrong. I have plenty of pouch and bag making experience, so I'm not sure how I managed to mess this up!
Homeland finished, I took myself off to bed to read for a bit, before switching the light out to sleep. Suddenly I was wide awake. I could not live with such a flaw in the pouch let alone send off one of them to Hadley. So I put on the light and went downstairs to get my unpicker and the pouch and brought it back to bed. I thought I'd just unpick mine and see if it looked like a dogs breakfast after I'd sewn it back together the right way. Of course once I'd unpicked it all, (and why is it: should I ever need to unpick something, the stitches are so flaming strong they're the equivalent of stitchy superglue?!) I couldn't wait until the next day to fix it. So I clambered out of bed and sewed it back together again. But I went back to bed having salvaged the pouch.
So when I got in from work I set about unpicking and redoing the prize pouch. The linen blend fabric and Klona was a lot less forgiving than the DS cotton. There may have been swearing. There is definitely wonk.
You can't see how wonky the rounded ends have turned out one side. Unfortunately close clipped notched seems do not really like being turned upside down and matched to entirely different notched curved bits.
Pockets where they should be!
I'm still not happy with the wonk in the seams. But just when I was about to throw the towel in and start again I discovered this:
I have an empty bobbin and this much thread left. I can't risk taking Hadley's pouch apart any more or remaking from scratch because this is the only thread I have. If I had a picture of Edvard Munch's - The Scream I'd be inserting it now with a caption underneath saying: 'This is exactly how I felt and probably looked at the moment I realised I had to accept the pouch as is!'