So it's as well I finished the tote yesterday and can do the big reveal today. There are elements of this bag that I do not like the finish of. I think the problem is with my hurried sewing rather than the pattern. I'll get on to that in a moment. I'm sure you want to see the bag first.
I went with a Liberty of London theme using scraps of Tana lawn to create the square front pocket. It was only when I assembled these pieces I realised that their lovely eclectic look didn't quite gel with the lining fabric I'd originally chosen. Then I remembered years ago buying a Liberty dress at a jumble sale in the village because I loved the fabric. Much of the dress had been hand finished and it was tiny. Once upon a time I may have been able to fit into it although it was always my intention to cut it up and I have for various projects. The colours and distinctive Liberty style of the design made a perfect lining and it was not the slippery Tana lawn so more robust for a bag lining.
See the lining goes with the patchwork pocket.
I love sneaking some texty fabric goodness into most projects so made the internal pocket out of some Michael Miller fabric.
What I have decided is for a bag like this I'd not bother with the zip bit again. I don't like how it sits when it's done up. I suspect this is because I've used some vintage Liberty dress fabric and the top pieces were probably cut on the bias so they have a fair bit of play in them. It also didn't help that I caught the lining when sewing it to the main part of the bag and was too lazy to unpick properly. I'd had to wrestle the bag at the handles to get all the layers sewn together. But bearing in mind I have interfacing and multiple layers of fabric, including lots of Essex linen, there was an awful lot to wedge under the presser foot. I just couldn't face trying to wrestle the handles underneath again. I unpicked the caught section from the top and used another layer of top stitching to sew it down. This has resulted in some wonky top stitching. But unless you're all going to scrutinise the bag at the retreat I think I'll get away with it.
So there you go that's my Sidekick Tote. I think it'll be a great bag for summer use as the Liberty does sort of mean it has the potential to go with anything I'm wearing.
I consider that a big tick for the Retreat making. Now I need to get back to the clear up.