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May 16th, 2007 at 2:05 pm

A little sewing

in: Sewing
Decades of Style 1701 Foxtrot Bag

Pattern Description:
From the website: The more recognizable foxtrot also comes from the animal dance craze from the years 1910-1920. We are sure this little hand bag dangled from the wrist of a stylish young lady or two as she duck waddled or foxtrotted across the dance floor.

This vintage pattern from 1917 presents the bag in two sizes. The larger bag will hold a wallet but not much more. The small bag is a lipstick bag. It has a drawstring closure and deep pleats at the sides. Use a crisp but lightweight fabric. Choose from either a traditional self-fabric casing or use a gorgeous ribbon for an external casing.

This is a fun and easy project. It makes a great gift and is a good pattern for beginners. Includes authentic period embroidery design and detailed embroidery instructions.

Foxtrot bag at Decades of Style

Pattern Sizing:
The purse comes in two sizes. I made the small size, and I’m supposed to go home and measure it to see how big it is. The big size is not much larger, visually, than the small size. In fact, when I see them hung up on the wall of the ASG booth, I can’t immediately tell which is the large one and which is the small one.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I used a very modern print, so the initial impression of my bag is very different from that of the pattern envelope, but in terms of shape and style, they are exactly the same.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I did not cut out and mark the pattern, so I was confused by how to pin it to make the tucks, but I believe that if I had done the cutting and marking that I wouldn’t have had any problem.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: It’s so cute!
LIKE: When it opens up, you can see everything that is in the bag.

Fabric Used:
Quilting cotton.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. This would make a great project for a first time sewist. It can be completed in about 1/2 hour (not including cutting and marking which will take 10 more minutes).

A really cute, fun bag.

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