It took me two years to get around to making this pieced Quattro (The Quattro (Studio Kat Designs) at last!) and now a year later I have finally got around to making the Lollapalooza. I'd forgotten how much I liked Kat's hand-drafted pattern pieces with lovely hand-written labels. I'd also forgotten how organic her patterns are, not rectangles and corners, but curves and pinched fabric pleats.
After the usual hour long session of sitting on my sewing room floor surrounded by bits of fabric, I decided I would use my newly acquired lightweight printed denims, more like a Chambray really! I'm making the pieced version, so I recycled some thin denim jeans for a plain to alternate with the patterns. For the lining I chose a piece of quilting-weight cotton with pink and white stripes and denim blue flowers. I used it once before in a denim bag so I know it works well.
Sadly most of my sewing is done at night now, and the lighting is so bad I don't have any photos taken of the construction except this one of the snap tab, where you can at least see Kat's lovely writing on the pattern piece!
I took these photos today at my dad's house at the seaside. The sun was out briefly so I rushed out and snapped these. Sadly my fabric doesn't look as crisp as Kat's bag, and I think another time I would be tempted to try and use some Soft & Stable for the yoke at least.
The inside showing the pretty fabric, more pleats and the underside of the straps. I did add a zipped pocket inside as well as the two slip pockets included in the pattern. It was the ONLY thing I did differently!
I confess that I thought the ends of the bag were open, but Kat has added what she calls a 'vent'. My sister doesn't like bags that are smaller at the opening than at the base, so she won't want one, but I'm happy! I would have liked some buttons to decorate strap holders but I didn't have anything to hand. I may add some at a later date if I find some I like.
So there you have it, my pieced Lollapalooza in lightweight denims. Here I am modelling it so you can see the size, and how pretty and curvy she is!