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I love the slouchy look of this bag pattern, and wanted to sew it in recycled denim as it is so soft and lived in. My notions were a denim needle and Gutermann's all purpose thread. I recycled two pairs of jeans in different colours which meant I could use them to piece together another jazzy strap.
Within the pattern instructions, Christine suggested not adding interfacing to the yokes to keep them slouchy. As it was I didn't add any at all as I felt the denim was heavy enough. I did decide to add some applique and free motion embroidery to the pockets, both front and back.
When it came to top-stitching the side seams I used my stitch in the ditch foot with the needle swung to the sides to get a straight line. This got a bit awkward but you take it nice and slow it does all work out okay in the end!
For the lining I used a butterfly print cotton in denim blue. The Snazzy slouch has four slip pockets and a zippered divided slip pocket inside. I think if I sew another I think I would add a pen pocket too. The zippered divider pocket is almost the full width of the bag wide, plenty big enough for a purse/wallet.
Despite the lack of interfacing or stabilizer the denim was sturdy enough that the bag could stand up by itself, though the top would slouch down. I used a YKK 4.5 handbag zipper in porcelain blue rather than navy as I thought it blended in better.
I was pleased I managed to get all my top-stitching lined up between the bag, the strap tabs and straps, and the exterior pockets matched up at the side seams and my rivets almost lined up!
I pieced my base pattern piece so that the denim seams were offset to reduce the thickness when it came to joining pieces. There is a bag bottom, which helps the base keep it's shape whilst the top slouches.
I really love my finished Snazzy Slouch bag! It is just as soft and slouchy as I'd hoped, and I am pretty pleased with my applique and free motion embroidery work. I think I could have arranged my daisies better to avoid the centre dividing seam, but I a happy with my poppies as I divided that side into three so I could position one poppy in the middle.
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