I have been doing a lot of sewing for my Reshelly line lately and haven’t made something for myself. For Christmas I got an awesome camera and specialty 50 mm lens. I wanted a bag that had a place for multiple lenses and all of my camera items. I remember seeing a camera bag pattern online and thought of treating myself to a sewn project. It is called the Camille by Swoon Sewing Patterns. I also wanted to learn a new bag construction technique.
There was a lot to cut out. I should have taken a photo of what everything looked like with the interfacing as well. I won’t be creating this bag to sell. It has way too many parts and took a lot of time. I am very happy that I made it for myself though. I looked up the price that is recommended for one of these bags sewn and that is $150. I understand this now after seeing how long it took and the materials used. I treated myself!
I love my new camera by the way!!!!! I love this shot using my 50 mm lens! (what a difference this makes!) Tomorrow I am going to take a bunch of shots for new items for my online Etsy shop!
The pattern is great and the Facebook community around Swoon patterns is amazing. I used a really great tutorial online by Ali Cat & Co. It really helped to have a visual along with the pattern.
I used some fabric that I got at Bolt Fabrics here in Cornish, Maine! The textile is designed by Kim Andersson. I had three different color variations of the same pattern with a sold blue textured fabric. I special ordered some white buckles and metal hardware from Strapworks. I also treated myself to some fancy new scissors! These are usually used for embroidery but help when trying to this out bulk around seams with interfacing.
As I was creating the bag I kept adding things…:) I added a bunch of pockets for things and created a little holder for my cord.
I turned the lining inside out at one point and noticed that it could be used to make a diaper bag (the bottom would just need a piece added). I seem to know so many people having babies these days!
I had a little bit of trouble lining up the bag together to stitch it together. I had used different interfacings than were recommended and it changed things a bit. I adjusted and am satisfied with how it came out though. Here is a shot of one of the pockets that came with the original design.
I also created a little container to hold my lens cap. This has already been so useful! It stays on my camera strap so that it is ready all of the time.
I originally was going to create a holder for my tripod but it fits really well into this area of the bag.
I am so happy that I decided to create this bag. It did take a long time, but I learned a lot about using interfacing and sewing with corners. It was a little difficult, but I love how it looks! I actually bought another pattern before I even finished this one!
I am going to create one for myself to get an idea on how to construct it and then create some variations to sell. If I make it for myself first then I will learn how to do it and then draw out some new ideas. I miss drawing and am planning on creating my own printed patterns through Spoonflower. I am looking forward to creating some new designs!
Have you ever created something that was really difficult but worth spending the time?