Regarding the production pattern making tutorial, you should know we’ve been given permission to use someone else’s intellectual property for the purposes of our own education. Now, since the entire purpose of this exercise is to convert a home sewing pattern into a commercial pattern, in the process, it is highly likely that disfavorable comparatives will be made but this is not intended to disparage the donor of this gift. Not at all. Any negative assessments I make should be only taken in the context that this is an item that is not designed for the purposes of manufacturing. It is not a criticism of the original maker who never implied it would meet our needs. I am grateful she’s allowing us to do this.
Anyway, you need to see sewing instructions and you need to download and print the pattern. It comes on three sheets, drawn out nicely on a grid. I did have one problem with it and this isn’t implied against this pattern but about instructions in general -but does it bug you when there’s lots of copy with instructions? A lot of the articles in Threads have too much copy. I have a hard time wading through a lot of copy. I like simple step by step instruction. Kind of like the way I do my tutorials. I only like one or two sentences per picture in a tutorial. I think you all would be amazed to know many problems I have learning hands-on things from books. Anyway, one of these pages has way too many steps for me to follow. In a production environment, reading takes time. Pictures and visuals are the best thing, always. Plus, you don’t have language barriers.
Speaking of language barriers -this is an aside- my friend Miracle (my co-blogger) had this experience with her contractor and she faxed me her invoices to prove it but even Miracle’s invoices weren’t in English; they were in Chinese. I busted a gut over that. While I do think anybody is allowed to speak whatever language they like, I think she has the right to get her business receipts in English because if for no other reason, English is a trade language. It was funny tho. The only thing you could read were the numbers. No problem with those. Otherwise, Miracle is pretty happy with her contractor.
Back to the pattern, there’s loads of copy on page 2. It seems you have to draft the thing from dimensions.
I have just read the instructions and boy, is it a lot of work. I’m going to have to modify these if I expect anybody to follow along. I was hoping the pattern was ready to go and we could just cut these out of manila folder paper. Bummer. I guess I’m going to have to draw these up. I also need to do a sketch. The other thing is, this is a lunch bag and I was thinking we should make it into a purse instead. The only difference would be the straps. I have several different ways to make straps that can be useful in bag making. If you don’t have a tube turner, making straps can be time consuming. And by the way, I have an industrial tube turner. They’re not very expensive ($125) and they do a bang up job. I really love mine. I’ll take a picture of it for you later. If you’re planning to make bag straps in quantity, this would be handy. Regardless, I do know another nifty way straps are made that they don’t do in home sewing that I’ll show you. Also, our straps are interfaced. That’s something I notice in a lot of the bags made by start ups, their straps are wilting. Those need to be fused so I’ll show you that too. While I’m speaking of bag makers, sooner or later (probably sooner) you’re going to need a sewing hammer. gave us a source for those. A sewing hammer will dramatically improve the quality of your stitching. I don’t mean to harp on those but as far as usefulness is concerned, hammers are a big bang for the buck -no pun intended. Even every home sewer should have one. As it is, even a lot of factories don’t know to use them.
Anyway, we’ll start this project next year after the holiday. Everybody have a happy holiday. I don’t know what goals you have planned if any in the new year but hopefully we can all be more productive.