I like Anna's patterns because she has clear instructions and lots of photos. The more photos the better as far as I'm concerned. I also learned some important lessons. For instance, I accidentally cut the lining of the pocket with the top part on the bias. Boy did I suffer trying to stitch together the pocket with the lining and all the stretching that happened. I ripped it out and tried it again with no success. I also had to make sure I didn't rip out any of the piping stitches, aggh. I was looking for another piece of fabric to use, but nothing seemed to fit as far as coordinating color. I finally figured out a solution by putting on the bias some Wonder Tape. Love it! Worked like a charm. No shifting. It worked so well I used it to help put the zipper on so I didn't have to mess with pins. Another thing I would do different is to mark around the corners the 1/2 inch stitching line, because I was all over the place stitching around those corners. I also had to get used to sewing with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. It seemed so big after working with a scant 1/4 inch seam. The back was rather boring so I appliquéd a section of the fabric and stitched it down following the lines already on the design. I learned to do a set in zipper and to put in a magnetic snap (this is where I give myself a pat on the back and smile). I hope she likes it. She loves purple, which is good because there is a lot of purple going on.
|Front with pocket|
|Back with appliquéd fabric.|
|Purple & yellow - Vikings colors!|
|Four different colored fabrics for the inside.|