Alternately titled: The Battle for the Bag
So, I think I’ve mentioned how much I love the newest Perfect Pattern Parcel? The boy one? Yes? Well, it turns out that I love the Jet Pack Bag, by Betz White, included in the Parcel so much, that I decided mid-sew to keep it for myself. My boys thought this was totally unfair. They’d already all been fighting over who would get it between the three of them. But seriously, folks, this bag is so incredibly awesome, I’m not turning it over to them. It’s mine. Seth was so incensed, he stepped up and challenged me to a fight. I told him to put his skinny fists down and we’d settle things blogger style, with a photo shoot-off. He was all in. So, tell me…
Seth wears the Jet Pack as a back pack. The size is smaller than a standard school pack, but still large enough to fit folders, notebooks, even a smaller lap top, and for sure a tablet or iPad.
I sewed up the bag using Army blanket leftovers from the Jude Jacket I made for the STYLO feature a few months back. The accent fabric is a faux leather from Jo-Ann, the same I used in the Aviator Hat a couple of weeks ago.
The lining is faded black denim from the Kudzu Shorts earlier this year. So I was able to make this bag using fabrics I had on hand, and only had to buy the hardware. Which was nice. And also, I really REALLY love the combination of all of it. The green felted wool is just so awesome, especially with the faux leather. It just seems so rugged and classic.
I added a zipper to my interior pocket. The pattern has the pocket open, with a dividing seam down the center. I wanted a larger pocket, because I knew I’d get more use out of it. And I wanted a zipper because I lose stuff and it’s best if I can contain things. Also, because I had this red one hanging around and thought it looked cool.
There are also two exterior pockets. The one on the front is pleated and has a super rad twisty closure thingy that I could only find in shiny silver, which is too bad because the rest of my hardware is darker. But really, I was so excited to finally find the rad twisty closure thingy in my local Jo-Ann (by the purse making stuff, not the regular notion wall. fyi.), that I was okay with its super-shinyness. It was a beast to put in, though. There are these tiny little screws I had to work through the leather, and then try to screw in. And I was too lazy to go through the house trying to find an itty-bitty screw driver, so I used the tips of some little scissors that I found in the utility drawer first. And it was really hard to hold the screws and face plate in place while setting those screws in with an open pair of sharp scissors twisting in my hands. I should probably have just looked for the little screwdriver.
But I got it in eventually. And that front pocket happens to be the perfect fit for my Kindle Paperwhite. So the bag should totally be mine. Even if my kid looks super handsome and collegiate with both my reader and my bag.
He actually got dressed up for this photoshoot. He wanted to wear suspenders, too, but I vetoed that because he already looked ridiculously good looking. It just wasn’t fair. I knew suspenders would totally throw the contest completely in his favor.
I prefer to wear the Jet Pack as a cross-body bag. The pattern is super clever that way, using the same strap to accommodate a back pack or a handled bag.
Here is the other exterior pocket, on the backside of the bag. Look how good my latest copy of Ottobre fits inside it. It also holds my camera, diaper changing stuff, and all my necessities super perfect. It’s like we were made for each other.
The handle there is where you thread the strap through to change things from strapped bag to back pack. You unclip the strap from the top D-rings, thread it through the handle between the upper and lower x-box stitching, then clip the strap at either end to the lower D-rings. Kind of genius, really.
Yep, this one is mine.
Sorry, Seth. I know you look darned good with the Jet Pack. But I’m keeping it, regardless of the voice of the People. Mom power and all that.
Maybe I’ll let you borrow it sometime.
Go to Perfect Pattern Parcel to get your own Jet Pack pattern along with these awesome patterns:
Maxwell Top by Shwin Designs - Zippy Jacket by Blank Slate Patterns - Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado - Small Fry Jeans by Titchy Threads