I cut out a swimsuit from Kwik Sew’s Swim and Action Wear Book in May of 2002, just before I learned I was pregnant. Yesterday and today, I finished the suit. This is the only time that I have ever cut something out and not made it up. This suit incorporates modifications based on the toile that I’ve been using to swim in. Hopefully, this one won’t bag in the butt and leave me exposed in front. I plan on swimming in it on Monday.

I tried the triple coverhem stitch to finish the neck, arm, and leg holes. I’d never used it before. I used 2 green threads on the outside and a purple one in the middle. It really helps if you thread your chain looper correctly, but that would be true of all the coverstitches.

Stupid Laundry

Big Sigh. In theory, DH was supposed to take the kids all day Saturday. Well, I thought that meant that he would feed them breakfast, but apparently not. They came bounding into the bedroom and rousted me out of bed because they were hungry, wanted breakfast, and their father was no where to be found. To make matters worse, BH (DH’s evil persona) has not done much around the house for the past month because he bought a new boat. The boat did not start out “the damn boat”. It’s taken a month of his spending all of his free time with the damn boat to reall color my attitude. Anyway, because BH has neglected his chores, we were running out of clothes for the kids. BH is supposed to do the kids’ laundry. So instead of sewing all day Saturday, I was folding and putting away laundry.

New Look 6898 frontSo my big day alone to sew, I managed to topstitch NL 6869, hem the sleeves, and serge the side seams.


Easy to Make Totes with ZipperszippersPattern Description: 

1. Tote bag in various sizes, with and without top zipper, and various straps. 2. Purse/shoulder bag. 3. Square duffle bag in 2 sizes. 4. Large cosmetics style bag. 5. Flea Market Bag

I made “the purple tote” which is a tote bag with zipper top and long, padded straps.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Mostly. My bag is highly embellished.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

These are great instructions. The material list called for mat board for the bottom on the bag, but there are no instructions for inserting it for that particular bag. I forgot about the mat board until I was done with the bag. I was going to use timtex interfacing.


There’s a section on applying the zipper which should take the fear of simple zippers out of every sewer.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I used my own design for the last bag I made, but I wanted to see what a pattern might offer me. The bags on this one look very cute, so I decided to try it.

LIKE: Very complete instructions.

DISLIKE: I don’t like the way the top is attached for this particular bag. The instructions ask you to apply what I would call a wide binding. It’s cut in 4 long narrow pieces on straight of grain. 2 pieces are sewn end to end, twice, to get 2 even longer pieces. Those 2 pieces are sewn WST to make a double thick “binding”. Why not just cut one long piece and fold it in half?

DISLIKE: Still about the wide binding. I don’t like it so wide. It looks sloppy to me. I wasn’t able to get mine to fall nicely into the back to make a recessed top like in the picture. I was in a hurry because this was supposed to be a Mother’s Day gift, and I was a week late.

DISLIKE: Still about the wide binding. And why not cut it on the bias? It would wear better on the bias.

Fabric Used:

An assortment from my collection for crazy patch. I used a polyester silky fabric for the lining.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

My bag shrank a little from the crazy patch, and I didn’t make enough of an allowance, so it’s slightly shorter than the pattern calls for.

I made my lining bigger than the pattern calls for. I want the muslin base of the outer bag to support the bag. I hate it when linings in bags are smaller than the bag causing them to shred.

I made handles instead of using webbing. They are the same length as the webbing would have been, and I followed the directions in the book to make the handles.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I’d like to make several of the bags. They look very rtw in the pictures.

This would be an excellent bag for a beginner, especially one who has fear of zippers.


Good pattern, and an excellent base for embellishment.