The pattern is on schedule and tomorrow I'll be finishing it up! I do want to link to this post in the pattern instructions, so I'm posting this now.
When I make a pattern, often there are more things I want to tell you, but they aren't really necessary to include in the instructions. If given the chance, I can definitely ramble off into over-explaining territory and I don't want to clutter up the instructions.
So I thought it might be nice to have a "pattern notes" post with additional info. For those of you who are like me and always wonder why something is done the way it is done, this is just a bit of extra clarification.
1. Fusible interfacing isn't recommended for the clutch body pieces. Over time, the fusible interfacing might start to pull away or wrinkle and pucker along the inside crease. I love fusible interfacing, so it is hard for me to not want to use it, but for this pattern it isn't recommended. Of course, rules are meant to be broken and experimentation is encouraged, so use it if you must (then come back here and tell us how it went if it holds up ok).
2. During the experimental stage, I used a variety of different things as the "invisible lining" (aka: interlining). In the end, what I liked best was using two layers of sew-in interfacing on the focus fabric pieces and then one layer of interfacing on the lining pieces.
The two layers of interfacing seemed to be the easiest to sew and didn't add a lot of bulk to the finished clutch, but still gives it some structure. If you want to substitute something else for the 2 layers of interfacing, use cotton batting, low-loft poly batting, canvas (the hardest to sew), twill or fleece.
3. The pattern includes instructions for a patch pocket on the inside, but on the front wall this time. I made one with a pocket on the back wall, but found that every time I reached inside, my hand went directly into the pocket. On the front it is out of the way, but can still be utilized.
If you have the time and know how to insert a zippered pocket like the one in my Sweetheart Shopper pattern, that would work great with this pattern! They are very cool, but it takes a lot of steps to show it in detail, so I didn't include it in this pattern. I'll do a post here on my blog soon showing how to make a zippered pocket.
4. There are three sizes and two flap styles! The largest one is quite roomy and looks great tucked under your arm. The medium and small sizes are really cute and work best held in your hand. The rounded flap works for all three sizes and the wider flap goes with the medium and large sizes.