Hello Day #3 of the Swoon Vivian Sewalong! Today is all about the interior!
We will be repeating several of the steps from yesterday.
For the handbag, measure 3.5″ on either side of the center crease along the top and bottom mark. (4.5″ on either side for the traveler). You will now have a lovely rectangle.
Place pins along the very tippy top of the pocket piece pinning to the main panel (right sides together). I also place a pin at the bottom of the pocket panel to avoid sewing the bottom of the pocket into my zipper (stranger things have happened).
Open the panel up and finish cutting in one direction until you reach the tip of the triangle (you’ll be cutting along the middle line through the mail panel and pocket piece).
Then cut the diagonal lines but do not accidentally snip your stitching!
Repeat for the other side of the zipper rectangle. so that the middle line and the 4 diagonal lines are cut. (Don’t cut off the little triangles on the ends-my picture looks like I did, but don’t do that!)
Flip the panel over to the right side. We want the pocket to look awesome and pressing is a HUGE part of that. Pull the pocket piece up away and press along that seam. This pressing will help turn the pocket in smoothly.
Finally, press the pocket full to the wrong side of the main panel. If your short ends look bunched, it’s possible you did not snip those diagonal lines to the stitching. You want to snip it as closely as possible without cutting the thread!
I like to sew the top of the pocket piece first. I fold the top of the main panel and sew with the main panel up. I feel that I can sew along the small allowance of the pocket more accurately this way. Don’t sew through the main panel!
Take the two interior top panels. We will repeat pretty much what we did with the exterior top panels. Pin the top panels right sides together. Make marks 1/2″ from on each side along the straight edge. Stitch the first 1/2″ with a regular stitch. When you arrive at the first 1/2″ mark, back stitch, change to a basting stitch and stitch until you reach the second 1/2″ mark. Change back to a regular stitch, back stitch and sew to the end. Back stitch.
Press your seam allowance open. Just as we did with the exterior, open up the basting stitches carefully. Take the interior bottom panels and sew them to the top panel ends. Remember to press the allowance down towards the bottom panel and top stitch the allowance down. Set aside.
Find the four “corners” of the top panel and the top centers of the main panels. Match centers and sew the interior of the bag exactly how you sewed the exterior but with a 5/8″ seam allowance. If needed, you may need to make 1/8″ snips along the top panel where the main panel curves to help the top panel make the tight turn.
Remember to match the centers, the pin along each side of one main panel. Sew that side, then repeat for the other side of the bag. If you have any slack, put it in the top corners.