To start out, you need to have the Ellen's Esplanade pattern purchased and printed, pick out your fabric, and gather your supplies.
|Judith made this awesome Ellen's Esplanade, looks like leather!|
Fast Track: Cut out everything, fuse the interfacing, and start sewing. Finish sewing. Then make more.
Oh, you wanted a little more guidance? Ok, here goes!
First off, sit down, grab a tasty drink and snack, prop up your feet and read through the pattern at least once. It really helps! If things don't seem to make sense, read again, and then just trust the pattern. If you get truly stuck, we're here to help! Decide if you want to add the extra pockets or not. You can go simple with a slip pocket, but the extra ones are so cool looking and very nice!
|Ellen's interior pockets on her Ellen's Esplanade which is named after her.|
|This is custom fabric from the Snowy Owl, already washed and ironed!|
If you are doing home deco weight fabric (Think fancy curtains and couches), I can't help you decide. Most of those are probably dry clean only type stuff, so probably not a good idea to wash it.
Here's the odd thing I just learned recently - some people pre-wash their shape flex interfacing! That seems excessive to me, but I guess it can shrink since it's a woven. Obviously you can't dry it in the dryer (fusing to itself seems like a distinct possibility), so you need to have a lot of room to hang it to dry. I've never tried this and I honestly don't think I ever will just because I go through so much and buy it by the bolt. If you decide to wash your interfacing, let me know if it shrinks!
You also need to decide what kind of interfacing you'll use. If you want a slouchy style bag, go ahead and use the fusible fleece. I like my finished bags to have nice structure, so I'll be using some flex foam as my thick interfacing.
For the rest of this week (end) go ahead and cut out all your pieces and get the interfacing fused onto the back sides. If you are a weekend sew-ologist (aka Bagineer) like me, you may just decide to go for it and get as far as you can. Feel free to work as fast or slow as you want, we won't judge you!
Make sure you post progress pics in the group, we love seeing how everyone is doing and also it is great encouragement!