Melisande is a slouchy bag that is available in three sizes. The Large and Medium as shoulder bags with an exterior diagonal zipper pocket, and the small is a crossbody version with no exterior pockets, for a quick sew. There are slip pockets and a zipper pocket inside of each.
The Large is very roomy, can carry a lot of things, great as a diaper bag or even an overnight bag. Or just a regular large slouchy bag. The Small is great if you don’t carry a lot of stuff around, and the Medium is everything in between.
The pattern is great for color blocking, mixing of materials, colors, and textures, and offers lots of room for modifications – diagonal in opposite direction, no diagonal pocket or one on either side, shoulder, or crossbody.
Small crossbody version (quick sew),
Domestic machine friendly,
Metric and imperial measurements,
Whole pattern pieces (no fold pieces),
All pattern pieces (except straps) available +,
Measurements for rectangle pieces,
Step-by-step instructions with over 250 photos,
Diagonal zipper pocket,
Interior zipper pocket with overlay,
Skill level: The pattern could be classified as advanced beginner/intermediate. It has step-by-step instructions with over 250 photos to guide you through the whole process, as well as a video tutorial.
Large (shoulder bag) = 13 ½″ (34 cm) wide by 13″ (33 cm) high by 5 ½″ (14 cm) deep.
Medium (shoulder bag) = 10 ⅝″ (27.5 cm) wide by 10 ¾″ (28 cm) high by 4 ½″ (11.5 cm) deep.
Small (crossbody) = 8 3⁄4″ (22 cm) wide by 9″ (23 cm) high by 3 ½″ (9 cm) deep.
Video tutorial: This pattern includes a full video tutorial (by Michelle Graham), links for which are included in your pattern download.
The pattern: This is a PDF pattern with full pattern pieces in letter size and A4 format as well as measurements for rectangular pieces, detailed pictures, and step-by-step instructions on how to make your own Melisande bag. This is not a paper sewing pattern. Please download it immediately after check out.
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