I have been looking for a bag that would have the comfort of a backpack but would also have the look of an everyday city bag. When I saw Colette’s Cooper bag, I really liked the style and I thought that with the right material I could turn it into a versatile bag. I also needed an easy-sew-project after the swimsuit and the bikini.For this backpack, I used light blue thick cotton for the main body and soft fake leather for the flap, the gusset and the rest. For the lining, I preferred a more colorful and fun fabric which was light cotton. All the fabric was bought at local stores in Tel Aviv.
The pattern instructions were very clear. Although the pattern is listed for a “beginner”, it did take some figuring out especially in places where the layers of fabric became really thick. I actually switched to a jeans’ needle at these points and it worked really well. I did not change much about the pattern except for the flap straps which were supposed to be the same color and material as the body but I preferred to make them out of fake leather.
I am really happy how this bag turned out because it has a professional look and it is very comfortable to wear. I might try another version like the satchel in the future.