What bag is it?
It's the Bionic Gear bag and you can get it either here or here depending on what site you prefer BUT the pattern is super expensive, it is $17 for just one pattern! ...No, you didn't read that wrong, seventeen bucks is really expensive for a pattern.
I'm a knitter and a pattern for just $7 is costly but $17? That kind of money would buy me & my two kids lunch or it would buy 5 fat quarters of fabric or it would buy a new cookbook.
Honestly, I can't believe I coughed up the money for it but I really wanted to make my brother something for his birthday and this was the only thing I could decide upon.
So, I paid megabucks for a pattern, was it worth it?
Personally, I don't believe that the pattern is worth that much mainly because its a just a pattern for a small bag/pouch and the pattern itself is written terribly.
So what is it (apart from the ridiculous price) that I don't like?
~ the pdf document is a massive 82 pages long
~ I couldn't figure out what pages to print because there is no note at the start or a Contents page. In fact, I ended up going to an online sewing group especially for the bag & asked as I couldn't figure it out on my own
~ Oh my gosh... the waffle, the dribble, the unnecessary words, sentences, stuff about her mother, her grand-daughter etc
~ I thought I bought a pattern not a book
~ I thought I bought a pattern not a tutorial
~ There is not actual 'pattern' or easy to read sewing instructions
~ It's written like a tutorial and I quote "I’m writing this as if we were having fun and doing this project together. :)".
No!!! I wanted to buy a pattern not a ruddy tutorial.
~ It hasn't been update since forever
~ It talks about why she 'invented' it ... umm, I don't really care I just wanted the pattern not why etc, if I wanted to know why, I'd read your blog/website
~ It refers to a website that is out of date & gives you a password to access special features on the site but there is no where on the website to add the password
~ It over explains the most basic things, over & over & over again
~ By page 7, I was so confused that I just wanted to poke my eyeballs out
~ There are no quick-easy-to-reference sections just lots an excessive amount of worthless words & photos that really don't explain anything at a glance
~ It keeps referring you back to their website & the useless password
~ She talks about a "Futz Factor" ...wtf?
~ When you really need some diagrams to help explain things like "Mark a dot 2” in to the left from the future right side" ...there is nothing to aid you and it fact tells you to go "the site" but doesn't bother to give you a direct link
~ gah... the overuse (& un-necessary use) of the words "Lather, Rinse & Repeat" ....once again..wtf?
~ and if you are lucky (or unlucky) enough to get the Bionic Dumpling Dish included with your pattern, it includes things in the materials list BUT doesn't bother to tell you where or how to actually put them into the dish. Totally useless.
~ Silly me thought that paying $17 for a pattern that it would be a PROFESSIONAL pattern not an amateur pattern.
I wish the designer would 'cut out all of the crap & waffle' and just have a plain pattern with instructions instead of a "hey, I made a bag & put together some instructions that'll be lost in my long-winded tutorial because I'm going to assume that you can't sew for shit" type of thing that costs the earth to buy. She assumes that you need help, instead of giving you confidence in making it all by yourself. I think she should invest some time & effort and approach Craftsy about making a Crafty Class and then we could all enjoy it and it be more fun. I really enjoyed making my Tinker Tote & I did it via a Craftsy class - it would be a great format for her to use as she seems to like 'helping us' learn so much.
Am I being harsh? No.
I joined some of her Facebook groups to get the confidence to sew this bag and then promptly deleted myself from them because geesh, things got spiteful when people asked polite questions about their orders. I was at home with an illness and decided to login to Facebook and check out the groups for fun and what I saw made me so sick to the stomach with the horrid way she treated people that I run from that group so fast. I do not condone bullying in any format for any reason.
Ok, so all this sounds a bit tough but I was just so shocked by the pattern that I wanted to share and if this helps you to decide to make this or not or to choose another pattern then go for it. Live a little, perhaps try the pattern and see if you agree with me or not, tell me, try another designer just keep making! If still in doubt, try one of these patterns and then you will understand what I'm talking about when I talk about a good pattern!
So tell me, have you made this bag and what did you think of the pattern?
Perhaps you would like to review the pattern in the comments too.
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