Of course it helped that I was looking for inspiration for my newly delivered janemeans ribbons, particularly the very recently released cat ribbons (there's a dog version too and a lovely piece on the background to their design) also stocked by Liberty of London.
Matching the ribbon ends is the most important part to get right, and if you squint at the picture, I just about got them even!
Stitching the ribbon to the outer fabric is the first sewing step and this has to be measured carefully. Then the ribbon will be straight and meet at the side seams.
The thread colour is exactly the same as the ribbon colour, so that the stitching wouldn't be noticeable and detract from the lovely cat silhouettes
This is my first attempt at applying a zip on the outside or 'exposed zipper'. There are a few tutorials on the internet on how to do this on clothes (Threads, Burda), but none that I can find for bags, especially those with a curved top.
The lining was bought a few years ago from Dotsnstripes and is a medium weight cotton. As the outer fabric is a heavyweight cotton (bought locally), I took a chance in not using interfacing, because I hoped the weight of both cottons would give the bag enough structure. It worked - the bag holds its shape even when empty.
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