I think I mentioned that on my trip to Scotland I picked up some fabric remnants at a custom kilt shop. I thought it would be fun to use them to make a souvenir of the trip. Well, I've completed this tote:
City Zipper pattern by Penny Sturges. It's modified of course since the large pattern tartan would be totally lost in small blocks. As I was sewing this I realized that I was sewing something I've never done before (a tote bag) out of a fabric I've never used before (the wool twill). Nothing like a challenge! The pattern was not difficult, it was the characteristics of the wool that made it hard at times. I'm going to make a second bag and I will be able to use what I learned. This time I can make different mistakes! I'm also going to try to modify the zipper to close the entire bag rather than just the center section. I think it makes for a more secure and functional tote. The most frustrating part was trying to turn the bag right side out at the end. The instructions call for leaving a 7 inch opening to turn the whole bag right side out. That is probably plenty when using a cotton fabric but with the wool it was like birthing a baby - getting this large item out of a small space!
Here's a few more pictures: