Hi everyone! I had not planned to post this until after the new year. Here is the details.
I purchased the Smith project back at the beginning of Nov. I think I got it for around $43, which all of this adds up and thought it was an incredible deal because it was normally $65 if I recall. Here it is linked to her website so you can see the kit for yourself.
First mistake, at the time I ordered this, I did not know there was an option to go without thread/stabilizer. That was completely on me. Second mistake, normally when you order a kit from Sallie Tomato, the pattern is included. Guess what, the pattern was NOT included, it was not available to purchased JUST the pattern. You had to sign up for the New Years Eve thing which included the pattern. This cost $14 (normally her patterns are $9.99). I was so bummed because thirdly, this did not ship until after Thanksgiving and my plan was to sew this during my Thanksgiving break. Again, I did not read the fine print.
The kit arrived either very late Nov, or very early Dec as described. Went through the kit and was a little bummed because that is when I realized the pattern was an additional charge (not through their website but a completely different website). I procrastinated on purchasing the pattern as long as I could. A couple of days ago, I purchased and have the PDF of the pattern.
I have learned from a couple of previous makes, to make sure to read through the whole pattern before starting. And the big thing with these patterns is to NOT CUT from your kit. Yup, that’s right, DO NOT CUT ANYTHING FROM YOUR KIT, or you may regret it later. I have learned to draw out the shape dimensions out on the back of the faux leather. Then when you have everything fitting on the project piece, you can then proceed to cut.
When I proceed to draw this out, I realized that instead of Sallie Tomato giving us the piece of faux leather in all one piece, they gave it to us in two pieces, it was odd and threw me off. But it all worked out.
There were a couple of spots (not sure if it was a quality control thing or what) that when I sewed it stretched. A bit disappointed for this make. Predominately the darker faux leather stretched. It was not my machine, if it were, it would have done it to all. Again it only did it in one spot. And then on the lighter faux leather, it stretched funny on one of the project pockets and went wonky. Again, this stretched weird while stitching, which made it become wonky for visual effect. Still works but, I was not impressed. (my previous sallie tomato pattern the barbara bag, did this stretch thing on the handle and I cannot use the carry handle (wth)).
The pattern was very well written. One thing I did not like, it did not tell you in your suggested notions to get two sided tape (for the zipper). This ended up being called out in the pattern to use, but not actually called out on the requirements page. I guess if you have skills you don’t need it?
Here is all of my left overs.
For what ever reason, they gave us an 11 inch by 50+ inch of foam. The piece called out in the pattern was 7 by 11ish if I recall. The rest of this my hard earned money paid for but had no use.
Those pieces of faux leather leftovers I was somewhat surprised by the efficiency of probably the most expensive part of the kit. And because I purchased the kit with thread and tear away stabilizer, those were completely left overs. I did use one spool in the pack.
I have been viewing lots of Sallie Tomato unboxings this past month and this company was in PROPAGANDA mode for themselves. These two pieces of paper were also in the box. I thought one was for the actual pattern/new years eve party. It sort of is, but basically it is a link so you can purchase the pattern at an inflated rate. And then we get to their 2022 ticket gimmick. So, when I first received the kit, I went to the website and was shocked that there was nothing there for the smith pattern. Went back today to see who won the ticket draw and it refered me to instagram. Totally sucks for some one who does not do instagram, so I am fondly calling this a gimmick.
Here are my pieces ready for me to get out the big machine to go through oodles of layers. My featherweight did a really good job up to this point. I knew I had to call the big guns with the janome. Notice the left card pocket is wonky. No, it was not cut wonky, it sewed wonky!!! Notice also there was some kind of stretch thing going on when I sewed the zipper. Incidentally, this is showing the zipper pull and I attached a thing a ma bob charm I am going to call it that was in the kit. The bulk up of the large zipper pull and this thing will not allow the bag to fold closed evenly, so I ditched the charm. A little something else that was a waste of my hard earned money in this kit ( I am going to refer to that charm as floof, has no point, but is shiny).
Here is the front cover of the Smith pattern.
So I put some tatting shuttles, and a couple small balls of thread and a booklet and doily to see how this would act when closed up.
As you can see the bulk of the items gives this a less than smooth appearance which, is my main beef with this whole project. If you look at the one pictures it is all nice and flat. There is no stability in this and therefore will never lay flat unless it is empty. I had originally bought this for my tablet. I am afraid to carry my tablet in this. Too flimsy.
The right side still lays pretty flat, but not the zippered pocket side.
Could I make this again? I have a whole hyde of leather. The leather is way thicker than these pieces. But I don’t have a leather machine and would make construction of this very hard to do by hand.
So, if I am the Siskel and Ebert of sewing land, I am going to give this 2 thumbs down. The summary of why, it is just too flimsy with these thin materials. The make is definitely two thumbs down with maybe the pattern getting a thumbs up for being correct and well written, but because of the tape not called out and the kit coming without the pattern and then with multiple pieces of the same faux leather where it was not all one piece (I am now thinking they did this for shipping reasons). Very disappointed. This was a waste of $43 and another waste of $14. I do not recommend making this, or using it. I do not recommend the pattern. Unless you have all of this stuff in your stash, this would be a mistake in my opinion. I will probably be going on youtube to vent. Stay tuned to my channel for me to discuss this where my audience is a little larger. Sorry Jess from Sallie Tomato, you are way to caught up in marketing propaganda and cannot see past yourself on how wrong all of this is.
And thank you for reading my blog!