The elder lass is clever. Very clever, and loves science. She got herself into a specialist science school for years 11 & 12. Similar to this one. We are incredibly proud and I’m a little stunned that someone related to me is so into science when I was terrible at it! The new school meant a new laptop, which needs a cover. The elder also
needed wanted a new pencil case. The lass went shopping at Rathdowne Fabrics. Striped canvas, spotty and starry red cotton and two zips. All good.
First the laptop cover – I found my copy of the DUMD Gadget guard and re-read it. The new laptop is the Surface Pro, according to the web it measures 292.10mm x 201.42mm x 8.45mm. I therefore used those measurements. I made up the cover quickly and it looked good. AND JUST A BIT TOO SMALL!
I measure the Surface Pro and all of a sudden it’s increased to 310mm x 215mm x 10mm. Oh yes, there is the keyboard and the stylus as well. I start over with new measurements and realise that I need a new zip. The lover is out with the kids, I call him. Between him and the elder lass, they come home with the right colour zip and another spool of thread – legends!
I checked the measurements and instructions a few times, prior to cutting more fabric. And got really annoyed with the DUMD instructions. Erin does a terrific job with her photographs and instructions, they are wonderfully clear. But they use imperial measurement.
I find continually converting from inches to centimetres a real hassle and frankly sucks any joy from using these otherwise excellent patterns. Metric has been the internationally accepted standard since – forever! If my 88 year old mother can use it, surely so can a young and hip designer?
The remainder of the sewing goes well, it is a straight forward make. I am very glad I bought clover clips. They do simplify sewing multiple layers.
Next up is the pencil case, same fabric with a smaller zip. The elder wants one that will sit on her lap and keep everything contained. But not too big! I looked online for tutorial for a box ended bag and found one using metric measurements. OK – I did restrict my search to Australian sites. My Poppet Makes is another Melbourne blogger with this lovely tutorial for make-up bags.
I used the dimensions that the elder requested. It also goes together easily and looks good. Sewing straight lines can be satisfying (not enough to get me quilting) and best of all, the elder is happy. Several of her friends in her new school have noticed that her laptop case and pencil case match. She took delight in saying “My mum made them”.
Combined fabric, zips and thread $16.00
DUMD pattern – previously bought
Wadding – bought so long ago that the shop relocated twice then closed.
Time – about two hours for the laptop cover and one hour for the pencil case.
Frustration levels – high for the laptop cover, low for the pencil case.
Do it again? – I see several of these in the future, as each of the family members change laptops and need box ended bags for their stuff.