Look how classy that is! Look at those smooth, straight seams! Mine would end up looking absolutely nothing like this.
I attempted to make an envelope clutch as a sleeve for my Macbook when I am tossing it in my bag to travel with it. It was not meant to be like a super-protective OtterBox, just enough to keep it from getting too dinged up and to keep the omnipresent candy in my purse from getting jammed inside a USB port. So I cut out this totally nonsensical pattern:
Just the sight of a tape measure on the table is already a bad sign.
I had grand plans, with patterns and measuring and fusible interfacing! I had measured it all out, and an initial folding into place had me feeling confident that everything was going to come up Milhouse:
The measuring was confusing me from the start, but I kept reassuring myself it would make sense. Then I started sewing and realized I was in over my head. None of my seams lined up, and when I tried, I realized the needle on my machine was not strong enough to go through four layers of fake leather, and I ended up with all of my seams looking like this:
I'll give you a moment to admire that craftsmanship.
But I soldiered on. And ended up with this weird lumpy sack covered in fucked up seams. Seams that didn't even come close to lining up. Plus, that fancy fusible interfacing that I added so that my bag would have some structure? It just added another layer to sew through, did not give any support, and ended up peeling off anyways. I wish I was joking when I say that at one point I tried to just superglue everything together.
Thank god that tape measurer was worthless for my math-challenged brain, because it turns out I had made my seam allowances about two inches too big. This allowed me to basically cut off everything I had already sewed and start over. Three straight seams around the side of the bag, then I just cut a triangle flap. Was it hemmed? No. Did it look expensive and polished? No. Did it hold my laptop? Yeah.
To try and make myself feel better, I decided to add a little snap action. Except I didn't have any snaps, because they cost money, and I had already wasted too much money on this stupid fucking project. So I dug around my room for an old wallet I haven't used in years and cut the snap off that one.
You may recognize this guy from my sleep-deprived, gif-laden post a few nights back.
Out came the aforementioned superglue, because I've already accepted that that this project is low-rent, to say the least.
Anyways, here we are now. A laptop sleeve that should have been simple, that I made way too hard, and tried to salvage.