After my successful attempt at making a Vera Bradley knock off duffel bag I decided to tackle a hanging garment bag. Once again I just couldn’t justify spending so much money on something that I could probably make myself. 😉 I chose to use McCall’s Pattern 5600 which also includes various organizers for your closet. (Someday I plan on sewing a shoe organizer or purse organizer.) For this project I sewed View A-the longer length hanging garment bag. Since I usually take a dress or two along with me when I travel this just made sense.
I did find myself very confused about what exactly it meant by sew-in interfacing. I tried repeatedly to contact someone at McCall Pattern Company and ask them but they were no help at all. I couldn’t talk to an actual person after calling three times and could not get an answer when I emailed them. Lesson learned: stick with Simplicity patterns. They have the best customer service ever! I have called Simplicity at least 3 times this year with a question and they have been super helpful. I ended up using a soft green flannel as the sewin-in interfacing. You could also use regular sew-in interfacing (Pellon type) but then it wouldn’t be as pretty when you opened it up. It just seems like it should be lined with fabric in my opinion.
I also had a VERY difficult time sewing in the huge scary zipper. ( Once again it would have been great if McCall’s had a 1 800 help number.) I sewed the zipper in WRONG and had to rip it out! Yuck! I ended up sewing step 5 after step 1 (whipstitching across zipper). Then I skipped steps 2,3,4,6,7 and sewed it my way. I folded over the fabric 1 1/4″ and then sewed in the zipper. Much less complicated this way.
Once I correctly inserted the zipper the rest was pretty easy. After step 9 I added a step. I flipped the piece over and sewed along the edge and again 1/4″ from the edge. I also found it helpful for step 11 to be careful not to sew across the small circles. I also sewed the opening at the top by hand.
Overall I was very pleased with the finished project despite the difficulties with the zipper. My only regret is that I did not add handles to the top and bottom of the bag. I doubt I will be making this pattern again anytime soon but if I do I will be sure to add the handles.