Last year my youngest daughter was determined to take gymnastics. Her friends tried very hard to convince her to take ballet, but my daughter knew what she wanted. And that was gymnastics. We did gymnastics all year. Then to my surprise, she decided to try dance this year! The problem is, dance has a lot more ‘gear’ she needs to keep track of. Enter the Plie Bag from Jennuine Designs!
I’ve made plenty of rectangle bags with boxed off bottoms that I made up as I went along. But I had to think so hard deciding the dimensions and how to cut it so it turned out how I wanted. Figuring all that out took as much or more time than sewing! The Plie Bag was such a nice change! It was so nice to just print the pattern, cut, and sew! Very minimal figuring necessary. Fabric choices are usually the hardest part of any project for me…
The shape of the bag is a nice change too! It’s definitely a huge step above the bags I usually make! The Plie Bag has a curved bottom with darts and a gusset to box off the bottom and is completely lined. It makes a really cute shape with plenty of room for multiple dance shoes, a water bottle, a snack, and more. My daughter is only taking one class so this bag has plenty of room for her to keep her leotard, tights, and shoes in it during the week too.
I used a coral pink canvas I had in my fabric stash and fused stiff interfacing to the inside. I decided after making my last bag that I really appreciate a little body to my bags. It’s so nice when they stay up on their own a little instead of immediately flopping over.
For the lining, I really wanted to use a custom ballet print from Vintage Lace. (Sorry, it’s from last year so it isn’t available for purchase anymore.). It’s a bit abstract yet elegant. Putting it on the inside wasn’t enough for me! You can’t really appreciate the print when it hides inside the bag all the time. I cut out one of the ballerinas from the print and fused it to the front piece. Then I zig-zagged around the edge to keep it on there permanently.
My daughter is really excited to have her own dance bag! Check one less mom project off the list. Now to think about hanging pictures in their room, sewing a quilt for the youngest now that she’s in a twin size bed, and Halloween costumes! Yikes. Maybe move the Halloween costumes up the list a little…Does that holiday sneak up on anyone else?
Anyways, go check out the Plie Bag and sew one up yourself. And if you join the Sew Jennuine Design Facebook group, you just might find a code for the bag…Crazier things have happened…Happy Sewing!