After seeing the Burdastyle Diana bag that I made, my 10-year old wanted one too. Apparently low slung messenger bags are all the rage among kids her age. Since she has gotten more confident with her sewing skills lately (thanks to home ec) she wanted to make the bag herself.
I have to say it went very well. She has gotten really proficient with the sewing machine and is pretty meticulous for a 10-year old I think. I only helped her with the topstiching and the lining attachment - the rest she did herself. I can really recommend this pattern for a kid who wants to sew something that's is slightly challenging, but not overtly so. Also since the bag can be customized easily, it's a fun project too. My daughter choose on some iron-on appliqués - the letters are her initials. When I did the bag I used a side piece to give the bag more shape, but since that's a bit more tricky, my daughter's bag is done with darts like the original pattern.
A velvet dress update: The sewing is going less than smooth - no surprises there! I feel like I have been taken back at least 10 years in terms of how much I struggle. Apart from the velvet being such a pain in the ass to sew, the rayon lining has decided to repetitively tear itself apart - I don't understand what's up with that. So I have had to mend it with some ugly stitching. Maybe I will finish the dress, maybe I will not. Right now I want to throw up every time I think about it. The actual design is really nice though, so I will probably do it again in a more forgiving fabric.