Friday, October 23, 2015

Diana Tote Bag by Delinda Boutique

Diana Tote Bag front
I recently tested a new pattern from Delinda Boutique called the Diana Tote Bag. This pattern is  easy to sew and has very few pieces. It is quite large, finishing to about 20" wide and 23" high. It is a soft, floppy bag that is perfect for shopping and can be sewn up in just a couple hours. It has three pleats on the bottom that give it a nice shape, closes with a magnetic snap and has two slip pockets inside. Of course, you could easily add more pockets.

I used a pintucked suede type cloth for the exterior and a cotton blend for the interior. The pattern includes directions for an optional scrap fabric flower decoration, but I chose to use a ribbon flower. (I have made ribbon flowers for years and was delighted to have one that looked great with my fabric.)

This is a free pattern and you can get your copy here.

Exterior front cut with flower prior to assembly
 Note that the photo above shows the truest colors of the fabric I used. I think the way the suede cloth reflected light made it hard to get photos that were true to color.

Close-up of ribbon flower
The interior is very roomy, has a double slip pocket, and can hold lots of treasures!
Interior showing slip pockets and pleats in the bottom
I did add 3" in length to the handles because the 6" called for seemed a bit tight.

The bag is a lot of fun to make and as I noted above, the pattern is free.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Snazzy Slouch by ChrisW Designs

The Snazzy Slouch front
I just finished my first Snazzy Slouch by Chris W Designs. This is soft, slouchy, roomy bag with lots of features. It finishes to about 12" wide by 9" tall by 5" deep. It has 4 large exterior slip pockets, 4 interior slip pockets and an interior zippered divider pocket, a nice wide adjustable strap and is secured with a top zipper. Of course, you could always adjust the pockets, add an interior zipper pocket in place of or in addtion to the slip pockets.

If you tend to carry one of the larger clutch wallets, like the Penny Inn, this bag has plenty of room for it. You could even keep your wallet on one side of the divider pocket and have room for your tablet on the other side of the divider pocket.

Interior showing center divider pocket partially unzipped

Interior showing center divider pocket zipped and all 4 slip pockets
I chose to use vintage home decorator weight fabrics for the exteror and a cotton blend lining. I think fall has had me on a burnt orange craze for the past month. I found that this bag comes together quickly. Virtually all the smaller segments are made and then you just pop it together.
Top showing zipper closure
Detail of the top showing strap 

Detail showing the strap attached with rivets

Close-up of the front of the purse showing large slip pockets and adjustable strap
I really enjoyed making this Snazzy Slouch. It is perfect for keeping everything organized and handy.

This pattern is not difficult but it is listed for intermediate sewers and I think that even advanced beginners could make it without too much difficutly. I found the text version of the directions very clear and only referred to the more detailed directions with photos a couple of times. As with most ChrisW Designs patterns, this one has incredibly detailed directions with photos that I usually just view on my laptop and only print the shorter set of text only directions.

You can get your own pattern here.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Epiphany and The Penny Inn by ChrisW Designs

Front of The Epiphany

I was delighted to be able to test The Epiphany bag for ChrisW Designs (link to her site on the right side of this page). It is a very stylish and roomy 14" wide x 11" high x 5.25" deep. I chose quilting cottons and a medium weight deco fabric for the exterior and a blend for the interior. It has lots of nice features to keep everything organized: a slip pocket on the front and a zipper pocket on the back, two slip pockets, a pleated pocket and a pen pocket on the interior with an option for an additional zipper pocket. It secures with a recessed top zipper.

The pattern is very detailed (as with all of ChrisW Designs' patterns) with lots of tips and photos. You have the option of printing just text directions and then simply looking at the step by step photos on your laptop, tablet or computer screen. The pattern also has options that I did not use on this bag for feet, side grommets with gate rings to attach an adjustable crossbody strap and the aforementioned extra interior zipper pocket.

Front of The Epiphany showing the exterior slip pocket

Rear exterior of The Epiphany showing the zipper pocket

Top showing recessed zipper
Interior showing pen, pleated and slip pockets

This bag is a lot of fun to sew and easy to personalize to individual tastes. It is a bit complex, but is not really difficult although it is listed for advanced sewers. The other testers used a variety of fabrics from cotton to faux leather and it looked great in all of them. You can view them all on ChrisW Designs site by clicking on the link in the right margin and you can get your own pattern! 

The Epiphany (back) and The Penny Inn
I also made a coordinating Penney Inn. I did this Penny Inn as part of a sew along led by Ellen Wiedman on ChrisW Designs blog. Ellen provided some helpful tips that made it easier to do. It is a fine wallet that I reviewed in an earlier blog.

Until next time, may you sew with joy, stay healthy and be filled with God's awesome blessings!