Thomas Crown

The time has come my little friends… time to release the last pattern for our Fall collection! We’d be super sad except for the fact that we’re crazy about this bag. The last of our vintage inspired bags comes straight out of the 1960s. And apparently when we think 1960s, we think bowler bags. And when we think of bowler bags, we think of bowler hats. And when we think of bowler hats, we think about Thomas Crown. Did you follow all of that? We hope so!

Thomas Crown promo

And why, yes… we also think it would be fun to make another nod to 1960s culture and talk like Austin Powers for the rest of this blog post. Because we’re groovy, baby. And you know you love it, baby. And because this bag is beyond, baby. Okay, that’s probably enough. Probably. You’ve been warned.

Thomas Crown is shaped like a usual bowler bag – beautifully curved lines and substantial rounded handles. You can add optional cording inside the handles for even more weight, if you’d like, baby.

Thomas Crown

Thomas Crown Handles

Ours also feature fun gusseted sides that add a pop of color. Surprising, baby.

Thomas Crown Side View 

Thomas Crown Gussets

Finally, the outer bag also features a hidden pocket, perfect for your keys or phone. And it fits the new (smaller) iPhone 6, baby.

Thomas Crown Hidden Pocket

The lining is divided into two halves with a super cool and functional center zipper pocket. There is also another zipper pocket on one side of the lining and a customizable divided pocket on the other side. Storage galore, baby.

Thomas Crown Lining

Thomas Crown Lining Pockets Open

For the above bag, we used another Timeless Treasures Mosaic fabric but this time in beautiful purples and blues (C-8616) and paired it with the fun Landing Net Royal of By the Sea by Dover Hill for Benartex.

Thomas Crown also looks very dapper in beautiful bold solids. Totally mod, baby.

Thomas Crown Solid

Thomas Crown Solid Hidden Pocket

Thomas Crown Solid Lining

The PDF pattern has 15 pages, over 90 (!!) color photos and 4 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 10” x 16” x 5”.

Since we’re done releasing all of the patterns from our Fall collection, that can only mean one thing. It’s almost time for our next free pattern!! Our first free pattern, Wine Totes, was a huge success – over 2,000 downloads on Craftsy! – and we think our next pattern could be just as big. It’s another wine related item and should be perfect to make as a holiday gift. Some come back next month and check it out!

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Giveaway Day!

It’s here! The Wives of Whitewood giveaway day for Purse Palooza 2014!!!! We’re so honored, and it’s so surreal to see our bags on Sara’s amazing blog today!

Purse Palooza Giveaway

We’re giving away copies of 4 of our patterns – Witchy Woman, Classic Convertible, Tuxedo Trio and Speakeasy. You can enter to win on her blog Sew Sweetness, and the giveaway is open until midnight on Friday, October 17. Good luck!

A HUGE thanks, again, to Sara for including us this year!

(And yes, we will be giving the exclamation key a vacation after the workout it just got…)

 

Starburst

The next pattern from our Fall collection that we’re releasing today is a real eyecatcher, and it’s the first time we have really incorporated our love of quilting with our love of bags. It’s called Starburst, and it’s pretty obvious why we chose that name.

Starburst promo

(Now that we think about though, maybe we should have called it Stardust, in honor of one of our favorite movies. It’s basically Princess Bride with a cross-dressing Robert De Niro… a recipe for success every time. And it’s on Netflix now, so go run along and watch it. No, seriously go watch it. We’ll be right here when you’re done.)

Okay, sorry… back to business. We knew pretty early on we wanted to make a sophisticated clutch that reminded us of 1950s elegance, but we wanted to give it our own twist. So we used a classic clutch shape and kept the body of the bag very simple so that the beautiful Starburst design could shine through. (Did you see what I did there?)

Starburst

Starburst Side View

For this bag, we used two coordinating fabrics from the Bluebird Park by Kate and Birdie Paper Co. collection for Moda (13104 and 13106) with a Riley Blake Designs Basic Shades in Teal (C-200-32).

It’s a nice sized bag – not too small, but not too big. So it could even be used for work or your daily errands if you didn’t want to save it for a special occasion or event.

Starburst Home Dec

Starburst Home Dec Side View

For this bag, we used a home dec fabric remnant from our favorite home dec store here in Richmond, U-Fab. We think it looks very Eddie Bauer.

The pattern comes with the template to cut your Starburst design, and you decide if you want to use 1 or 2 fabrics. (Although we are just about to start making some versions with 3 – or more! – fabrics.)

Starburst Detail One Fabric

Starburst Detail Two Fabrics

The top is pieced together onto a piece of non-fusible batting because we didn’t want the flap to be too floppy (try saying that 5 times fast).

Starburst Flap Open

Starburst features a magnetic snap closure and includes an inner zipper pocket as well.

Starburst Side View Open

Starburst Lining

This bag looks even more striking in bold solids. Seriously, how great is this look??

Starburst Solids

Like we mentioned earlier, you really could go crazy with this versatile pattern. Think rainbow or neon solids… cue the bad Photoshopping… now!

Rainbow Starburst

Neon Starburst

Or vintage or ethnic prints….

Vintage Prints

Ethnic Prints

You could also go scrap happy and make a crazy quilt version. The possibilities are endless, and we have lots of fun ideas floating around in our heads that we plan to sew up and then share pictures with you.

The PDF pattern has 11 pages, over 60 color photos, and 2 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 6 1/2” x 12” x 2″.

Come back in a few weeks when we release the final pattern from our Fall collection – a mod 1960s inspired bowler bag!

Purse Palooza

We could not be more excited about a little announcement we have to share with you today. This year, Wives of Whitewood will be participating in Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness’ HUGE annual sewing event – Purse Palooza 2014!!

Purse Palooza 2014

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event, every weekday in October, Sara’s blog will feature two bag pattern reviews as well as one bag pattern giveaway – that’s 40 pattern reviews and 20 amazing giveaways – and we are so honored to be included as one of the designers in Sara’s giveaways!

We’re not sure what day our giveaway will be just yet, but we’ll be sure to let you know that morning so you’ll have time to enter. The winner of our package will receive 4 of our PDF patterns!!

In the meantime, be sure to check out Sara’s blog daily to see the gorgeous bags being sewn up and given away. Seeing them all really gets our creative juices flowing!