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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!

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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!

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Speakeasy

It’s time to release the next pattern from our Fall collection! So it’s really no secret that these Wives of Whitewood would not have fared well during Prohibition. So when we thought about what we wanted to design from the raging 1920s, we decided to make a chic little wristlet that we could have sported while partying at our local speakeasy.

Speakeasy Promo

It’s a fun special occasion bag that fits just your essentials for a night out on the town.

Speakeasy

Speakeasy Lining (Card Holder Removed)

The bag features a magnetic snap closure and includes instructions to make an optional card holder so you can bring only the cards you need.

Speakeasy with Card Holder

Speakeasy Card Holder

Speakeasy can be made more luxe by adding beaded trim to feel like a modern day flapper. We bought ours at the amazing U-Fab Outlet.

Beaded Speakeasy

Beaded Speakeasy Lining

For these two bags, we used coordinating fabrics from the Timeless Treasures Mosaic collection (C-8616 C-8610), and we do think the fabrics give them a timeless look.

The front is pieced together in a modern angular design that looks great in both prints and solids.

Speakeasy Solids

We also think Speakeasy would look fantastic in a special occasion fabric like satin. We have some plans to sew that up and will share pictures as soon as we’re done.

The PDF pattern has 12 pages, over 80 color photos, and 3 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 7 1/2” x 5” at the opening (6 1/2” at the widest point).

We’ll be back soon to talk about a sweet giveaway we’re participating in and then shortly after we’ll release our 1950s inspired clutch – it features a bold design that we’re really excited to show you!