Drowned More Men than Neptune

While it’s been 363 days since our last post on here (insert super sheepish face), we promise it was worth the wait. Today we’re back to talk about Bacchus, and in preparation for writing this post, we did some Googling to find quotes about the Roman God of agriculture and wine. Dude. That was fun.

  • “Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.” -Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “Far from me be the gift of Bacchus–pernicious, inflaming wine, that weakens both body and mind.” -Homer
  • “Bacchus: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.” -Ambrose Bierce

And finally, the quote that inspired the title of this post:

  • “Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune.” -Giuseppe Garibaldi

So, yeah. Bacchus was a pretty cool cat. And our super serious Google research only further solidified the name choice for our new bag-with-a-wine-secret. So without further ado, here is our Bacchus.

Bacchus is a large totebag that is great for special events and ocassions, with a finished size of 12″ x 19″ x 7″.

But Bacchus also has a fun secret. There’s an optional lining with a zipper pocket that hides cold bag storage for a bladder of wine. So here’s how the interior of the bag looks to the unsuspecting person.

But if you remove the false bottom, and open the zipper, there’s a cold bag hidden inside!

The flap hides the spout for the wine bladder… how cool is that?! And these fabrics are from the absolutely gorgeous Bellisima line from our wonderful friends at Quilting Treasures. It doesn’t come across well in the pictures, but the gold color actually sparkles.

How great is this bag for spring and summer festival season? (We’re clearly dreaming of warmer weather here in snowy Virginia.) But seriously, we’ve all stood in mile-long lines in the sun to get alcohol that gets hot almost immediately. (Again, maybe just a Virginia problem?) If you have a Bacchus though, you can bring your own chilled wine and have it stay cool for hours with the thermal batting in the cold bag.

Now, here is where we should pause for a minute for an important PSA. We are NOT in any way endorsing sneaking wine into an event or location that doesn’t allow outside alcohol. No! Bad drinker! We are talking about casual picnics and backyard barbecues, or concerts and festivals that allow you to consume your own alcohol. So you know, be cool and follow the rules. (Our lawyers told us to say that. Just kidding. We don’t have lawyers. But we probably should.)

So back to the bag. You want to see it in action? You know you do.

Okay, okay… so that wasn’t the greatest cinematic masterpiece of all time, but you get the point. It’s just that easy to pour wine from your bag!!

And before you go running around saying that ALL we do is drink wine over here at WOW HQ (although that’s a pretty fair characterization), all of these cool features are totally optional. The pattern also describes how to sew up a Bacchus without the lining, false bottom, flap, or cold bag and to create a beautiful, eye-catching totebag without all the secrecy.

The Bacchus PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 95 (!!) color photos to help you every step of the way. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. Happy sewing, and happy drinking, friends!

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Carried Away

We’re so excited today to release the next pattern from our Spring 2015 collection – the Carried Away totebag!! Isn’t she stunning???

Carried Away Promo

(Did you notice how we just jumped right into the release without explaining why we haven’t posted in 6 weeks again? You didn’t? Okay, good.)

As we mentioned in our last post, this collection was inspired by wind, and the fun things in life that are powered by wind – kites and sailboats. So we wanted to design the perfect boat tote, something large, versatile and durable.

Carried Away

And it just so happens that if you design a fabulous boat tote, it might just be so versatile that it also makes a great overnight or weekend bag. And that it might even fit into the overhead bins on an airplane.

Overhead Bins

For the durability factor, we used duck cloth canvas and outdoor fabric and it looks so professional. And we are loving how many fun colors and prints are available in outdoor fabric these days.

Carried Away Side View

Outdoor Fabric

Outdoor Fabric2

One of our test bags was done in solid broadcloth and shows just how fantastic the tote looks in solids too.

Carried Away Solid

Carried Away Solid Zipper

Carried Away Solid Lining

The outer bag features a super modern and fun V-shaped front pocket, which is perfect for dropping your keys or phone into for quick retrieval.

Carried Away Front Pocket

The interior is the most simple one we’ve designed yet. No divided pockets, zipper pockets, keychains, or any other bells and whistles. This way you could pack it to the brim with whatever suits your fancy. And the top zipper panel closure will keep all of those fancies inside.

Carried Away Lining

Carried Away Top View

Carried Away Zipper

Carried Away also has a unique design feature. The long shoulder straps are attached to the bag and then threaded through buttonholes on the outer bag and zipper panel.

Carried Away Strap Detail2

Carried Away Strap Detail3

The PDF pattern has 12 pages and over 75 color photos to help you every step of the way.

Carried Away Pattern

You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 16” tall, 31 ½” wide and 10” deep. And remember to send us images of your completed Carried Away totes because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on Instagram.

Next up is the final pattern for this collection and Carried Away’s companion messenger bag, the Stowaway. It features the same great angles and graphic qualities but in a smaller size perfect for everyday use.

Stowaway Sneak Peek

And if you really miss us in the meantime, we post over at Instagram regularly, including recent sewing injuries and cease and desist letters to our seam rippers.