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Classic Convertible

The next pattern from the Spring 2014 collection we’re going to take a closer look at is the Classic Convertible.

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No, not that classic convertible. (Although anyone who knows Ali knows that she would sell her soul for a Shelby Cobra.) We’re talking about this Classic Convertible:

Classic Convertible

Originally, this bag was called “The Slouch”, but we decided to change it pretty early on, because as you can tell, this bag ain’t no slouch. It’s definitely the sleekest and most sophisticated bag from our debut collection, especially when sewn up in gorgeous, shiny, laminated cotton.

Classic Convertible Laminated

Classic Convertible Laminated2

As you can see, the convertible aspect of the bag comes from the fact that it can go from a cute shoulder bag by day to a perfect oversized clutch by night by easily unclipping the removable shoulder strap.

It’s also pretty darn awesome in a sweet quilting cotton.

Classic Convertible Cotton

Classic Convertible Cotton2

When you fold the top up, the bag features what we call the Front Divider Pocket.

Classic Convertible Front Divider Pocket2

The Front Divider Pocket has two cool aspects. The first is the bottom pocket with optional keychain clip, which is easily accessible, even when the bag is used as a clutch.

Classic Convertible Bottom Pocket

The other fun thing is the hidden zipper pocket with optional card holder.

Classic Convertible Front Divider Pocket

Classic Convertible Card Holder

Here’s the same hidden zipper pocket without the card holder.

Classic Convertible Laminated Zipper Pocket

Inside, the lining features multiple inner pockets that you can customize for your needs.

Classic Convertible Inside

The bag also features a zipper closure, so nothing will fall out when you fold the top down.

Classic Convertible Zipper

The finished size is about 10” folded (15” unfolded) x 15 ½” x 3 ½”.

So up until now, the W.O.W. sewing circle has been pretty small – basically Ali and Courtney sewing together in our kitchens. But we tried to make some new sewing connections in Richmond so we could find some awesome people to test our bags. This time around, we managed to find two great women to help us out, and when given the choice of patterns to test, they both picked the Classic Convertible! And we couldn’t be happier with their results.

Our first tester was Theresa. She is the amazing artist behind More Than Muzzles. She is truly a sewer to admire. She hand bastes every seam before machine sewing, and her beautiful Classic Convertible speaks for itself.

Theresa's Purse

Theresa's Purse Front Divider Pocket

You can see that Theresa had a lot of fun using pops of color in her pockets.

Theresa's Purse Bottom Pocket

Theresa's Purse Inside

We also loved that Theresa wanted us to share the following comment about her experience with our pattern: “Follow along step-by-step even if you are not sure where the process is taking you. You may learn some new techniques you can apply to future projects.”

Our next tester is Regina. She is a machine when it comes to sewing and probably makes about 30 projects each year, everything from quilts to handbags. Her Classic Convertible was intended as a Fall/Halloween bag, but we think it is so classic that it can be used any time of year!

Regina Outside

Regina Outside with Handle

Regina Unfolded

Regina chose to include the optional card holder in the hidden zipper pocket and we love the play on prints she chose.

Regina Card Holder

The PDF pattern has 16 pages and over 100 color photos!! You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

And while we generally always encourage you to sew our bags for yourself or your loved ones, we think you should definitely sew this one for yourself before you sew it for anyone else. <smile>

As always, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Classic Convertibles (the bags, not the cars) because we would love to see and share them!

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And We’re Out There!!

We totally forgot to share some amazing news with you all last week… our print patterns are already out in the world!

Spring 2014 Paper Patterns

It kinda feels like letting your kids ride off into the sunset without training wheels… except for the fact that Ali doesn’t have kids and Courtney’s daughter isn’t even close to riding a bike. But otherwise, it’s just the same.

So we sent off copies of our entire Spring 2014 collection down to a super cute and eclectic store in Largo, Florida called The Emporium. They offer a wide array of custom painted furniture, exclusive antiques and reproductions, home decor pieces, accessories and wonderful gift items. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of their offerings for folks in Largo that love everything handmade! And a huge thank you goes out to Clare Loree (aka Courtney’s Auntie Clare) for making it happen!

Emporium 1

Emporium 2

Emporium 3

Emporium 4

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The Whole Shebang

Ack! It’s already time for the first detailed post from our Spring 2014 collection – the Whole Shebang!

First, we wanted to tell you where the name came from. This was the first bag we ever designed, so it has a special place in our hearts, and we also had many, many, many talks about what this bag should be able to do. Finally, we decided it should be able to do ANYTHING, and so the “Whole Shebang” concept was born. We have made Whole Shebangs that have served as gym bags, diaper bags, beach bags, market bags, and light overnight bags.

We also wanted to design a bag with so many customizable details that you could sew it over and over with completely different effects, and we think we achieved just that.

Whole Shebang

The Whole Shebang is a large multipurpose totebag with fully customizable outer and inner pockets, top or side straps, optional zipper closure, side ties or snaps, optional piping, and keychain clip. The finished size is about 14” x 20” x 10”.

Here’s a rundown of the fun choices you can make. You can choose a pieced band at the top, or straps that attach at the top of the bag:

Whole Shebang top straps

Or a plain rectangular band at the top, or straps that attach on the side of the bag:

Whole Shebang side straps

You can add ties on the side:

Whole Shebang ties

Or snaps on the side:

Whole Shebang snaps

You can add a keychain inside the bag:

Whole Shebang keychain inner

Or outside:

Whole Shebang keychain outer

You can also choose to add a zipper panel (or not!):

Whole Shebang zipper panel

Whole Shebang zipper closeup

Here’s a shot of what the interior with the fully customizable inner pockets might look like:

Whole Shebang interior 2

Whole Shebang interior

Whole Shebang inner pockets

The outside pockets are all also fully customizable to hold whatever else you want quick and easy access to:

Whole Shebang outer pocket 2

Whole Shebang outer pocket

You can also add a sweet piping detail along the top of the outer pocket (shown above) and along the top of the bag:

Whole Shebang piping top

The bottom of the bag and the lining feature a fun boxed detail, and the cardboard/mat board bottom makes it nice and sturdy:

Whole Shebang boxed bottom

And here’s what the Whole Shebang looks like in beautiful, shiny laminated cotton:

Whole Shebang laminated

Whole Shebang laminated side

The possibilities with this pattern are truly endless. You can mix and match materials, patterns, and options to your heart’s content to make the perfect totebag for yourself or a loved one. The PDF pattern has 16 pages and over 40 color photos, and you can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We hope you enjoy this versatile bag and pattern as much as we do. We have already successfully gifted several test versions to our family and friends – the ultimate test of a good bag, in our eyes!

As always, if you have any questions or comments about our patterns, we would be happy to hear from you. And please send us any pictures of your finished Whole Shebangs, because we would love to see and share them!