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Gotta Go

Okay, so let’s just get this out of the way right now. Aaaaand… everyone start singing… “Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now. Gotta go, gotta go right now!”

Phew. Glad that’s done.

Now it’s time to do our absolute favorite thing – kick off the release of a new collection! Our Fall 2015 collection is all about travel, and the best pattern to start with is our new perfect traveling companion, the Gotta Go.

Gotta Go promo

We actually started work on this bag two years ago. Which means we have been excited about releasing this bag for two years. And to be honest, we have no idea what took us so long to get this pattern out into the world, but we are even more thrilled with it now and we could not be happier to share it with you all.

This is an exceptionally versatile bag that can function as a wristlet or a pouch and is fantastic for everyday use and anywhere you want to go.

Gotta Go on Date Night

Gotta Go features two outer sections with a zipper closure that has divided inner pockets on one side and card holders on the other.

Gotta Go Divided Pockets

Gotta Go Card Holders

In the middle is an inner section with a separate zipper closure. Any of the sections are large enough to fit the iPhone 6 or similar sized phones.

Gotta Go with iPhone6

You can fill the Gotta Go with all of your essentials and more and then use it as a zipper pouch or clip on the detachable strap and use it as a wristlet.

Gotta Go Side Views

Finally, you can create a fun and easy optional patchwork design on the outer sections. Here’s an example of the patchwork in a more monochromatic look, which also looks amazing.

Gotta Go Solids Patchwork Front

The best part? Gotta Go only uses 4 fat quarters if you choose to do the patchwork version, or 3 fat quarters if you choose to do the non-patchwork version. And we all know there is no better music to a sewist’s ears than a pattern that only uses a few fat quarters.

And now it’s time to share even more eye candy… the amazing bags our testers made!

Julie made the Gotta Go for her niece and lovely model. We absolutely love the bright and beautiful Kaffe Fassett fabrics she used and it looks like the wristlet is already getting great use.

Julie

Brinkley chose to do the non-patchwork outer bag and used a really charming blue floral for all of the exterior pieces. She uses the Gotta Go as a zipper pouch and stuffs it full with everything she needs in her backpack everyday. What a great idea.

Brinkley

Lindsay also chose to sew the non-patchwork version of the outer bag and used it to highlight some amazing Cotton and Steel Picnic fabric. And check out the lacey zipper she used on the inner divider! That zipper has already made its way onto our must-have notions list.

Lindsay

Finally, Vicki is an experienced quilter and we love how she made the Gotta Go her own by creating her own patchwork design on the outer bag. And her use of colorful, fun scraps is totally inspiring and a great way to sew your stash.

Vicki

The Gotta Go PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 90 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. The finished size is about 5 1/2” tall, 7” wide and 2” deep when closed (5 1/2” deep when fully opened).

Happy sewing and Gotta Go-ing! And remember to send us images of your completed bags because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on our Instagram.

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Witchy Woman

Woooo… hoooo… witchy woman… see how high she flies… woooo… hoooo… witchy woman…   she got the moon in her eye-eye-eye-eye…

C’mon, we know you’re singing it too. And for your sake, I hope you sound better than we do.

Off-key singing aside, we are so excited to release the first pattern from our new collection! And there is absolutely no better pattern to kick-start our Fall collection than this one.

Witchy Woman Promo

Our 1970s inspired bucket bag is the classic statement of boho chic. It’s perfect for everyday use and it’s at the top of every trend list for Fall. (Which is rather miraculous since we’re never at the top of any trend list ourselves.)

Witchy Woman

We decided to use some amazing tribal fabrics to go along with the cool 1970s vibe. The top, bottom and straps are Sunprint Feathers Teal by Alison Glass, the middle panel is Hapi Camel Blanket Cloud by Amy Butler, and the lining is Josephine by Yuko Hasegawa.

A classic bucket bag, you can cinch the bag closed with a cord and slide that threads through 12 eyelets along the top band.

Witchy Woman Side View

Witchy Woman Top View

We know that eyelets can sometimes be intimidating because they’re almost always added once you have completed most of your sewing. No one wants to spend all of that time working hard on a bag only to cut an eyelet or grommet hole too large and ruin your final product. Not that we’ve ever done that. Cough cough.

So we made a short little video of how we like to insert eyelets, and we hope you find it helpful. It’s embedded below and we’ve also added a page to our header where this and other future videos will live.

(Courtney filmed the video and is hoping her voice only sounds like that because she’s already sick after only one week of her daughter being in preschool. Although, on the plus side, cold meds give you a nice little buzz while you’re off the wine.)

(Oh, and apologies for the blurry bits with the scissors in the middle. Live and learn, people.)

Witchy Woman has two removable versatile straps so you can decide day-to-day which length you’d like to use. The shorter handle can be used over your shoulder, in your hand, or in the crook of your elbow. The longer strap can be used over your shoulder or cross-body.

Witchy Woman Cinched and Short Handle

Witchy Woman Uncinched and Long Strap

Witchy Woman Strap Detail

It also has a large front zipper pocket that would be great for stashing things you need to find quickly, like your keys or phone.

Witchy Woman Front Zipper Pocket

The lining features completely customizable inner pockets to fit anything you want to carry.

Witchy Woman Lining

Like we mentioned in our last blog post, our test bags are now made with solid color fabrics to make the images in our patterns useful in both color and black and white. Here are some images of our test bag – you can see just how fantastic and classic this bag looks in solids.

Witchy Woman Bag2

Witchy Woman Bag2 Side View

Witchy Woman Bag2 Cord and Eyelets

We also cannot wait to sew this up in a delicious faux leather. Ali has already purchased some yardage and we’ll be sure to share photos when she’s done with it!

The PDF pattern has 14 pages and over 80 color photos. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 13” x 11” x 9”.

So if you want a bucket bag this Fall but don’t want to spend lots of money, make your own! Happy sewing, and remember, we’d love to see pictures of your finished Witchy Women. We’ll be back in a few weeks to release our next pattern – a sweet little 1920s inspired wristlet.

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

We’re getting closer and closer to releasing our next collection, so we thought we’d finally give you that sneak peek we promised, and also talk about some of the changes we worked into this new collection.

First up, we decided we wanted to use cohesive fabrics this time around. We found a color palette that inspired us and then worked to find fabrics that reminded us of the time periods we used for our bags – the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. We hope you like them as much as we do!

Collection 2 Fabrics

Second, our patterns are still filled with pictures which help explain the steps, but we now only use three solid fabrics for those images – white, aqua, and navy. Using contrasting fabrics means that you can now print the pattern in black and white at home and still find the images extremely helpful.

WOW Pattern Sample

Finally, we are going to release the patterns one at a time, instead of all at once, and we’re starting with a pattern that we are beyond excited about – a 1970s bucket bag – THE hottest bag for Fall – and if all goes well, we’ll launch it next week!

Bucket Bag Sneak Peek

After that, we’ll be releasing our 1920s wristlet, then our 1950s clutch and finally our 1960s bowler bag. Later this Fall, we’ll release our next free pattern – a different wine tote that will be the perfect item to whip up for holiday gift giving. So stay tuned!