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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!

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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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Zippers Galore

The time has come. We have arrived at the last pattern from the Spring 2014 collection – Zippers Galore. And we know that we shouldn’t play favorites, but if we admit that we do, this bag would be it. Zippers Galore is a larger and different version of the Classic Convertible and we both use it in our everyday lives.

Zippers Galore

At its core, Zippers Galore is an oversized messenger or shoulder bag.

Zippers Galore Laminated

Zippers Galore Cotton

(The bag in the top picture features two laminated cottons from Oilcloth Addict – the outside is Lark by Amy Butler and the lining is Happyland by Jennifer Paganelli – neither of which seem to be in stock at the moment.)

It features two outer zipper pockets that are super accessible (even when holding a toddler in one arm – trust us on that one) and an optional keychain clip.

Zippers Galore Outer Pockets

(Does anyone else see the weird face the bag is making in the picture above? No? Okay. Moving on.)

Zippers Galore also has a really unique grommeted double-strap that you likely won’t see anywhere else.

Zippers Galore Grommet Handles

Zippers Galore Side View

The interior of the bag has multiple inner and outer pockets (customizable to your needs, as always), optional snap closure, and optional card holder.

Zippers Galore Inner Lining

Zippers Galore Card Holder

The optional center padded divider panel offers great protection for a tablet or laptop.

Zippers Galore Divider Pocket

The finished size is about 15” x 18” x 5”.

As a workhorse messenger bag, it’s perfectly suited for heavy-duty daily use, like a laptop/work bag (Ali) or a diaper bag (Courtney).

Ali's Laptop Bag

Courtney's Diaper Bag

Here’s Courtney showing off just how easy it is to grab your keys while wearing the bag!

Reaching for the Keys

The PDF pattern has 17 pages and over 100 color photos!! You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We really like Zippers Galore (and hope you do too!) because we think it’s easy to love but very unique. 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 Zippers Galore bags because we would love to see and share them!

We’re going to be a little quiet on the blog front over the next few weeks as we sew away on our next collection (which if the stars actually align, will be released in late August). Let’s just say that we’re getting our vintage on this time around and we couldn’t be more excited!