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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.

[via cargurus.com]

[via cargurus.com]

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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FREE (!!) Wine Totes Tutorial

So what could possibly be more fun than one cute tote to carry your favorite wine? Two complementary totes made from the same free pattern! So just in time for the Spring wine festival season, we’re sharing this awesome free pattern/tutorial which makes not one, but two, super fun and useful wine totes.

Wine Totes promo

(Yeah, so we realized AFTER the photoshoot in Ali’s beautiful backyard that we probably should have waited to put the ice in our glasses. We swear that the bottle hadn’t been chilled… LOL)

When we first came up with the idea of releasing entire collections of sewing patterns, we also immediately knew that we wanted to offer free patterns with each collection. And in deference to W.O.W.’s humble beginnings, we wanted this first free pattern to pay homage to our love of wine. Wouldn’t these make the perfect host or hostess gift for the wine lover in your life?

Wine Totes with Bottles

These totes feature a padded divider so you can safely carry two wine bottles or one bottle and other supplies (anyone besides us obsessed with stemless plastic wine glasses for summer?). The totes also have two outside pockets for a wine opener or other small items, and measure approximately 12” x 10” x 5” each.

Wine Totes Top View2

Wine Totes Top View

All of the construction seams are French seams, so you can really impress yourself and anyone you gift one of these totes to with the professional finish they provide. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions for each French seam, so we feel confident that even a beginner sewer can follow them.

And here’s a helpful hint… if you’ve never done a French seam before (ahem, Courtney, ahem), it will seem really weird and counter-intuitive, but if you just trust the process, they will give you an amazing finished product.

Wine Totes French Seams

This pattern makes two complementary totes. So you buy less than a yard of two different fabrics, cut the same pieces out of both fabrics, but sew them up so that each tote features the opposite fabrics. Fun!

Wine Totes Side View

Wine Totes Handle

You will also need two 9”x7” pieces of batting or Pellon Fusible Fleece and four 7” strips of sew-on Velcro. That’s it! The PDF pattern has 9 pages and 50 color photos to help you every step of the way.

Click on here to download the FREE Wine Totes Pattern or you can also download it from our Craftsy shop for free.

We really hope you enjoy our first free pattern. And as usual, please send us any questions or comments, and especially send us any pictures of your finished Wine Totes, as we would love to share them! In the meantime, raise your glass and keep on sewing!