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You’re Five Zippers Away from Thriller

100 bonus points to anyone who can name that movie… it’s a fan favorite in the W.O.W. households. It was also the original (but way too wordy) name for our final Spring 2014 collection bag – Zippers Galore. And in anticipation of next week’s in-depth look at our Zippers Galore pattern, we thought we’d share a snapshot of a zipper’s anatomy. And unlike human anatomy, it’s totally bloodless.

Zipper Anatomy

We snapped this quick pic the other day of one of the zippers in our stash (almost all of which are purchased at the awesome Zip It Etsy shop). Then we photoshopped a bunch of zipper part terms on there for you to get more familiar with an essential component of most bag patterns.

We hope this little anatomy lesson comes in handy one day when sewing up one of our bags!

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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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Tuxedo Trio

The next pattern from our Spring 2014 collection that we’ll talk about is the Tuxedo Trio – a fun mini-collection of its own!

Tuxedo Trio

The Tuxedo Trio includes three coordinating items – a hobo, a wristlet and a wallet – all featuring a striking tuxedo pleat panel, hence the name. Cue visions of awesome 1970s prom attire (which is a super fun thing to Google, by the way)…

1975 Simplicity Pattern

We absolutely loved mixing patterns and solids in different combinations with the Tuxedo Trio. And while the hobo, wristlet, and wallet are all strong enough to stand on their own, you could also make an amazing three-piece ensemble:

Tuxedo Trio

So let’s look at each piece separately. First, we have the Tuxedo Hobo, which features a hidden front zipper pocket, optional inner pockets, optional keychain, zipper closure, and an adjustable strap. The Tuxedo Hobo measures 10 ¼ ” x 13” x 4 ½”.

Tuxedo Trio Hobo2

The front features the pleated panel, and the hidden zipper pocket was made to fit your phone perfectly:

Tuxedo Trio Hobo

Tuxedo Trio Hobo Hidden Pocket

The inner pockets are customizable, and you can also see the optional keychain here:

Tuxedo Trio Hobo Inside

You can also choose to quilt the outer pieces if you wish. This version has a super chic and simple diagonal pattern:

Tuxedo Trio Quilting

Next up is the Tuxedo Wristlet. It also features the hidden front zipper pocket and zipper closure, but has a card holder inside as well as an optional second pocket. The Tuxedo Wristlet measures 6 ½” x 8”.

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet

The optional second inner pocket (across from the card holder below) again fits your phone perfectly:

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet Inside

And that front hidden zipper pocket can easily stash a small set of keys:

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet Hidden Pocket

(And those of you with eagle eyes might be able to recognize the car brand that both W.O.W. wives drive!)

Finally we have the Tuxedo Wallet, which includes a card holder, large inner zipper pocket, and button closure. The Tuxedo Wallet measures 4 ½” x 4 ¼” folded (8 ½” unfolded).

Tuxedo Trio Wallet

This wallet can hold plenty of your cards:

Tuxedo Trio Wallet Inside

As well as your paper bills and change:

Tuxedo Trio Wallet Inside2

As we mentioned earlier, this pattern is particularly well suited for the sewer who loves to mix and match fabrics. In this coordinating wristlet and wallet, we used two similar patterns and you can see what fun effects the tuxedo panel gets you!

Tuxedo Trio Wristlet and Wallet

The PDF pattern has 36 pages and includes 3 pattern pieces and over 170 color photos!! You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy shop or our Craftsy shop for only $9.

We really hope you enjoy the Tuxedo Trio. And we’re pretty sure that anyone would swoon if you gave them a three-piece coordinating set as a gift.

As usual, 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 Tuxedo Trio Hobos, Wristlets or Wallets – or even better, your own Tuxedo Trio collection – because we would love to see and share them!