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!

Dog Days of Summer

To be honest, we have absolutely no idea what that expression even means, but here in Richmond, the temperature and humidity keeps rising. So you think we would be holed up inside sewing away, but instead we keep finding ourselves outside, drenched in sweat and weeding, watering, and tending to all of the things that are dying. We do manage to find some time to reward ourselves with some wine though… never fear!

We know that you’re all eagerly awaiting our Fall 2014 collection which is totally vintage-inspired, so we’re finally here to share a sneak peek of all of our hard work:

Fall 2014 Collection Sneak Peek

Look at all those beautifully sewn bags… ha! Yeah, we told you we were behind. All of those pictures actually are a sneak peek, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer to understand their meaning.

The good news is that we do have two of the bags completed and the other two in various testing stages. So while it doesn’t look like we’ll be finished in August, we should be ready to release the collection in September. You know, after all those pesky summer dogs go back to wherever they came from.

In other news, we are now part of the Craftsy community! We had read about other bloggers taking the awesome classes they offer, but we didn’t realize there is also a huge community where you can share your completed projects and also sell your patterns. Our FREE FREE FREE Wine Totes pattern is available on Craftsy too, so come check us out!


Hello, world!

Welcome to W.O.W. | Wives of Whitewood! We’re Ali and Courtney, next-door neighbors on Whitewood Road in Richmond, Virginia. We met six years ago and bonded over a love of sewing, wine, and reality TV. Earlier this year, we decided we would love to try and turn our sewing hobby into something more, and W.O.W. was born!

Our idea is to present entire collections of sewing patterns at a time, hopefully 3-4 times per year. Since we love sewing bags for ourselves and for our loved ones, we thought a bag collection would be the perfect start. So in January/February of 2014, we will be releasing our Spring 2014 collection. That collection will feature 4 patterns to make 6 different bags. We’ve designed a tote, a hobo, a wristlet, a wallet, a clutch, and a messenger bag that we can’t wait to share with you! We also love patterns that offer different ways to customize the final product, so we’ve included lots of options along the way. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’re working on for our first collection!

Winter Collection 2014 Sneak Peek

We are so excited to see where this journey takes us, but more importantly, we want to offer fun and useful patterns for other sewers to enjoy. See you in a few short months!