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5 Patterns, 3 Days, 2 Girls, and 1 Sewing Machine

January for us means one important thing… OUR ANNUAL SEWING RETREAT!!

Any time spent at Ali’s river house is always special, and this year we added an extra day because we committed to something new – an actual sewing retreat! We are so excited to announce that we were asked to be teachers at this year’s Virginia Consortium of Quilters bi-annual retreat in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. We will be teaching full-day workshops for our Stowaway and Whole Shebang bag patterns, but we also offered to teach our Wine Totes, Winezies, and All Charged Up free patterns as fillers, so we knew we needed to spend a lot of time refreshing our minds about all five patterns.

We spent the first day making decisions about fabrics, notions, and then Cutting.All.The.Things.

Oh, and we went grocery shopping. SUPER important step.

And of course, beautiful sunsets are just gravy.

Day two was super productive and before lunch we had two amazing finishes – Wine Totes and All Charged Up.

Since it was a (cold, but) gorgeous day, we made sure to get out of the house and headed to historic Gloucester Virginia for a delicious lunch at LuLu Bird’s Kitchen.

After lunch, we refocused and finished out day two with another fabulous finish – Stowaway.

On our third and final day, we focused on our last two fun finishes – Winezies and Whole Shebang.

Neither of us have sewn Winezies in a while, and we remembered how nice and quick they come together, as well as how cute they are! The versions we sewed up in this sweet winter flannel would make amazing hostess or holiday gifts.

We both were a bit blown away by the beauty of this Whole Shebang after we finished – it gave us all the *heart eyes*

We both felt so rejuvenated after sewing together and being creative together for three days in one of the most peaceful places in the world. Until next year!

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“Help, You Know I Need Someone, Help”

You can tell by this post title that after releasing our Hard Day’s Night pattern a few weeks ago, we’re clearly not over our Beatles obsession. I mean, should anyone really ever be over the Beatles? Of course not.

(On a related, but completely non-sewing related note, we’ve been very conflicted about the upcoming “Yesterday” movie. Feel free to discuss in the comments.)

The actual point of this post is that we LOVE HELP from the sewers who buy our patterns. We always encourage comments, questions, and suggestions to help make our patterns better, so keep ’em coming!

In this case, we had gotten some great feedback from two different sewers in the past that our popular Stowaway pattern could use some clarifications. So we made some changes and revised the pattern available for purchase in our shop or on Etsy. And as always, if you purchased Stowaway from us in the past, just let us know and we’ll gladly send you a revised copy.

In this case, the changes were clarifications, not major revisions, so we didn’t feel like it warranted a posting on our “Morning After” page. But we’re committed to promoting all edits to our patterns – big and small.

Happy sewing, and keep your awesome suggestions coming! “Won’t you please, please help me…”

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Stowaway

We can’t believe it, but this is the final pattern from our Spring 2015 collection. Cue sad faces all around. However, we already designed our next free pattern and we’re working away on our Fall collection, so let’s turn those frowns upside down. (Okay, one of us clearly needs to listen to something other than preschooler music.)

So without further ado, we bring you our next everyday bag, the Stowaway!

Stowaway Promo

When we designed our oversized Carried Away tote, we knew immediately that we wanted to design a smaller companion bag to go with it. So we took the idea of angled pockets and a similar strap design and came up with the Stowaway. We think it’s pretty darn awesome.

Stowaway Front View

Just like we did with Carried Away, we used outdoor fabric and we’re totally crushing on this bold and fun print combination.

Stowaway Side View

Stowaway Back View

As usual, one of our test bags was done in solid broadcloth, and it gives off a completely different vibe – very cool and ultra modern.

Stowaway Solids

Stowaway Solids Stitching Detail

Stowaway Solids Back View

Stowaway Solids Lining

The outer bag features two front pockets, one with a zipper closure and one without. You can easily fit your phone, keys, sunglasses or whatever else you need to grab quickly and easily.

Stowaway Front Pockets

Stowaway Front Zipper Pocket with iPhone

The lining features our usual customizable divided pocket, and the zipper closure will keep everything that you stowaway inside. Sorry, we couldn’t resist. Actually, we’re surprised we held off this long. You’re welcome.

Stowaway LIning

Stowaway Zipper Closure

Stowaway Zipper

The strap is adjustable so you have the option to shorten it and wear it over your shoulder or lengthen it and wear it as a messenger bag.

Stowaway Strap Detail

The PDF pattern has 12 pages and over 75 color photos to help you every step of the way.

Stowaway Pattern

You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is 10 ½” tall, 12” wide and 3” deep.

We’ll be back in a few weeks with our awesome new free pattern, and we’re hoping this sweet face will entice you to come back and check it out.

Roxy

And remember to send us images of your completed Stowaways because we’d love to feature them on our blog or on Instagram.