Whew! I'm rather proud of this design. It is the result of much head scratching, seam ripping and turning the work round and round (in the same way as I need to turn maps round to read them - do you do that too?)
Besides it's looks - (which I think are 'rather swish and grown-up') the thing that is special about this bag is that it has 3 compartments (2 same-sized main compartments and 1 smaller middle compartment) and is fully lined. From the side the 2 main compartments resemble bellows. Yes, this may not sound all that special on paper, but I can't be the only person who has picked up a 'bellows style' bag/purse and wondered: 'how in the 'heckery' do they do that? Well, after much 'GRRRRRR" I figured it out. Hoo hoo!
A bag that has 3 compartments makes for easier organisation and rummaging. You can store your large items in the large front and back compartments and you can store your smaller keys, phone and wallet etc. in the small middle compartment. What is handy is that you can access all 3 compartments via one flap (this means no having to pop open or unzip various pockets to get at what you need). The bag is secure thanks to it's posh-looking tongue lock and thanks to the placement of the bag handles (standing up over the flap) there's even less access for naughty fingers!
You might be thinking, 'if she had a 'whale of time' figuring out this design, then won't it be a 'mare' for me to make? I can assure you this bag is no harder to make than my usual designs. I have included 30 pics in with this pattern and none of the steps are hard or exotic. Honest!
Things we love:
- She's secure - the tongue lock is effective and looks fab. The bag handles stand up over the bag flap and this further increases security.
- She looks so professional - we think she has 'It Girl' looks!
- She's versatile - she's meant to be held by her leather handles, but should you need your hands free you can slip on the shoulder strap.
- She's not nearly as hard to make as you might think - I promise.
- She's roomy and organised - for her neat dimensions she can hold fair amount! Organise everything over 3 compartments and enjoy calm rummaging.
Finshed size: 13in (W) x 10in (H) (33cm x 25.5cm)
Click on the pics to enlarge:
At U-Handbag HQ we LOVE A POP of colour. The Cerise pink leather handles are a stylishly bright colour contrast to the grown-up charcoal grey Kaufman Chambray fabric (which itself has gorgeous flecks of monochrome and grey). Doesn't that (large) tongue lock look the business??
Three compartments provide lots of room for lots of things. The bag can easily store: umbrella, water, book/book reader, wallet, keys, phone, camera, cardi, knitting/crochet project, tablet etc etc. The pefectly matching cerise pink fabric is Kona solid in Pomegranate.
So I hope you like my new bellows bag design as much as we do. Thing is we can't start offering the pattern until it has a name. Can you help?
Contest Details (please read carefully)
To one lucky winner we'll send a BLANK bag making kit (with pattern) for this bag. It will contain all you need except fabrics, thread.
To enter all you have to do is comment on THIS PARTICULAR POST by:
- Picking a name for this bag design. As a couple of pointers I tend NOT to name my items after girls names (such as 'Alice Purse' because IMHO that has little meaning...), instead I tend to lean towards names which in some way describe the item.
- Please DO NOT focus on the fabric of this bag as this is a pattern only. Ta!
- Enter as many times as you like.
Contest Official-ness :
- We'll select the winning name this Friday 3rd (GMT) and announce the winner the same day.
- I'll need to ask the winner to make a donation for the postage (the kit will be sent as soon as the pattern is published).
- Sorry I can't notify winners, so please keep an eye for the winner announcement. This is made easier for you if you subscribe to this blog so you don't have to keep checking back, although it's always great to have you pop-in for a read :0)
- Prizes which are not claimed within 3 weeks of the winner announcement will be carried forward to the next draw.
- Sorry I can't reply to contest/draw comments, but I do love reading every single one :