I just finished sharing several items from Pattern Parcel #6 and it’s already time for Pattern Parcel #7! This is the last one for the year, but one that I was particularly excited to receive – bag patterns!
Of course, I’d love to make them all…but with Christmas coming up, my gift sewing is taking priority. I decided to try the Evelyn Handbag by ChrisW. I’ve read consistently excellent reviews of her patterns and I wanted to test one for myself.
This is a really pretty handbag. It’s feminine shape and detailed styling make it look store-bought. It’s labeled as an intermediate pattern, which seems appropriate. There isn’t anything particularly hard about the pattern, but it requires attention to detail and slow sewing in many places. I would recommend that you put together a couple of other simple bags before attempting something with this level of detail.
The pattern has many pages, but only about 10 pages need to be printed. The rest of the pages are filled with great details to help you make a professional-looking bag. One of the pattern features that I particularly liked was the label tags for the rectangular pieces. It was helpful to keep the pieces organized, and I may try incorporating a similar tag system into my future patterns and revisions. Christine also includes a section of printable directions without all of the photos, so that you can have a hard copy of the directions without using up your color ink.
There are plenty of pockets for everything. The elasticated side pockets are just the right size for a phone. There is also an exterior zipper pocket and interior pockets on both sides of the lining. One interior pocket is a patch pocket with a zipper pouch on the front. I skipped the zipper for the interior pocket, and just added the patch pocket. Other than that, I didn’t make any changes. The pieces fit together perfectly and the construction techniques are efficient.
This is the first time I have used bag feet. They are applied like magnetic snaps. It’s a fairly inexpensive addition that adds a lot of class to the bag and something I will definitely use again. I ordered my hardware from Janelle at Emmaline Bags and was pleasantly surprised by the shipping time and the extra little gift Janelle included in the package.
I used a lavender wool herringbone for the main exterior. It’s been in my stash for a couple of years and worked well for the bag. It was thinner weight wool, so I made sure to choose stable interfacing and added the fusible fleece on all of my pieces. The interior leopard print fabric is a home decor weight cotton and the faux leather is from JoAnn Fabrics.
The Evelyn Handbag is part of the last Pattern Parcel of the year. I think this group of patterns is perfect right before the holidays, since bags make great gifts. There is such a nice variety that there’s really a bag for every need and every style.
Parcel #7 includes:
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag, by Clover & Violet
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross-body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!
How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. It’s our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.
Head over to the Pattern Parcel site for more details…
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