WIP Wednesday – The pattern making process

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Yes, my room is a hot mess. Yes, I have a lot of bags. You should see the bags NOT in the picture! HA!

I’m writing a bag pattern.  Well actually, I’ve written a TON of patterns, but most are in a binder or in various stages of thought.  This one is going to be an actual PDF e-pattern that I will release into the wild.  I’ve shown some snippets of it on Instagram and many of my bloggy friends know what I’ve been up to. But to many of you, this may be the first you’ve heard of it. So here are some shots of what I’ve been calling *Pattern oo1*.

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The idea comes from a slouchy tote I owned many years ago.  I loved the shape and size of the tote, but I wanted it to  have more structure to it.  So after the bag passed slowly away, I took it apart to see how it was made.  All I could say was “ew”. The things I discovered about mass produced bags! Ew, again.  So I saved the basic shape I liked and made it a bit bigger. I added a unique zipper closure and added more pockets. A few sturdy straps later and by Annie’s Soft & Stable and we had a winner!

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The picture directly above was my first go-round.  I tried a zipper/liner installation method I was iffy about and have been carrying it around with me for a few weeks now.  Sits nicely on the shoulder and feels great.  I made a few adjustments and tried for round two. (The one above this one)  Winner! I need to alter the pocket a bit inside but besides that I am totally loving it.

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Do you pre-wind a million bobbins of your thread and have a tag ready to go before you start a pattern?

With two prototypes under my belt, I started cutting fabric Monday. I got the camera ready to take pictures and work on the actual pattern writing.  It’s going slowly, but I think that’s how it’s going to be with me. I have a nice balance at home with kids, activities, etc. so it works for me. And that’s just fine.

DSC_0016 copyI have managed to take a TON of pictures for the pattern, so tonight and tomorrow I plan to edit and see which ones make the cut. So wish me luck and hopefully I can find some testers to give me a good critique soon!

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318 Patchwork Quilt-A-Long – Funky Chickens & A Love Bus

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope the start of a fresh new week has been treating you well.  My Monday has been a bit slower than usual due to a dental visit and a very sore jaw. Ouch.  I did manage to add a new block to my design wall today, the van.  The van was a hard block for me, but with a lot of patience I finished it off. Carter the cat helped in his own special way too. I keep {Read More}

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Cutting into hoarded fabric….

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Do you have fabric designers or lines that you hoard away and refuse to touch?  I have a few.  Japanese fabric of any kind, Tula Pink (although I have some duplicate prints I have cut into!) and Cotton and Steel.  Well, this week I finally broke down and cut into that Cotton and Steel. Not a lot, but just enough to make a small boxy pouch to keep my hand stitching materials in. I have a ton of linen, so {Read More}

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What’s On My Bookshelf ~ Patchwork, Bags & Magazines ~

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What a crazy week in our neck of the woods!  I’ve been trying to update on my IG with things I’m working on, but sometimes that is even hard.  Most of the craziness involves the little men in the house,  but mostly with me.  I am the lucky scout mom for the next two weeks who gets to work with middles Webelo 2 Den on their Showman Badge.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to help out my boys and {Read More}

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*NEW* Free Pattern! ~ The GameDay Wristlet ~

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Hello there! I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend!  It’s finally sunny in CNY after a freezing rain and sights of our first snow flurries yesterday. The boys are so excited about the snow season starting, but I’m not quite on board! As I promised last week, I have a FREE sewing pattern to share with you today!  I am calling it The GameDay Wristlet. This is a very easy pattern to sew up and appropriate for a confident beginner. {Read More}

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