Purse Palooza 2014 ~The Iris Convertible Shoulder Bag ~ Review!

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to be sharing my review with you today as part of  Purse Palooza 2014.  This is my second year participating and I love checking in on the Sew Sweetnes site each day to read all the reviews and stories.  Thank you Sara for hosting this event again and for asking me to participate!

This year I decided to share a pattern from I Think Sew.  The first purse pattern I purchased after I dusted off my sewing machine was from her and since then, I’ve made many more.  The bag made is called The Iris Convertible Shoulder Bag:

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The Iris is a downloadable PDF pattern that you receive immediately after purchase ($10).  *Warning: This pattern has 45 pages.* I printed off my pattern pieces and kept the laptop on the table as I sewed!  The finished bag measures in at 13.5″x9.5″x4″.  It is also important to note this pattern is on the ithinksew website, but the design is by Blue Calla Patterns.  Sewing Level: Intermediate

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The materials and notions list are very thorough and give you optional add-ins etc.  I strongly suggest that you read this whole pattern before sewing to familiarize yourself with the order you will construct the bag. (Post it labels for pieces helps!)  Changes I made: I opted out of the leather handles and bottom and stuck to my solid pattern. I also made two separate pockets on the exterior. One a slip in and one with a magnetic closure. This bag also has a long shoulder strap written into the pattern if you want to carry it cross body.

IMG_0068This pattern calls for a sew-in stabilizer of choice (they used canvas) to give the bag structure.  I used Pellon SF101 and fusible fleece and it worked out perfectly.  NOTE: I do not recommend foam stabilizer on this bag. With the number of pattern pieces, size and pleats it will look overly puffy when done. Trust me on this….LOL! I used a lighter weight home decor fabric for the interior/exterior, but a quilting cotton works as well with the right stabilizer.

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For the interior, I added pockets and a zipper like the designer did, as well as an interior magnetic snap. If you are comfortable sewing handbags, you could easily customize the interior to suit your taste.  One great thing about this pattern are the amount of photos that help you complete each step.  Also, the handles for this bag are my favorite type…quick and easy! See?

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If you are looking for a unique handbag pattern that can be business-sleek or fun and functional, give this one a try.  I really enjoyed sewing this up and think you all would too! It’s very classy . Enjoy!

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The Gentlemen’s Travel Case ~ Present Perfect Blog Tour ~

Hi everyone! Welcome to Raspberry Sunshine. My name is Cindy and I’m thrilled to be participating in the blog tour for Betz White‘s newest book, Present Perfect! (Interweave) I hope you’ve had a chance to follow along last week as talented bloggers shared their Happy Home and Memorable Moments samples. This week we continue showing you more unique and creative projects from the book and finish up next week with adorable projects for the little ones! Today I am going to share with {Read More}

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By Request ~ Bonus Points ~ My Fall Quilt Block

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Present Perfect by Betz White ~ Blog Tour!

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I am so excited to share with you today the start of the official Blog Tour for Present Perfect (Interweave/F+W) , a new book written by Betz White!   Today through October 21 guest bloggers will be sharing a variety of projects from the book, custom sewn and ready to share with you. My stop on the tour will be next Monday, October 13th.  I am going to share not 1, but 2 versions of the Gentlemen’s Travel Case. Think of it as a {Read More}

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Oh, Yeah! It’s Time For Purse Palooza 2014!

Boy is October going to be fun!  Besides the wonderful things happening around our house, Raspberry Sunshine  has been busy with custom orders, a Quilt Market assist, and a blog tour prep.  I have been so blessed by these opportunities and cannot wait to share what I’ve been working on behind the scenes.  So while I keep these goodies hidden for now, I CAN tell you about this… It’s that wonderful time of the year when Sara from Sew Sweetness gathers {Read More}

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