May’s New Pattern Make ~ The Jessica Fold Over Wristlet ~

I like to try new bag patterns once a month.  Sometimes they are from new to me designers, other times they are from designers I enjoy.  This month I am sharing a pattern from iThinkSew called the Jessica Foldover Wristlet.  To see previous months reviews read March February , January, and November.IMG_4840What woman doesn’t like a cute wristlet or clutch that we can cram full of our everyday needs? I tend to create smaller wristlet patterns that are used for one or two specific purposes. Money, make-up, receipts/business cards, all have their own place in my handbags.  The Jessica looks like a typical wristlet, but pumped up a bit.

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The finished wristlet measures 8 1/2″ x 5″ folded.  It has a top zippered opening for the main storage area as well as two zippered sections (one front, one back) that are constructed slightly under center.  A magnetic snap closure  is also written into the pattern for a secure closure.  Lots of storage!  I think you could easily add a loop on each side seam to attach a strap to wear as a cross-body or shoulder bag too. (not in pattern)IMG_4835I have been sewing with iThinkSew patterns for years and have enjoyed them all.  Their patterns have step by step images and directions with a full material lists.  I have read many mixed reviews of iThinkSew patterns though.  I honestly think your enjoyment of their patterns depends on how you interpret the directions.  There are a few free patterns on the iThinkSew site so try one out first to see if it works for you.

There are 3 zipper installations in this pattern. Pretty straight forward, but remember they have their own pockets so this will not be a ‘light feeling’ wristlet. There is also directions added for credit card slots in the front pocket, which I left out.

I do suggest to read this pattern a few times start to finish before you start. Directions for zipper installation, magnetic snap and bias binding are in a “Appendix” section in the back, not written in the pattern steps.  That threw me for a minute, but no big deal.

IMG_4838My one big beef with this pattern is the use of bias binding to secure the raw edges inside the major pouch section. It’s easy to do but when I got to turning it RSO it added a bulkiness and feel to it that I’m kind of iffy on in my sample. Knowing me, I’ll probably play around with this step and see what I can do to change this.

IMG_4834Now that Jessica is done I can easily see myself  filling it full of “stuff”! Storing a phone, charger, earbuds maybe? Or my first aid kids kit I keep in my bag for emergencies?

Have you made the Jessica before?  What did you think?

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