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.What 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.
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)I 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.
My 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.
Have you made the Jessica before? What did you think?