My Sew Sweetness Sloan Bag!

Yesterday Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness released a new handbag pattern called The Sloan Bag.  I had the opportunity to test this pattern out for Sara and would love to show you my version of it as well as my thoughts about the bag overall. The Sloan measures in at 18” long x 14” tall x 6” deep.  My pictures may not show it, but this is a LARGE bag!  Both side gussets have a nice roomy pocket with flap. I {Read More}

Call for Pattern Testers!! ~ The Diane Tote ~

I’m in the middle of a few big projects right now, but I promised earlier I’d let you all know when The Diane Tote was ready for testing.  So here I am! If you read my Diane Tote Post last week, I introduced you to my first soon-to-be released first E-pattern. At a comfy 16″ x 3″ x 4″ she is sure to fit your everyday items and more.  And now, 4 nice prototypes later I need a few of {Read More}

New Pattern! The Holland Road Bag & Review

I am excited to share with you today a wonderful new pattern from Sew Sweetness called The Holland Road Bag! This is my finished tester bag.  I used a AFG print I found in my stash for the exterior, a pretty red-violet KONA cotton for the straps, and a coordinating pattern for the bag interior. This is a very quick sew.  If you are a confident beginner you will have no problems sewing up this bag. The only reason I wouldn’t {Read More}

Writing Handbag Patterns

I have been pattern testing handbags for a few years now and love it. I have learned so many new techniques an for some reason, I really enjoy the editing and the process of how patterns are written.  So can somebody tell me why I am struggling so much with writing my own pattern!?!?!  I have a ton of ideas and samples in my studio, but getting through this first one is proving difficult. I have pattern pieces done and have {Read More}

The Retro Rucksack Inspiration Tour (Day 5)

Hi everyone!  If you are visiting from Radiant Home Studio I welcome you to Raspberry Sunshine! My name is Cindy and I am a SAHM to 3 wonderful boys and wife to my HS sweetheart. We currently live in the Central New York area, but if you read my blog often you know that can change every few years!  I have had a love of handbags since I was a little girl, so when my youngest finally started school I {Read More}

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