PPC15: The Flaptastic Pattern Cover Revealed

So…

in our last post we had a little fun letting YOU be the designer and choosing which of our bag samples YOU would choose to grace the pattern cover for our new design for Fall 2017, the Flaptastic Bag. Thanks to everyone who participated! I always enjoy hearing about which bag my customers would choose and I especially enjoy reading about why you chose the bag that you did and while it appears that this time the overwhelming customer pick for the cover was Kaleidoscopes Galore, that is NOT the bag we chose to use. We have really good reasons for the choice we made and I’ll go into details below, but now…

it’s time for the big reveal!

Pictured below is the actual pattern cover for the Flaptastic Bag!

And now…
let me tell you why I chose THIS sample!

The Gorilla Sample

Since this was our “Gorilla” sample for this edition of Purse Pattern Chronicles, I figured it would pretty much be a throw-away as per usual, but since I generally carry it for a week or two to troubleshoot it, I decided this time to make it up in some decent fabric, which is my norm at this stage of the game.

But to my chagrin, the exterior of this bag actually turned out quite beautiful, (it’s hard to beat Jane Sassaman, right)… but unfortunately it bears little resemblance to the final version (no zippered pockets amongst many other features).

So for that reason, it was OUT!


Migration

Even though a good deal of the “bugs” were worked out with this sample, I’m STILL disappointed in how the exterior of this bag came out. It’s not at ALL how I had it pictured in my head, but it just goes to show you… even after all of this time, things don’t always turn out as planned, right?

So for that reason, it was most emphatically OUT!

Ethnic Flair

And in contrast, this sample all done up in blue & green actually turned out WAY better than I had anticipated. The various components are all clearly visible, it photographed well and it definitely makes an immediate impression… but not always the intended impression because here’s the deal…. My SIL and loyal assistant didn’t care for it at ALL!

And since I’ve learned thru bitter experience to value to opinions of those I trust… it was  OUT!

Kaleidoscopes Galore

For this sample I broke one of my own cardinal rules & used some favorite fabric from one of my private stashes. But here’s the reality, the fabrication of this bag is a clear violation of one of my cardinal rules (since it’s black, see my rules below). The black on black exterior renders the most important feature (the full-width front pocket) impossible to detect.

I know many of you have indicated you could in fact “see” this pocket, but that may be due to the fact that you already knew it was there. I have examined the HD version of this picture, (because believe me, I love this bag), but even at that enhanced clarity, the front pocket is truly undetectable, so regrettably and without a doubt… it’s unequivocally OUT

But that was actually OK with me since I was harboring a not-so-secret desire to claim this bag for my OWN! But the results were SO fabulous, that it’s going to be pretty hard to justify taking it off the show circuit where I know it will be a big hit, so I guess I’ll play a reluctant waiting game.  🙂

The Egyptian Bag

And here’s a bag that actually turned out infinitely more amazing than I had even dared to hope! Having gone to school on the “Migration” bag (above), I chose fabric for the front pocket that BLENDED with the majority background color of the bag exterior & this time I LOVED the result.

As a matter of fact, I came very close to choosing this bag for our cover model, but decided against it in the end. I decided that as lovely as this bag was, it just wasn’t as impactful as our eventual choice was, so with a bit of trepidation… it was OUT!

It will however be a standout Show Bag!

Color Me Seuss Bag

I made this bag pretty much for “funsies” since I knew I already had 2 excellent choices for our cover “in the bag” (pun fully intended!).

Once again it violates the black on black rule but who cares since this bag will also be a great show bag knowing already that so many of our customers love cats!

This bag therefore was OUT… even before I started it!  🙂

 

Peg o’ My Heart

Which leads us to the bag you already know we chose for our pattern cover. This beauty hit all the right notes and is an excellent representative for the Flaptastic design!
1) It showcases the design components and in fact draws attention to them.
2) It’s compelling & will standout in crowded display or on a “loud” Market floor.
3) It looks like our brand. Customers who know us would automatically know it was ours!
4) Even though there were no specialty piecing techniques involved, this bag’s exterior has a lux, one-of-a-kind feel that’s reminiscent of specialty piecing.
5) The color scheme is fun, bold and a bit different than any we’ve used before!

So… in the final analysis, I felt that this bag best represented this design!

But you know what?

Call me crazy but I’d love to know if you agree with our selection or if you think we totally blew it! So please feel free to leave your comments and/or questions in the space provided below! And stay tuned because we’ll be announcing the release of this pattern in our monthly Newsletter on July 13th, with a special discount offer exclusive to our subscribers. YIKES! That’s Thursday! And if you’re not currently on our newsletter mailing list, you still have time to get in on the fun (and pick up a nifty discount coupon too!) by clicking here!

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25 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. While I choose the ‘fan favorite’, I truly also love the bag you chose! I’m literally drooling over this pattern and can’t wait to make my purchase! Thanks in advance for the discount you will be sending out!

    Okay so now you have to start on planning your next bag pattern! LOL

    Have a GREAT day!

  2. Anne-Marie Voigt

    It’s beautiful as cover, but I still love Ethnic Flair and would prefer to make the bag in those colours

  3. Love the bag, when is the pattern available? It is by far the best, no matter which color pattern you decide on.

    • The pattern will be released to the general public next week, however those on our mailing list will be given a preview opportunity on Thursday as well as a discount coupon. If you arent already on our mailing list, now would be a good time to join. (Details within the post.)
      🙂

  4. I think you made a great choice. In my head I know that black on black does not photograph very well–even though I find it to be one of my favorite combos–I forget that, though, probably because they tend to be stunning in person!

    • The Kaleidoscope bag and the Seuss bag will both be terrific at shows for this very reason. Folks can more easily picture themselves carrying a black bag, of course! But I knew up front they probably wouldnt be the best cover candidates! 🙂

  5. To be honest, when you posted the “Gorilla” version, I knew I was going to buy this pattern. I think the “Egyptian” version would have sold me, too. “Peg o’ My Heart” is a great choice, though.

    • In retrospect, I shouldve saved the Sassaman fabric for a later version. That sample had to many things missing and wrong with it to seriously consider it for the cover bag. But if I had waited and used it further along in the process, it probably would have been on the cover. You know what they say about hindsight.
      🙂

  6. You had a tough decision but I think you made the right choice!! Great job with the design!!

    • Thanks Jonell. I had a new graphic designer this time too and i think she did a fab job. She modernized our look a bit while staying true to our brand. 🙂

  7. I’ve loved this bag since the Gorilla version. I voted for the Seuss bag as to me, all the colors just stood out for me and I thought that it represented the pattern well. The black on black just did not even occur to me. Peg o’ My Heart was actually my 2nd choice. I’m looking forward to getting this pattern soon.

  8. Love the cat one just because it is fun! Will definitely buy this pattern and will be next purse I will make! Love your patterns!

  9. This bag is a great choice! It was so difficult for us to make a recommendation as this was included in my final 2 choices. Love this pattern!

  10. I love the choice made because I had it as my second choice since the colors were a bit too bright for me to carry. Now to get the pattern, 🙂

  11. I like them all, I just can’t get my eyes off the cat bag. It’s fun. I want to make one with roses on it. We’ll see how that goes.

  12. I never got around to “voting” or my favorite but you picked it anyway! Love, love, love it!

  13. I didn’t vote but your choice made me want the pattern! I just signed up for your newsletter. Can’t wait to get the pattern. I Love purses.

  14. faith longobardi

    Love the seuss bag, my daughter would love it ,cat lover. Where can I purchase the material?

    • Thank you so much and that info is available at the bottom of the original post about that sample. There’s a link in this post that will take you back to that. 🙂