PPC16: Choose the Go-Go Compact Cover Model


with yet another pattern almost in the books, it’s time to choose the ONE bag sample that best represents that design for the pattern cover! In order to do this, I like thinking about which of our samples would most appeal to our customers… which one would gather the most attention at shows… and especially, which one would be the one most likely to compel a customer to pick our pattern up and give it a 2nd look!

But here’s the thing… before I make this decision, I REALLY love hearing which bag YOU would choose to be on the cover if you were ME. Maybe its because pattern design is such solitary business and I like the interactions… who knows? At any rate, I get a kick out of hearing your reasoning so let’s get started!

You’ll find all 6 of our Go-Go Compact cover candidates pictured below in the order in which they were introduced to you in this series, (just click the link under each individual picture to see the original post associated with each sample).   And oh yeah don’t forget to keep scrolling down to read up about the criteria you’ll need to consider before putting on your “designer hat” and choosing which bag YOU would place on the cover if you were ME!

So let’s get started!

“X Marks the Spot”October 14, 2017

“Starburst in Black”October 19, 2017

“Under the Sea”November 8, 2017
“Flower Power”

December 11, 2017

“Color Me Peacock”

December 21, 2017

“Dot to Dots”

December 26, 2017

“Fussy-Cut Medallions”

January 6, 2018

So… now that you’ve seen the choices, here’s the criteria you should be keeping in mind as you make YOUR choice!

1. Consider MORE than just your personal favorite. Of course the sample you choose should be appealing to you, but always consider how much “universal appeal” a bag has.

2. Will it turn heads? Ideally, a cover sample should “stand out in a crowd”! By definition it’s a show bag. It’s not meant to fade into the background or look good with your entire wardrobe.

3. Do the fabrics used draw attention to the design’s key features? Some prints are so “busy” that all you can see is the print. I want interesting fabric, that’s for sure, but I want the design to shine thru unimpeded, because after all, I’m not selling fabric!

4. Does the sample include ALL the design features promised in the verbiage on the cover. Here’s the thing… the model that is chosen for the cover is the model that will MOST be associated with the design… it’ll be the “spokesmodel” so to speak. But if it’s missing a promised exterior pocket for example, then every single person who picks up that bag at the shows we travel to, will want to know why it doesn’t, or worse still, they’ll think that the design DOESN’T include an exterior pocket at all.

5. Is it photogenic? Sometimes, for reasons that I’ll never understand, (probably because of MY photography skills), certain samples just don’t photograph well. No matter the lighting…. no matter the background….no matter… what… I…. do! But here’s the deal, no matter how pretty and ideal it is in person, if it doesn’t photograph well, it’s just NOT a good candidate for the cover model!

6. Does it actually LOOK like “our brand”? Our goal is for our customers to be able to identify a pattern as belonging to our line without even seeing the title or our logo on the front cover. We would be doing ourselves no favors for example, if we suddenly departed from a “formula” that’s worked for us for 13+ years and placed a model on the cover that just doesn’t look like something we would put forward!

7. Is it created with a special pieced exterior? As most of you know, I LOVE piecing my way to a unique exterior, but I’ve learned from bitter experience and quite a few scoldings (reference the Lollapalooza) that placing a model with such an exterior on our pattern cover is just NOT a good idea. BUT– if there are actual pattern pieces for this special exterior, and those pieces can be included in the pattern package itself (reference the Uptown Saddlebag or the Triple Play, then it CAN in fact be placed on the front cover.

So…Are you ready to have a little FUN?

Because now it’s time for YOU to put on YOUR “designer hat”! … after reconsidering all six of these samples with the seven criteria above in mind, I’d love to know which one YOU would choose to grace the cover of our Go-Go Compact pattern.
But don’t forget—I would also enjoy hearing the reasoning behind your choice. 🙂 And do stay tuned for the next post in this series to see how closely your choice mirrored ours when I reveal which model really will actually be on the cover of the Go-Go Compact pattern. I’m SO looking forward to seeing your comments! You probably don’t know this, but this is one of my two favorite posts of the whole year!
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39 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I like Under The Sea or Flower Power. Both upright, very attractive, and I feel they showcase the go go compact especially nicely. The bag pops nicely with the colors in each of these and make the bag really stand out!

  2. Not easy! I LOVE Fussy Cut Medallions but my choice for the cover is X Marks the Spot. I feel the lighter color of the trim catches my eye along with the beautiful medallion on the front. Would love to find the fabric for my own Go Go Compact when it’s released. Can’t wait!

  3. Toss up between X marks the spot & Fussy cut, & Fussy cut wins because as I thought about it, I could see over time, the light trim on X becoming dirty. Also. I make totes & have discovered most people prefer a light color for the interior-makes it easier to see what’s at the bottom. I like the interior colors on Fussy better.

  4. X Marks the Spot is my choice. I feel it Would photo
    Well and show the trim the best.

  5. X marks the spot for me. The colors just stand out to me.

  6. I like fussy cut medallions. Because it is a clean design, showing off the material and the pattern. It is the best one.

  7. Under the Sea, bright and cheery for a cover photo. Although I may make several to match outfits or seasons.

  8. I love Flower Power. It’s happy, like picking up a bouquet.

  9. I’m at a cross mark between x marks the spot -I love the color way, the full flap is noticeable, and it’s not so bright that it calls me me me to be stared at; and fury cut medallions- I also love the color way, the design covers the flap beautifully and I tend to always buy the black bag, and am seriously trying to brighten up a lot. I need to vote with a tie.

  10. X marks the spot. It draws your attention to the center.

  11. “Fussy-Cut Medallions”

  12. Under the Sea or flower Power. Colorful but not so in your face to be gaudy.

  13. I like Under The Sea

  14. Fussy cut medallions

  15. Dot to Dots would be my choice. I love the fussy cut things but for everyday use and going with my wardrobe I have to go for Dot to Dots.

  16. If you have a picture of Color Me Peacock standing up, with the zipper visible, I’d go with that one. the colors have broad appeal, the print is classy, the polka dots add fun and the zippers pop.

    Neck and neck, is Fussy Cut Medallions. It’s classy, the light interior highlights the functionality and it also highlights the zippers.

  17. Flower Power. It’s bright and perky and immediately catches my eye.

  18. Fussy Cut Medallions, as far as brand style, and overall suitability. For me *personally*, I love love love FLOWER POWER!!! 😀

  19. My three faves Fussy Cut Medallions, X Marks the Spot and Color Me Peacock. Going with Medallions: A) X Marks, while stunning, 1) does not show the zipper 2) white trim is pretty, but not practical 3) I do not like the colors on the interior shot. Would have gone with black mesh and a bluish-gray base, and more of a burgundy on the other side. B) I find the polka dot trim on the Peacocks distracting, and it is in a color that few hate. The interior choices are perfect for it. C) LOVE the green Medallions: 1) the angle of the shot is attractive and shows the zipper. 2) nice interior choices 3) only issue might be many hate green. But your buyers will realize they can choose the print. A great purse: I am not a fan of the gargantuan ones that can carry everything under the sun. Only “con” I have is: where do you put your cell phone? Almost everyone carries them today, but unless you are a globetrotter, you don’t need your passport. I would think that would be a narrow audience to appeal to, but I can’t afford to travel.

    • Perhaps you didn’t click thru to one of the posts about this bag, but there is a convenient and secret storage slip pocket BETWEEn the front and back pouches, just the right size for cell phones! 🙂

  20. Fussy cut Medallions is my choice. It is stunning.

  21. Medallions. Love how it showcases the fabric.

  22. x marks the spot. It just calls to me

  23. I like flower power. I think you could do so much with this bag. Love it

  24. I love FLOWER POWER…. the pop of color reminds me of traveling to someplace in the Caribbean. This time of year that catches my eye!

  25. X Marks the Spot

  26. Fussy cuts, as it is the most striking cover….therefore will sell more (designer hat on). But on personal choice, dots is the winner, love the glam look it provides.

  27. I choose either X Marks the Spot or Medallions. Both choices are elegant and I think they would speak to a broad range of customers.
    The bag design is great – fills the many needs that even a smaller bag needs to fill. I love having a smaller go-to bag for just the essentials when I don’t want to carry my “every day” purse. This definitely does the trick!

  28. Love X marks the spot – my fave is Fussy Cut, but the X is more elegant and clean looking, IMHO.

  29. I like both X Marks the Spot and Fussy Cut Medallions on the outer picture, when you get to the interior picture Fussy Cut Medallions wins hands down. So Fussy Cut Medallions is my choice.

  30. I like flower power. I love flowers and lots of colors. I think your patterns are great I don’t know how you come up with all the ideas. This is a little small for me but I think it’s a great pattern.

  31. I love the fussy cut medallions! So beautiful but I like them all! This would be good for my cell phone

  32. X Marks the Spot. Unique & eye catching fabric. Lines of the purse stand out with the contrasting binding.

  33. “x marks the spot”; striking & attention-getter, well=made, can see all the different sections inside clearly, well-balanced color combo=Winner!

  34. Fussy Cut Medallions. Caught my eye immediately and lingered their the longest.

  35. Color me Peacock would be my choice. Love the fun colors and it shows off the zippers and the inside details the best.
    X marks the spot and Fussy Cut Medallions are elegant and show how you can make an evening bag out of this pattern. Can’t wait to make one for me!

  36. Just love X marks the spot. A real eye catcher.

  37. Color me peacock

  38. Love the color, looks rich and desirable.