PPC4- I Dream in Color

(This post is part of a continuing series focusing on the development of a new handbag pattern from its initial conception to it’s release.)

In our last post in this series, we told you we ready to begin making up our Fall Market show samples, and we kicked that process off with a fabulous collection of fabrics from Dianne Springer for Timeless Treasures, which I had so much fun playing with.

The size of these little fishes was just about perfect to do a little Rockstar Peacework with. Doesn’t this effect do wonders for the Flap of this bag?

I’m happy with the general silhouette now,  & any modifications we make from this point on, will be minor and basically undetectable to the eye.

Can you see the design change we made in the strap attachment area? The zipper doesn’t “run up the strap” near as much as it used to. This change made it a little easier to install the zipper panels, but I still think I can make it just a little bit easier still in the next sample.

I’m loving the look of these Phone Pockets and I also like these little cord ends that we’re using for zipper pulls. It’s a fun way to add a little functional pizzazz to the look!

And here’s your first peek at the inside of this bag. It’s easily big enough to accommodate the small version of our PortaPockets Purse Insert (because I can’t live without mine now!), and it also has two small pouch pockets in the side wall of the bag. I like to drop my keys into one of these little pouches for quick access.

Here’s the look from the back side. I added the Rockstar “treatment” here as well and I love the way it looks here too.

And if I can direct your attention to the very bottom of the Flap, maybe you’ll be able to detect the change we made here. Can you see it? We shortened the length of the Flap by ~3/4″ and I’m much happier with this. The bag looks more balanced now.

And here’s a change we made that I purposely do NOT want to be too obvious. We added a small stitching line just above the invisible sew-in magnets in the curved pocket (under the Flap), so that the items that are placed within the pocket can’t come between the magnets, interfering with the snap function.

So now, let me tell you a bit about this fantastic fabric collection! Diane Springer was our next-door neighbor (Yep, she & her daughter were the ones dressed up as witches!) at last year’s Fall Market, and that’s when I first saw these designs. I told Diane that if & when they were manufactured, that I would LOVE to work up a bag sample, and sure enough, her collection made it’s debut in Salt Lake City in May.

The name of this fabric line is appropriately called “I Dream In Color” and Hannah’s Quilts is offering the entire line at 32% off the retail price right now. (The yellow fabric in this picture is not part of the collection).

So stay tuned as we continue to fine tune our design in the next post where we’ll be featuring fabric so beautiful that it could be used as art! And in the meantime, if you have any comments or suggestions about this beautiful fabric or about our design, we’d love for you to leave us a message in the space provided below!


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9 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. It keeps getting better, and better.

  2. I can’t wait for this one! I would love to make this before a trip in October. Will it be ready?

  3. well… it’s quite possible. Right now (assuming nothing derails us) we’re looking at an early September release. We’ll keep you posted via this Blog and also our newsletter.
    (I’m so glad you like it!)

  4. Simply. Outrageously. Amazing.

  5. Love all the little changes. Still waiting on baited breath for this pattern. I think it is going to be the best pattern so far that you have
    Rosemarie in MI

  6. I agree with everyone else. And I just adore the fabric. Heading over to Hannah’s Quilts to see more. And am excited to see the fabric you will be featuring.
    Each Blog/Email gets more and more exciting!
    Donna Rae

  7. Wow- such nice things! What a nice way to start my day!

  8. It just keeps getting better and better–love the look, changes are great, fabric is fabulous! Rosalee

  9. ~Precious~ purse – but then you cannot go wrong with any fabric created by Dianne Springer !