PPC4- Seems Like Deja Vu…

(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.)

So in our last post we pretty much had all of the “bugs” worked out of this design… all that is, except that pesky zipper panel, and I’ve got to tell you, trying to work this out may be the most frustrating design issue I’ve yet faced. But that only means it will be that much more satisfying when I fix it, which I will…if it kills me!    🙂

But unfortunately the problem was not yet solved with this sample. As a matter of fact, this may have been the toughest zipper panel installation to date. Because here’s the thing…instead of getting closer to the solution, we went backward…Oh I know it looks fine, but that’s only because over time I have learned to pretty much salvage ANYTHING, but I sure am glad there wasn’t a hidden tape recorder in the studio that sunny afternoon.

But- hope springs eternal, or so they say…AND, I really think I know how to handle it now, and we’ll find out, with the next sample, so stay tuned!

And in the meantime, let’s talk about this fabulous fabric which once again, I got at Equilter.Com. (Have I mentioned that there isn’t a decent fabric shop within 40 miles of my house? Oh, I’m sure I have.  LOL)

Both of these prints are thanks to the brilliant mind of Paula Nadelstern for Benartex. This particular line is called Deja Vu (but not the lavender print, it’s an el cheapo fabric I picked up at JoAnn’s).

Of course I always recommend that you check with your local independent fabric dealer, but if you have trouble locating this beautiful fabric, here’s some links to a good online source.

Deja Vu- Tiffany Lavender/Gold
Deja Vu- Tiffany Stripe Rivulets- Sky Blue/Gold

So there you have it. Stay tuned in for our next post, because we have some really spectacular hand-dyed fabric to work with for that sample. Joba really LOVES it and as you can see, he’s giving you a little sneek preview of it here.  🙂
(It really is fabulous!)

So, let’s have some fun…. I think I’ll let YOU play designer for a second and tell me…
“which of these samples so far YOU would choose to be on the cover of the pattern?”

Do you know someone who would enjoy this design series? If so, please feel free to re-tweet it, or pass it on to others via Facebook, Twitter or StumbleUpon and stay tuned for our next post in this series, where we’ll unveil the next sample in Purse Pattern Chronicles 4.

13 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I know what it is like to get frustrated when a pattern is not going together like it should. My husband can attest to the “salty language” I luse when I get totally frustrated. Hmm, I pick the lavender/gold for the pattern cover. Looking forward to seeing the final reveal!

  2. I am thankful for your determination and attention to detail. Makes your patterns the BEST! My favorite sample so far is the Iris/Bleeding heart one.

  3. HI…Love the design.loks very usable. Have you shopped for fabrics at Sew
    Original in WS? They have lots to choose from as well as selling those fab
    Bernina machines!! Susan

  4. Thanks for commenting. I always find it interesting to hear what fabrics y ou guys enjoy the most. And Susan, I have been to Sew Original in W-S, but it is a LONG way from my usual stomping grounds. I like shopping there though! 🙂

  5. I love the Garden Diva! I really like the look of the ‘panel’. Seems to simply set the bag off. But I wouldn’t throw any of the samples back at you 🙂 I think I’m going to really love this bag!

  6. I like the lavender one in this post. I think I am going to have to buy this pattern.
    BTW, there is a lovely quilt shop in Canmore, Alberta, just outside of Banff. It is called Sugar Pine Company, and it has a lovely chair on the porch for non-quilters to view the mountains. Enjoy if you get the chance.

  7. These trial Baggalista’s are some of your most beautiful purses yet!! I’m not voting till I’ve seen them all. 🙂 Mary B

  8. Dear Kat,
    I like the one in this post but I think the Sassamon pattern on the previous post was really striking (am looking into having that on hand when I get my pattern).
    Barbara L.

  9. I really like this Paula Nadelstern for Benartex! Interesting color
    combination. And I really like the way you used the print to showcase the

  10. can’t wait to make this purse!!luv it!!I love the denim one,but this
    is sure a close 2nd!!!
    adele in wash state who lives with spider the service dog and his 3 cats!!

  11. Oh boy, decisions, decisions!!! I like I dream in color!

  12. I love the Deja Vu version!

  13. Hi Kat,
    I am waiting with baited breadth for this pattern. I like the fabric in this post. I think your pattern cover should be made with fabric that is readily available and in a price range that more people can afford. The hand dyes are pretty but pricey for most folks in todays economy. Just a thought. I have some of the zippers featured from Ghee. I purchased several at Novi Expo from her. So when is the big release????
    Rosemarie in MI