PPC4 -Sunset Strips

(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 I’ve gotta tell ya, by the time we finished with our last sample, we were more than just a little bit discouraged, BUT, it is great pleasure that I tell you that after a couple of INTENSE days of study and testing, that the problem with the zipper panel is officially OVER.

And here’s the best part of having that problem behind us…. it means that now we can finally concentrate completely on fabrications for this new bag, and what better way to start than with the magnificent hand-dyed fabrics of Vicki Welsh?


You might remember that Vicki supplied the marvelous tie-dyed fabric that we used in a Quattro sample earlier this year. It was such an enjoyable experience that one of the first things I did in the early phases of this design, was to get back in touch with Vicki to see if she wanted to collaborate one more time, and here is the result!
When I opened Vicki’s package and saw the beautiful gold and burgundy shadings, all I could think of was a magnificent sunset. I didn’t really want to use straight angled templates as is my norm, opting instead for these softly curved edges which I feel gives it a more organic look.
Here’s a closer look at the curved pocket (which is hidden under the Flap) as well as the unique colorations of these fabrics.

And I chose to not do any piecing on the back side of this bag simply because this portion of the fabric was so incredibly beautiful all on its own! I used our black & white zippers for this bag and I love the way they look. Given the subtle color changes throughout the fabric, I can’t imagine a colored zipper looking any better… can you?

So… if you’d like to acquire some of Vicki’s fabulous fabric to add a one-of-a-kind touch to your next project, you can see it in these colors and a host of other combinations by clicking here. And stay tuned because our next post in this series will feature some of the most spectacular fabric for cat lovers that I’ve EVER seen!

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8 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. I’m loving the variations on this bag!

  2. OMG! The combo of this gorgeous fabric and this bag is beautiful!

  3. Love it! I am anxiously awaiting the pattern.

    Jan S

  4. I’m always happy with what I create from Vicki’s fabric. I think it has magic in it! 🙂

  5. Dear Kat, it is strangely comforting to me to hear of your struggle to come
    up with an excellent design. Though I do not design bags myself, I do
    struggle sometimes in understanding how to get the results I want. Glad to
    read this blog! Nancy

  6. I know what you mean, Nancy- I feel the same way when I see someone else struggle with a computer problem! 🙂

  7. Your new bag is FANTASTIC!!–The fabrics are BEAUTIFUL.

  8. Gorgeous! Love the curved piecing!!! Straight piecing would look nice, but the curves create more flow and are reminiscent of heat waves. Much better effect.