PPC9- The Sketchbook Pages


in our last post we told you all about our original inspiration for our new design and now we’re ready to open up our sketch book and let you see our initial drawings!  You might remember that our original inspiration was the barrel-like shape of our Cirque Sac, and as you can see the silhouette in this sketch is reminiscent of that barrel shape. We’re eliminating the zippered top entry though, in favor of a flap. Now I know that lots of you prefer a zippered entry, but here’s the deal… I tend to think that a flapped opening CAN be just as secure as a zippered one for the following reasons.

  1. When I carry a bag with a zippered opening, over 50% of the time I am horrified to see that I am carrying it with the zipper OPEN. (It drives my husband crazy!) It’s a really bad habit and I know I’m not the only one who has it!
  2. In order for a pickpocket to get into a flapped bag (especially a secured flap) they are going to have to get up under my arm, lift open the flap (which can’t be done with my arm down), and then still get into my bag. This seems rather unlikely.
  3. As long as the flap is tightly secure when closed, its NOT going to dump your contents if you drop it, which would be a genuine concern if we were using the old-fashioned style of magnetic snaps, but since our new mag snaps closed so securely and reliably, the flap should stay in place just fine and the contents of your bag should stay right where they should be…. INSIDE your bag. I’ll test this to make sure when the time comes. I may even video it for all of you skeptics out there!  🙂

and then there’s this… my favorite reason for designing a bag with a flap….

Flaps offer SO many embellishing possibilities!

Well anyway- check out these sketches of how we envision our new bag will look!

ppc9.1Here’s how the front of our new bag will look. As you can see, the silhouette is similar to that of the Cirque sac, but that however, is where the similarity to the Cirque Sac ends as you can see in the sketch below.
The interior of this bag is the area I am most excited about. As you can see, there are 4 distinct storage areas, separated by 3 zippered pockets. There should be plenty of room for  a wallet, phone, keys, makeup and much MORE! I’m planning on attaching the straps to the outside of one of the zippered pockets and of course the flap will be kept in place by a couple of our invisible sew-in magnetic snaps. And if all goes well, I may play around by adding a loyalty card holder or two to the exterior zippered pocket walls.

And there you have it,

Now I’m ready to make my first set of pattern templates, dig out some fabric scraps and see how it all comes together. So stay tuned for our next post in this round of Purse Pattern Chronicles when we’ll show you our first rudimentary sample, but now…

It’s YOUR turn!

I’d love to know what your thoughts are regarding our new design. So, please feel free to leave your ideas and comments in the space provided below.


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  1. Chris in South Jersey

    I’m really looking forward to this. I loved to death the Cirque Sac sample I purchased from you. The only down side to that one was it was just a tad too small for the size wallets I carry. So far it looks like this iteration you are designing will fit the bill for me. Thank you for sharing your talent and skills with us.

    • My sentiments exactly. I find that proportion-wise, the wallet I enjoy carrying has increased in size MUCH more than the purse I want to carry. This new bag will carry CONSIDERABLY more than the Cirque Sac but in a much more organized way! 🙂 Stay tuned for more?

  2. Love the flap can already see a beautiful embroidery design on the flap. I would do the zippers in a contrast color. I want the pattern today. Hurry hurry. I am excited. Summer on the way.

    • I’m so glad you like it. I’ve really enjoyed carrying my prototype! We’ve got a long way to go though, so stay tuned for more updates? 🙂

  3. Ooooh – I like it! I like lots of zippered areas that are easy to reach.

  4. I love the shape and the size. It’s roomy, but graceful looking! I can’t wait to make one. I’m going to be on the lookout for the perfect fabric. About how much yardage do you think I would I need for the exterior? Do you think that a laminated fabric would work well with this pattern? I’m excited!

    • I’m still working out those details so give me a couple more posts before I commit to fabric requirements? and yes- I think laminated fabrics would work beautifully for this exterior. (Maybe not for the pleated side areas… I’ll have to check about that) 🙂

  5. Looking forward to your new pattern. Currently finishing up another Bagillista – my absolutely all-time fav purse!! My first one (which u have a photo on Bagillista “page” ) is wearing through in places I use it soooo much. Still want to try the Uptown Saddlebag but didn’t have right size S&S so that’s still on the to-do list!

    • oh I would love it if you sent me a picture. I find that I have always enjoyed the fabrication you choose for the bags I’ve seen! 🙂

  6. I am looking forward to this bag. A number of years ago I saw something kind of similar but too small to carry. I like medium sized bags (not too big) but as the previous comments say, you need something big enough to get some of those large wallets into. I always am watching for something that might hold my nook/kindle as well.This looks perfect and well organized. I’ll be watching!

    • hmmm, I’m not sure that a Nook or a Kindle would actually fit into this bag. The jury would still be out on that option. Let me think on that

    • Cool idea if one of the zippered puches would be more padded and sized for an e-reader/iPad mini

  7. Can’t wait to see how you attach the handle. LOVE the design!!

  8. I love the look of this bag. Can’t wait to see further updates.

  9. What kind of handle/strap are you planning to put on it? Will it be shorter or more of a shoulder bag? The design of the interior looks great! So much storage and compartments to stay organized!

    • I am planning a single shoulder strap for this bag, but of course everyone can decide for themselves how long to make the strap. Some may even decide to carry it cross-body, it work that way as well. 🙂

  10. I love it! I will definitely be ordering this one. I love the shape and the organized center.

    Cecile C

  11. I love the look of this bag. And the fact that you put it in the medium size is even more enticing to me.

    I love having only one strap. the bag I’m using now is a little larger than I like has a zipper on top (and yes sometimes I carry it unzipped) and two handles. One of the handles ALWAYS falls off my shoulder. I hate this. It’s time for another better bag, with one handle.

    THANKS for going into the medium size again.

  12. As a petite person I shy away from large bags, so am looking forward to seeing this bag progress. I also prefer a single strap. Love the idea of adding the loyalty card pockets, that will keep my wallet size controlled! I have a suggestion for maybe this bag or a future one: figure out a way to keep the strap on a shoulder. I have narrow shoulders and straps fall off regularly. Thanks for taking ideas and working so hard.

  13. I can’t wait to see it! I’ve been wanting to make one for weeks, but couldn’t find one I like. This one is perfect!

  14. I now have a purse that has 6 card slots in one place and 2 in another (all in the same compartment), that also has a space for cash, receipts, and a zippered change purse. I use a small separate card carrier for my credit cards, DL, and Medicare card and such: the really important cards. I like this because I don’t need a wallet. But this purse is too small, so I’d be happy with your medium-sized purse with many of the same sections.

  15. many bags are too shallow to carry a full size wallet, an address/calendar and a make-up (mostly handwipes and Shout packets) bag. Waiting for measurements..

  16. Wow! Such thoughtful and interesting comments. I’ll keep these things in mind as we move forward, encouraging you all to stay close for more updates. This design is far from solidifying so its hard to give specifics yet, but I’ll be sure to do so when the details take shape!

    I SO appreciate your feedback! Thanks to all!

  17. Merilee Kennedy

    I can hardly wait! I think I’ve bought all your available purse patterns and my goal is to make at least one of each! I just finished my second Cosmo Convertible tonight and absolutely love that pattern! The Guardian is my next project! Maybe you’ll have all the details worked out so I can follow it up with this one!

  18. Love everything about the new design except for so many zippered compartments. Was going to ask if there could possibly be an option for maybe just two. I have a bulky wallet/checkbook and sunglasses case. However after reading all the posts, I can now see how they all might be used. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all!

    • Hi kathi
      Good question. The three separators will be integral to the design. To reduce it to two will throw off the balance of the bag and cause it to tip since the strap will be attached to the center pocket. The separators could however be made zipperless if one prefers.

  19. Will you be able to modify the current cirque sac pattern to accommodate the flap, etc.? As I write this, I’m guessing probably not! Oh well, I still love the original and may have to purchase the newer version (as yet unnamed!) as well.

    • Good question Ellen.
      In order to answer it I’ll need to remind you that our new design will NOT be simply a redesign of the Cirque Sac. Instead, we’re using the Cirque Sac as simply the “inspiration” for the new design.
      For example- we are still inspired by the basic silhouette of the Cirque Sac, and as such, you should be see a version of that silhouette present in the new design.
      Make sense?
      Thanks again and just holler if you have other questions!

  20. Do we have to worry about the magnet closures doing something to the mag strip on credit cards? I once stuck a hotel key card in the same jeans pocket as my cell phone and it demagnetized the strip. The hotel said it was a magnet in my phone (really?) Maybe the hotel mag strips are different?

    • Hi Cathy
      We’ve been using magnets in bags for years now, and I’ve never heard of a problem with them causing difficulties with credit cards.
      Hotel keys are a whole different ballgame though. Those cards are MADE to be changed constantly and from mjy experience it takes next to nothing to cause a problem with them. it can be any number of things, all of which can easily be corrected by the hotel staff, thank goodness! 🙂

  21. I really like the look of the bag, but how about a zippered pocket on the inside of the flap. A great place to store a little ‘mad money’ or anything of a personal nature. Can’t wait to see what goodies you will give us this time around.

    • Thanks for writing Marilyn
      I’ll give that some thought, but my gut reaction is that 3 zippered pockets on the inside might just be enough?
      Do stay tuned for more though! 🙂

  22. I think this bag will be perfect for me! I always love compartments (in anything!) that can each be devoted to a particular function. I am changing my money management to the “cash envelope” system, and all these separate spaces will work so well for me — It’s a great compact design! And I just love this process of seeing where you started and how the final bag “emerges.” It’s great inspiration to see you work through the various problems that arise. Thanks!

  23. Love your design of this purse, also that it will be a medium size.
    I am very much looking forward to making this purse. One thing I like to carry is a little spray bottle of hand sanitizer (especially during flu season!).
    Thank you for a great looking and functional design!