I love going to Etsy and finding things that you can not buy anywhere else. That was just the case when I stumbled upon PinkRoses1220's shop . I first noticed the adorable clothes for children and then realized the pattern for the Afternoon Tea Jacket was available in both adult and kid sizes!!! I got so excited that I bought it quickly. I will tell you that the pattern is the templates alone. The instructions are not available with the pattern. If you need any help I don't mind sharing the order of how to sew the pattern together. I also spoke to Lisa the Etsy store owner, whom is extremely nice, and she said that she was only selling a few patterns to the public. Her shop is having a huge sale so go check it out!! The jacket is not lined, so for this project a serger is a great machine to use. The fabric find was located at Material Girl Shoppe .
If you like this purse but you are not sure how to make it here are a few places to get some ideas. The first place is Creative Little Daisy where she shows you how to put the patchwork together. Autum is very talented and a great teacher. The original idea came from a Japanese craft book called Machine Made Patchworks . The second blog is Dresden Petal where Angie even provides a template to use. I love her cute pockets inside too! I have found that when I patchwork the pieces together the bottom fans out too, which can make your purse sag in the middle. I like to cut the bottom of the outer shell straight across so the purse does not sag in the middle. Have you tried this patchwork purse? What changes did you make? What fabric did you use? Did you use 8 or 7 panels on each side of the outer shell? What kind of handles did you use (one or two)? I look forward to hearing from you and maybe seeing some pictures too. If you are a member of Flickr join us at Sew Spoiled Designs Group
It is amazing to me that such a small change can make such a big difference but it does!! I love the extra band of Amy Butler's, Geisha Fan fabric on the outer shell! It was so simple! Cut a 8" X 3.5" piece of fabric, ironed the 8" sides of the fabric .5" toward the wrong side and sewed it down to the outer shell. I used the same fabric I used on the flap and zipper pocket so it helps to tie everything together! "Try it, You might like it" (Yo Gabba Gabba:)!! OK, to much TV, back to sewing!
Ben's laptop/documents bag Originally uploaded by 9crafty11 Hey Everyone! Take a look at what Julia, Flickr name 9crafty11, from Australia made!! She belongs to the Sew Spoiled Designs Flickr group . She shared her creation she made for her brother's birthday with all of us. It looks terrific! I have to share with you, it was actually her idea to add the straps. I wrote a post about the Sew Spoiled Laptop sleeve PDF pattern being available and she wrote back... "Just a suggestion...I work at the airport, & so many passengers have their laptops with them. Here in Australia, the laptop is a free hand luggage item, so it means they would have to carry them separately from their main hand luggage to get the weight down. Is this pattern easy to adapt to add on straps perhaps, so they can carry over the shoulder & keep their hands free? I think this would be an awesome gift idea for a male! Cheers Julia" It was very easy to write the pattern with straps, thanks J