Exciting BIG news! My very first pattern for Vogue was released October 1. V9074 is a set of two bag patterns. View A is a large tote, suitable for a weekend bag, made from crocodile embosed leather. View B is a smaller tote made from 3mm polyester felt. Both patterns are designed to be made from non ravelling fabric. Leather, suede, vinyl and felt are all suitable materials. Until October 31 emmaonesock.com is having a sale on all leathers. The crocodile embossed lambskin is beautiful! I helped Linda choose the skins for her website. Both bags are lined and include a back and cell phone pocket. The exterior zippered pocket is perfect for car keys. Sueded pigskin makes a luxurious leather lining. Alternatively a lightweight outerwear taffeta lining is tightly woven and can be used as a bag lining. I like to use a light, bright color for my linings. Looking for anything in a black lined bag is difficult.
I love making bags and enjoy the problem solving aspect of sewing. The nice things about bags is they are a quick, easy project that doesn't have to fit! As a designer I often turn to uncoventional supplies to get the results I want. For the handles of these bags I used plumber's tubing purchased from Home Depot. To smooth the leather handle cover I used a plastic kitchen cutting mat. An inexpensive flexible plastic kitchen cutting mat can be purchased at the Dollar Store. It is easy to cut with scissors and can be used as a bag bottom to give a bag structure and support.
Watch for several more garment and accessory patterns to be released under my label in 2015.